At 06:30 I was making a cake, well actually two cakes.
While they baked, I showered and
made myself beautiful prepared for the day. As I finished breakfast, the phone calls began… at one stage there were toyboys on the landline, the mobile and on Skype all vying for my attention. Don’t tell them. I didn’t. You know they all think they hold the number one spot!
My date for morning coffee had to be posponed until today (Wednesday), so one of the cakes will be grand to bring with me and extend the party.
The skies cleared and the sun danced in my honour. The Postie serenaded me on the doorstep and the window cleaner brightened my world even more. A day not to be wasted, so I headed out in search of fun,
Look how smooth the water was.
I found a Toyboy
Brendan was on holiday from the US with his mum and aunt. I met them at the Castle taking photos… you know the routine
“I’ll take one of you two, then you can take one of us and….!”
I approached and asked “Would you like one of…..
A chorus of “Oh yes please!”, came back before I finished the sentence, and I was handed an iPad.
I took several at different angles to make sure they had a worthwhile selection.
Job done, I asked for payment…
Well it was my birthday and a photo with a Toyboy was not much to ask, was it? I handed over my smart phone and Brendan’s mum took the photos, then followed hugs and another rendition of Happy Birthday. They were next headed for Ballycastle and invited me to join them. I had to decline the invitation, so we said farewell and I headed off for my walk along the promenade.
I had not gone too far when there was loud tooting of a car horn. Turning round I saw my new found friends driving along Marine Highway with arms outstreched from every window of their car, singing Happy Birthday to me!
The remainder of the day can be found in the slide show.
Barbara, I was just about to light the candle on my cake when the phone rang, it was your dad. Growing up we always shared our birthdays, his being two days before mine, so he sang Happy Birthday as I blew out the candle!
For all my knitting friends, I found the extreme knitting at Parlour Yarns, Carrickfergus,they do have a Facebook Page. The piece was sitting in a basket with an invitation to knit a few stitches, a row or half the rug! It was very heavy, the yarn was carpet wool in four colours with two strands of each colour. You would need a tub of good hand cream to sooth the fingers after working on it for any length of time. I once used carpet thrums to make a 10 ft X 6 ft Mister Men rug for my kitchen floor. It was back in the day when I had a little doll to play with – then she grew up and ran away for her own adventure!!!!! I do love you Elly, REALLY!
In all I had a very good day. Thank you to all who played any part in my celebration, with calls, texts, postings, cards and song singing.
You all rock.
UPDATE: What a difference a day makes:
We are back to whistling winds and driving rain. Did yesterday really happen? Was I dreaming?
I MisseD it…happy, happening birthdays from the genie from across the seas! Bless you!
Thank you, padmum. At my age, every day I wake up is worth celebrating! Bless you too!
Well, you certainly had a good time! The cake looks divine, and the knitting looks great, too.
Gigi, I did and we had more fun today!
What a wonderful inspirational post. Great photos of your happy day. Happy Birthday to you GM. I loved the floor show.
A day of simple pleasures. They are the kind I like the best.
Those are some happy pictures. The boat scene is exquisite. And a belated Happy Birthday to you, Marie.
Thank you Al, I was so fortunate to have a pet day yesterday. It was well into the afternoon before the skies quietened today.
How wonderful that the sun shone for your special day. Sounds like FAB FUN!
My aim yesterday was to go for a walk and come home with a photo to blog about. I met some delightful people and the camera on my phone was well exercised!
Only the truly blessed can make the sun shine on their day! What are you knitting? If I don’t get with my four projects I’m going to be tossed out of Knotty Knitters…
Brighid, the knitting in the photo is not mine, I liked the idea and the proprietor was willing to take the shots. I am busy making pom poms for my Easter bunnies and after that it will be a couple of weeks finishing a few of the projects languishing in bags in every room of the house!
A multitude of magnificently merry returns of the day!
Thank you Col, I will enjoy my birthday season and hopefully not have any returns!!
That sounds like an excellent day. But do you not like icing on your birthday cake?
I go to Carrickfergus quite a lot but I’ve never noticed that wonderful sculpture. Whereabouts is it?
Nick, It is on Marine Highway, heading for Kilroot on the left hand side, at the very end of the green area. When you see the tank, you are halfway there.
What a splendid day to spend with yourself, meeting Brendan the toyboy a bonus for sure…you’lll make your other toyboys unhappy for sure 🙂
Hello, you probably know my name from the Comments Lounge at the Farmy. I just wanted to thank you for your chance comment about Sugru. I followed it up and it has just saved me several hundred dollars! It’s not widely available here in Australia but I managed to find one supplier who didn’t want the blood of my firstborn for it (he’d have had a long wait for that…), and I bought enough to make extremely useful techy/geeky thing for myself which I’d have had to pay some great gobshite of an ‘expert’ to do otherwise. So thank you very, very much! Kate from Chiconia x
Good morning Kate, I certainly do know you from the Farmy Comments Lounge.
I was introduced to the wonderful product Sugru a few years ago and found many uses for it. When I find something that really does ‘what it says on the tin’, I like to share the news with others. I am so pleased you were able to find it and use it to suit your own needs. Well done you!
I’m just so chuffed at the saving! You know those moulded in-ear earpieces that performers and TV people wear? I needed some of those. And I made some! And they work! And best of all, they’re *pink*!!
Brilliant! I love when a tip I give proves worthwhile. May you have many years of enjoyment from the *pink* moulded in-ear earpieces!
Look out for a post! I’ll be linking to you as a credit for the inspiration!
I was going to ask if a post was in the offing, not for the link, but the idea to share with others. I look forward to it!
I need to wait till tomorrow, when the silicone has hardened enough to be handled and put into my ear. The Husband will need to take the photo… And I’ll also be sending an email to Sugru with a link to the post. You never know, there might be a freebie in it!
You might encourage them to open a branch in Australia or sell it through a hardware group of stores. 300 B&Q stores across the UK and Ireland now stock and sell it.
Not a bad idea; they really do need to have a retailer other than the electronics-geek website I bought it from!
What a lovely day to share with all of your devotees! And thank you for your gift to me, you know what it was. I made it under the wire. 😀
Self amusement is the very best – loving your own company.
Glad you made it under the wire. You were the first person I thought about when I heard it! I am learing that every moment is precious, alone or in company and I am making the most of them.