...thank you so much for all those kind and lovely birthday wishes. Reading them all made a splendid day (actually The Big 6-0 has been going on all week) even more special, and thank you too for cards and gifts (and balloons! ) I will be writing my proper thank you letters soonest.
I had requested a very quiet day with no 'SURPRISE!' parties etc, from which I think Bookhound was quite relieved to be spared. Offspringette rang inbetween lessons from school, the Kayaker rang from Hobart, Tasmania, and the Gamekeeper rang from his pheasant pens which was all lovely, and so we set off for a day to try out our shared Diamond Jubilee Year gift to ourselves of membership of the National Trust.
We headed for Salcombe on the south coast of the Shire, the area now something of a millionaire's paradise if the house prices are anything to go by, and a far cry from the place we knew when we first moved to Devon thirty seven years ago.
Not a charity shop to be seen, now its White Stuff, Fat Face, Seasalt, Joules, Cath Kidston, Crew something or other name escapes me, Jack Wills...nice shops and I like browsing, but always only ever end up buying the fluffy socks from Seasalt. I hope you have you all discovered these too, like wrapping your feet in warm cotton wool at the end of a busy day.
Not liking to at act my age or anything, but is it me or are all women's clothes hopelessly thin these days??
Lovely thick jumpers for men whilst we have to freeze to death in flimsy cardies and even flimsier dresses or shirts. Forget fashionable layering, I just want to keep warm.
Anyway, we did justice to a very nice lunch...
..followed by a wonderful afternoon at nearby Overbecks of which more soon, but here's the stunning view from the garden to be going on with.
Then it was home to birthday tea with the Tinker, and just the one candle because it's a tricky place for the fire brigade to find, and aren't they on strike or something.
So thank you all again, and don't forget A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth...this weekend, see you here.
Oh and I almost forgot...my gift... it's one of these and it is being delivered today.
The only trouble is there is some excavation required if it is to go where we want it to (outside the Book Room) and not to take off for Land's End at the first sign of a storm, so can you believe it, the digger arrives today for a week.