Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Celebrating a momentous birthday!



Hello and a happy week to you all.
The sun is shinning so I am happy and we have builders working on our home. They are knocking out two windows and part of the wall to put in the new bi-fold doors which will lead out from the kitchen onto the deck. Already I am loving how much more light and sunshine is streaming through.
I don't mind the sound of a hammer or circular saw, as it will be great to have the work done. 
Will leave you with a few photos taken recently.

 I adore Scottish terriers and DD kindly painted this little beauty for me and can't wait to get him hung up on the wall. Looks like a McTavish
the pretty bouquet of flowers my dear son gave me

There has been much going on here, I just celebrated my big birthday! the actual birth date is the 16th of May. We had a lovely party at Tantalus Estate, for family and friends a couple of weeks back. The theme was the 1920's so a lot of fun seeing everyone dressed up in their glamorous clothes. The flowers on the table were from the 'Flower Gallery' in my favourite colours and they were gorgeous. Roses, hydrangeas and freesias, to name a few.
The venue was lovely and if you can see the light fitting above - it was made from the prunings of the grape vines.
 A two piece Jazz band was playing fabulous ambient music in the background
Bluebells Cakery made the beautiful cake ~ too pretty to eat
Thank you my dear for putting on such a wonderful party!

I will be taking a break my DH is taking me away for a holiday, so getting very excited about that and lots to do before we go. One of the things we will be doing is taking the Orient Express to Venice.

Hope all is well in your neck of the woods and will be over to say hello soon.
Thanks for all the kind visits and notes you leave for me, so grateful for your friendship and all you share. 
Wishing you a happy week
hugs
Carolyn



87 comments:

  1. My deaerst Carolyn,
    what a wonderful Birthdayparty you got from your Dear HB!
    Wishing you a wodnerful time in Venice, have a happy brake and enjoy the time!
    Will wirte, when you are back, my dear! Just got a bad feeling, because I thought, I forgot your Bday!!!
    sending much Love and hugs and blessings,
    and thank you for beeing such a wonderful friend through all the years!
    Claudia xoxoxo

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    1. Many thanks dear Claudia for your kind visit and note.
      Yes, looking forward to visiting Venice as have not been to Italy.
      Thank you for your kind friendship
      hugs
      Carolyn

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  2. Happy Birthday, dear Carolyn! It looks like you had a fabulous celebration. Have a wonderful trip! The train ride in the Orient Express sounds ao exciting. Enjoy your stay in Europe! :)
    xo Julia

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    1. Thank you Julia and it was a lovely celebration and good to get together with family and friends.
      Carolyn

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  3. What a stunning cake, I'm feeling in awe for such a charming party !
    Wishing you a Happy Birthday ahead, darling Carolyn,
    I'm sending blessings across the many miles

    XOXO Dany

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    1. Dear Daniela,

      The cake was so pretty with edible flowers on it - our daughter kindly organized the cake.
      Thanks for your visit.
      Carolyn

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  4. Happy Birthday for the 16th May Carolyn - a trip on the Orient Express to Venice will be a fabulous way to celebrate. I remember seeing the train once when we were at Innsbruck station on its way to Venice.

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    1. Hi Rosemary,

      We are getting excited and it is something my husband has always wanted to do. Lovely that you remember seeing the train and will have to look out for Innsbruck.
      Carolyn

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  5. Happy birthday my dear sweet friend
    The cake is looking so yummy
    I love all the pictures so much and the flowers are so pretty
    Sending you love and smiles x

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    1. Thank you dear Cucki and the cake and flowers were really pretty. I have some of the flowers drying from the bouquets.
      Carolyn

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  6. Happy Birthday sweet friend. You look fabulous! Enjoy your trip...WOW! It sounds like fun! Hugs, Diane

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    1. Thank you Diane for your kind visit and note.
      Carolyn

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  7. Happy birthday in advance dear Carolyn.You've received some lovely gifts. The party must have been wonderful and very stylish with the 1920s theme, beautiful table setting, live jazz music and no doubt delicious food. The cake is so pretty and I like the little details such as the light fitting! Enjoy your time on the Orient Express and in Venice. By the way, I've been very grateful for the hat that you knitted me as it has kept my head warm today. (We're experiencing cold, windy weather here in south Yorkshire).

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    1. Dear Linda,

      The 1920's theme was lovely and seeing what everyone wore. Glad to hear that the hat is keeping your head warm and hope you will not be needing it, when you get some warm summer weather
      Carolyn

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  8. Dear Carolyn, you are looking so beautiful and adorable, in your lovely dress, and fur, the flowers and cake, oh what a day it has been, and now away on holiday , it will be almost a full month of celebrating you, and your big birthday- mine to come is much bigger than yours :-) 68 ...... Love the painting from your daughter !! Hugs, and a wonderful vacation to you and your husbond !!

