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Sunday 15 April 2012

Sunday Snaps!

Hi all my little bloggy friends.  Here we are - it's another Sunday and time for some more of my snaps.  We're going to start off with a couple more photos of the Easter Egg Hunt last Sunday, and finish off with some photos from my 65th birthday celebrations on Friday.

I am just feeling so blessed and so very lucky at this moment in time.  Friday was wonderful, which started off with champagne and opening of the pressies and cards.  Then I had to close my eyes and was led out to the driveway, where the pressie from my hubby was waiting - a lovely new car! I am still in total and utter shock about that, believe me!  It really was a complete surprise. 

We then all went out for lunch at a lovely restaurant near here.  Then, today, the family held a celebration 'Afternoon Tea' here, when they invited a few of my friends around to join us.  Lots of Pimms and champagne was drunk, and I had such a lovely time.  Hubby gave a little speech, and then presented me with a little photo book on my life so far.  It was absolutely beautiful and all the milestones in my life were there, starting off with a photo of my mum and dad.  So many memories were in that little book, even containing photos of special friends that had passed away.  It was very emotional for me looking through the pages.

I really do want to thank my family for making my 65th birthday so very special.  I will never forget it, and it was so lovely having everyone here together.  I will now share some of the photos with you, and hope you enjoy them.

Oh! To cap it all, I placed a bet on the Grand National today, which is a very famous horse race held annually here in England.  My horse came in Third! Yay, and I did it 'each way', so I have won a little bit of money.  I scanned the list of runners and came across a horse called Sea Bass.  Well, as I love eating Sea Bass whenever I go to a restaurant, I decided to have a little flutter.  Well, it's as good a way of picking a horse as any!!

Now we have some birthday photos.

beautiful granddaughter

beautiful daughter

pretty plant stand from Eleanor to Grandma

Ruby, Alfred and Eleanor

Ruby in her little party dress!

Eli with his beautiful mummy.

The new car! How lucky am I?!

hubby giving a little speech.

Helping grandma blow out the candles.

Well, I think that's enough for this week, but I hope I have managed to convey just a little of the happiness being enjoyed.

"The best inheritance a parent can give to their children is a few minutes of their time each day."

I'll say au revoir again for now.  Most of you know that my family from France are staying with us for the next couple of weeks, but I will try to get round to see you as often as I can.


Shelly said...

What grand moments to savor and luxuriate in! Your husband is quite the good guy for spearheading such a terrific 65th for you- he must be a very thoughtful person to know just what you would like and to keep it all such a surprise.

I'll say it again- your beautiful grandkids could all be models (and cutie little Alfred, too!)!

Thank you for letting us share in your joy~

Bethe77 said...

What a perfect post for a perfect week of wonderful celebrations. The joy love and happiness comes through each word and picture posted. Thank you for sharing your special day and your family with us in your celebrations. Ruby and Eli look like they are having so much fun. And your car! Oh what a lovely gift to receive.
May the blessing continue to flow

Belle said...

What a beautiful car! Happy Birthday, sweet Diane. Lovely birthday celebration with everyone looking so happy. I love Ruby's dress, it is light and airy like her. The planter is wonderful and a photo book on your life is very thoughtful. A perfect birthday in every way.

Claudia Moser said...

I am so happy for you, you deserve all the best, you are such a wonderful person! Once more happy birthday!

orchid0324 said...

Dearest Diane,
Wow, what a GORGEOUS birthday you had♡♡♡
I can have the share of your happiness through lovely photos. Especially the fine looking car; which I love the color as well; how sweet of your husband♪♪♪
Oh, I wish to hear your husband's speech. I am so curious(*^_^*)
God bless to all your sweet family!!!

Love you always, xoxo Miyako*

Anonymous said...

Dear Diane,
I'm delighted to see that you had such a lovely celebrations on YOUR day! You definitely deserve every piece of it, because you're such a lovely person!
I loved the snaps and that CAR - it's cute and I love the personalized plate...!
Have a fantastic Sunday my friend!
Big hugs


SkippyMom said...

When I saw your post on FB I just squealed at the sweetness of your husband. What an incredibly thoughtful gift, with personalized tags no less! Without question a beautiful car. Compliments it's new hostess wonderfully I bet. :) I also love that he put such a sweet book together for you. Remember I asked if he could have a chat with Pooldad. I really like the idea of the book, especially now.

