Dinner party at Mary’s. I thought this was a pre-Christmas celebration but it was more like an early birthday party for me. There were just seven of us around the table and it was delightful.
Official birthday lunch with my husband, brother, sister, sister-in-law and a couple of cousins. We had a most delicious meal at a local hotel with all the trimmings. Being lactose intolerant, I really enjoyed the specially-made crumble for dessert. The centrepiece, floral arrangement from my sister, who couldn’t join us. So beautiful!
Flowers from my sister for my 70th birthday.
Back home, we had the delicious cake made by my wonderful sister-in-law. It doubled as a Christmas cake, full of fruit, cherries and nuts and not too dark and heavy. I wish I had remembered to take a photo.
Relaxing at the best tea-shop in town.
Earl Gray tea with dairy-free tea brack in my favorite cafe.
After some solitary Christmas shopping, I treated myself to a leisurely break in my favourite cafe. While I enjoy spending time with my husband, family and friends, I relish downtime on my own. It’s good to savor the moment and feel grateful for the simple pleasures of life.
Belated birthday celebration with a group of friends. January 2nd
I have a wonderful bunch of neighbours who have become friends, ranging in age from 58 to 80 old. We get together as a group to celebrate each of the six birthdays. These are nicely spaced from September to July. My Christmas birthday was, of necessity, celebrated when New Years Day was over and we were all less busy at home.
We went, as usual to a country gastro pub with a great view of the Atlantic Ocean from the front door. “Mein Host” greeted us with the words, “Whose birthday is it today?”.
After a leisurely main course, the banana in my fruit salad sported a single lighted candle.
5/70 January 3rd
With the gift voucher from my friends, My husband and I took a trip to an outdoor clothing store and I bought a new mustard coloured, fleece lined winter jacket. It is cosy and wind and water-proof. I also bought a pair of waterproof trousers and a pink hat! Well, I like pink. The bonus is that this beanie has an led light on the front, which can be charged with a USB charger.
All of this gear will serve me well in our wet and windy coast of Ireland. Now I just have to get out there and exercise whatever the weather!