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Saturday, 13 July 2013


Look here, Family.  It's now 7.40 am and I have been up since 5.30 am and it's my BIRTHDAY.

I want to open my cards and presents but G has taken them up to bed without her so I can't open them till she wakes up.  UNFAIR.

The joy of being part of an international team on the forum is that waking up at 5.30 am is not a lonely experience.  I got to chat to C who is in the Mid West just now about cowboy boots and lassos.  Then D came on board and we chatted about making rosehip and black raspberry vodka, rhubarb mojitos and blackberry whisky.  Then my Texan Twin rang me for half an hour, just after midnight her time, so we could tunelessly sing Happy Birthday to each other.  The wonderful Australians have been posting pictures of George Clooney, Hugh Laurie and the delightful Australian cricketer, Agar, all night long on Facebook.  Bliss.

I have had loads of messages and posting from so many dear friends.  Meg, yours touched me especially.  

But now, I just want everyone HERE to wake up and play.  So, should I make the dogs bark, turn up the music really loud, burst into G's room singing Happy Birthday to Me or just enjoy the P&Q?  Hmm, I think I will go and eat my birthday cake for breakfast instead, because I can, and share a bit with the dogs who are always pleased to see me and happy to gaze at me adoringly, drooling, whatever time of the morning it is.


  1. Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, dear Charlotte! Yes, yes, eat birthday cake for breakfast - and lunch and tea. Sending love and hugs from Victoria, Australia. xxx

  2. Had I known you were awake I would have passed by to sing a quick tune and grab a coffee - at Stansted by 500a dropping off D and back on road by 530 thinking…..should I?

    Happy Birthday to you Charlotte and enjoy the beautiful day today xxxxx

  3. Caroline Middleton13 July, 2013

    Happy Birthday, Charlotte on this beautiful sunny day. I hope everyone is awake now and that you are opening your presents and being spoilt rotten. Lots of love .xxx

  4. KrisBaldo13 July, 2013

    Happy P&Q and cake time to you and your darling, drooling doggies!

  5. Happy Birthday to You Dear Charlotte- sent somewhere else but forgot to send here. What time is it there? I'm always up at 5 too.