Sorry to have been missing for a few days, but they have been a delightfully busy few days.
Here's a couple of the many photos we took of Mum's birthday meal on Saturday night at Osbornes in Llandudno. For those of you who read John's blog Going Gently ... yes this is the same place he had his wedding reception. It really is the place to go when you want guaranteed good food, good service and a good time, we love it.
In delightful surroundings we chatted and caught up with family news, there were lots of laughs before, during and after each course.
Our gorgeous lads, Simon and Jason journeyed over to surprise their Gran, both being extremely careful with their birthday phone calls to her to avoid giving the game away that they would be seeing her within hours. So what she thought would be a quiet foursome for her birthday meal turned into a laughter filled six-some.
We had smuggled a birthday cake in on Friday morning and ordered Champagne to be put on ice ready for the occasion, and Mum was embarrassingly surprised when right after dessert had been served out came a cake glowing with lots of lovely candles for her to blow out.
In other news .....
Simon came with two purposes in mind ... to surprise his beloved Gran and to help Lovely Hubby cover and finish off the polytunnel. The weather was kind to them, and although it was damp it didn't rain ... and for once there was not a touch of a breeze in the air, unusual on this hillside for sure!!
This is the official 'we've finished the polytunnel' photo ...
... and here's the one we all prefer :-)
As Mum and Graham left for home, the finishing touches were done around the polytunnel. We set too and wheel-barrowed lots of chippings to cover the mud to create a pathway over the drive, and also in front of the polytunnel doors and along the length of it to the paddock.
Suky, the Pug will not cross soft mud and since the digger churned up and moved lots of earth during last weeks drainage works, picking her up to carry her over for the 'round the paddock' walks was getting tiresome and pretty mucky on the way back. So now we have a pathway of chippings for her to walk over and of course it will also mean the polytunnel paths won't get as muddy this week, as load by load I move over all my growing things which have been stored in the 'chicken shed'. Plant pots, seed trays, compost and all the other paraphernalia needed to get back into action is being carried over every time I pass.
We ended Simon's visit with a bonfire to get rid of all the rubbish from the recent work and from out of the sheds, it was a good end to what was a brilliant weekend.
Now after all the planning it's time to get on with other things ... one of which is a big Challenge for me and Jason.
A clue .....