Another year older – and still going strong! I had a lovely day today, with cards, phone calls and texts from family and friends, plus a few interesting parcels to open as well. And not forgetting the obligatory photo taken wearing the “Happy Birthday” hat. The hat was a gift from my friend Merilyn several years ago, and gets trotted out each year – even Robin has to take his turn for a birthday photo.
Robin didn’t know what to buy me for my birthday, so I gave him a hint. I just love chocolate peppermint cream chocolates, so that’s what I got, together with a couple of packets of chocolate peppermint biscuits, plus some of my extra favourite boiled sweets for car journeys, acid drops. Simple tastes, but then, we have a big celebration coming up soon, (more on this later) so that will be a bit more expensive. Robin went shopping yesterday, bought a fancy carton to put everything in, and wrapped it all up nicely. He did very well, getting me just what I wanted!
We had a fun day out today, drove approximately 35km down to Waikanae where we boarded the train to Wellington.
Then we hopped on a big yellow bus through the city to attend to a couple of errands. This didn’t take as ;long as anticipated so we decided to take a ride on the Cable Car. Well, what a crowd there was, all with the same idea. A large cruise ship was in port and it seemed that most of the passengers were taking a ride too. So we waited, and waited, as the line shuffled slowly forward, and the cable cars came, filled up with passengers, and left. Soon it was our turn, and we boarded the cable car for the short ride to the top. There are always such fabulous views, looking out over the harbour and the city.
It was getting on for lunch time, and being the birthday girl, I got to chose where to go. Kirkcaldie and Stains of course, upstairs in the cafe, known and loved by Wellingtonians for ever. (I fear I’m turning into my Mother, as she liked to come here too, years ago). We had a lovely lunch, a tasty fish croquette for me, and a chicken and kumara pie for Robin, all nicely presented with coffee to follow. Plus a Neenish Tart, for a special treat.
Suitably replete, we wandered slowly down to the station to board the homewards bound train. I can’t possibly cook tonight since it’s my birthday, so we are having take-aways for tea, pizza for a change. Oh dear, it’s all about food today, isn’t it? Never mind, we are celebrating!