Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Summery Birthdays & Botanical Gardens

It was Nick's Birthday over the weekend and much to our surprise, it was a warm, sunny day. We jokingly say that it always rains on his day, mainly because it does. This year, we've been lucky with the weather so we took ourselves off to Ness Botanical Gardens. With it's large ponds, teeming with wildlife and every flower in full bloom, it was a perfect place to stroll around, indulging in ice cream.

As you can see, it was an oasis of calm.

Birthday boy himself, who never looks at ease when a camera is pointing at him. But then again, I'm just as bad.

And the rather pungent present I bought for him. Four wrapped and perfectly ripe cheeses from The Fine Cheese Company. If you know a cheese lover that you need to buy a gift for, I can highly recommend this company. Delivered straight to the door in the UK. They certainly got a thumbs up here.

Not the card I gave Nick (which was a store bought one) but it is a Birthday card, it has a summery feel and I think happily doesn't look out of place in this post. I made it this weekend after buying yet another new die. I couldn't help myself, the finger twitched and before I knew it, I had hit 'Proceed to Checkout'. It's a Paper Smooches Die, Borders 1. I just love the curved line.

It has been a seriously chilled and relaxing weekend :)


Michele said...

Glad you had some good weather to enjoy Nick's birthday. I love the card you have made, such gorgeous colours and what a fab die! x

JoZart said...

Aaawwh! Thanks for your lovely birthday message Paul and a very Hippy Burpday to Nick too. Shame for him about the rain as it ALWAYS has been sunny on my birthday for every one of the 70 years I can remember!
jo x

Richard Pettitt said...

Seriously chilled and happy post. Like it. Glad you had a good day out for Nick's Birthday and that sun prevailed.

Neet said...

Thanks for the idea Paulm someone we both know will get those cheeses for his birthday. Great idea!
Love the photos of Ness Gardens, must give the a try ourselves. So glad it was a lovely day for Nick - wish him belated greetings from me.
Hugs, Neet xxxx

alexa said...

A lovely, warm, summery post full of good things :). I smiled in semi-disbelief when I read you had bought a card! Glad it has been a restful and relaxing weekend and am off to check that link ...

wienerhoneymooners said...

How did I miss this, totally gorgeous!!!