Wednesday, 3 October 2007

My Birthday!

I finally reached my 65th Birthday on 27th September! And it was one of the best birthdays I have had. My friend of 42 years, Kay, arrived on the day and bought me the biggest basket of fruit I have ever seen! It had a huge pineapple, a melon, oranges, apples, pears, grapes, and bars of Cadbury's chocolate sprinkled about! All the fruit was very over sized.

In the evening I cooked dinner for 9 people which consisted of a huge dish of hot tuna pasta with a crunchy cheese topping, and another dish of vegetable crumble, accompanied by tomatoes and red onion in a herby dressing, and a rocket and watercress salad with home made croutons and a gorgeous dressing, all made by Sindie. I also cooked two large Norwegian apple cakes that were eaten with ice cream and double cream. I have put my picture on here to prove I was at my birthday, as I am missing from the group because I was taking the photo! All my photos will enlarge by you clicking on them.


My 65th Birthday Portrait!


The end of the meal!
After the meal came some surprise presents! Sindie and Gary had already given me theirs. It was a HUGE electric cooking pot with a lovely glass lid that you can also use as a serving dish on the table, thus keeping the food nice and hot. I will use this so much and am thrilled with it! Sindie also made me the lovely picture that she showed you on her blog:0)
Leeta and Arthur bought me an owl string holder to replace the cat one I had broken earlier in the week. It is a really lovely colour, and goes perfectly with my kitchen colours. When the scissors are put in the holder, it looks as though the owl is wearing specs! (They also bought me a fun present of a wind sock to put in the garden, and it is already up).

And Babs and Mo bought me, not one, but two books to read which I love. They also bought me a vegetarian cook book, as they know I am always on the lookout for new veggie recipes! I have to stop Lennie grabbing them before I get a chance to read them! (not the cookery book I might add!!) I am a constant reader. They also got me two boxes of my favourite wipes for cleaning my specs. I can't do without them!

Chris and Sarah gave me the money to treat myself, which I will have great fun doing.

I would like to thank everyone for their lovely birthday cards as well. Even the one from Tina in Spain arrived on time!

Everyone was in a happy mood, and we had great fun with the camera trying to find the right angle to take photographs that make us look slimmer than we are! My 65th portrait is one of them!! Poor Sindie cackled and laughed so much, that she had almost lost her voice the next morning! Great fun was had by all:0)

While my friend Kay was here, we went to Holmfirth which is The Last Of The Summer Wine country, and Kay was thrilled to find 'Sid's Cafe'!! I never watched the series, so didn't recognise anything, but the village was very pretty.






We also went to York for Kay to have some retail therapy! It looks a smashing place, and Lennie and I shall go back again to take in some of the sights of York. There is a museum there that apparently takes all day to go round, so we will have to make an early start! York is a lovely place with some really quaint streets.




The next thing I have to look forward to is next Friday. My brother Billie is coming to Yorkshire from Buckinghamshire to treat 12 of us to a Thai meal!! He did this last year as well, and we had a fantastic time:0) It is so nice being in the company of lots of people that you care about, all at the same time:0)

I am sure that one of us will blog about the meal and post photographs!

15 comments:

Beetle said...

See, that's a good photo of you! It was a lovely evening and we will have to do it at everybody's birthday from now on.

You forgot the vegitarian cook book :O)

weechuff said...

How could I have left out such an important item? All amended!!

Sindie said...

You see, all that camera angle figuring out worked. You look 3st lighter!!! Seriously, that's one of the nicest photos of you I have ever seen. :0)

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GoldAnne said...

Sandie,
wow you dont look fifty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! amazing , such beautiful skin and no lines how do you do it???

So glad you all had such a great time , loved all the pics so interesting, !!!
happy Birthday again,
love Anne xxx

Spider said...

am so glad your day was lovely for you, just sorry I could not have been there too. Maybe next year ah?

The photo of you is great, could you email it to me please.
Love Tinaxxx

Spider said...

I have just returned and enlarged the photo of you, it is the most beautiful photo. I am so lined and haggered now that it does not matter how I turn or which way I look I have baggy skin hanging from somewhere. Lucky you, and lucky me for haveing such a beautiful sister.

Tinaxxx

kay said...

Nice one Sandie. Everyone, I am not that short really. Sandie was standing on the kerb in one photo.
X

weechuff said...

Oh really Kay? Take a look at the photo outside the jeweller shop!!! Hahahaha!!

granny grimble said...

What a great evening we all had at Sandie and Len's. The food was not bad, jam sandwiches and mugs of steamy hot cocoa. We sat around singing songs from the first world war, and then gave Sandie her 70 bumps! We then all dropped off for forty winks till it was time to go home! Can't wait for her 71st!
Only kidding!
Her birthday was Tres Bon. Sandie is a great cook, but this meal surpassed the others. We all blew out on seconds and one who will remain nameless but has shaved off his beard, had thirds and then scraped the dish! Sandie's apple pie is to die for, but I couldn't have any because of my diabetes. Sandie was such a good hostess, that she cooked me separate apple and bought me special diabetic ice cream, which she allowed me to take home with me. Thank you Sandie, I am enjoying it and trying to make it last! That's a lovely photo Sandie, you don't look anything like 65, thanks to a life of sobriety and Mum's genes! I only hope I look as good when I reach your age! :0)

weechuff said...

If I can have grannygrimbles permission, I will put a photo of her on my blog. And if I am allowed to tell you her age, you would never, ever believe it!

granny grimble said...

I don't mind if you show one that hasn't got a million chins!

kay said...

weechuff, I was about 2ft behind you so taking that into account, I would look a bit shorter than you. X

Cecelia said...

What a wonderful family you have! And what a nice celebration. 65 is a great age to be.
I had a milestone birthday last month, 70, but we didnt' do a thing. That's a pretty good age to be, too, as long as your mind and health is still good. 8>))
I am a big fan of "Last of the Summer Wine". Won't miss it on Saturday nights, although we are several years behind. (Same is true of "EastEnders", which comes on Sunday night here-but years behind.)
Love the buildings and scenery in "Last of the Summer Wine". I can just feel the dampness of the stones and smell the air in the countryside. The characters are interesting, too.
Some of my ancestors on my mother's side came to the U.S. from Yorkshire back in the 1600s. Those were the Miles and Beckwith families, and others related to them. I've been working on some family history, so I am particularly interested in that area. They were connected to Featherstone Castle and the name of the other one just escapes me at the moment. I haven't looked at my papers for a while.
I really enjoyed looking at your pictures, and reading about your activities.

Cecelia said...

What a wonderful family you have! And what a nice celebration. 65 is a great age to be.
I had a milestone birthday last month, 70, but we didnt' do a thing. That's a pretty good age to be, too, as long as your mind and health is still good. 8>))
I am a big fan of "Last of the Summer Wine". Won't miss it on Saturday nights, although we are several years behind. (Same is true of "EastEnders", which comes on Sunday night here-but years behind.)
Love the buildings and scenery in "Last of the Summer Wine". I can just feel the dampness of the stones and smell the air in the countryside. The characters are interesting, too.
Some of my ancestors on my mother's side came to the U.S. from Yorkshire back in the 1600s. Those were the Miles and Beckwith families, and others related to them. I've been working on some family history, so I am particularly interested in that area. They were connected to Featherstone Castle and the name of the other one just escapes me at the moment. I haven't looked at my papers for a while.
I really enjoyed looking at your pictures, and reading about your activities.
There are a couple of Yahoo groups on "Last of the Summer Wine". Also one on "As Time Goes By", which is another program that I am really fond of.