in no particular order - scenes from a beautiful birthday (which spanned two days) - golden sunshine after a weekend of rainyness, a mid-morning walk (and nap with babe on the glass), birthday flowers bought and arranged, morning tea with earl grey shortbread and a letter from poland, sushi lunch expertly made by my ruggedly handsome man, cuddles from a cheeky monkey, cards from australia, sparkling rhubarb juice (acquired last year in Normandy and saved for this special occasion), dear friends for dinner, birthday cake (peanut and dark chocolate ganache cheesecake no less) made and eaten, fresh raspberries, a game of scrabble, plus a sister's birthday poem, many emailed well-wishes, a very warm lavender bath, and bed... oh my, being twenty-four never felt so grand