Monday, March 22, 2010

Oh what a lovely day


The plan was that one of the boys - having driven from London - would collect us
and deliver us to the Carew Arms where the others would converge. In the event both boys turned up having left their wives in the pub.
The dazzling sunshine had blinded me a little but I made out my two DIL's and a large table liberally scattered with 80s, an 80s sparkley tree, a bag of presents and a bottle of Creme de Cassis which we can no longer get in Minehead.

'Hi Grandma!'
Oh joy - Sam , Tom and Alice had made the journey from London, Birmingham and Wiltshire to be with us. I'd been asking about them in the car and being told fibs so it was a complete surprise which took my breath away. Both boys are 6' plus and Alice is now taller then I am.


This is one of those invaluable presents which means it's light enough to go into my handbag so I don't have to scrabble for lipstick, brush and compact - from our Australian grand-daughter
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Pat with sons and grandson.

A Buttterfly birthday cake - even the ones that look like paper are edible. We didn't just eat cake. We mostly chose from a selection of roasts with their delectable vegetables and the desserts as usual were perfect - lemon meringue pie for me which I found so absorbing I forgot to try MTL's. As we were having coffee an enormously jolly party arrived for lunch who were the Pantomime company of Crowcombe. Obviously Crowcombe is quite a fun place to live.
A vintage Ossie Clark jacket and a book written by someone my #1 son has got to know - a memoir - he's 78 and had a fairly chequered career which should make interesting reading- were amongst the lovely presents.
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19 comments:

Queenie said...

How completely fabulous, especially the surprise grandchildren! So glad you've been having such a great time.

Pat said...

Queenie: It's been great but the luck is beginning to run out and there will be three little Indians tomorrow instead of four.

The Cloudcutter said...

Looks like you had a lovely time Pat. Is that a fondant icing on the cake? What was it like inside? Tell me more... ;-)

Pat said...

CC: it was delicious - fondant icing, a cake more close knit than sponge - don't know the word for it with a jam and cream filling. Would it be madeira?

The Cloudcutter said...

Sounds like a Victoria Sponge. How I wish I could have baked you a birthday cake!

Pat said...

CC: yes I think you are right. Mmmm that would have been lovely:)

Jack said...

Happy birthday, Pat!

Pat said...

Jack: thank you.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Oh Pat.....this looks like it was such a GREAT GREAT Day....What a BEAUTIFUL Family you have, my dear....Handsome sons and Grandchildren, too....(Beautiful Grandaughter as well....)
You look smashing, my dear...And the Food and Drink sounded Fabulous!

Guyana-Gyal said...

I can imagine your joy, being with your grands. My mother dreams of being with hers but they all live in other countries. I'm trying to push her out of Guyana, haha.

I love to see younger folks enjoying the company of grands, it is heart-warming.

Hello beautiful people! Cheers from Guyana!

Guyana-Gyal said...

Hello beautiful purse too, making me drool!

Charlie said...

You have a beautiful family, Pat, and what a wonderful party!

Pat said...

Naomi; you've got it to look forward to. It's great fun - my festivities end today and I'm exhausted. No more birthday cake of chocolate until I shed a pound or two.

GG: yes grands are really special. They tease me and pretend to be shocked by me and I don't feel any responsibility so it is a rare relationship.
I knew you would appreciate the purse.

Charlie: thank you - it's sweet of you to say so.

Blazing said...

Precious little to add, Pat. You seem to have had a terrific day. You must be very proud of the family, and they, no doubt, of you.

Here's to you on your special day.

Pat said...

Blazing:it was a terrific day and I am proud of them. Love and affection from them is enough for me;)

rashbre said...

It all looks like great fun.

Pat said...

Rashbre: and like all fun days went very quickly and one thinks of all the things I should have talked to 'the young' as we call them. Trouble is when I'm with then for a short period I tend to just sit with a happy grin on my face.

Nea said...

You look fantastic. Are you sure it's 80? You really don't look anywhere near it.

What a lovely day! Don't worry about the talking, you can do that on the 'phone any time, I'm pretty sure they were pefectly happy enjoying your grin. I know I would be.

Pat said...

Nea: it's sweet of you to say so but one thing I am sure of - without any doubt - is my DOB:
15th March 1930. It was an easy sum before the millenium.
Come to think of it there were grins all round.