Monday, 2 December 2013

Birthday Celebrations

I celebrated my birthday on Friday evening.
A few of my oldest friends came round and we had a little 'carpet picnic'..

On Saturday I continued to celebrate with a lovely walk round some National Trust land,
just to the south of Bridgnorth...

The sky was a fabulous colour...

There were shadows and reflections everywhere..

At the top of the valley we tried a new route, which extended the walk by a few miles..

We picked up an old lane, which was in surprisingly good condition..

Eventually we reached higher ground and the views started to open up..

These two cottages have a stunning view towards Clee Hill and the Welsh borders..

We picked up another old lane and dropped back down to the River Severn..

By this stage we'd walked about 9 miles and had a huge appetite
for the 'eat ups' from the night before..
I even had a small glass of 'drink up' red wine (birthdays and all that!!)

The end of November is a funny time to have a birthday....
My cards always have to fight for space with the early Christmas ones
and work commitments can be a nightmare.
However, I loved my 'low key' celebrations this time.
Winter picnics are really fun!


On other subjects...
At the moment I don't seem to be able to access any of the blogs that I follow through my dashboard.
I haven't a clue what's going on - but I just can't get to your latest posts.
Is anyone else having the same problems...
I wondered if I'd missed an update or something.



  1. A belated ' Happy Birthday to you' Jan. What a lovely walk you had - thankyou for sharing such a beautiful day with us. x

  2. Belated happy birthday wishes, it looks as if you had a lovely time with your delicious picnic and lovely walk. Sometimes the blogs I follow don't show up on my dashboard when they are first published. Just now as I logged on none of them did, I refreshed the page and they popped up but sometimes they don't. I've been told that sometimes my posts don't appear on other people's dashboards until sometime after they've been published - don't know why that should be:)

  3. Beautiful pictures and the food looks delish. Happy Birthday to you.

  4. Belated birthday wishes! I know exactly what you mean because I have a late November birthday too. Your walk looks beautiful and relaxing and the picnic sounds really fun.

  5. I'm not having any problems with Blogger. I love the carpet picnic--keep doing that because, sometime around your 70Th, you won't be able to get up from the carpet--that is, if you can even get down to the carpet, LOL. Glad you have a great Birthday!!

  6. Glad you had a good birthday with a lovely long walk and picnic. The carpet picnic with friends also must have been fun. Informal get-togethers are often the best times. Haven't had any problems with Blogger, although sometimes I have to refresh the dashboard before anything comes up. I hope your technical problem is resolved. Always good to keep in touch via blogging - I know it's a busy time of year for you.

  7. What a lovely birthday weekend, a great way to celebrate. I love carpet picnics but we haven't had one for some time now, there's a little furry creature who lives in my house who loves them too so we have to eat from the table otherwise there'd be nothing left. You chose a great walk and you had such a gorgeous day for it. I love the photo showing the reflections of the trees.

  8. Such a nice way to celebrate your birthday. Not had the problems with blogger that you have been experiencing but from time to time it has been very slow.

  9. Happy belated birthday Jan. A carpet picnic sounds a great way to celebrate.

  10. Happy belated Birthday Jan. What a gorgeous area to walk about on. The pictures are great , I loved going along for that walk !!

  11. Happy Belated Birthday my friend!
    I hope that you're feeling better, If there is anything I can do to help you with your blah days, please always let me know... I love to chat and if you have Whatsapp or Viber please let me know and we can talk!
    I don't usually have problems with my dashboard, but I have had problems with google swtiching me back to a no-reply blogger...
    Soon it will be the Christmas break... and I know you and I both could use a break from school! Much love,

  12. A belated happy birthday to you! What a lovely walk and some lovely photos you too. This brought back memories of our walks in the area in the days when Dave lived in Wolverhampton.

    Sometimes, when I go onto blogger, it tells me I am not currently following any blogs but if I refresh the pages it works - sometimes I have to refresh it 2 or 3 times. I've made a list of all the blogs I'm following so I can find them all if blogger really does lost my list one day!

  13. Happy Birthday!! What glorious pics!
    Always nice to enjoy a glass of wine on a special day! Drink up! =)

  14. Wishing you and yours Jan a magical Christmas time...Merry Merry Christmas!

    Amanda x