Saturday, 15 December 2018

The BIG day!

The lead up ...
actually started on 10th November when I had an early present of a weekend of water colour painting for my birthday.
Things have now moved on ...
We've always put up the Christmas decorations the weekend before my birthday and this year is no different except that we shall be away for the majority of the festivities. So on Sunday (9th) I only put out a fraction of the usual, my little collection of Christmas trees and snow globes ... I'm quite pleased with the result.
On Monday Chris from fuel boat Merchant brought us a coal and kindling delivery; George had asked around the other winter moorers if they wanted to add to our order so the total of 14 bags made it worth while for Chris to delivery by road.

Stanley was soooo pleased to see me ... or is it just the biscuits he knows he'll get?
The day was icy but the sun was warm and there was a faint mist over the weirs.

Jumping forward a few days ... 

to December 14th and a big birthday ...
cup of tea in bed (not unusual) open cards and presents, listen to son Mark sing happy birthday to me and generally start the day slowly ...
outside the temperature is -1°c ...
and not expected to rise above 3° all day
but the sun is shining and we decide we'll go for walk to Medmenham meadows, one of our favourite moorings about 2miles along the river and then catch the bus back ... but I was informed that we couldn't leave before 12 o'clock.  I love surprises so no questions were asked as to why.

Whilst I patiently waited and George paced about ...







the pheasant was calling ... he looks very festive!





and a crow came to sit on George's head ... how rude!










And a moorhen and coot had a face-off!


Lots of birthday cards, several of which were beautifully crafted by family members.  I think I said that it was a BIG day!

Midday arrived and went and I waited ... it was 1:15 when we saw a man walking along the pontoon to Still Rockin' and delivered a beautiful bouquet of flowers from my sister-in-law Diane and husband Paul ... a lovely surprise!
Painting  box/easel complete with mixed media, brushes etc, from our daughter and son and their families and of course those lovely flowers.  I'm well pleased!

... so now we can go for that walk ... we didn't get far ... I'd forgotten my bus pass so George offered to go back for it ... in the meantime I took some photos at the farm ...




now with my bus pass in my pocket we continue just a short distance ...
when we met with this horse who was more than ready for a stroke of his forehead during which my phone rang and I rummaged in my pocket for my mobile ... it was daughter Sharon to sing to me and wish me many happy returns and we (Sharon and I) talked as we (George and I) walked ... for 25 minutes.
It was about here on the meadows in sight of Danesfield Hotel that I needed to get a tissue from my pocket and realised there was something missing ... my bus pass  ... oh no!  No bus pass + no cash = no bus back!  I said cheerio to daughter, we turned and retraced out steps.  I reasoned that it had come out of my pocket when I was scrabbling to get my phone out before it went to voice mail when  we were talking to the horse just a few hundred yards from the marina!  I was right and fortunately the said pass was lying in the mud just there ... phew!

Back at Still Rockin' we relaxed for a couple of hours and then got changed ... going out for a birthday meal at Cote Brasserie in Marlow ... and we're going by bus.
We were greeted warmly at the restaurant with complimentary fizzy white wine followed by a delicious meal (we both had steaks) and a chocolate pot pudding for me.  We talked and laughed and drank the red wine (a very nice Merlot) and then caught the bus home.

Sooooo to sum up ...

my 70th birthday was a great day, one of the best in fact.  I've received numerous calls from family to wish me a happy birthday both in words and song, I've had some excellent gifts and cards and lots of greetings via my facebook page.

Thank you to my family for making this day the best of days.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well a belated Happy Birthday from us! And many more of them. I look forward to seeing some of your paintings.
Have a good Chris.
Kath & Neil (nb Herbie)

Pip and Mick said...

Happy BIG Birthday Carol. It looks like a wonderful day.
Pip and Mick

Sue said...

Now there's a thing!! I missed your birthday completely! Not only that but I thought you were much younger!!

Deary me....

But let us wish you a very happy birthday for yesterday.. I think I have far too much on my mind at the moment but that is no real excuse.

Love Vic and Sue... Who is now taking the knife out of her throat having stabbed it a few times!! xxx

Paul said...

Outstanding pics as always ... very Happy Birthday to you from us.

P&C
Newlands

Marilyn McDonald said...

Belated, but no less heartfelt, warm wishes, Carol. And clearly you had a wonderful day!
Big hugs, Marilyn and David xx

Carol said...

Kath and Neil, Pip and Mick, Sue and Vic, Paul and Carole and Marilyn and David - thank you very much for your birthday wishes. xx

Jennie said...

Belated birthday wishes from us to. It certainly was a day to remember. Jennie and Chris xx

Garry said...

So glad you had a great day Carol. 70 mmmmmmmm, catching up with me. See you in February in sunny Ozz. Lot's of love. Garry and Sue xxx

Carol said...

Thanks Jennie and Chris.

Carol said...

Thanks Garry and Sue - only 7 weeks to go! Oh my!!