Another milestone. I made it !! It Is my 76 birthday today.Â The sun is shining and the weather is fine, unlike yesterday when I went to the geriatric golf day and spent much of the time sheltering, from the drizzle,.in Griggsâ€™ buggy.Â Today, however was to be entirely different – a sunshine day.Â Both â€˜childrenâ€™, Miles and Chloe, came down from London to celebrate the occasion. Smiler, Â very kindly shouted us lunch at the Axe and Compassâ€™ Â in Arkesden â€“ very good it was too. We then sat, in the garden, in the sunshine, chatting with me smoking one of my best cigars, before â€˜my lovelyâ€™ produced a scrummy chocolate birthday cake. Jane (the sheep) kindly called in, to wish me a happy birthday, and so joined us for tea.
I also had a number of telephone calls, during the day, wishing me a happy birthday, as well as half a dozen e-mails on the same business. How very kind of people to remember and take the trouble.. Personally, I am very bad on that score and tend, lazily, to leave such things to â€˜my lovelyâ€™, who, unlike me, is brilliant and never forgets anyone..
As well as the splendid lunch and tea I was showered with presents including, from â€˜the childrenâ€™, another really good, â€˜hands freeâ€™, telephone with enormous buttons, which makes it easy to use with my useless hands. Kimberley, Smilerâ€™s wife sent me lots of delicious things to eat. Sadly, she could not be with us as she was working, as was my son-in-law, Karl.
Apart from her other presents, â€˜myÂ lovelyâ€™ gave a bottle of Pol Roger which she insisted on opening for in the evening. I didnâ€™t resist too much! Thus, rounding off a memorable day.