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Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 13:40
martian77 in General, birthday

Yesterday was my birthday. Weekend birthdays are fab.

Of course, having a November birthday in the Northern Hemisphere means you definitely can't count on the weather, and the day 'dawned' (I don't know, I wasn't up at dawn, and it's debatable when it actually got light anyway) wet and windy. Not especially cold, but still, not exactly outdoor weather. This wasn't really a problem - I did parkrun last week and my ankle/achilles/plantar/calf/right leg flared up so I'd already decided to skip parkrun this weekend. A lie-in was definitely called for instead. 

Eventually I woke up, and we had bacon and egg baps for breakfast. I made myself a large cafetiere of coffee (Clarkie doesn't drink coffee) and settled into the conservatory for a spot of reading. 

Lazy morning 

I saw that book when Emma brought it along to knit night in Brighton. It's been on my Amazon wish list ever since. It shows great promise of being just as good as I thought it was then - I see lots of making things up in my future.

Then we went out, braving the weather, and I got a haircut. I love getting haircuts. I go to the local barbers, which is a bit nervewracking the first time (some barbers won't cut women's hair, even if it's cut exactly the same way as the next guy in) but I've been going to the same place for a while now so they know me. I got the slowest barber there, but she is at least thorough. I have to fight a little to convince her to take it as short as I'd like though. I really love it neat and tidy around my ears. 

birthday haircut

She seems to like to style it too - the top bit normally just gets pushed to the right with some wax, but she's put some gel spray on, blow dried it, then waxed it. All sorts. Shame it was such a windy day! 

That photo was taken when we got to Witney. The sun had actually come out by then! Sort of, anyway. I wanted to go to Witney because there is a clock repairer there, and my two wind-up watches needed some TLC. One is just a bit old and needed a clean, I hope, and the other I stupidly put through the wash. Yeah. So we got to go to a workshop full of ticking clocks. I can't imagine what it must be like on the hour. He thinks the washed one might not be worth saving, but the older one is apparently a 'nice mechanism'. We'll see! 

Since we were in Witney, we thought we should have a bit of a nosy. So we had a lovely wander up and down the main highstreet. Then we found the tea shop that had been recommended, and stopped at Huffkins for a rather lovely cream tea. 

birthday cream tea

Cream then jam, if you're interested. 

The day was rounded off with a local firework display. I have to say, it was very good of the local Rotary club to put the fireworks on for my birthday. So convenient, just a short walk away, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Sadly the chip shop was rammed on the way home again, so no chips. But I did have a beer once we got back in. All in all, a Very Good Day.

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