Monday 18 August 2014

Me on Monday ~ 11

We had a fake birthday weekend here this weekend. Our daughter's birthday is next weekend, but she's going away for the weekend with her boyfriend. So we had unofficial birthday celebrations which included a day out at the beach.
We love Frinton.  It's about an hour and a half from home, and it's a proper old fashioned British seaside resort.  No amusement arcades or shops selling novelties by the beach.  Just lots of colourful beach huts by the sand.  You have to go into the little town for buckets and spades and ice creams.  We always went there for days out when the kids were young, and it's lovely to know that those happy memories of picnics on the green before going down to the beach for a paddle mean that they still want to go there even when they're grown up.  When Rachel said she wanted to have a nice day out for her unofficial birthday, it was lovely to hear that her first choice of destination was dear old Frinton.
Some of us sat in the sand and sunbathed
And ate ice cream
And you definitely can't have an unofficial birthday without an unofficial birthday cake
So it was a paddle in the sea, play games on the beach, picnic on the green, Mr Whippy 99 ice cream with a flake, watching a couple more episodes of Breaking Bad, Pizza Express Sunday lunch (with complimentary birthday Prosecco), chocoholic birthday cake kind of weekend. 
And today, this is Me on Monday.  You aren't allowed your presents on an unofficial birthday weekend; you have to wait for the proper day.  So today I am on my hands and knees on the spare bedroom floor, wrapping up presents ready for the official day. 
Me on Monday - the brainchild of Sian.


Sian said...

Aw, this is lovely! It has put a smile on my face thinking of her picking that special trip. And yes, it's the same here - no presents until the actual day

Anonymous said...

What a lovely post Deb. We are having an unofficial birthday on Saturday as it's David's birthday today but as Gracia is in Portugal until Saturday he has elected to have his birthday then - not a single card or present opened today. Not sure I could have that much restraint.

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

I love the photos in this post, Deb! Happy birthday to your girl. :o) I am very curious about the cake you made as I see a lot of our British friends posting cake photos that look similar. Is it just a standard cake on the inside, decorated with bits of candy? Yours looks awesome!

Sinead said...

This is a great post! I love the photos, it looks like a lovely weekend and unofficial birthday celebration :D And that cake is amazing!