Saturday, October 20, 2012

Birthday Gifts

 Oh look, a parcel arrived from the Orient. Whatever can it be?

It is a very flexible camera tripod and look at the lovely birthday card with a photo of an old Osaka double deck tram. There was a disappointing aspect to the present though. The bubble wrap bubbles are too tough to easily pop. R is probably relieved.

Two of three bottles of red medicine I received and as you can see the tripod also has an attachment to hold a mobile phone for hands free chat or to use as a phone camera tripod.

 Someone had been busy writing on the
fine linenbutcher's paper tablecloths.


I tried to save a piece of chocolate ganache for Jah Teh, but the hotel staff whisked the remains out to the kitchen, from where it disappeared to a mysterious place.

On the morning of my birthday, crowds passed the Highrise in celebration of my special day. The photo is strangely out of focus.

Doesn't the little open curl of ironwork look so innocent? Not so innocent when we were at Sunday lunch  and Non Make Up Niece, while carrying a tray of drinks brushed past the chair and the open curl hooked her jeans belt keeper. She didn't spill a drop. We did have a good laugh.

Well, the birthday has gone for another year. Oh yes, R gave me a theatre ticket for us to see the musical stage show, South Pacific and another friend gave me this tee, still not noticing after many years that I don't wear tees. This is the train that we did not get to go in Penang, it being closed for maintenance.

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  1. Hope it was a great birthday, and the start of a very good year!

    Re the t-shirt showing the train that you did not get to go on in Penang, because of maintenance. It seems totally random what we do see and what we do not see, when we are travelling. Sometimes you bump into something totally unplanned and it turns out brilliantly. Sometimes you plan for 6 months and the visit is blighted because Monday is the one day of the week all public institutions are closed. And by Tuesday you will be in another city :(

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    1. For sure Hels. We have experienced both. Often the most magical moments are unplanned ones.

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  2. Mmmmm, chocolate cake, I love chocolate cake.

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    1. Victor, I am not much of one for chocolate cake, but the ganache is very nice.

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  3. Judging from the pictures, it looks like you had a great birthday. Wine and chocolate, just too perfect. Happy Birthday!

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    1. It was pretty good Rubye. I am eagerly awaiting in the post my free bowel cancer test kit that the government sends people as they turn fifty five. Yippee.

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  4. Anonymous11:33 am

    My, that's a fine looking tripod!! And the rest of the goodies aren't too bad either. V.

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    1. It is a very fine tripod V. You can even twist the legs to hang it something. Now, I just need the camera, so shopping next week.

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  5. Happy belated birthday Andrew ;-)

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  6. Now we can have lovely night views from the Highrise!

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  7. chocolate cake, red wine, South Pacific - all TERRIFIC, and you deserve all the loveliness.
    X X X

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    1. I can't deny it Ann. ;)

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  8. Very happy belated birthday wishes Andrew, looks like a good time was had by all!
    p.s. I hope your free bowel cancer test kit arrived safely!!

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    1. Thank you Grace. It hasn't arrived yet and I can't wait.

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