Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy birthday, USA

My birthday falls on American Independence Day. Hang out some flags for me, US, and let off a few fireworks. I just settled for some cards, in my understated British way.

Also cake. One of my presents was this fine teapot. Son and his beloved, with a few extra kitchen assistants, made dinner while I watched Wimbledon. Luxury.

At ten this evening, I went outside and took these photos of the garden. It's still light here well past then at this time of year.

Tomorrow, we're off on holiday for a fortnight. I'm not packed yet.

I'm always a bit reluctant to leave my flowers, and in this case also Daughter 2 and our son. And the cats. Other family members are coming with us.

I hope someone remembers to water the baskets and pots.

The clematis will be fine as long as the snails don't get them.

Have a good couple of weeks, everyone.






23 comments:

Scottish Nanna said...

Happy Birthday Your garden looks lovely I like all the nice flowers Enjoy your holiday.
Hugs Mary.

elena jane said...

happy belated birthday....have a fabulous holiday :-)
and your garden is lovely!

Stomper Girl said...

Happy birthday, and have a great trip.

Molly said...

One of my favourite songs from way back is "In An English Country Garden."Like yours. Even though yours is technically Scottish....Happy Birthday! and enjoy your holidays!

Molly said...
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Molly said...

Please excuse...my fingers stuttered!

Rosemary Grace said...

Happy Birthday! To celebrate we had a BBQ in Aunt Pink's garden, and I watched the city fireworks with a VERY EXCITED 5-year-old niece on my lap.

leslie said...

I'm glad I came over tonight. So I get to wish you Happy Birthday and Happy Holiday! By the way, my clematis is exactly that colour and in full bloom now, too. :D

Linds said...

Oh... Happy Birthday, Isabelle! I missed it!
Have a wonderful holiday and remember to take lots of photos!

Tracey Petersen said...

Happy birthday and happy holiday to you!

Gina E. said...

OOooh I hope you haven't gone yet! HAPPY BIRTHDAY for yesterday, dear Isabelle! Fancy sharing your day with the Yanks...I always used to wish my birthday was on the 26th January (Australia Day) just to be a bit more patriotic than everyone else, lol.
All the best for a happy and relaxing holiday, and don't worry about your garden. If a few plants die, you can always replace them! (Well that's the way I look at our garden, and there are lots of replacements coming up when (if) this drought ever ends.)

Shauna said...

Many happy returns! I do like that teapot :)

Thimbleanna said...

Oh, I hope you had a wonderful birthday Isabelle! And have a great holiday -- you deserve a break after all that marking!

Chris Tarr said...

Happy Birthday! And what a lovely garden -- I'm sure it is hard to leave. Probably it will be there when you come back, though. (ha!)

jkhenson said...

Happy birthday!!! A bit late, as we've just returned home, but the wishes are for a wonderful year ahead, as well! Safe and fun travels!The flowers look wonderful!!!

Fairlie said...

Also late...but Happy Birthday Isabelle! And have a great holiday.

Lucy said...

#'I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date...'#

Happy belated birthday, and I hope you've been having a lovely holiday! Don't eat too much gorgonzola!

meggie said...

Enjoy your holiday,
Your garden is lovely.
Belated Happy Birthday!

Tanya Brown said...

I hope you're having lovely holidays, although I'm writing this so late that they're probably halfway over by now.

Happy birthday, belatedly!

kirsty said...

Another late birthday blessing, Isabelle, from me! *mwah*
And congratulations to the new doctors! What an achievement!

WifeMomChocoholic said...

Happy Birthday! Mine is one month after yours. You didn't tell us where you were going on holiday. My dad leaves next Thursday for a vacation in Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. He is VERY excited!

Zanna, travelling tart, back home in Central Queensland said...

Bit late - but hope you had a lovely birthday. Keep on with those lovely photos! Z xx

fifi said...

Happy Birthday, dear Isabelle,

Happy Birthday to you.

May your garden always bloom as beautifully as it does right now: heavenly.