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MY 65TH BIRTHDAY WEEKEND

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As most of you would have known I was 65 on Monday 27th June and we went down south to celebrate with our children, we had a wonderful time, on Friday evening our daughter held a Fathers day Celebration which was all Italian food and Bread she had cooked, plenty of beer and wine, it was a fantastic evening, on Saturday morning Johanna and me went to my Grandsons grave to plant up his garden and lay flowers, a very sad morning for us both but we knew he was there to celebrate with his Grandma, Saturday afternoon our daughter and son-in-law drove us to a beautiful village called Bibury, what a wonderful afternoon we had, a real chocolate box village, Saturday evening Johanna made a curry evening, fantastic, Sunday morning Clive our son picked us up in his car and took us to his house for breakfast, set us up for the day, my three grandchildren were there and we all went back to my daughters for the afternoon. we had a fantastic bar-B-Q cooked by our son-in-law, I was then handed a tea shirt and an arrow to wear on my head, how we laughed, photos taken then it was time for my birthday present, Johanna and Clive had bought me a gold pendant full of Saphires and Diamonds, did I cry, “YES” then came the cake, £20 from my son-in-laws Nan to buy something nice for the garden, activities drinking talking laughing until 11-30, on Monday I was taken to a pub for a drink and a nice walk, spent the afternoon in the garden, the family came again in the eveing for a birthday dinner, Johanna had made Carrot and Corriander soup, followed by Beef Wellington and roast veg, followed by ice cream and more birthday cake, but before we had dinner Johanna handed me a large parcel, when I opened it she had made me a Memory book, did I cry “YES” the first photo on the front cover was me aged just 4, my elder sister had helped with all the photos and to see the photos of my parents, grandparents, my sisters and brother over the years was over whelming, what memories, 65 years of them, apparently Johanna had worked on the book for 4 months, it was a work of art, I can only put some photos on here of my birthday as due to our daughters job security is tight, but I am going to show you the village we went to,and also a couple of photos that I hope will make you all smile, I will start with Johanna’s Foccasia bread, then show you the village, and finished with my birthday, I do hope you enjoy this blog, thank you for looking, The birthday card at the bottom of the blog is from my Dr, telling me I can now have free flu jabs which I have been having for the past ten year and a free Pneumococcal Vaccination, I could not stop laughing, the orchids have just this minute arrived from my sister who lives in Australia. the tea shirt is from my daughter, she always puts me on the naughty step.

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Fantastic. Glad you had a great time.

29 Jun, 2011

 

Wow didnt you have a great time val with your family....love the blog and pics.... the Birthday cake looks lovely just my type of cake..lol....
And how funny to have a card from your Doctors..... your memory book sounds lovely too.... x

29 Jun, 2011

 

what a lovely family you have to give you such a fantastic birthday weekend

my favorite photo is the cake 'Iwantoneofthose'.......

thanks for lightening the day Yorks xxx

29 Jun, 2011

 

Fabulous photos Val. Delighted you had a great birthday. I was looking forward to hearing from you,and all the fun you had with your family. Free travel pass now, wont be able to stop you now enjoying it all.

29 Jun, 2011

 

Oh! you did have a brilliant time didn't you. That village is really nice I would love to saunter around there. I had to smile at the card from the GP's I must tell our lot about that... Your cake was amazing......a real chocaholics feast. I thought the photo of you at 4yrs was me. Lol. Your daughter is a great cook isn't she, and she spent so long lovingly preparing everything for your birthday. The daughter sign says it all.

29 Jun, 2011

 

What a beautiful village! Glad you had such a lovely day Yorks xx

29 Jun, 2011

 

Oh thanks for all those lovely photos Val. So pleased you had a great weekend. Your family did you proud. What a fantastic weekend you had. Was so looking forward to hearing all about it, and you didnt disappoint.

29 Jun, 2011

 

ALL THE BEST Valerie. I wish you good health and many-many happy returns. Beautiful pictures. I must complaint to my GP. He did not remembered me when I turned 65. A few years ago.

29 Jun, 2011

 

Thank you all so much for your lovely comments, so glad you enjoyed looking, and yes I was very spoilt, my kids say it all when I look at facebook and they leave a message just saying, " I Love you Mum " just wish I could have shown you family photos of the two big days, but as I said, security is tight with my daughter, thank you all, xx

29 Jun, 2011

 

lovely photos and it sounds as though you had a great time :o)) know what you mean re photos ,we have the same problem with ones of my eldest son and his family.

