Today’s guest picture, sent to me by Dropscone, shows the flood on the road south to Carlisle that our bus had to get through to deliver us safely to the train yesterday.
After yesterday’s experience of trying out the free Wi-fi in the hotel, I put my hand in my pocket and paid for a faster connection today. It worked a lot better.
We are in London to celebrate Susan, my eldest sister’s eightieth birthday and we had a coffee with her and Mary, my middle sister when we arrived in London. The family had turned out in force and Mary took this picture of my younger son and me while we were having our coffee.
My older son meanwhile had met A P McCoy, one of his heroes, while walking along the street and had his photograph taken with him as one does.
We went on to have an excellent tapas meal with assorted young members of the extended family at a restaurant near to our hotel before passing through the colourfully lit Kings Cross Station….
…on our way back to the hotel to get ready for the big day.
The weather this morning was kind and after breakfast with my nephew Dan at the ornate St Pancras Station…..
…Mrs Tootlepedal, Dan and I visited the nearby London Canal Museum while we had some time to spare before the party. This museum had been recommended to me by my sister Susan and had featured on her own blog a few weeks ago. It is situated on a basin of the Regent’s canal.
The museum was very interesting and had several historic pictures of a grim and derelict appearance which were obviously of scenes from many years ago but which turned out to have been taken well into my own lifetime.
The party took the form of an extended lunch in a pub attached to St Pancras Station and there was a good deal of snapping going on while we ate. I hope to have some good pictures taken by others to show in the course of time but here are a few of mine meanwhile.
After a fine meal, we left St Pancras, passed Kings Cross….
…and went back for a little lie down to recover.
In the evening, a small party of us went to the cinema to see Grand Budapest Hotel, a Wes Anderson movie of great charm and that rounded off a good day (apart from the absence of any flying birds).
15 thoughts on “Birthday bash”
A Happy Birthday to your sister Susan! That’s a fine family that you have.
That sounds like an excellent day all around. Happy birthday to your sister!
Now that is an excellent celebration. Many happy returns.
Well, I think you could have used a better picture of your old sister. Also you paltered with the truth when you said I had trouble with candles on Annabel’s excellent cake, I blew them out first time, no trouble at all!
It was the only picture that I took but I am sure that many other better pictures will surface soon.
Happy birthday to Susan!
Happy Birthday to your sister Susan from a fellow blogging Susan in California! It looks like you have a wonderful family. Best wishes on a fine day! ~SueBee
I will pass your good wishes on.
Very enjoyable to see your record of the festivities.
Happy Birthday Susan! Wonderful for you to have so many family members to celebrate your birthday.
Tootlepedal: have you ever worked your photoshop magic on a photo of you and your younger son? Remove his hair, replace it with yours . . . a peek at his future!?
I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.
I must also give Pat full credit to contributing to the cake so can’t take all the glory myself. What a nice family (and friends!)
Sounds like you were rather lucky to get to London looking at that flooding. What a good thing you did – a great gathering. Happy Birthday Susan.
What a lovely day and good weather too!
A very belated happy birthday to Susan, whose blog I enjoy.