Friday, 18 July 2014

birthday girl

Hello lovely family and friends!

Yesterday was my official birthday but as our family couldn't make it yesterday we had a get together a couple of weekends ago... so I kind of have two birthdays to share with you.

I hope you have a drink and something that can stand in for birthday cake... ready?
Here we go...


Son, daughter, son-in-law, Little Miss and Young Master got up early and traveled down to Somerset so that they could accompany us to church. Little Miss declared the best part was going up the front to help hold a bucket (and no, I can't remember story as I was entranced my grand children)!

We had lunch and cake...!...




...and presents :-)


This was a joint pressie; a photo taken by my lovely talented daughter of her children sitting outside a cafe drinking apple juice. Clever son suggested that they had it printed on to a stretched canvas for me and it's now proudly on display in the sitting room.
I LOVE it so much :-)
It is so perfectly posed yet not posed at all.
And it has a wonderful retro/vintagey quality about it don't you think?


Yummy! A double batch gluten and dairy free lemon drizzle cake made lovingly by my daughter... this was taken before the candles were added.
Luckily for me there was enough left over to freeze 12 slices :-)

Lunch was followed by a trip to the station in Minehead to see Thomas and friends and then on to Blenheim Gardens cafè for a drink and play...






It was such a lovely day :-)

And then we come to yesterday...
Lots of lovely phone calls, texts and facebook messages, parcels, gifts and cards... I felt very blessed (still do :-))

Lovely Husband, Bertie and I went out for the day first visiting Heddon Valley...









...with a gorgeous walk down to Heddon's Mouth. It is a wide and well maintained path that slopes downhill gently making it suitable for all ages.  (see here)

Followed by a picnic lunch and a walk around Arlington Court gardens and grounds (see here). I have no photos of this as I was well and truly overwhelmed by this time. Luckily we had a blanket with us and I was able to rest and recuperate in the shade. It's an Aspie thing (Asperger) where my brain can no longer deal with all the sensory information it was being bombarded with. It's not a problem as long as I'm with someone like Lovely Husband who understands the urgent need for quiet and rest.

We traveled back home over our beautiful, colourful Exmoor to a scrumptious dinner and bubbly in the garden...


Perfect!

There is still a present to come but I'll tell you about that a week our two after has arrived...I shall say no more for now.

Yes tis me with the short hair...I've had it like this for nearly a year now but i do really like the photo of me at the top on side...I will update it one day :-)

Thank you for sharing my birthdays with me :-)
Ttfn
Tracey xxx

35 comments:

  1. Belated Happy Birthday Tracey, it looks live you have a wonderful time twice over, thanks for sharing your birthday with us. :)

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  2. Happy Birthday Tracey!!! I am so glad that you had a great day, what a wonderful time and how great to spend time with your family and cake!! xx

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    1. Thank you Amy :-) Hehe...family and cake, very important ingredients! Have a lovely weekend, xx

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  3. Wow, wonderful presents, family time, cake and weather! Glad you were truly spoilt and for sharing your fabulous photos.
    The canvas print works beautifully, such a thoughtful gift that is ageless.
    Look forward to seeing what parcel you have coming.

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  4. Happy Birthday Tracey! So important to celebrate these milestones. Lovely photo of your grandchildren, adorable. X

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  5. looks like two fabulous days to remember. great photos of you all. big hugs to you & rich. xxxc

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  6. Happy belated birthday, Tracey! It looks like you had a lovely celebration.

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  7. Belated Happy Birthday
    Have you seen Sally's new shop?
    Julie xxxxxxxx

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    1. Hi Julie, thank you :-) No I haven't seen it yet but looking forward to it when the opportunity arises xx

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  8. Hi Tracey, what a great post, thank you so much for all these lovely pictures and you have beautiful memories to treasure too.
    The photo of the children put on the canvas is such a lovely present, I agree it is a fantastic picture and yes it does look vintage.
    It is my 50th next weekend and my children have arranged for a family short break to Minehead in September.
    Have a great weekend xxx

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    1. Hi Linda :-) Thank you! How lovely of your children to do that for you.
      xxx

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  9. Happy Birthday! July 17th is my birthday too!

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    1. Happy birthday to you Charlotte :-) Thanks for your message
      xx

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  10. Wishing you a Happy Birthday, Tracey, and a wonderful year ahead!
    Your family celebrations look and sound so happy and delightful. I love Arlington Court....we went there on holiday a couple of years ago :) Love the photo on canvas of your sweet grandchildren, that is such a special gift.
    I hope you have a lovely weekend.
    Helen xox

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  11. Happy Birthday, Tracey! What more do you need on your birthday, heh? A beautiful family, fabulous weather, scrumptious food, delightful tea parties and scenic country. You are certainly blessed with it all. May the memories of these happy times linger to be enjoyed again and again in your heart and mind. xxx

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    1. Aw, thank you Jodie :-) As you can see I am very behind but I hope to catch up soon xxx

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    2. Don't think of it as 'behind' - that is only your perception. I would rather a blogger write when they have something to say, even if posts are weeks or months apart, instead of posting carelessly every day for the sake of a daily post. Quality over quantity! :-)

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  12. Happy birthday Tracey, a very lovely way to celebrate! that's a sweet picture of grandchildren to keep. I think I have been to Heddons Mouth, a little beach and the walk down, it looks familiar! X

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    1. Hi and thank you Heather :-) It was lovely and not to far away from home so we'll be going back! xxx

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  13. Happy belated birthday to you Tracey, it sounds like the perfect way to spend a birthday if you ask me! x

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  14. Happy Belated Birthday! What a lovely day it sounds :) And that photo is absolutely wonderful, so personal and special xx

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    1. Thanks Helen, I love gazing at it :-) xx

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  15. Happy Birthday Tracey - what a lovely day you had, so full of lots of memories. I think the canvas of your Grandchildren is quite stunning, such a special present.
    Kate x

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    1. Oh it is, thanks so much Kate :-) xx

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  16. Belated happy birthday Tracey, sounds like the perfect day and the canvas is such a lovely idea, what a treasure!
    Jane x

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    1. Indeed it is a treasure Jane :-) Thank you xx

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  17. What a lovely birthday!!! And that photo of the little ones is fantastic!! Happy Birthday to you all! ~Angela~

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