Thank you, lovely people, for the birthday wishes!
It was a quiet birthday but I like it that way. I woke up to a big bouquet of sweet peas from Mum and presents! A rather nice little clutch purse from brother and sister-in-law (although it's from the Kardashian collection which made me go WTF for a minute.) From Mum, this birthday card
(I love their cards so much
. And this one! We saw Mandarin Ducks
at Taronga and they are gorgeous
) a new loose powder brush, The Lion King
on DVD (I loved that movie as a kid. I watched it so many times on video and listened to the soundtrack on tape ... these days, 101 Dalmatians
might just beat it as my favourite but I still love it), the BBC's South Pacific
documentary series on DVD (incredibly beautiful visuals, wonderful music and narration by Benedict Cumberbatch
. That man's voice
... ) And a Reader's Digest book on travel destinations around Australia. We received a advertisement for it just after we got back from the South Coast the first time. We considered it a sign. *g*
Dee called to say happy birthday and then we went out to dinner at a nearby Italian restaurant. Mmm. We shared dishes of antipasto which included two kinds of arancini and beer battered broccoli (amazing), then tagliatelle with lamb ragu followed by roast duck with salsa verde, roast pumpkin and a mixed leaf salad. *moans faintly* It was so good but we were so full!
Then we came home to discover that in less than two hours we'd missed three calls (all for me) but I called my aunt in Brisbane (as happens every year, she apologised for the card being late. I tell her it just extends the birthday celebrations), I'll see brother tomorrow and will email Pip tonight!
After an hour or so we decided we had enough room for cake. I made my own cake last year (to Mum's bemusement. Well, I wanted to make a fancy cake! What better chance than on my birthday?) but since we were going out to dinner tonight and going to a 4th birthday party tomorrow, I figured I could do without a cake of my own this year. But Mum bought me a cake today. Chocolate mousse and chocolate sponge covered in chocolate ganache. Oh
I'm tired, I'm full and I have some lovely flowers. It's a good day.