Day 140 - happy birthday
Monday, 17 January 2011
Do you know what? 2011 has been pretty cracking so far. I've just had an awesome weekend celebrating Ida's first birthday and I've got so much exciting work flooding in that I'm beaming from ear to ear. So, let's deal with Ida's birthday first...
Ida, quite obviously, doesn't have clue that she'd been on the planet for 12 months. Of course, that didn't stop us celebrating and the little poppet was showered with gifts and cards from our friends and family. Here's a card from her Uncle Ed, who also happens to be her Godfather, which particularly caught our eye:
Leave your suggestions for what the yellow balloon represents in the comments box.
Gemma and me bought her a shopping trolley complete with plastic groceries. Here she is in action, purchasing an orange:
I'm particularly impressed with all the plastic fruit and veg that came with the trolley. Here's everything I reckon we can grow at home (or on the allotment) - start them young and all that:
I'm less impressed with the sausages - again, any comments are very welcome.
And of course, every birthday girl needs a cake. I did my best and whipped up a chocolate sponge (*1) which Gemma decorated with chocolate buttons. I'd love to show you a picture but unfortunately the icing got stuck to the cake-tin lid, which somewhat buggered the overall effect. Never mind, it tasted good, we all sang Happy Birthday and the icing rescue job didn't turn out too badly in the end.
Now, onto work. I can hardly believe how exciting January has been. I've been inundated with work but the thing that's really got me chuffed is a commission from The Guardian's Weekend
magazine. I'm not exactly sure when it will be published, although 'February' has be spoken about, but I'll let you know when it's in print. And even better than that, I've been booked to appear at Harvest at Jimmy's
on 10 and 11 September. The festival looks SO cool and I'm beyond thrilled to be a part of it.
I think 2011 is going to be a very good year.
Until next time...
Oh, one more thing. My very dear friend James Grimsey has just proposed to his beautiful girlfriend, Becca, and she said yes. Hurrah! The proposal is an epic tale of snow, aviation, galantry and bacon sandwiches and I'm sure it will be made into a motion picture in the blink of an eye. The date's set for August 2012 and I'm to be an usher - I can't wait. Here is the lovely couple:
*1 I used my Grandma's recipe which I found it lurking in my filing cabinet on a hand-written letter to my mum - she'd have been thrilled, I'm sure