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    1. Thank you Dorthe for your kind words. The painting of the little Scottish terrier is so cute as he has the sweetest expression with his little tongue poking out.
      Carolyn

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  9. What a lovely party!!! So elegant!! Can't wait to hear all about your adventures!!! Happy Birthday MONTH!!!! xoxox

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    1. thanks Marsha, appreciate your kind visit.

      Carolyn

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  10. Excellent post (as always)!Thank you very much :)

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  11. Happy birthday, dear Carolyn!!! Such wonderful party you had!
    A trip on the Orient Express will be amazing, I went on it from Venice to Paris when my parents celebrated they 10th annivarsary and I remember it was really impressive!
    XO
    S
    https://s-fashion-avenue.blogspot.it

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    1. Thank you dear Silvia and lovely that you are your parents were able to take the trip on the Orient Express.
      Carolyn

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  12. Congratulations on your Big birthday what a wonderful way to celebrate it by going on the Orient Express! We will look forward to hearing all about it. You both look very elegant at your early party and your cake looks amazing! Have the builders finished or are they going to be busy while you are away? Sarah x

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    1. Hi Sarah,

      Thanks for your note - we are going to shut down the building work while we are away, as family are coming to stay in our house.
      Carolyn xo

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  13. Congratulations and happy birthday - although I think your birth certificate is wrong. You can't be 60. Enjoy the orient express - lucky you. xx

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth, you are so kind.
      The years seem to have gone fast and I do not feel like the big 60
      Carolyn

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  14. Enjoy your trip darling.....come home safe...love from me Ria x ❤️

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  15. Hi Carolyn, HAPPY BIRTHDAY and many more wonderful, happy and healthy years ahead. You look beautiful and still so young!! Your party looks so nice and I love the theme. The table setting and the beautiful flower cake is amazing. Your hubby is such a dear to make your big day so wonderful. Have a beautiful time on your holiday too. Enjoy every minute!! Blessing to you dear friend and sending love your way. XO

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    1. Thank you Celestina Marie, for your very kind words, and your friendship
      Carolyn

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  16. Happy Birthday, darling! Always lovely to hear from you and see your pretty pics!

    xoxox,
    CC

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    1. Thank you Carrie, always lovely to see what you have to share with us
      Carolyn

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  17. Sounds like a lovely party - happy birthday!!

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    1. Thank you Deb and yes, it was a lovely party
      Carolyn

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  18. Happy Birthday, dear Carolyn. What a fabulous cake! And the venue looks very nice. The 1920's theme sounds fun! Have a fun and safe trip to Venice - what a wonderful gift.

    From one May birthday girl to another, you are very special to me, dear friend.

    love, ~Sheri

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    1. Dear Sheri,

      You are very special to me too dear friend and lovely that we can both celebrate our May birthdays. Thanks for always your kind. Is its and notes you leave.
      Carolyn

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  19. Tanti auguri ti seguo passa da me ciao
    https://testoprovo.blogspot.it/?m=1

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    1. Thank you Rosalia and lovely to discover your blog.
      Carolyn

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  20. Happiest of happy birthdays to you!!! 60 is great age to be. You two look fabulous. All the best,
    d

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    1. Thank you Deanna and appreciate your kind visit and note.
      Carolyn

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  21. Happiest of happy birthdays to you! :)

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    1. Thank you and it was lovely to discover your blog.
      carolyn

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  22. Oh, such a lovely cake!
    Happy B-day darling!
    Kisses, Paola.
    Expressyourself

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    1. Thank you dear Paola for your kind note and visit.
      Carolyn

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  23. Happy Birthday for the 16th May, Carolyn I hope you have the perfect holiday. I will look forward to hearing about it. Your birthday venue, cake and flowers all looked lovely and the Scottish terrier painting is beautiful. My next big birthday has a seven at the front of it – scary! Hugs Barbara

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    1. Thank you dear Barbara and it was lovely to have a visit from you.
      Any birthday is special and only a number and we need to be happy with whatever one it is for us.
      Carolyn

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  24. Happy birthday my friend. Beautiful roses and the cake is so pretty. What a fantastic trip you are going to have.I wish you will have a great holyday
    Hugs from here

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    1. Thank you Bente and yes I loved the pretty cake and flowers.
      Carolyn

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  25. Happy birthday! Sounds like there will be more celebrating in store for the actual day. Have a fabulous trip!

