Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Happy Birthday DB

Thankfully its cloudy, although still a bit muggy, its a relief after the last 3 days of heat. I had to take anti histamine this morning, I had a bite on my arm.......

Today is DB's 84th birthday, he admitted this morning he did not think he would still be here, but he is and in as good health as he will ever be in now.

His sister rang this morning to wish him a happy birthday, they usually speak on birthdays, Christmas etc.......

More strawberries picked this morning,possibly more to go in the freezer, DB thinks we have picked well over 20 lbs now.

Sad news from our neighbour P has been re-admitted to LOROS, and will not be coming home again. B is naturally very upset, she has gone in to see him today. The hospice have told her that she can stay if she wishes to and can have a bed in P's room as he nears the end of his life.

We are very sad, when we first came to have a sneaky look at the bungalow in May 2015, P offered to show us round their bungalow, so we could see what it was like, we have been friends ever since. We commented this morning how sad it has been to see P's decline. 2 years ago he was a bright articulate chap still enjoying his retirement. OK he had his problems, it has been hard to watch. We will keep a watching brief over B.

DB elected to go out for lunch. He wanted to go to 'NicePie' they make pork and other pies in the vale, in 4 years they have won 49 prizes for their pies and also appeared on Jamie Olivers TV show back in 2014.

The birthday boy.

We decided on a ploughman's each, there was the equivalent of a small pork pie on each plate, a slice of ham, DB had cheddar cheese I had stilton, salad, bread and butter, slices of apple, pickle and mustard. It was most enjoyable, although we did come home with a goodie bag, 4 slices of pork pie, just could not eat it all. DB had milk to drink, I had a pot of tea.

I had a bit of a disaster with the lemon drizzle cake, as I was taking it out of the tin it broke, however, after a night in the fridge it was ok, so we gave it to the lady on the counter at the wood yard. The wood is ordered, I also ordered trellis for the side of the coal shed and it will be delivered, along with another bag of wood chip on Friday.

Back home DB is having his siesta, I am going to read for a while.

It will be sandwiches for supper.......the pork pie we brought home will do us another couple of lunches.


  1. Happy Birthday DB! Glad you have enjoyed your day! What a nice birthday lunch.

  2. Happy Birthday to your OH. Your lunch looks yummy, such a lot of food, I can understand the reason for the Doggy Bag. Each time I visit England I always have a ploughman's lunch. We had another thunderstorm as we were getting ready for bed last night, cleared the air of all humidity, so today we have a lovely day. Going to my Mums to do her housework today, at almost 100 yrs, she is slowing down. Have a great day. Patricia

  3. Happy birthday to your DB, he looks good for his age, hope he has many more birthdays.

  4. Happy Birthday Edwin - it sounds like you've both had a lovely lunch and day out - just as good birthdays should be xxx

  5. Happy birthday E. The lunch looks lovely.

  6. Happy Birthday to your DB, looks like a very yummy lunch!

  7. Many Happy Returns to DB - glad you enjoyed your lunch and isn't it nice to come home with a goodie bag. Nice photo.

    Amazing how many strawberries you have picked.

    So sorry to hear about neighbour P - no doubt his easy friendly welcome to you both made it easy to decide that you could be happy in your bungalow.

    Sorry to hear about the bite on your arm. Do you think a mosquito?

  8. Happy Birthday to DB (does this stand for Dearly Beloved? I'm always puzzled by initials rather than either "my husband" or someone's name, even a pseudonym). What a huge lunch? Was this for one person? When we've had a ploughman's at our local sea front hotel we ask for one ploughman's and two plates and an extra piece of baguette and this works a treat. But you can always take a doggy bag home, can't you?
    What a pity about your lemon drizzle cake. Even when they are quite cold, they are vulnerable as they are quite damp cakes, with all the lemon drizzle that has soaked into them, and therefore quite vulnerable and liable to breaking. But they still taste good!
    No idea what LOROS is.
    Margaret P

    1. DB does mean Dearly Beloved and is used by lots of people Margaret - its down to personal choice whether you use initials or names when you are writing your own blog.

      LORUS is the local hospice Margaret - Anne's lovely friend is slowly passing away, so he's gone into the local hospice.


    2. Thank you for making that clear, Trudie. Yes, I thought DB was Dearly Beloved. On my own blog I always say "my husband" or "our elder son" or "our younger son" but as you say, it's down to personal choice.
      Margaret P

  9. Happy Birthday DB. What a fantastic lunch!

  10. Todays comment from Barbara....

    Happy actual birthday to DB!! Your ploughman's lunch did look like a deliciously full plate and when I saw the photos I wondered how you and DB would manage to eat it all in one sitting. Excellent that you had leftovers to bring home to see you thru another couple of meals. Yum! Rob has a cookbook titled "The Ploughman's Lunch and the Miser's Feast" by Brian Yarvin and it's full of wonderful recipes.

    My best wished to B as she prepares to bid her sweet P farewell. There is never a right time, an easy time, or a good time to say goodbye.

    We have a sunny, slightly cooler day after last night's storms and I've managed to move some TOT fabric from one shelf to the shelves I emptied. The blues are taking up more space than I had guessed, so we'll see what fits and what doesn't.


  11. Hi Ajne and Edwin

    Many happy returns to the birthday boy. Looks as though you have had a good day. That pie looks scrummy and all those strawberries. Are you just freezing them or are you going to make some jam at some point. Nothing better than home made. Did you make Edwin a cake at all lemon drizzle is a favourite. Hopeyou have had a good day too. take care. Pattypan xx


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