Mick’s 70th birthday party

Yesterday, was our friend Mick’s 70th birthday party.

I’m blest, not only to have great parents, but great 2nd parents, in Mick…

…and Bren (on the left, with her sister Sheila.

What better than an afternoon tea?

[The handbag was made for me by my friend Julia]

As Mick said, quoting Henry James, “Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me these have always been the most beautiful words in the English language”.

Burgundy 2012

Earlier this month we had a lovely week in Burgundy.

It was three years since we’d last visited, and it was lovely. We went to some of our favourite places; some new places; had some nice meals; drank some good wine…

…and saw some old friends :-).

The thing was to spend time with AndrĂ© and Christopher in Moulins-Englibert.

I can’t put it into words, but it’s a very special place.

Absolutely batty (I hooted with laughter)!

In a world where, as my Ma says, there aren’t many of us normal people left, I am incredibly blessed to have so may friends on the same wavelength.

When I was in the States last year, visiting the Price Sisters, I admired a cup sleeve Annie was using, so much better than the cardboard one. Virginia ordered me one for Christmas with an owl on it, as I like owls. So far so good…


…but there was another one in the parcel. That looks a little strange you may be thinking…pointy ears…cord…cross….


…a bible on the end of his wing…?!?
Oooh look it’s a monk bat!
Yes, I have my very own vampire monk cup sleeve (OK he’s a Franciscan not a Dominican, but why be churlish?). Has to be one of the best Christmas presents EVER! I couldn’t be happier :-). Can’t wait to wrap him round a coffee (or chai latte)…

Winter Light Night – Natural History & Pitt Rivers Museum

A real treat this evening…

Winter Light Night at the Natural History Museum and Pitt Rivers Museum.
I went with my lovely friend Jo, and her children Jack and ‘Cille.
The dinosaurs…

…were shown off to good effect…

…by the special lighting…
…which was very special.
We enjoyed the wind up torches…
…we used to explore the Pitt Rivers collection.
The lighting was fab here too…
…highlighting the beautiful roof.
People wandering around with torches looked like a cloud of fireflies.
The museum itself…
…looked like the skeleton of dinosaur.
[Photos taken with my new iPhone :-)…]