450 years ago today, in 1564, William Shakespeare was born …..
April 23rd is also St George’s Day, the patron saint of England ….
And, seven years ago today, a little black wriggly creature arrived in the world, who quickly grew a fluffy coat and turned into ……
Ben! Seen here at 10 weeks old. But he wasn’t little for very long. Anxiously watched over by my first Newfie, Amy, he grew and grew and grew …..
Seen here at a year old – he still loved his teddy bears ….
And seen here aged 2, he adored Amy, his “mum” – he wasn’t at all embarrassed to kiss her in public!
He’s always had star quality!
A real surf dude!
Sadly he lost his “mum” (that’s Amy above) in 2010, and was an only dog for a while…
Until in January 2013 ….
He became a big brother when Daisy arrived!
Supervising your naughty little sister can be very tiring ….
Though he loves her very much and is a most excellent big brother!
Happy seventh birthday Ben!!
Today is my birthday – a date I share with Jane Austen who (contrary to Rosie’s belief) is CONSIDERABLY older than me!! This year I have been super-lucky as I’ve received what must be one of the cutest cards of all time …..
Ahhhhh. And here at Coombe Leigh we’re great believers in tradition, so no birthday tea is complete without jelly and blancmange – made in rabbit shape of course, with the very same mould my mum used when I was only little! Here it is ready to be turned out …
The fire is lit, and we’re waiting for our guests to arrive….
Growing older might mean creaky knees and grey hairs – but birthdays are still lots of fun!
PS If you’d like to commission your own Flapdoodledesigns birthday – or any other occasion – card then you can contact Jacqui over on her Facebook page.
Yesterday was a very special day – it was Miss Daisy’s first birthday, and Rosie, her number one fan, decided that we should mark the occasion with a canine birthday pawty! They spent the morning baking …
….a whole pile of crunchy peanut butter treats, as well as a doggy birthday cake …
Before long it was time for the birthday girl to put on her pawty hat ….
As her special guest was about to arrive – the extremely handsome Lionel ..
Whilst the youngsters played and the humans chatted (Daisy was sure Lionel was laughing at her hat!), Ben just wanted to sample the cake …
Not long to wait Ben! Light the candle and join in the singing .. Happy Birthday Miss Daisy, Happy Birthday to you.
But all too soon the pawty came to an end and it was time for Lionel to go home. Everyone, especially Daisy, had a wonderful time.
Happy first birthday, Daisy. We hope you had a pawfect day!!