I had such a wonderful birthday, which I wisely strung out over two days. Sure, getting older isn’t any fun but the rest of the birthday stuff certainly makes up for it. Friday, I had a lovely bit of fondue with my hubby and a quiet evening watching British comedy. Saturday, my family gathered for some seafood (I had grilled shrimp and scallops – delish!) and then a generous helping of my mother’s wonderful Black Forest cake. Kirsch brandy, sweet cherries, whipped cream, chocolate cake….wow, what a wonderful dessert.
As if all this wonderment wasn’t enough, I received gifts that were tailor made. Hubby found a full set of Jane Austen hardcover books for me, which are even now right next to me on my desk. My sister and brother-in-law picked out the exact skirt I had lusted over at a shop called Torrid, so that was an excellent surprise. My grandmother found some wonderful British treats for me – turkish delight, cherry jelly, almond and cherry tea….Mmmmmm.
My folks added to the British theme with a lovely necklace featuring Anne Boleyn, a brown betty tea pot (looks like this if you haven’t seen one – how cute is that!):
And if that weren’t enough, my mom made a gorgeous drawing of Jane Austen for me, which is already in a place of honor above my sewing table.
Yep, it was one swell birthday and it reminded me of just how I lucky I am. Truly, I am so grateful for my wonderful family. Not only do they know me so well (and love me in spite of that), but they have the infinite grace not to mention all the gray hair that another year has brought to me.
Can you get luckier than that? I think not.
*Brown betty pot photo found here.