And I will stand by the fact that I think there is a smudge or a mismark on your birth certificate young lady. You couldn't possibly, really be 65, can you? We should all hope to be as young looking as you when we are 50, let alone 65!

Stay young my friend. You are a joy. Thanks for the smiles. :)

Unknown said...

Diane this is such a wonderful post with every pictures showing the love
that you have felt in the last week or so. Please tell your hubby that I believe he deserves a special award for all he accomplished for your birthday with the car and the special book. You are one blessed lady and loved around the world.

Linda O'Connell said...

Happy birthday to you Your husband is some guy! Your family is beautiful. Reading your post made me smile. I can only imagine how overjoyed you must have been. Enjoy your time with family.

Kerrie said...

Dear Diane, You have a very beautiful blog with a lot of inspiring posts! I’d like to invite you to be my friend and follow each other :) Sending belated birthday wishes. Thank you for sharing your special day, what a joy! The photos are gorgeous. God bless! -KC

Unknown said...

Dear Diane,
What a wonderful birthday celebration! I'm inspired to do something special for Richard this year, something that will stand out from all the rest. What a gift to have the love of your family to help celebrate life. You deserve it all and more! Ruby and Eli and Eleanor are so sweet...I hope you enjoy every moment of your visit.

Shady Del Knight said...

Dear Thisisme, I couldn't be happier for you. Everything came together to make this a birthday celebration that you and your loved ones will be talking about for years to come. A new car with vanity plate is only a small part of the overall picture here which is one of a loving and caring family taking good care of each another. It literally brings happy tears to my eyes to read all this and to look at the happy faces including Alfred's. The memory picture book given to you by your husband is a gift to be cherished. I pray that the joy you are experiencing now will last the whole year through, indeed for the rest of your life. God bless you, dear Thisisme.

Sally Wessely said...

Your post just made me smile great big smiles with each scrolling down the page. Your husband really is a dear man. I don't know which I like better: the speech and photo album or the car.

Enjoy the time with the family.


BB said...

What a wonderful post. And knowing how men aren't so sentimental...what your hubby did was priceless. I'm just so happy you had a fabulous birthday with everyone around. You deserve it. Love the pictures too! Hi to the family!

Chatty Crone said...

Happy Birthday! Lovely party - next best thing to being there is the pictures! And a car - you must be loved and have been a good girl this past year. lol Just kidding. Love, sandie

Rebecca said...

what a lovely birthday you had and wow a new car lucky girl. everyone looked to be enjoying themself even alfred. Happy birthday my friend

Christmas-etc... said...

Happy happy birthday!!! What a lovely day and what a lovely family you have!(But you don't look anywhere near 65!!)
Blessings dear for a wonderful year too!!

romance-of-roses said...

First of all Diane, belated Happy Birthday, I see it was a wonderful day for you with your family. And how about that sweet hubby of yours, giving you a new beautiful car. Wow! Thank you for visiting and I didn't know either that peacocks could fly. Big Birthday Hug...Lu

Empty Nester said...

This was just one of the best posts EVER! Your family really does adore you! They sure know how to celebrate a birthday- especially one for someone so special to them as you obviously are! And that CAR?! Wowza! I'm going to have to make sure I show this post to my husband. :) But that photo album was the icing on the cake! Speaking of, what kind of cake did you have? LOL Beautiful, loving family!

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

Wow a new car lucky you and a pretty little car at that, you are one lucky lady to have such a generous hubby. Love the photos of the family you do have such cute grandkids.....
Now you said you are now 65 is that right because woman you do not look 65 I would have thought maybe 55 but not 65............

momto8 said...

Happy birthday!!! you guys know how to celebrate! good for you!!!

Daydream Living said...

oh your special birthday was a good one, enjoy your family time, it's precious, Maureen xx

Stella said...

What a special day you had. A car! my goodness you must have been a really good girl. Who make the book your hubby or one of the girls?

LindyLouMac said...

What wonderful celebrations for your birthday, thankyou for sharing with us.

Denise said...

Did I not wish you a happy birthday?Oh my!You are so beautiful at 65. Congrats to you,beautiful family for a beautiful lady.This Grandma could go nuts over your chubby cheek RUBY.

Rebecca said...

What a wonderful day and beautiful photos x