What a great birthday! I was all doom & gloom about my birthday not in I'm getting old I just felt a bit like I could not be arsed with anything at the moment kind of mood. Well I had a great day. My sister had gone to a lot of effort and made me and little dear a little tea party for lunch, the best kind of lunch in my opinion. We then picked up my Grandad and took him to Clumber Park, it was great as it was virtually empty. We looked around the 'Clumber during the war' exhibition, we went to visit the beautiful church, my Grandad has a thing about churchs, he is a member of a local history society and spends quite a lot of time studying churches. Clumber church apparently is quite interesting as it is a Anglo Catholic church! He spendt 15 minutes telling me & my sister about what that meant, and then another couple exactly the same thing. We then went to the cafe for tea & scones and then on to the shop.
My Grandad had a great day out with us, so we have said we will take him some where else of interest. I have to say when we dropped him off at 5.30 he was knackered, but my Mum had planned out his tea and had made sure he had nothing on today so he could chill out.
Any way coming back to my birthday, on the pressies front I did rather well and everyone is beginning to understand my taste after 32 years. Me & hubbo agreed not to buy anything for each other as funds are low and we go away in a couple of weeks, but he has promised to buy me a 1950's kitchen cupboard so I am on a ebay hunt. He also said he will collect it as long as it's within a sat nav area (that's every where right!). Little dear bought me the 'Duffy' CD which is rather good. My mum & dad have given me money as we are going to buy some new tiles for our bathroom (sad I know). My brother bought the Cath Kidston's smelly set. My other brother bought me a organizer and a copy of the 'Grazia' magazine, I think he thinks I sit around all day reading, how wrong I sit about all day reading blogs!
One of my friends bought me the little book on sex, as I told her the title should of read ' No sex, were knackered'. Another friend bought me the Duffy cd as well so I am going to swap that for another.
My sister is fantastic at buying presents, she takes in comments I make all the way through the year and does not mind a bit of effort to organise them either. She arranged fro Manda @ Treefall designs to make me one of her fantastic Selvedge Pincushions. She also ordered one of Lisa @ Primrose Hill Interiors Doodle books and one of the lovely tea light holders, they are both gorgeous. She also arranged for the wall decal to be produced for my studio if you can not read it it says 'all work and no play make Vanessa a very dull girl' how brill is that.
My Grandad went into the the shop and bought me the Jam jars & the Jam recipe book. When we were eating our scones & jams in the cafe i mentioned I was going to try making jam and bless him he remembered.
The Henkeeping book was a treat to myself and I have also treated myself to a copy of 'The Diary of a Provincial Lady' with the special edition Cath Kidston cover on it. I am awaiting delivery on that one, but I feel this may be my holiday read.
All of this loveliness was finished off by a visit to my local Indian with all my family, it was great. Thanks for all my birthday wishes from you lot to it just adds to day.
Forgot to say the reason for the one card in the photo was that it was from my friend in Italy and it is a 'Poppy Theffrey' card, she gets every where!
Sorry this is such I long post!