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    1. Thank you Tammy and yes we will be celebrating on the 16th
      Carolyn

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  26. Dearest Carolyn,
    Happy Birthday for the 16th and enjoy your very special trip together!
    Glad your remodeling is turning out to be a big improvement too.
    Love the special cake photo.
    My dear Pieter had a very special 2-digit B'day as well and if God grants him more years, there might be only one of those left...
    We have to enjoy every day and be grateful for life.
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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    1. Dear Mariette,

      Couldn't agree more - wwe do have to be grateful for life.
      Thanks for your visit.
      Carolyn

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  27. Happy birthday for the 16th and I hope you both have a fabulous time in Venice, it is one of our favourite cities in the world aznd ironically Guy's family come from there. He has traced his fazmily back to the 15th century....
    much love from a sunny SW France, Leeann

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    1. Hi Leeann,

      How wonderful that Guy was able to trace his family back to the 15th century and that they came from Venice.
      You must be enjoying the sunny weather there
      Carolyn

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  28. Oh I am so late... Happy Birthday dear Carolyn! Enjoy your tip together.. Such heartfelt gifts.. I love the painting.
    Love and blessings,
    Penny

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    1. Thank you Penny and appreciate your kind note and visit.
      Carolyn

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  29. Happy birthday!!! Fabulous cake and wonderful party. Enjoy your trip in Venice, it's a very romantic and fairy city.
    Hugs Alessandra

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    1. Thank you dear Alessandra and have heard it is a very romantic city so looking forward to visiting there.
      Carolyn

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  30. Dear Carolyn
    Happy Birthday Wishes, your celebrations started early and look absolutely wonderful. I loved all of your photo's and it was so good to see you too.
    Enjoy your trip away, have a fabulous time.

    All the best Jan

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    1. thank you Jan, for the kind birthday wishes.
      Carolyn

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  31. Thanks for the interesting post! Have a nice day)

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    1. Thank you and hope you are having a nice day
      Carolyn

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  32. Oh, what a great day! Happy birthday to you!
    Love from Titti

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    1. Thank you Titti and we did all have a great day for the birthday
      Carolyn

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  33. Happy Mother's Day, dear Carolyn. Thank you so much for your most welcome visit a few days ago.
    blessings,
    Penny

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    1. Thank you Penny and hope you had a happy Mother's Day too.
      Carolyn

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  34. Thank you for the birthday wishes, dear Carolyn. It really made my day. I am off to meet my best friend for lunch.

    love, ~Sheri

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    1. Thank you dear Sheri and hope you are enjoying your birthday month.
      Hugs
      Carolyn

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  35. Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday dear Carolyn! Happy Birthday to you! Hugs to you dear friend!

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    1. Thank you dear Michelle for your kind card you sent me and your wonderful friendship.
      Hugs
      Carolyn

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  36. Happy Birthday, dear Carolyn! Glad you had such a wonderful party.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Thank you Amalia and yes we did have a wonderful party.
      Carolyn

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  37. Happy Belated Birthday, dear Carolyn! Looks like you celebrated in style! So thoughtful of your sweet Mr. The flowers and cake are so pretty. Welcome to the 60 club! Enjoy your trip - it sounds fabulous! Sending hugs xo Karen

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    1. Thank you Karen for your kind visit and note and happy to be in the 60 club now. Was so funny when we went to visit the Tower of London over 60 could get a concession but we did not take this as it felt funny and I do not feel like 60.
      Carolyn

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  38. Happy birthday Carolyn! Looks like a lovely party!

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    1. Thank you Juliet and yes it was a lovely party.
      Carolyn

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  39. Happy Birthday Carolyn....mine was just the day before!!!We belong to that group of ´´´charming´´´´´ people borned on May!!!!!!!!
    Meeting you is always a pleasure
    Love

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    1. Happy birthday dear Princess Nadie and I hope you had a wonderful day. Thanks for the kind visit and note you left me.
      Carolyn

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  40. Great post!

    You have a nice blog!

    Would you like to follow each other? Let me know on my blog with a comment! ;oD

    Have a great day!

    xoxo Jacqueline
    www.hokis1981.com

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    1. Thank you Jacqueline and it was lovely to discover your blog and meet you.
      Carolyn

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  41. Thank you for your comment on my blog!

    I follow you too! ;oD

    xoxo Jacqueline
    www.hokis1981.com

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  42. Happy (but - sorry! - belated) birthday-wishes, dearest Carolyn!!! My husband has his 60th birthday today :-) The ambiente of your birthday-party looks wonderful - and the cake, yummie! What a great Scottish terrier-painting of your daughter and so pretty flowers for a pretty birthday-"child"!
    Have a good time on your trip - "taking the Orient Express to Venice" sounds very exciting!!! :-)
    Lots of hugs, my dear,
    Traude

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  43. Dear Traude,

    Wishing your husband a very happy birthday!
    The Orient Express was wonderful and was a really fun and glamorous way to travel and met some lovely people.
    Carolyn

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  44. Carolyn!! Happy Birthday!!! I hope you have a wonderful getaway:)

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  45. congrats on big birthday,
    lovely impressions :D

    with love your AMELY ROSE

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