Wednesday 28 November 2018

Birthday celebration, as it happened

Sunday, 25 November 2018.

So Gail, it has come to my attention that today is your 60th birthday. Happy Birthday Gail! That is really quite old in human years, isn't it? I guess we will be going shopping today for a Zimmer frame and some incontinence pads. Provided you can remember where you have put your car keys of course...

Gail that is not nice language at all!

Oh, so the birthday plan is in fact to go to Glen Tanar for a walk with your friends, followed by tea and cake at the 'Black Faced Sheep' cafe in Aboyne. Well that doesn't sound too bad. And for the first time this week it is not actually raining. OK, so let's get ready.

I'd better go and wake up our house guests, Mark and YAM-Aunty.

Well, we have quite a big group assembled here at the Braeloine car park. I am so glad that wee Rosie Westie is joining us. Doesn't she smell nice!  I had been worried I would be lacking canine company when you told me how Jasper's owner got his dates confused and turned up in Glen Tanar yesterday...

So come on, let's get going. Now Gail, you are sure you'll manage the five miles aren't you? You are not as young as you used to be you know. At least the route is fairly flat, and there will be opportunities for rest breaks. And Praise the Lord it is still not raining!

Gosh those date slices you baked for everyone do look yummy. Where's mine? Oh, they're NFD*. Well, the 'doggy mince pie' YAM-Aunty bought for me will do nicely then, thank you very much.

Come on guys, chop chop! That's enough admiring the view. We need to move on.

Mark is taking a lot of photos, despite the rather dull weather. And I must say the results are pretty good.

OK, now we're on the home straight. Hurry up everyone, it's time for tea!

So we all made it safely back to the car park on schedule. Well done team! You really were quite well behaved (for humans). Now onwards to the 'Black Faced Sheep'.

WHAT? Dogs are not allowed in the tea room!!  Gail that is Very Bad Planning. Although, to be honest, I am quite ready for a wee snooze in the back of the car. I can look at Mark's photos later I guess.

Gosh it does look like there were some intense conversations going on in there. Please please please tell me no-one was discussing Brexit...

So did you enjoy your 60th birthday Gail? You did? I'm glad. It was nice that so many of your friends were prepared to brave the elements. And I gather that several of them are even older than you are. Perhaps there's hope yet....

*NFD = Not For Dogs

A big thank you to Mark and Max for all their lovely photos.


  1. Bertie - You look as if you were the perfect Birthday companion. And the weather looks positively brilliant for Aboyne in November.

  2. Happy Happy Birthday Gail ;o) I've got an inflatable walking aid this year from my friends as I turned 50... the good thing about getting older is that we can eggs-cuse every mischief with senior moments now ;O)))

  3. Hari Om
    Bertie lad, it was good of you to make sure Gail got to the right place at the right time and kept the rest of us in order too! And thank you for keeping my car seat warm - that was appreciated when we came out in the dark and cold after our tea and cake!!! hugs and wags YAM-aunty xxx

  4. Happy Birthday, Miss Gail! What a great way to spend your very special day!

  5. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Bertie what a wonderful way to celebrate one's Bday surrounded by friends and pups who enjoy a good hike and cuppa tea w/ conversation. Is that 5 miles one way or both ways? Either way very impressive.
    Hugs Cecilia

    1. It was circuit so just 5 miles in total. Enough for a chilly day in late November!

  6. Happy barkday to your momma, though I can't BELIEVE she brought treats that you couldn't share in and didn't consider you at all! How lucky for you that YAM Aunty was around.

  7. Actually, Bertie, we thought with all those 60--old-people jokes, there wasn't much chance of a bit of birthday food. Hooray, for Yam Aunty. Happy Birthday Gail!

  8. BOL - Mom had to google zimmer frame - and now she says she thinks she will need one of those a lot sooner than Gail. Happy Birthday to Gail - no better way to spend that special day than with great friends. So nice of Aunty Yam to bring you something special - does not surprise us at all!!!

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  9. Happy birthday to Gail! Bertie, I saw this on Twitter and thought it was in your bailiwick.

  10. What a great way to spend a birthday with good friends!
    Happy Birthday Gail!
    Hazel & Mabel

  11. HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BURTHDAY to GAil!!!!! OMD, Ma's Burthday is today, which means they are both Sagittarius' !!! Looks like you and Gail had a better time than Ma did though ~ she just stuffed her self with IScream! Celebrations this weekend though, I hopes it's as good as your outing!
    Ruby ♥

  12. What a wonderful outing you planned and snoopervised for Gail's very special day Bertie, well done!!
    Rosy, Jakey & Arty

  13. Happy Birthday to Gail. It looks like you all had a great time.

  14. Dear Bertie,

    Happy birthday to your Gail! We are glad the rain stopped, that sounds like a good present. And that looks like a fantastic Walk!