In my last blog I announced that I would be taking time from here to celebrate my daughter’s arrival from the States for my 70th birthday.
I can now report that the last week was the best ever – a week filled with joy and love. I think this is the most wonderful birthday I have ever experienced:) Yes, big smiles all round.
Everything flowed from beginning to end…..
Christie and her friend Jen arrived last Wednesday and on Thursday, we attended Virginia MacGregor’s book launch for ‘The Astonishing Return of Norah Wells’ I have started to read the book and am completely hooked. I will write much more when I finish reading.
Loads of people attended the book launch in Reading and it was lovely to hear Virginia read from, and talk about the book. Coincidentally, my daughter Christie had met Virginia several years ago in the States.
On Saturday 23rd we had the actual party in ‘The Jolly Coopers Pub, Hampton‘ – and it could not have gone better. So many friends attended from far and wide…people who I love so much. I was reminded of just how blessed I am to have such wonderful friends. From all those who I love and care for who couldn’t be with us on that evening, came so many lovely messages. Even my postman was amazed!
Everyone was too busy having fun to take lots of pics, but fortunately Jen took these. A group of us met in my flat prior to walking to the pub….and there we are standing in front of The Jolly Coopers. The staff at the pub were fabulous and the tapas they served was to die for….as they say:)
The following day the party continued at my flat…..Monday was a day of recovery! Jen was able to get a flight back to the States on the Monday and then on Tuesday, Christie and I met with more dear friends at The Shard – where we had a beautiful lunch, which morphed into a long and wonderful afternoon/evening –
A view from The Shard after dark….very beautiful and again I will write much more about this later.
On Wednesday, after a lovely breakfast at Bill’s in Kingston – Christie visited her Grandmother again and then we saw the superb film ‘The Danish Girl’ – I highly recommend…
That evening, we sat, talked and watched some TV which was when I did this quick watercolour of my darling daughter.
Yesterday, Christie flew back to Boston in perfect weather…..and so one of the most beautiful weeks imaginable was completed.
It will take me a few days to get organised….however, for now I will enjoy a sense of great wellbeing.