cycling with white gloves
wordless weekend

gifts & blessings

Birthday song
birthday song

Even at the ages of fourteen and 10 my kids still get excited about my birthday and I still don't mind being woken up at the crack of dawn. And I must say the breakfast fare just gets better and better. Coffee in a new cup from my boy with one of his just baked banana & chocolate muffins. And I had the pleasure of Gracie playing Happy Birthday while I blew out the candle.

Morning treat
new mug and Tristan's muffins

 There were more special gifts too, like this Shrinky Dink necklace G made me.

Necklace gift
by Gracie

Later, instead of the beach, we went to the Michaelmas fair at the village church and met up with friends. That would be the vicar there hiding inside the goose suit.

Michaelmas goose fair in the church

The fair gave us a rare chance to climb the bell tower, see the village from above, the Quantocks on one side over to Exmoor and the Blackdown Hills on the other. We were lucky with a super sunny day.

Bell tower
view from the bell tower

Tiny window
tiny window

Edit: oops meant to add this one. We loved this tiny window.

 From the tower

Up the tower
windy at the top

Lovely light
pretty light

Thank you for all those Facebook messages and surprise packages and warmth and good wishes.

Today it's Patty's birthday, love you sis. Then tomorrow it's Dad's, love you too dad.

Hope you have a great week ahead.



Sonia / Cozy Memories

You deserved it all my friend !!! Children are the best !


How great seeing your daughter playing the violin. My son played for 8 years and then stopped unfortunately.AriadnefromGreece!


Gracie and Tristan really do seem to know how to make your birthday special! I can hear the music and smell the muffin clear over here on the other side of the pond!

You so deserve all the happy celebrations and gifts and remembrances. You are without doubt one of the nicest and most generous people in the world.

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