A quiet birthday for my wife

This brings the general topic of ‘celebrating’ birthdays and other important occasions. Today my wife Francoise achieved her xxxth birthday. We celebrated in the morning by picking raspberries in our allotment and then buying a particularly generous portion of salmon which we had with scrambled egg for breakfast.

Normally I get inspiration as to ‘where to go’ but neither myself or Francoise had any inspiration. The National Trust properties are few and far between in Somerset and we have been to them. The Royal Horticultural properties likewise. On a hot day we had no wish to sit in a car for hours on our way to and fro nor to go to Bristol or even Bath for some film or other.

Our decision – have a quiet day. We had our visitor for the previous few days and felt like a rest on our own. We decided to avoid formula meals and go instead to our favourite Bread and Beyond bakery and delicious food servery in Chewton Mendip. I had a delicious home made chicken pie.  If you want lovely tea and cakes, or a quiche and salad, set your GPS to BA3 4LJ. Its on the A37.

Not everything has to be formulated. Some special days can be quietly experienced whilst doing normal things such as pottering around. .

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