29 Jun, 2011

 

Very well said Val.

29 Jun, 2011

 

Yorkie my dear, what a wonderful record of a fantastic birthday party! I could almost have cried for you. A wonderful daughter to think of such a dream of a gift in your birthday book, memories to treasure for ever. I am sooo glad you had a great time, not that I doubted it for a minute.
I wasnt sure which day it was, so I toasted you on Saturday night! (Sorry, drank your tot too lol).
Glad you got there and back safely and perhaps next time you are down this way, we can have a belated celebration.

Loved the pictures of Bibury, have sat on the river wall many times to watch the ducks! Loved the focaccia bread (my favourite!) and the cake, Pamg is right, its definitely "Iwantoneofthose".
You have a family in a million, and Im sure you deserve it!
xxx

29 Jun, 2011

 

thanks Helen, thanks John, and thank you Tet, don't be sorry for drinking my Tot, believe me I did not go short. next time maybe we should meet in Bibury, you say you could have cried for me, you would not have believe how much I cried when receiving gifts from my kids, the cake was incredible, all Thorntons chocolates on top, xx

29 Jun, 2011

 

Beautiful photos, Yorkshire, Happy (belated) Birthday! What a fantastic family you have to give you such a heart-warming time. No wonder you shed a tear . . :))

29 Jun, 2011

 

I can well believe it, Im still sniffling, there is nothing like happy tears my friend!

29 Jun, 2011

 

Lovely photos glad you had a lovely time:)

29 Jun, 2011

 

Oh Beautiful Val! What lovely photos of what will be an unforgettable day! xxxxx

29 Jun, 2011

 

Thank you Sheila, thanks Tet Ole love, thanks Nana and thank you Lou,

29 Jun, 2011

 

Did I cry 'yes' !!! just reading this lovely blog got me going. Lovely photos and what wonderful suprises you had, so glad you had a lovely trip down here and that you all enjoyed yourselves. Happy,happy birthday. x

29 Jun, 2011

 

lovely Yorkshire - really glad it was a great day - lovely pics - I love that gunnera !!!!

29 Jun, 2011

 

Oh Madge, sorry, believe me, I cried also, so glad you enjoyed my blog, xx

29 Jun, 2011

 

Lovely blog Yorkshire, happy 65th! I love the memory book, i did one for my parents Diamond anniversary so i know how much work goes into one! You had a lovely time by the sounds of it :o)

29 Jun, 2011

 

Great Blog Yorkshire, glad you had a good time, the pics are fabulous and both me and my daughter holly are loving your choccy cake :-)) Mmmm

29 Jun, 2011

 

How lovely :o) I'm glad you enjoyed.
I didn't think you were a day over 30 :o)
I'd loved to have seen you with that arrow through your head lol, and what nice gifts you had !
I've heard of Bibury. It's said to be one of the prettiest places in England. Nice that you could go there :o)

29 Jun, 2011

 

Wow! What a very special birthday you had! How very lovely. That bread is fantastic, Joanna must be a very good cook.

That village and garden is absolutely beautiful, is it in the Cotswolds?

Happy birthday for Monday - I can you had a wonderful time!

And as for that cake i don't suppose there is even a crumb left?

29 Jun, 2011

 

happy belated birthday, glad your day was special, the pictures are beautiful

29 Jun, 2011

 

First of all Val, Congratulations for your 65th birthday, sorry I'm a little late. So glad you had such a fantastic weekend with your lovely family. Wish I could cook like your daughter, the cake looked so appetising, it made my mouth water..Mmmm!! Its watering again just thinking of all those lovely Thorntons choccys on the top. What a lovely little village, it's so pretty with all the little rivers and thatched cottages........What a lovely way to spend your 65th Val. and your photos were lovely, really enjoyed looking over them. You sure had some lovely pressys from your family, and what a lovely thought to do your memory album, its something you can treasure for years to come. You will always remember your 65th Val. :>))))))...Lovely Blog..

