Above are the lovely flowers that my department gave me on my (have I mentioned this before, Fran?) last day of work.
On the same day, this wonderful array of gifts for Unborn Grandson arrived from Dianne of A Month of Sundays - http://whatisstarbucking.blogspot.com/ - who with amazing generosity sent them all the way from Colorado. All hand-made and beautiful. She had created them, and a pink set, for her potential grandson/granddaughter, who turned out to be the most beautiful granddaughter. So these things in "boy"colours have come to Daughter 1. Aren't bloggy people so kind?
Here is Daughter 1 admiring the shawl, or as Dianne calls it, afghan.
And the lovely quilt.
Son-in-law models the cute hat.
Where are we in these pictures? We're having afternoon tea in the Roxburghe Hotel in Charlotte Street. Do we do this a lot? No. This is the view from the window beside our table.
When I was a girl, I went to school near this hotel and used to pass it every day on my way to a long, boring bus journey home. As I trudged past, hungry and tired (cue violins...) I used to see ladies sitting by the window having afternoon tea. And I thought: when I grow up I'm going have nothing to do but to sit there doing that.
And of course it never happened. Until Saturday, when Daughter 2, home for the weekend from London, had summoned the troops to foregather there to celebrate (slightly early) my 59bth birthday.
Another view out of the window, on to Charlotte Square with its Georgian architecture. This is part of Edinburgh's New Town ("new" as in built between 1760 and 1830).
The square has gardens in the centre. Look! Sunshine! It was actually quite hot.
Here's Daughter 2 with my mum.
And with her dad.
Son and his beloved.
Daughter 1 with hers. Grandson is due in two days now! I wonder if anyone's told him.
The afternoon tea was rather good. Not perhaps healthy. But delicious.
We managed to eat an impressive amount of it - though did have to admit defeat eventually. However, not before Son had popped a final, thumb-sized éclair into his mouth. "It's just like eating a big vitamin pill," he declared.
Thank you so much, family - and particularly to the world's greatest organiser of celebrations, darling Daughter 2. Now, alas, she has returned to London with a dose of tonsillitis. I do hope she feels better soon.