Yah boo hiss,
today was my fortieth birthday. Tony, being absent at work in Damascus, had sent me a stunning bouquet of lillies & roses; although unfortunately they were supposed to arrive a couple of days ago, & were rather the worse for wear by the time I received them, the roses having wilted somewhat. So I carried out the chores alone; & the goats, being no respecter of celebration, duly gave me characteristic grief at being late with their breakfast when I luxuriated in an extra half hour in bed!
After doing the milking I occupied myself with giving the machinery a deep clean; & also mucked out the poultry, standard Sunday activities which they cannot do for themselves of course. I then took a few experimental photos with the new camera Mum & Dad had bought me although as it was a rather grey & bitterly cold day, I did not achieve that elusively spectacular shot I’d hoped for.
But what proved especially exciting, was that the plant equipment for doing the groundworks to the new Dairy Complex arrived this afternoon – so I felt that our new life really does begin, today. Fantastic!!
Friends & neighbours were determined that I would not spend my entire birthday in isolation; & I was invited up the hill for a delicious celebratory meal of satay skewers, a luxuriously thick game casserole & (my favourite!) a wickedly boozy banana trifle – complete with candles (Not That Many, I’m relieved to report).
All this was washed down with refreshing glasses of ‘fizz’; & we spent the rest of the evening in pleasant conversation whilst ‘Small’, the recently-adopted kitten, made it his mission to rip my ‘fairy-liquid’ hands, to shreds!
But what a marvellously memorable evening – it’s been a great birthday weekend in spite of Tony’s unfortunate absence, far too many miles away. At least I am so very lucky to have such wonderful friends & family!
Anyway – wish me Many Happy Returns – meanwhile I’m off to polish my zimmer frame….!!