This blog is all about me......I come here for respite in between caring for JoJo (our Daughter who has Special Needs)......I am addicted to starting new projects......I am becoming a fabric-a-holic... I love to try out recipes... take a beach walk and breathe in that salty blue air......love to have coffee...sip a glass of champagne......read a book......I am Queen of the Armchair and am inspired by all the wonderful blogs out there!!!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

A Birthday Weekend!!!

My birthday has come to an end...and we all enjoyed an easy day...
especially dear JoJo who loves all occasions!!!

Here I have bought flowers for myself...
My Dad always used to bring us breakfast in bed along with a flower in a vase...
Something I have never forgotten...
so when I saw this pretty bunch it brought back those wonderful memories!!!

A potholder here that my Friend Geo delivered to me not so long ago for my birthday along with a bookmark...
With this potholder you can play noughts and crosses on it with Sea Glass...
what a great idea...Thanks so much Geo!!!

We had our little Grandson overnight...with his Mum following in the morning...
and decided to go into town and have pancakes for breakfast!!!
Here is our view...

But, first a coffee...

Back home again to a surprise gift...check out the Eiffel Tower bag...how cool is that!!!
Thank you so much Dee!!!

We went to have some chicken 'n chips by the Clyde River...
looking across the River you can see a blue building...
this is the 'On The Pier' Restaurant...


Saw a pelican atop a pole...

and in the water...

Across to 'On The Pier' for afternoon tea...
a trio of home-made ice cream...sorbet...sauce!!!

Apple and Mint Sorbet...a slice...passionfruit curd...

More coffee...Hot Chocolate and an Affogatto
An affogato (Italian, "drowned") is a coffee-based beverage or dessert. It usually takes the form of a scoop of vanilla gelato or ice cream topped with a shot of hot espresso and a shot of Amaretto .

Back home for cake...
Seeing we have a busted oven at the moment I went and ordered a Gluten Free White Chocolate on Fig and Cointreau cake from North Street Cafe and Bar...
for a recipe for a White Chocolate on Fig cake have a look here
This is one of many recipes sent to me by Laura...Thank you so much Pooch!!!



Another surprise gift from Margaret, this gorgeous Table Runner...
Thank you Margaret!!!

And then from Natima the most beautiful, smoothest chocolate...


Nat recently returned from a trip to Japan...

and brought back this paper-made colourful little bowl...

and a needlecase...


And then another gift during the week from Andrea

Thank you so much Andrea...I love it!!!
We had a great day...Thank you so much everyone...especially to my wonderful Family!!!

And in this post I'd like to wish Anita a very Happy Birthday...have a great one!!!
Hop on over to Anita's blog if you get a chance...you will be in for a real treat!!!

23 comments:

Astrid said...

Dear Dzintra,
A VERY HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY! No doubt you had a wonderful day! Wonderful gifts and yummy food! That cakes look so yummy - have to try it - one day... :)

Lurline said...

A wonderful birthday for a wonderful girl - thanks for sharing, Dzintra!
Happy Birthday Hugs - Lurline♥

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Happy Birthday Dear Dzintra
I'm so slack at blogging these past few weeks I must have missed it.. I hope you have had a wonderful time and that the year to come brings you much joy, good health and happiness.... Pancakes with that view looks pretty spectacular to me!!! take care and keep the celebration rolling I say.. xxx julie

Margaret said...

A lovely post from begining to end. Begining withe the lipped carnation , to the ever popular Pelican on a light pole ( one of my favourite birds) the cake, icecream and outstanding views. Happy that you had a wonderfull day.

Pooch Morning Glory said...

dzintra
i love the sea glass game. from what i can see, i think we call it Xs & Os
and im pretty sure i would love affogato
:)... and, you re welcome
hugs
~pooch

...Miss...Maddie's... said...

Happy Belated Birthday dearest D. Looks like you had a splendid celebration and those goodies had my mouth watering all the way up here.
Enjoy every minute of this new year you have been blessed with my friend...
Susan xo

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

OH DZINTRA.....you really know how to party....love, you seemed to have celebrated well, and your photos exude the magic that each one of us is capable of creating. THAT MINT SORBET AND CURD is stunningly beautiful, and your flowers, the landscape of your surroundings....all so heavenly. Thank you for joining in on the fun, and making my birthday such a special time.

Enjoy this weekend, and make everyday a birthday celebration!

Much love, Anita

ria vogelzang said...

Dear Dzintra,
A very happy Birthday to you!! Hope you have a very special day! With lots of loving people and gifts!!
Big Birthday-hug, XXXXXX, Ria.

Notjustnat said...

Happy Birthday my dear Dzintra. Glad you enjoy your presents. What a wonderful day you must have. Enjoy the rest of the weekend - Love Nat

Zuzu said...

Oh my!!! You really had a wonderful time - Happy, Happy Birthday Dzintra!!!

Kath said...

What luscious gifts. I hope you had the most wonderful birthday with many more to come XX

Micki said...

What a great birthday! It was wonderful sharing it with you!
Micki

RitaGri said...

Daudz baltu dieniņu, Laimiņa dodi,
Diženi raženi dzīvojoti!
Mīļi sveicieni dzimšanas dienā!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Happy Birthday Dzintra! What lovely presents you received and what a delicious looking cake! :D

Mildred said...

Belated Happy Birthday Wishes Dzintra! What a lovely day you had and the food all looks delicious! I'm taking a blog break but wanted to stop by and say Hi to you and JoJo.

a good yarn said...

Such a fantastic way to celebrate your birthday, Dzintra. Many Happy Returns! Ann :-)

Fer said...

Happy Birthday Dzintra! Looks like you celebrated in style. :)

Cattinka said...

I´m glad you had such a nice time, I´m happy for you.
KATRIN W.

Kiki said...

Beautiful post...such gorgeous photos..and super lovely to read! Happy B-day! I have enjoyed my visit here to both your blogs..they are awesome..and gorgeous!! Lovely to meet you!
Have a super sparkly day!
Kiki~

Bev C said...

Happy Birthday Dzintra, can you hear that awful singing at the moment. That is me singing Happy Birthday to you. Love that sea glass potholder what a clever idea. Have a fantastic year.
Bev.xoxo

Simone de Klerk said...

So many lovely presents for you, dear Dzintra! And I love how you keep up your Dad's tradition with those lovely flowers. I think he is still smiling!
Carnations somehow remind me of my mother, so it is so nice to see one!

Sandi Butler said...

Looks like you had such a wonderful birthday! Lots of beautiful gifts and food. Love the seaside cafes and restaurants, I can just imagine you sitting there with a cuppa.

Vicki's Bit-o-earth said...

What a wonderful Birthday Dzintra! Many Happy's to you dear friend! Tons of love and good wishes to you from the big Up-Over! xxxVicki

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