Six word Saturday

A tale of two birthday cakes!

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In case you wondered just where I was flying off to last week, I can now reveal all.  It was to a surprise birthday party.  My friend of many years, Joan, had no idea that a party was planned, and even less that I would be there.  I almost didn’t make it because I forgot to take her daughter’s phone number with me.  I couldn’t phone Joan, and spoil the surprise, and I had no idea how to find the house.  Thoughts of wandering around the outskirts of Bristol, asking ‘does anyone know Belinda…?’  Fortunately resourcefulness won and I ended up in Bristol’s very beautiful Central Library, accessing the Internet.  For once, technology was my friend.

After all that, some celebrating was called for, and celebrate we did.  A party last Saturday evening, and a family affair on Monday, which was Joan’s actual birthday.  Two cakes!  I think you’ll agree, it was a Momentous occasion?  And one I simply had to share with you, in just a few more than Six Words.  Thank you Paula, and Debbie, for being such lovely hostesses and providing the stage, and thanks also to Joan and her family, for being the stars of the show. Happy Saturday, everyone!



  1. If you did wander around asking others if they knew, it would make for an interesting episode, lol. The one who would might be helpful in such a pursuit would be the postman. One my dad’s friends from the 1950s did that when he and his family were passing through the state. They asked him and said he lives over there. Fortunately, they asked the right one. Imagine if they asked a different one. 🙂

  2. Bloody hell Joan looks amazing for 80!! Well done! Maybe she could bottle whatever it is that makes her looks amazing for her age!

  3. Good grief!! Joan is 80?? Are you sure?? She looks way, way younger than that, certainly no more than 60 if that. It looks and sounds like it was a brilliant weekend, and the cake with the candles on looks beautiful and scrumptious 🙂

  4. Joan looks like she just turned 60. Wow! So great that you made her birthday party and had a great time. Thanks to your resourcefulness. 🙂

  5. I hope I look half as good as Joan on her 80th birthday! Are you sure she’s not lying about her age? And two cakes! Couldn’t ask for more other than a slice, but I’m guessing they are all gone by now 😦 Hope you are having a good weekend. Very wet and misty here today, but mustn’t grumble as it is the first in over a month! Oh, and the cattle are practising for the choir again so a sleepless night last night and I think I should hunt out the earplugs for tonight listening to them right now.

    1. I did have my suspicions, Jude, but I’ve always been 12 years behind her since we met, and if I do the maths… Must be all that cake eating, do you think? Or maybe it’s the Pernod and blackcurrant she always drinks (gross! 🙂 ) The mists have enshrouded us here too this morning after a crisply cold week. I shall cosy up and write my tomorrow’s walk. It’s just me and himself today. Happy Sunday! 🙂 🙂

  6. How wonderful that you made it to celebrate your friend’s birthday, Jo. I know that frustration, wandering around lost while something important is happening at the place you’re trying to find. I’ve been there! Good job, making technology your friend in the library! 🙂

      1. Somehow you manage to master technology more than you give yourself credit for, Jo! I’m glad it helped you out in this instance.

        All is going well here; I’ve been on holiday for the last 4 days for Golden Week; today is my last day, and then no more holidays (except weekends) until I finish my contract August 1. 😦 I sure am enjoying this time off, and luckily the weather has been superb. 🙂

      2. I have a lot to catch up on with you, so no worry. I have so little time here that when I do have time, I either need to get out and about, or do my pics or write my blog. Don’t want to forget anything! I hope to catch up with you slowly but surely. Time here is flying. 🙂 Sweet dreams and hugs right back to you.

  7. I’m sitting here stunned – Joan certainly doesn’t look 80 years old. WOW – what a gorgeous woman! Did you ask her about the secret of youth? 😀 Those cakes are gorgeous and I’m so glad you had a lovely time, Jo xxx

    1. She doesn’t seem to have aged at all in the years that we’ve been apart, Dianne. I think it’s because she has such a warm personality. It just shines out. 🙂

  8. What a wonderful birthday surprise for your friend! 😀Joan looks great and what a fantastic party weekend for her and you all. The cakes look delicious – with a hopeless love of bags that cake wins it for me! 😀 Busy times all round for you, Jo!

  9. So you went to Bristol 🙂 Joan is very lucky to have two cakes, but more importantly so much love around her. Good to know you got there in the end. Very nice of you to fly over 🙂 ❤

    1. I’ve known Joan since our kids were small and we used to live in neighbouring streets, Mabel. I could hardly believe she was 80 and simply had to be there. 🙂 🙂 Hope you’re having a good weekend.

    1. I had a few minutes of panic, I don’t mind telling you, Peter. Bristol all alone wasn’t such a great prospect. But I love a happy ever after. 🙂

  10. Still a babe at 80, too! (PleasE don’t tell My Beloved Sandra that I made such a forward comment about a complete stranger). Thanks for sharing, Jo!

    1. Joan’s face when she saw me was a picture. She may have been wondering, as I would, if her house was decent enough to receive an unexpected guest. 🙂 🙂 They’d just been turning out the loft so there was a bit of ‘disarray’. But when you’ve been friends for as long as we have it no longer matters, Carol. We had some great heart to hearts.

    1. The more the merrier, Tish! 🙂 🙂 Belinda is a wonderful hostess and I’ve known Joan since our kids were young. There were some lovely reminiscences.

  11. Now you certainly have reminded me to put a few phone numbers into my mobile to be prepared for the coming week, Jo. 👍🏻🙏🏻😊 What a fabulous and heratwarming suprise for your friend. 🌹Lovely impressions! And that gorgeous cake …❣️❣️❣️
    Wishing you a relaxing and sunny weekend. x

      1. We are off this coming Sunday. Now we are all excited about tomorrow – we’re expecting Clanmother Rebecca Budd and family. 😊😊

  12. It is so hard to believe Joan’s 80! I’d have said 60 and well-preserved (horrid expression!) at that. Good to know you can be less than efficient, and then more than enterprising. I’d love a slice of cake thank you. Vegemitey hugs after talking to the kids.

    1. She’s amazing! And it’s not like she’s had an easy life.Great cake! 🙂 🙂 Love to the littles! 🙂 Buzzing about this morning (the food was a success last night, thank goodness!). The world is spinning faster than me, hugs!

  13. 80 years young indeed!
    What a great way to spend a Bank Holiday weekend, Jo. I enjoyed your slideshow and although I haven’t counted the words, I’m sure they’ll be a multiple of six! ;))
    Have a great weekend, though I can see it will struggle to compete with the last one, especially on the cake front

    1. Zumba, washing and ironing… not quite up there 🙂 🙂 Joan’s jetting off to the Dominican Republic tomorrow. I daren’t say it’s alright for some 🙂 Counting… I dimly remember that.

      1. Love it!
        It’s a whirlwind today of lunch with friends, popping in to see others and then a graduation party tonight 😀
        Tomorrow must attempt packing stage 2 so we can enjoy our last 3 days properly.

  14. On your special day, I wish you good luck. I hope this wonderful day will fill up your heart with joy and blessings. Have a fantastic birthday, celebrate the happiness on every day of your life. Wonderful Birthday!

    1. Hello, Mihran 🙂 🙂 I’m happy to say that it wasn’t my birthday, but my friend Joan’s, but it was a very blessed and happy occasion. Many thanks to you!

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