Six word Saturday


All set for a bright future!

Happy 26th birthday to my son, James!  Yesterday we went to Leeds to kick off the celebrations in style.  His new apartment had been looking very bland and white and needed an injection of colour.  A bit of artwork on the walls, rug, cushion, potted plant… and do you recognise BB8 sitting there on the windowsill?  Happy in his new home.  As we hope James will be.

It hasn’t all been smooth sailing.  Life seldom is, is it?  Leeds is a city busy reinventing itself.  An interesting juxtaposition of old and shiny new. James is a big fan of Asian cuisine, and we ate at Bar Soba in The Light- a new complex for dining and entertainment.  It’s good to be optimistic about the future.  Optimistic and full of hope, as the weekly challenge suggests.

Have a lovely weekend and I hope to see you on Monday for another walk.



  1. So pleased to see you had such a lovely time with James (we have a James too!!!) I saw Star Wars yesterday so now know all about the cute BB8. That food looks delicious and best wishes to your James for the coming year.

    1. Thank you so much, Pauline 🙂 I’m waiting to see if he’s feeling ‘delicate’ today after last night out with his friends. He has to drive to Birmingham this evening to work at head office tomorrow. 🙂

  2. A great collage to celebrate James’ 26th. Food, decor and the precious face of a son. Happy birthday and a happy home.

    (I’m a bit mournful today because three of my children and their mobs are together in Liston for maybe twelve hours and I’m not there to be matriarchal and doting.)

    1. Oh, I’m sorry sweetheart! 😦 I’m raising a glass to mine long distance. The birthday is today and he’s out with friends in Leeds tonight. Don’t suppose I could hack the cocktail circuit 🙂

  3. Great post about your son, thank you for sharing! Happy birthday for him and many happiness! As every mom you want the best for your son, so let our children be happier and luckier than we are!

    1. Thank you so much, Dawn. I am quite reticent about posting about my children. Quite happy to gab on about me, but they haven’t asked to be part of my blog, have they? James, in particular, would be shy of his inclusion. I’m so glad you could see the love 🙂

  4. Happy birthday to your son. I like Leeds, have visited occasionally over the years. We have 3 Bar Sobas and I thought they were just a Glasgow thing, but I checked and it’s the same company. They have a branch in Edinburgh now too. One of the newer branches is in our local area – result!

    1. It was a nice atmosphere in there, Anabel, thanks 🙂 We actually set out to go to a Caribbean restaurant ‘Turtle Bay’- also a chain with, I think, a Glasgow branch? It’s new down here so was fully booked on a Friday night. James didn’t mind because he loves noodles and pad thai 🙂

  5. I have come to the conclusion that on our children’s birthdays, WE should be the ones to celebrate. After all it was us who did the hard work on the BIRTH day! So I raise a glass to you – a great Mam, as you say up there – and cheers to Jamie too. He looks like a good lad and I wish him every success in the future. I’m quite fond of Leeds. I spent a lot of time there in my teens. (And the flat looks very colourful).

    1. Well, we did a little flat tidying and sorting, then went out for a very nice meal. 🙂 No time to do any of the things I might have planned and the weather wasn’t playing anyway, so it really didn’t matter. We planned a new venue, ‘Turtle Bay’, to eat and they were fully booked so we ended up at one of James’ old favourites. Job done! 🙂
      It’s actually his birthday today, and he’s with friends from his band and then out on the cocktail circuit tonight. We’ll have a quiet night and ‘raise that glass’ 🙂 Thanks, Jude!

  6. Everything getting the thumbs up by looks of it Jo 😉 How lovely it is to see youngsters a little more settled , life can throw some shockers at times optimism is a way through it all . Happy B’day to James ! Dinner looks very mmmmm .

    1. No kidding there, Poppy! It’s been a bit of a wild ride, but hope springs eternal 🙂 The day didn’t go at all as planned, but was still a good one. Maybe adaptable is a good word, alongside optimistic 🙂

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