My birthday was nearly a fortnight ago, and the party more than a week, but I am still catching up with posting about that wonder- and eventful week! We have finally arrived at Saturday afternoon; my previous post ended with us getting things ready for the party on Saturday, the 25th of March.
People were so kind and generous with flowers, cards and gifts - I want to share it all with you who were not able to be there.
The first flowers to arrive early in the week was this bouquet from my mother-in-law in Yorkshire:
By the time Saturday night rolled round and the party began, the sideboard in my living room was overflowing with presents, and there were many more flowers.
The painting I am holding here is the very same you can see here on Yorkshire Pudding's blog - it arrived in time, and of course I will keep my promise and post a picture of it later with Fred Fox adorning one of the walls of my flat in a matching frame. In the photo, I am explaining the painting's origin to my guests.
See the book propped up against the wall? This was another great present - a collection of photographs taken from space by Dr. Alexander Gerst, who has been mentioned on my blog before, for instance here. Thank you, sis!
Now for some more flowers:
A yellow orchid in a square grey plant pot - what could be more suitable for my living room? Thank you, Mum & Dad! (Note the little white fox...)
The Sunday after the party, my living room was back to normal - except for the gifts, cards and flowers that were still there:
Last week, yet another parcel from England found its way to my doorstep. One of my sisters-in-law sent me this Bettys gift bag! Bettys is a traditional Yorkshire company who, in their own words, started like this: "Bettys was founded by Frederick Belmont, a Swiss baker and confectioner
who came to England in search of opportunities to develop his craft
skills. He opened his first Café Tea Rooms in Harrogate in 1919 and named it 'Bettys'. The reason why remains a mystery to this day."
I have walked past Bettys in Harrogate many times, but have never been inside - there is always a queue, and frankly, I don't see the point in queuing for a cup of coffee and a piece of cake when I can have perfectly good coffee and cake elsewhere in town, for probably half the price. All the more do I appreciate this gift bag - no queuing!! I am planning on hosting a Bettys afternoon with O.K. and my sister some time soon, even though the season right now does not really lend itself to hot chocolate.
The catching up is nearly complete now - there is one more post waiting to be written with photos of the walk we took on the Sunday after the party.