I think it was Mae West who said ‘You’re only as old as the man you feel’, and luckily Colin is two years younger than me! If you’re wondering what relevance this quote could possibly have, I celebrated my 54th birthday last Sunday, in the garden, with my family and friends, while the sun shone and we basked in a balmy 20 degrees. I could never have predicted such a perfect day, but it did tiptoe in, close on the heels of Saturday at the O2, which was fantastic in every respect.
Hello there, I do hope you ALL had a touch of summer this last weekend, because I would hate to think the incredible warmth and clear blue sky was purely for those of us in the Southern Counties!
Thank you for all my beautiful birthday cards and messages you posted here, on Twitter and Facebook – truly appreciated! I am so sorry that we got into a muddle legally with the competition I set last time, meaning we would be unable to recreate your favourite piece of jewellery, but I think the beautifully descriptive messages you posted more than made up for it. All your lovely comments and more importantly the sweet stories about your jewellery; who gave it to you, why you bought it, who it reminded you of – quite moving a lot of them, and I thank you for them.
But as promised, here’s what happened at the weekend. As those of you who read this blog regularly will know, my fiancee, Colin (had to put that in :), fronts The Sonny Walters Band – a Country Music band who have over the last year picked up quite a following not just through live gigs, but also on the worldwide Country Music Chart.
When they were asked to play on one of the pop-up stages at the O2, as part of the annual Country to Country weekend, they were delighted! As were all their fans and family and so the liaising began to try and get as many of us there as possible.
On the day, my Jack was working so couldn’t make it, Sam was carless due to the garage letting him down, and Vicky was at a wedding, but … everyone else got there! Lucy arrived with Simon’s four-year-old Henry, and the three of us headed off to Greenwich. It was lovely to be chauffered, and she’s a great driver, but unfortunately her heating is stuck on high and so it was like being in the Caribbean whenever I got a hot flush!
Being Saturday it was busy but, that said, we had took a truly scenic route, and were able to show little Henry all the sights: Harrods, Hyde Park Corner, The Mall, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, The London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Tower of London, The Shard and the Gherkin, and eventually the O2! He was agog with it all, and rang his Daddy (who was visiting Birmingam with Henry’s brother) to tell him all about it.
We had arranged to meet my dear friends Ros and Chris at the O2, and they were waiting in the main entrance so we all headed off to find the stage that Colin would be playing on. Great location, loads of people and best of all, they stayed for the duration. The band played eight songs – one of which you can listen to below – and as you can see (left) they drew an incredible crowd.
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Everyone was smiling, tapping, clapping and joining in – not much more you could ask for, really. Henry thought it was amazing and, having borrowed Colin’s hat, said he was now the King of the cowboys … His first question when we got to the stage tho’ … “If these are cowboys, where are their horses?”
It was one of those days that will stay in my memory, and I am really proud of my man and all that he and the band have achieved, and even if he doesn’t ever land that record deal, he has definitely made his mark
Sam was waiting for us when we got home, and so we spent the rest of the evening catching up and then headed to bed exhausted. Sunday dawned with warm sunshine and bright blue skies, and I was barely out of the shower before Ros and Chris arrived, bearing gifts, Bucks Fizz and cupcakes that spelt out Happy Birthday!
Apart from a dear little book with 100s of recipes for scones in it, my presents were themed around a rather special event that I have decided to take part in with Chris in May – The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge – so I now have my kitbag, Nordic Poles, walking socks, mat to sit on, and Kendall Mint Cake! I’ve bought my special boots, and have begun training – wish me luck, I’m going to need it!
Having quaffed our Bucks Fizz and bacon sarnies, we sat outside until they had to leave and my sister Jenny, Linda, Mum and Joe all arrived. The sun continued to shine and so Colin and Sam set the table up in the garden and we had lunch outside – bliss!
I was spoiled rotten with presents including beautiful things to wear, bathe in and eat! Mum had even made me a Mary Berry ginger cake – my favourite! My neice Emily and her husband Paul popped in too, which was a complete surprise but made the day even better!
It was a shame that Lucy and Jack weren’t with us, but lovely that Sam could make it, as he hasn’t really seen much of the family since Mum’s birthday last summer. I did see Jack on Monday – we went into Windsor and did a little shopping and had a lovely lunch together, and so here are a few photos of us all, which I hope you enjoy
I think I’ve mentioned to a few of you that Colin and I are heading off to Morocco for a short break, and so I will have to go and finish my ironing and packing.
Do take care, and those of you who are struggling at present, stay strong and keep in touch with each other as I will with you all.
With my love,