Happy 5-0 Paul!

Yes.  That’s right.  Paul is now 50 years old.  I can’t believe it either… 😉

We went away last weekend to celebrate – staying in a cottage in Ambleside called Crag View which was an easy walk into the town.  The weather didn’t play nicely for us but I think we still managed to make the most of things.  On the first day we walked up Wansfell Pike and through the village of Troutbeck in the rain and wind.  Day two took us around Loughrigg Fell and Tarn and on day three we ended up walking to Grasmere.  (Although Sara Nelson’s gingerbread shop was closed in Grasmere, we found some copycat gingerbread at a local bakery which was very edible (although a lot more expensive!) too.)  I took a few pictures but I didn’t have my camera out as much as I’d have liked because of the weather mostly but I’m also sussing out the best way to carry my camera to make it accessible when we’re walking…  You can see from the skies in these pictures that there was wet in them!

When we got home and cleaned up after the walks, we managed a bit of a wander and some shopping in the centre of Ambleside which was all very civilised.

Birthday specific celebrations over the weekend involved little presents each day which Paul opened very suspiciously…  I will have to remember to get him a jack-in-the-box next year to really freak him out.  The Glastonbury tickets were met with a bit of a stunned silence until the shock of it all settled in… Yes, we are going to Glastonbury together, Paul! 🙂 We had a lovely cake from Paul’s friend’s wife, Emma.  Fabulous.  And we treated ourselves to some very yummy sour dough pizza one night from a local Ambleside pizza place.  And why not.  You only turn 50 once.

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We travelled home from the weekend on Paul’s actual birthday and met Jayne, Paul and the kids for our dinner that night.  That was a bit of a surprise for Paul – he knew we were going for dinner but thought it was just us – and although surprises were strictly forbidden, I knew I would get away with something involving his nieces and nephew. 😉 And it was a success and we had fun together as always.

Happy 50th Birthday, Baby!  (Or should I say, Happy Anniversary of your Birthday….?!)