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Saturday, 17 April 2010

My Half Birthday!

Tomorrow is my birthday but unfortunately my husband has to work so we decided to celebrate today - and I have named it my 'half' birthday!

Today has been truly glorious - bright sunshine all day and hardly any wind so it has felt warm in the sun (still cool in the shade so not Summer yet!)

The day started with an early lunch at the Duddleswell Tea Rooms - an absolutely wonderful cafe in the middle of Ashdown Forest in the heart of 'Pooh Country' (that's Winnie the Pooh for all those who are not in the know).  A must have is their homemade cheese and onion quiche!  The only problem being that it is so wonderful I never have anything else when we go there.  A pot of real tea completed the meal - real tea leaves and real taste!

Then it was on to Worthing on the south coast to enjoy a day at the seaside.  First thing to do is get an icecream - well if you are my husband, that is always the first thing to do!  He bought the icecream and I ate a little bit of it (starting with the chocolate flake, of course!!)

Playing the 2p games in the Amusement arcades has become a real favourite -  there is nothing like reliving your childhood and having cheap fun!   I have come home with two rubber duck keyrings, one pool ball keyring and a Piglet notebook.  Soooo much fun!  (Top Tip - remember to take baby wipes to wipe your hands - the coins make your hands absolutely filthy!)

Then to round everything off, it was fish and chips for tea at a great restaurant just off the seafront - we are now absolutely stuffed!  

A wonderful day, terrific weather and great food (plus not forgetting the 2p amusements!). 

Now that is what I call a great 'half birthday'.


  1. Happy Birthday to you!!!! Now that sounds like the perfect way to celebrate your half birthday....have fun tomorrow as well :)

  2. LOvely post I felt as if I was with you.

  3. Happy birthday Ali

    This is definitely a cake day - I am sorry you are Phil-less today, but a great excuse for celebrating over the whole weekend

    Have fun


  4. Glad you had a lovely day yesterday.
    Happy birthday Ali

    Lisa x

  5. Sounds like a great day out - happy birthday xxxx

  6. happy 1/2 birthday and enjoy tomorrow,Linda

  7. I hope you had a fantastic Birthday!

  8. Hi Ali - I see my post from yesterday didn't post...hmmm...we'll see what happens now...I just took a look at your bee and ladybird, and the all rest. They are very cute - your "garden line!"
    I really like the tiny butterfly. These could sure perk up a garden shed for someone! VERY cheery and colorful!


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