78 Today

Today, although windy, the weather was bright and dry enough for us to spend most of our time in the garden with a succession of visitors bearing birthday gifts.

Helen, Bill, Shelly and Ron were the morning contingent. It was particularly poignant for Helen and Bill, for this was their first visit away from home since the lockdown began. Apart from the first of these photographs featuring the photographer they were taken by Helen who e-mailed them to me. Jackie took the first one.

This afternoon Danni, Ella, and Elizabeth arrived.

For Elizabeth this was another first. She had not seen our garden since February, so naturally had a walk around.

Danni had made some excellent scones; and brought an original birthday cake, jelly and ice cream.

Even with Jackie’s help Danni was unable to light the cake candle outside, therefore took it indoors to do so. Observant readers may discern that the cake is a pork pie.

Ella was not much more than a year old when she last entered the house.

Nevertheless she made a beeline for the cupboard in which her favourite mice are kept. As she stood there indicating my new chair I wondered whether she had missed the old one.

Later, from inside, she showed Bear the patio group.

Outside, she had trouble deciding whether the scones and her face should have strawberry jam or clotted cream applied first – that is, to adopt the Devonian or the Cornish method.

She climbed onto the bench in the Wisteria Arbour; perused the library through the window; pointed at the empty bird feeder; and, cuddling Bear, peered at her mother’s reflection in the mirror. Danni e-mailed these last four pictures she had produced.

This evening we dined on succulent fillet steaks provided by Shelly and Ron; oven chips, peas, grilled tomatoes, and fried onions; followed by Danni’s jelly and ice cream, with which Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I drank a smooth Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2017 especially purchased by the Culinary Queen for the occasion.

Published by derrickjknight

I am an octogenarian enjoying rambling physically and photographing what I see, and rambling in my head as memories are triggered. I also ramble through a lifetime's photographs. In these later years much rambling is done in a car.

161 thoughts on “78 Today

  1. Belated Birthday Greeting for yesterday.

    I love all your photographs and it sounds as though you had a really lovely day.

    Oh, pork pies and pickles you now have my mouth watering, I’ve had neither breakfast or lunch yet but alas I have no porkpies either!

      1. Thats it… I really need to go down and eat! I think the pork pie will be added to my weekend shopping list πŸ™‚

  2. A happy belated Birthday greeting, Derrick. I am so glad things have opened up so that you could celebrate with family and friends! I bet Nugget was wondering what was going on! May you and Jackie have a great day after the big doings….

  3. Hip, hip, hooray!!! Belated happy birthday greetings to you, Derrick! It seems you were duly celebrated, which makes me happy. Here’s to a stellar year ahead! πŸ™‚

  4. Happy birthday for yesterday. The birthday boy is looking great in his hawk t-shirt, though perhaps it is as well robins can’t read. The jam/cream comment was hilarious.

  5. Well, well, Happy Birthday, Derrick!! I can see it was indeed! That little Ella is a cutiepie… a real character, indeed! She added quite a bit of cheer to the occasion. I can see that! Did she adopt the Devonian or the Cornish method? I’m not sure I am familiar with either … sounds quite British. You’ll have to explain and tell us which was her choice! I love that cover photo of you. Looking quite dapper for your 78 years! ❀

    1. Thanks very much, Jan. Like Ella, we can never remember which, but Devon and Cornwall, our two most SW counties argue fiercely about which way round it should be. Our grandniece seems to have all options covered. x

  6. I have your birthday marked on my calendar! Though I’ve not been reading blogs or posting my own lately, I had to get over here (even two days late) to wish you a happy birthday. I’m so glad you were showered in gifts and surrounded by family. I think maybe I might try a pork pie on my next birthday. πŸ˜‰ My love and hugs to you.

  7. I want a pair of slip-on caterpillar shoes just like Ella’s. πŸ˜€ … Happy Birth Day, good Sir!!! πŸ™‚ funny how they keep coming round every year. πŸ™‚

  8. Oh, wonderful! What a lovely day with loved ones all around, that fabulous T-shirt of yours, and Ella’s adventures. A belated “happy birthday” from me. And thanks for educating me about Devon and Cornish styled scones.

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