Well that remains to be seen. Having celebrated birthdays over the last month with my two boys who are now 16 and 20 years old, it was my turn to play the numbers game!
And before I say anything more, I really do have to thank all of you who made me some truly beautiful birthday cards. Babs, Celia, Ann, Tina, Marilyn, Yvonne, Daryl and Christine, you are incredible! Having presented so many craft shows with Dawn and Leonie, I know what you begin with, and to see the finished result – with examples matting and layers, embossing, decoupage, you name it you've done it – was lovely.
It wasn't just cards I was spoiled with either, but some fab presents including a digital photo frame, which is now on my bookcase and, because you can put your memory card directly into it, has photos of my birthday popping up every five seconds!
I have soundtracks to both Hello Dolly (one of my favourite musicals) and also Slumdog Millionare – brilliant film. I got an arm-band to hold my iPod in place while I pound the pavement in training for this year's Race for Life.
I also got books, scented candles, a dress, a pair of suede gloves, bulbs for the garden and a pussy-willow tree. To top it all, my partner Colin completely surprised me with the most beautiful birthday cake (pictured above). And… he'd made it himself!
Considering he's never baked a cake in his life (and this is a seriously rich fruit cake), marzipanned or iced anything before, and certainly never piped words (he normally writes songs), I thought it was a masterpiece.
It took him weeks to make (with the help of his sister Moira) and is quite seriously wicked…rather too wicked…so I'm grateful to my Slim n' Lift for allowing me to squeeze into a rather slender pair of trousers last night to work with Michele Hope!
In fact, staying with food, Lucy made Thai green curry for eight on the night itself, and that too was delicious, rather more exciting than the cottage pie I made the following evening, but it set off a debate in the household, which I'm hoping you might be able to help with.
Is it shepherd's pie or cottage pie? If it's made of minced lamb would it then be cottage pie, or is to do with having a pastry or potato topping? And what about including Branston Pickle in it? I always do! Sam won't eat it, but as I pointed out, if the likes of Gordon Ramsay have followed in my footsteps (I lay claim to this little addition), then it can't be wrong.
Gordon's actually got a recipe for it in his latest book and he uses potato, but he also calls it shepherd's pie…doh! So what do you think? What do you normally call it, and do you have any other tasty ingredients you add in? Looking forward to hearing from you.
I have to tell you I finally caught up with Julia Roberts last night. We have been trying for nearly a week to speak with each other but keep having to leave messages. That's the problem when you both work shifts, but I'm hoping to pop down and stay next week and check out her decorating. She's a very clever girl at choosing colours and her house would put Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen to shame!
Anyway, we managed to cause a traffic jam in the corridoor at 10.30pm while we chin-wagged then she had to rush off and I had to get home, some time later though as I lost my keys! Another year older, but certainly no wiser.
Have a great week, and do let me have your recipes won't you?