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A lucky birthday

My birthday was a couple of weeks ago now but I wanted to take a few moments to reflect on what a lovely day it was and how I was spoilt by wonderful cards, presents and company.  I was so touched that Bee, Sophie, Jem and Chloe sent me things in the post, it's such a reminder of how privileged I am to have made so many amazing friends through blogging.  Without wanting to put a negative slant on it it's weird to think that there's people who were once in my closest circle of 'real life' friends who forgot the day or who I didn't hear from and yet people who I predominantly speak to on the internet took the time to send me such thoughtful cards and gifts.  Just wish all you blogging ladies were a bit closer so we could actually celebrate with real life tea and cake!

My Mum (and others, without having planned it!) did a sort of 'seaside' theme with my gifts this year, which was lovely as you will all know by know what a lover I am of all things nautical! Fleur bought me some gorgeous East of India goodies (two wooden beach huts and a wooden life ring, along with a vintage sign), the chunky ring is from Tom and the seagull and bunting mug is from my Mum.



My Mum handmade a few of my presents this year, including a cushion in nautical fabric and this sign she made from her beachcombing finds above (she has also featured it on her blog here).  It now hangs with pride above our door in the living room.  It's so lovely to receive handmade gifts.


Beach hut beach towel from my Mum again and swallow print scarf from Tom's sister.  Tom bought me the Twin Peaks definitive box set which is very exciting for me as I've never seen the second series.  Are there any other Twin Peaks fans out there?  I absolutely love it.  In the middle at the bottom is a Kindle case from Tom's parents; a brilliant gift as I was previously lugging my Kindle around in a jiffy bag as protection! My Mum also bought me the Jack Wills Cavalry Twill eau de toilette after we both loved it when we visited Kilver Court.  I think it's actually for men but never mind!


Chloe sent me a gorgeous scarf, bracelet and nail varnish in the post which was such a lovely surprise.

I think I mentioned in a previous post that on the day of my birthday my parents' came round and we went for a long walk in the forest with Bodhi as well as an amazing pub lunch at my favourite New Forest pub.  My Mum had baked me a yummy chocolate cake (with an anchor on, obviously!) and we had tea and cake before watching some Twin Peaks... basically my perfect day!

On the Saturday after (last Saturday) my friends Fleur and Nicole came round and we went to Pizza Express for dinner, watched a band at a little pub in Christchurch and then came back to mine for PJs, popcorn and Def Jam Rapstar (rap karaoke).  Another perfect birthday celebration!

Dog walk on birthday day | Anchor cake
Me and three spoons for the cheesecake | Birthday cheesecake at Pizza Express


All in all it was a lovely few days and I feel very spoilt and lucky to have such thoughtful friends and family.


27 comments

  1. I LOVE Twin Peaks. Audrey is my style icon!

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  2. I am glad you had the loveliest birthday rosie <3 you deserve it times a million! Determined to live round the corner from you one day, for real catch ups and Bodhi to meet Dexter :) A girl can dream eh? Lots of love xx

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  3. It wasn't until recently that I realised I also read your Mum's blog! :-)

    Sounds like such a lovely birthday Rosie and you're worth spoiling, how brilliant that so many of your pressies were brilliantly apt, it feels extra special when someone knows you well :-)

    Jem xXx

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  4. Happy belated birthday sweetheart, looks like a fabulous day with some gorgeous gifts xxxx

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  5. This sounds like the perfect day!

    Your new handmade sign is so gorgeous and I love the twist on the quote painted on it :)

    Happy birthday!

    Becky | life.style.flash. x

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  6. so pretty stuff! and the photos are lovely :)

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  7. Ahhh happy belated birthday Rosie. Looks like you had a beautiful day and got some gorgeous gifts.

    Personally I think that parcels in the post make for far more exciting gifts :) x

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  8. Belated Happy Birthday Rosie. I love your gifts, glad you had a great one. :D

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  9. Glad you had a good birthday! I can't remember if I said it or not, so if I didn't then HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

    Does your Mum make things and sell them? If not, she should! That sign is awesome!
    xx

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  10. Glad you had a great birthday Rosie! Those gifts look amazing and thoughtful! That scarf is gorgeous.

    Morag x
    moadore.blogspot.com

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  11. looks like you had a wonderful birthday hehe :)

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  12. AWhh you look so happpppy in that photo :-). Sounds like THE best way to spend a Birthday! Im sorry to hear about rubbishness of people you considered close but hey, sounds like you have pretty awesome people around you too! Your Mum is just SO talented and creative! Im jealous, can you adopt me into your family please?! xxx

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  13. I love your bunting mug - so cute! I hope you had a lovely day, it definitely looks like you did. I am all about low key events with friends nowadays... we always have the most fun and I actually get to spend my birthday just with my favourite people.

    Laura x
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  14. Aw what cute presents :) Glad you had a lovely day! xoxo

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  16. Glad you had a nice birthday, your presents look lovely x

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  17. Happy belated birthday! Have a fabulous year!

    XoXo
    Plami

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  18. Happy belated birthday too! I just found your blog from Curiosity Kate's. Love it, just followed you now I'm going to take a look around...have a lovely week x

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  19. You got some gorgeous presents! I adore seaside things too :) xx

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  20. I love the sign that your mum made you! Sounds like you had such an amazing birthday xx

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  21. Aw happy birthday, looks like you had a lovely one!
    Your mum is so talented, I'd buy that stuff!
    xx

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  22. Happy belated birthday! Looks like you had a great time and got so,e fabulous presents! XxxX http://thesecondhandrose.blogspot.co.uk

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  23. Happy birthday for the other day lovely!! Hope it was really awesome, wish I'd known in advance ;)

    Gorgeous gifts, they obviously all know you very well and *hi five* fellow Twin Peaks fan! I was actually about to re-watch them all from the start. Exciting.

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  24. Oh you got so many lovely things! I adore the sign your Mum made :) And that cheesecake looks so good I can almost taste it! x

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  25. HAppy Happy Birthday Rosie, I hope it was truly as lovely as it sounded.

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  26. Hello Twin Peaks fan! I have some serious love for it too.
    I have a teeny tiny secret crush on Agent Cooper but shhh, don't tell anyone ;) x

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  27. Your mum is one amazing lady! I love the sign she made you! It's very clever and looks shop bought! Happy belated birthday x x

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