Nearly 10pm on the last day of my 40’s and it’s been really lovely.
I relaxed this morning and went outside with Coco to play … sunny at last.
Maeve Hamill dropped in an early birthday present from herself, James and Eoin (my prince) … a beautiful pair of earrings.
My dear friend Lisa (we’ve been friends for 30 years) rang from Oz and we had a great chat … also got to say hi to her partner Kath.
oh look … more bubbles … celebration time
I sent them photos of Ballinamore to tempt them over and Kath printed them all off … they’ll come here in the next few years and see why I love this town.
In the afternoon a dear friend from Sligo … Marian … drive over to take me to Lough Rynn Castle for afternoon tea and champagne.
She gave me a card and told me I wasn’t to open it ’til tomorrow … I will show restraint and new found wisdom … and not even look at it … no really … I will … trust me …
Marian also gave me a bottle of this wonderful sparkling red … it’s a deep rich red wine with champagne added.
I do love efficiency … 2 of my fave drinks in one bottle!
And … she gave me flowers.
I do soooo love being spoiled … I never did understand when people look at their presents and say ‘you shouldn’t have’ … me? … I love presents and the fact that people have thought of me.
We got to Lough Rynn Castle and there was … a huge wedding and a crowd from the John McGahern festival.
My heart sank … would we get a table?
Yup … we ended up with our own room! … big couch and table.
We ordered the afternoon tea and a glass of champers … more (supposed) bad news … no champers.
So he gave us free prosecco which I prefer anyway … lighter bubbles.
And if anyone is reading this from the management of Lough Rynn Castle … the man that served us was exceptional … he had a problem (no champers for the lovely lady turning 50) … and found a solution (give her some free prosecco) … and was charming and helpful when the place was teeming with people.
notice stylish haircut … Mags did it! And … thanks Mum and Dad for the great genes and smooth Irish skin.
We sat and chatted for 3 hours … me sipping a few glasses of bubbles … Marian sipping tea as she was driving.
And guess what folks … you can have your cake and eat it … slainte.
We went for a stroll around the walled gardens … beautiful.
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I also enjoyed the forrest … particularly this japanese tree … love the curves and colour.
The castle is beautiful and overlooks Lough (lake) Rynn … and … is only 15 minutes drive from Ballinamore … amazing.
The John McGahern crew were in the mobile cinema watching a movie … we get it in Ballinamore (the mobi cinema) once a week during the winter … interesting films.
Seats around 50 ish … and is a big truck with wheels when it’s on the road … no idea how they open it all up … cool idea though
We came back home and Marian took a few photos of me and Coco … me still posh dressed … Coco just naturally beautiful.
After Marian went home … and many many thanks Marian for such a delightful treat … spending time with you … and drinking bubbles … you started my birthday celebrations so very very well.
I went across to Brendan to give him the key to come in tomorrow and say hello to Coco when I’m in Dublin.
The bouquet is amazing … full of life and colour and glorious scent.
I’m a very lucky woman to have so many wonderful friends all over the world … and a family I adore … and Coco.
So … I end my 40’s with champagne … and …
… will start my 50’s with champagne cocktails in Dublin with friends tomorrow … dinner (early bird special and still gourmet) in one of Dublins top places … Eden … with Mia and Shani and Mary and Billy and Jo and George. Then cocktails at a private club … Odessa … on their roof terrace … a gift from Shani.
It’s a damn fine life.
p.s if you are a regular reader (love you) and you think the whole blog looks a bit different … never fear … you are not experiencing early onsent dementia … I’ve been experimenting with a new theme and can’t get my banner back.
Never fear … my fearless brother Marc will sort it next week.
I wanted more space for Pages and my banner and the old Theme was … old.
Time for a change … in more ways than one!