Fun!…with added cake…

I am gradually getting back to normal after our jolly family weekend in a couple of wooden cabins handily situated between the coast and the New Forest. It was an early birthday celebration – for me! – and I was so thoroughly spoilt I almost forgot how to cook and wash up! The weather tried various guises, until the sun got his hat on in the middle of the first day and stayed around for the rest of the weekend.

I came across a very strange thing on the beach the first morning. It was cold, grey and misty, with a strong wind…

We came down the cliff…

… and on to the shingle to admire the little beach huts…

Higgins spotted a potential friend, but he passed on by…

The beach was all but deserted, but for three people in wet suits, inflating things, which soon caught the wind and developed minds of their own. If it hadn’t been for the wet suits I would have thought they were flying kites, but it dawned on me they were heading off into the grey and windy sea…

Mad! I thought, Completely Bonkers! On a day like this?

So despite the cold I hung about, snapping away like the worst press photographer, waiting to see what would happen.

Eventually, with the kite bobbing about energetically high above him, the first wet suited individual headed down to the surf, while I carried on the same little chunter to myself…MAD…totally barmy…

Until he got into the sea…and on to the board….

and Wayhaaaay…. Yes!… NOW I see….


 

And when the sun shone, we went to the New Forest…

Higgins had a slightly different perspective…

…but he did find a place to play Pooh Sticks…

And in the evening there were balloons, and bunting, and a truly amazing birthday cake…

Looks a little familiar don’t you think?

We prolonged the weekend a little by travelling along the coast for a night with son Thomas and family, where Higgins was able to meet some special bloggy friends when Penelope By The Sea came to tea, with Alice…

I was very surprised and touched to be given a birthday gift…

it was very nearly too pretty to unwrap, but I was persuaded, and found …

Which made me very happy!

(And if you pop over to Penny’s blog, you’ll find out where that pretty fabric tie came from!)

And now we’re home.

Some of us have been sleeping off all the rushing about entertaining small boys…

…and some of us have been sitting in the sun squaring circles…

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About penny

I live in Norfolk, England in a cottage on the edge of the Norfolk Broads where it can be peaceful and beautiful, or wet and muddy, or occasionally wild and windswept. With me is husband Tim, Henry the elderly and opinionated tabby cat, and Higgins, the miniature dachshund with a massive personality. You’ll find me chattering on about wool and textiles, knitting and crochet, recipes, books and patterns, exhibitions and shopping and of course, the adventures of a small dog! Planet Penny has a Facebook Page, you can find me on UK Handmade and I am featured on Channel4/4Homes Favourite Craft Blog List.

9 thoughts on “Fun!…with added cake…

  1. Penelope

    What a fabulous post Penny, gorgeous pics of the New Forest (I especially like Higgins’ view!) and that cake is just so you! Did the clever C make it?
    It was such a treat seeing you again and meeting T and Higgins of course, I am also so very pleased that the book has brought you some delight. Enjoy!
    I do feel very blessed with having you and your gorgeous family as friends in my life xox
    Really looking forward to seeing your blanket come together, no doubt it will cause waves in the crochet blog land.I can’t stop knitting this week, really need to get back to 1 hook again.. so much to make so little time! Have a great weekend ahead x

  2. Toffeeapple

    I’m so happy that you all had a lovely weekend, your cake was perfect for you and I love your gift. I’d hate to be on the sea under that kite but your trip to the forest was lovely.

  3. Teje & Nero

    Dear Penny, Happy Birthday!!!
    What an exiting post again! That beach looks so beautiful with those small houses! Perfect cake and lovely present!
    Enjoy your summer and crocheting!
    Hugs to you and Higgins!
    Teje & Nero

  4. vanessa

    I just let out a huge snort when I saw the photo of Higgins from your last post (gorgeous crochet by-the-way), he’s such a character. But I see the professor also likes the laydeeees, judging by the way he’s reclining in Alice’s lap! That kite surfing looks treacherous doesn’t it! Happy Birthday Penny! Love Vanessa xxx

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