Friday, 4 October 2013

Celebrations afoot.....

Firstly many thanks to all you lovely people who left comments on my last post about the celebrations for my Graduation. I am so grateful for your lovely messages which meant the world to me.

My baby girl turned 40 last  Sunday - I just cant believe where all those years have gone.

 A surprise party organised by her partner on Saturday meant I needed to get her out of the house for most of the day. We visited a new (to us) antiques centre near Chelmsford and before  having coffee, managed to buy myself a lovely set of bone handled knives and forks which I'd wanted for ages and a bargain I thought at £12.

We then did a bit more girlie shopping in Chelmsford and then later on to Leigh on Sea for Afternoon tea in the 1930s style Parlour Tearoom at one of my favourite shops called Mad Dogs and Englishmen.

Our birthday girl - Emma

It was stunning and very quintessentially English -  where we enjoyed dainty finger sandwiches, scones, home made cake and lots of frivolous fancies - a wonderful afternoon.

The surprise party went down well and we all had a fantastic time - so much so that I hardly took any pictures.

We were very lucky with the weather - fortunate really as some of the 
70 guests were able to spill out into the garden later

The following day was actually her birthday and what better way to celebrate than with a spot of bubbly while opening her presents

which went down very well indeed for those of us watching!

All in all a fabulous weekend celebrated with all of our family and friends.

The Celebrations are not completely over though - John and I celebrate our 43rd Wedding Anniversary today and spending the weekend with some very good friends down in Sussex. More about that another time.

Bye for now - have a wonderful weekend.


  1. Happy Anniversary, Patricia and John x x

  2. Sounds like a wonderful birthday celebration. Hope you are having a lovely day for your anniversary!

  3. Sounds like a great day. The afternoon Tea looks delightful and like you say- so very English. Congratulations on your anniversary.

  4. Dear Patricia every day is a celebration at your house.
    Your stunning daughter looks too young to be 40 - I am pleased you and she had a lovely day out before the evenings celebrations. The tearoom looks perfect and the cakestand very tasty.
    Congratulations on your 43rd Wedding Anniversary too and more celebrations this weekend.

  5. Tell Emma she doesnt look anywhere near 40 and you dont look old enough to have a 40 year old either!! A fab way to celebrate though, that little tea room looks my 'cup of tea' too.X

  6. What lovely things to be celebrating. Happy Anniversary :)

  7. Congratulations to you and happy birthday to your daughter!

  8. You've had many good things to celebrate recently and lovely ways of doing so. Many happy returns to your daughter and congratulations on your wedding anniversary!

  9. Congratulations for both the birthday girl and you and John.sounds like you had a great weekend.Love the knifes and forks.Have a lovely weekend in Sussex ( that's where I am at this moment with Ron, in Balcombe...)
    Hugs Erna

  10. Congratulations on your daughters 40th... She looks 20.. A beautiful girl Patricia. She looks so happy.
    Am quite envious of the "Mad dogs and Englishmen" tea room..its stunning. I feel like getting on a plane, just to go there and savour that ever so much traditional afternoon English tea time. those cakes and goodies look divine. Happy Wedding anniversary. Have a wonderful weekend. hugs Val x x x

  11. What a lovely way to spend a birthday.. and like people have said she looks younger than 40... she obviously gets her young looks from her mum :o)
    Happy Anniversary to you and your hubby and have a lovely time.
    Julie xx

  12. Patricia, congratulation on you Anniversary! Patricia +John= long life together! Happy belated birthday to Emma!

  13. Hi Patricia, as always I enjoyed my visit, your posts are always a pleasure. My baby girl is turning 40 in November . . . where did the time go? I love your bone handled forks and knifes, they are a treasure for sure.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

  14. Congratulations on your anniversary and Happy Birthday to your daughter. My eldest is 40 now but the other two are still in their 30s. Love that look of that teashop - love those 30s style tearooms.

  15. Congratulations to your daughter, what a lovely way to celebrate a milestone birthday. Congratulations on your anniversary too.Sarah x

  16. Sorry I'm so late getting to this, but many belated birthday greetings to your daughter, Patricia. What a wonderful way to celebrate a special birthday.

  17. A belated very happy birthday to Emma!

    Hugs from Holland ~


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