As it's raining and grey today I'm catching up with some blog posts, remembering some great days that I haven't written about and this was certainly one of them. Yeoman Warder Colin Smith asked me to entertain a group of ladies, all wives, partners or daughters of the City of London's Beadles at the top of the Gherkin while he was overseeing the annual outing of the Beadles themselves. (Great guy that Colin is he thinks of everything and didn't want the men to have all the fun!) So on a sunny autumn afternoon I welcome 30 women to the Gherkin and over champagne tell them stories about the building. Its history is very short compared to the Livery Companies the Beadles are part of but it's a fascinating one and, as we only have 30 minutes otherwise we'll miss Afternoon Tea, it's just the prefect amount of info. They are a fantastic group and we all laugh a lot - every one loves hearing about my trip outside the building with the window cleaners and a few go and stand right up against the window to try and see what it would feel like... and then it's time to go up to the 40th floor. Today is the first time Searcys The Gherkin have served Afternoon Tea and everything looks delightful - there is an early cry for more scones but the appearance of huge quantities of exquisite mini eclairs, pastries and cakes satisfy everyone. Colin joins us for the final photo call and everyone agrees it was a marvellous day. Certainly one of my favourites for 2014.