29 Jun, 2011

 

What a lovely blog Val - congratulations and best wishes. Some lovely photies - especially the cake with the choccies on top. Sounds like you were well spoiled - why not, you're obviously much loved. Sheila

29 Jun, 2011

 

Thanks Sewing, yes the memory book was just fantastic, photos in there of my Grandparents with their 13 children, just incredible, So glad you enjoyed this blog S/Lad, Oh Hywel you made me laugh, not a day over 30, you old smoothy you, Thanks Sticki, sorry the cake has all gone, Thank you Pondlady, Sticki yes it is in the Cotswolds, Lin thank you, I am so glad you enjoyed this, my daughter is a fantastic cook, thanks Sheila, so glad you enjoyed it also, "SORRY EVERYONE. THE CAKE AND CHOCOLATES HAVE ALL GONE," Well what did you all expect, Lol xx

30 Jun, 2011

 

Well,Val,what can I add to this,what hasn't already been said? I am so glad you had such a wonderful time with your loving and loved Family..that is worth more than anything..your presents and memory book,is a treasure to have..and the card from the GP is brilliant..really made me laugh ! xxx

30 Jun, 2011

 

some wonderful comments on here Bloomer, the card from the GP gave both of us a good laugh too, glad you enjoyed my blog, xx

30 Jun, 2011

 

Belated Birthday Wishes from me too Yorkshire. What a smashing blog.
Wear your T-shirt with pride!! :-)

30 Jun, 2011

 

my daughter made the T- shirt, gave me a day off from the naughty step, Lol so pleased you enjoyed the blog, thank you,

30 Jun, 2011

 

A very happy birthday, what lovely pictures, I hope you enjoy the next 65!! big bugs, ooooops, sorry I mean big hugs xxxx and many more.lots of love patricia

30 Jun, 2011

 

thank you Patricia, so glad you enjoyed my blog, and thanks for the Bugs, Lol

30 Jun, 2011

 

For my birthday last year we went to a cottage in the Cotswolds, a place called fairford, I've just looked it up, it's not far from bibury, in fact the river going through bibury runs onto fairford, we stayed in the mill cottage so the stream was running under us!

30 Jun, 2011

 

that's intresting Sticki. must ask OH where the other village is that the kids want us to go to, its very close to where they live,

30 Jun, 2011

 

Well Val your family did you proud on your 65th birthday, what a lovely time you have had, something you will never forget and that village was just my idea of perfect;0))

30 Jun, 2011

 

I would like to know yorkshire, it's all lovely round there. My son has stayed in painswick a few times, they like it.

30 Jun, 2011

 

Yorkie I`m delighted for you, your family made it all so special for you, a memory book is a wonderful gift, one that would bring a tear to many an eye.
That village looks a gorgeous place and I thank you for showing the lovely photo`s..

30 Jun, 2011

 

Im so glad you had a great birthday Yorkshire...Your blog is wonderful and the pics are beautiful....I wasnt able to comment sooner i was in Poland at my nephews wedding, we had a wonderful time, tired though and glad to be home xx

1 Jul, 2011

 

Sticki, OH can't remember so I am going to ask Jo later, thanks Lincass, the memory book is just fantastic, and the village was gorgeous, Thank you Mot, glad you enjoyed my birthday blog, so pleased you had a wonderful time in Poland, will PM you later with some news,

1 Jul, 2011

 

Thanks Yorkshire.

I think it was lechlade where we went for a meal, very interesing, everyone eats together and the staff parade the main courses and the sweets through the restaurant so you see them before you order, makes quite a spectacle, a great sense of occasion too!

1 Jul, 2011

 

Sticki, Lechlade was where they took me for a drink on my birthday, a lovely pub right on the thames there, then we took a walk around the village,

1 Jul, 2011

 

Pansypotter, many thanks, that village was wonderful,

1 Jul, 2011

 

I cant remember a pub or the river, didnt realise it was the Thames there; but the restaurant is well worth a visit. Good food and such a memorable meal - you should have seen the steamed pudding - never seen one so big!

1 Jul, 2011

 

if its not the Thames then what is it, !!! lol, the pub was down a side road.

1 Jul, 2011

 

happy belated birthday and so glad you enjoyed your weekend yorkshire :o)) x

1 Jul, 2011

 

It's the River Colne, I just looked it up.

1 Jul, 2011

 

Many Happy returns, Yorkshire! Looks like you had a wonderful birthday :)
Sorry I didn't see this sooner, am away at my daughter's. She's just had a little boy, who shares your birthday!

