Celebrating 60 has been pretty good so far, and it is another 5 days before my actual birthday.
By last Friday I had received a number of interesting gifts:
|from the staff at Overgate !|
Saturday started with a bit of a surprise, being told that I would not be working in the shop on my birthday next week, as I would be in Berlin, courtesy of Mark ( who has sorted out the rather magnificent looking hotel, opposite the Brandenburg Gates, and Jess and Matty who have organised the flights ). I suspect there will be a blog from Berlin !
Next, Jess and I went to get our hair done....and considering I had no hair at all just a little while ago, I was quite amazed when my hairdresser ( another Mark....Mark Riley, in Huddersfield) told me he was going to put my hair up...surely it wasn't long enough. Apparently it was.
|Jess and I , leaving the hairdressers, with our "up dos"|
The staff at the hotel were great, and Jess, Matty, Mark, Jan and I soon had the room looking as we wanted it.
|Jess created a time line of my hair styles, from 1957..aged 2, until 2015.|
Wonderful live music from Georgia Harrup, who was part of "Team Tom" in last season's "The Voice".
Incredible cake by Rachel Mary Shaw,www.maryshawsbakery.co.uk,
|Rachel Mary Shaw and Josh....cake makers|
Lots of family, friends from way way back, neighbours, and friends from each stage of my various careers ! ( Teaching, Education Administration, Nursing and from the Overgate Hospice shop )
|with Lesley and Martine, who I worked with on the gynaey ward in Halifax|
|with Izzie and Liam, just before things got going|
|Clark, clearly recognising that the prosecco was not real champagne.|
|Another of Jessie's ideas...fun with a frame.... ( Carole with Liam and Izzie)|
|Mark, toasting me.....and mentioning the wonderful NHS and the blogging community who have been such a support to me during the last couple of years. ( I should have toasted him, for being such an amazing support aswell ! )|
...and I think, a good night was had by all.
|I cant quite work out what is happening with arms in this photo of Jess.|
|Janice and nurses|
|Janice with oldest friends....started school with Jan in 1959, Graham...first serious boyfriend from 1970|
|Treena from Overgate, me and Martine...crazy nurse.|
|with Jess.....and Matt, and Melody in the red trousers just on the edge of the picture.....my first house mate when I began teaching all those years ago.|
|and finally......Mark and I, dancing the night away.|