Sunday, 29 April 2012

An Edinburgh birthday

We arrived in Edinburgh last Wednesday after a long and exhausting drive courtesy of the weather. It was foul all the way, with lashing downpours and heavy amounts of surface water on the motorways.


the birthday girl
Thursday saw us hitting the shops to put the final flourishes to the birthday celebration for Niall's younger sister Shona. We wanted to get a fun cake and silly candles and other light hearted bits and bobs to create a birthday reminiscent of childhood. It was not a special birthday, [as she was keen to point out!] but it has been a while since one of our visits has coincided with her birthday so that was cause enough for a celebration.

pink fizz and a "Gruffalo" cake
On Friday, the day of the birthday, the weather co-operated with sunny spells and periods of blue sky. The birthday girl was treated to some sparkling pink wine as well as a "Gruffalo" cake with kitty candles :-)!
an un-impressed Eliot!
Both Morse and Eliot, her two cats, seemed remarkably underwhelmed at their mistress's silly birthday goings on. However, we humans thoroughly enjoyed it!


PS Shona would like it to be known that she did not eat half the cake on her own as the photo might suggest!

13 comments:

Perpetua said...

What fun, Niall and Antoinette. I do hope you're now basking in the same sunshine as we are, after all the rain and wind. Safe journey home this week.

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Niall and Antoinette:
What fun all of this sounds [except for the journey!]. The pink fizz looks to be the perfect party tipple and it all looks as if you enjoyed returning to your childhoods for the day!! Did party games feature too?

Happy Birthday to Shona!!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

The birthday sounds like lots of fun. Sorry the journey was so bad. We have to go back 8 May for a funeral so I am hoping the weather will improve by then!! Diane

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Perpetua - Think you have the best of it up north. Weather here is slowly getting better but still showery.

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Jane & Lance - it was enjoyable lighthearted silliness :-) And pink fizz is always tasty!

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Diane - Birthday was great fun thanks!

the fly in the web said...

That looks such fun! Nice to let the hair down and revert to childhood pleasures - though I don't remember pink fizz featuring on friends' birthday menus, unfortunately!

Can't cats just do the 'whatever is all this childishness?' thing so well!

the fly in the web said...

That looks such fun! Nice to let the hair down and revert to childhood pleasures - though I don't remember pink fizz featuring on friends' birthday menus, unfortunately!

Can't cats just do the 'whatever is all this childishness?' thing so well!

GaynorB said...

There are some things that one cannot do effectively via skype, sharing birthday cake and bubbles being near the top of the list!

Hope you've enjoyed your break.

The Broad said...

What a fun birthday idea -- pink fuzz and pink fizz -- what a great combination! I'm thinking of my husband's next birthday -- wonder if he'd like a Thomas the Tank Engine Cake?

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Fly - they certainly can! Eliot especially!!

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Gaynor - being there in person is always best.

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Broad - A couple of years ago I got Niall a Thomas the Tank Engine cake as a joke -- he loves steam trains. It went down well :-)