Fun in the Garden

Kew Gardens Daves Birthday 2009 043.JPGWell, gardens actually!  A whole group of us from Reading took advantage of the nice weather this weekend to trek down to Kew Gardens for Dave Green’s (cough-)th birthday celebration.

A good time was had by all, and we just about survived the onslaught of the limitless energy young children seem to have  😉

The pictures can be found here on my gallery (or via my blog if you’re viewing this on facebook)!

Early Birthday Pressies

birthday_whisky.jpgHAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!  And thanks to all those who posted messages on Facebook  😉

I’ve been fortunate enough to have three rather nice early birthday presents this year.  First off was seeing Bloc Party at HMV Oxford Circus.  I initially thought entrance to the gig was for a lucky few who had queued for hours in the early morning, but found that I could just pitch up!  So at six on Monday evening I was enjoying a half hour set from one of my favourite bands for free!

My brother Phil then popped over during the week to deliver a bike I’m buying off him, plus some very nice lights and locks to complete the set.  Hooray for good presents!

And finally, to finish off the early treats, I popped to a whisky bar in London, recommended by Phil, at the five star Athenaeum Hotel just near Green Park.  After investing in a wonderful glass of Port Ellen 25yr old Islay whisky I felt considerably poorer financially, but all the richer for the experience.  Carla and Charlotte lapped up the ambiance – and and extremley nice cocktail – with me.

36 has been a good vintage.  37 starts with a great meal at home with Shirley this evening!