2 Jul, 2011

 

Karen, many congratulations on the birth of you new grandson, fancy him being born on my birthday, my love to your daughter, please let us know his name and birth weight, thank you for my birthday wishes, xx

2 Jul, 2011

 

O.K. Sticki, got it, Lacock Abbey, birth place of photography [ Village of Lacock] Jo said she will take us there next time we go down, well done on naming the river colne, xx

2 Jul, 2011

 

Wow Yorkshire it looks like you had a fabulous time.I love the pictures especially the one with the black swan.I am so happy that you decided to use some of my back garden pictures again.lol.I am very happy that BBFB is back again.Hope your all well.xxx BBFB:))))

2 Jul, 2011

 

BBFB, glad you enjoyed looking, we were surprised when we saw the black swan, Oh yes, thank you for letting me use your back garden, we are fine thanks,I had a wonderful 4 days Birthday,

2 Jul, 2011

 

Happy Birthday Yorkshire.
Only just catching up on blogs.
Glad you had a fantastic time. The blog and pics are fabulous. Looks a lovely place.
Yes, I shed a tear when I read about your memory book. You must have been so overwhelmed, when you opened it.
Again, wishing you a very Happy 65th Birthday. xxx.

2 Jul, 2011

 

Thank you so much Linda, the memory book and my birthday was just incredible, xx

2 Jul, 2011

 

Lacock abbey sounds nice, I will look it up.

2 Jul, 2011

 

Report back please

3 Jul, 2011

 

It looks very nice but it's further away than I thought - it's Wiltshire.

3 Jul, 2011

 

Yes I know, its close to Wooton Bassett I think, apparently they don't have any street lighting there,

3 Jul, 2011

 

happy 65th birthday yorkshire it sounds like you had a great time and that birthday cake looks scrumptious

3 Jul, 2011

 

thanks Jackie, yes I had a great birthday,

4 Jul, 2011

 

Oh wow, double WOW!! What a lot of celebrating your family arranged for your 65th birthday. You've got some lovely memories via your gifts, the delicious food your daughter Jo prepared for you (a fabulous cook indeed!) and being in the Cotswolds and able to take so many gorgeous photos :)

I am so happy for you that you had a nice time away and also glad you shared your memories and photos with us. It was a real treat to view them all and read about your celebrations. So...belatedly....Happy 65th. (((hugs)))

4 Jul, 2011

 

thanks so much Whiston, big hug for you too, xx

4 Jul, 2011

 

Sorry I'm late to add my birthday wishes for you Yorkshire.....I see that my reply is No 65!!!....What a fantastic way to spend your birthday....with your family around you and they obviously worked hard to make it very special for you. Thanks for sharing with us all.....love the pics.....the Cotswolds are a lovely place.:-)
xx
Lou

4 Jul, 2011

 

A belated Happy Birthday Yorkshire. They say that true happiness comes from loving and to be loved and your blog certainly confirms this. Its lovely to hear and see from your photos what a truly wonderful birthday you had.

4 Jul, 2011

 

thank you so much Stroller,

5 Jul, 2011

 

thank you Amblealice, I agree with you re the cotswolds, lovely

5 Jul, 2011

 

Found your birthday blog at last Val ... sorry to be so very late to it ... been away and then the Mum saga ... I think your family must love you very much to have put in so much time and effort to make your 65th a really memorable day. That village is just so beautiful ... I'm sure you'll remember that weekend forever. Well done and belated happy birthday wishes to you ... : o ))))

7 Jul, 2011

 

Thank you Shirley, my kids are wonderful, BRAGGING am I, Lol, I keep looking at the memory book, the hard work gone into it, each page has messages and motives on, Yes I had the most incredible birthday, I do hope your Mum is going on o.k. x

8 Jul, 2011

 

Yes, she's doing really well and had her usual Friday 'home hairdo' this morning. : o )

8 Jul, 2011

 

that's great news Shirley,

8 Jul, 2011

 

So pleased your mom is doing well now, Shirley...amazing how quickly she can bounce back (a new hairdo always works miracles too...lol).

8 Jul, 2011

 

Just got home from the allotment ... Mum helped by cutting woody stems from a Buddleia into smaller pieces to fit in the rubbish bags ... she enjoyed herself but I'm shattered from the hard work ... lol!

9 Jul, 2011

 

Well done to your mom....she's up and at 'em letting nothing stop her enthusiasm for life. Shirley....put your feet up tonight and rest....best advice after a hard day of working in the allotment :)

9 Jul, 2011

 

I shall be playing 'catch up' on here . . .

9 Jul, 2011

 

Wow wow wow, you had a super fabulous birthday! I'm so glad for you. Thank you for the lovely blog and beautiful pictures. Happy birthday Yorkshire, a little belated but with loads of love, T xxxxx

11 Jul, 2011

 

glad you took a look Tommy. thanks

11 Jul, 2011

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