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That birthday party, in full [Sep. 27th, 2009|10:21 am]
Douglas Spencer
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Happy birthday me, 44 today.

Birthday party last night was excellent.

Big thanks to everyone who came, it was wonderful to see you and I love you all. To everyone who said they'd come and then couldn't make it, I love you all too and I hope you all get well soon and stay in better condition in the future.

Even bigger thanks to those who did such sterling work in the garden, converting overgrown jungle to almost-usable open space and gathering up all the cut vegetation into managable bundles or bags. Extra big thanks to johannes_d who arrived early, did lots of work on the plants growing through the concrete path, and organised efforts elsewhere.

Similarly-sized thanks to purple_peril, who provided three (three!) excellent salads and did lots of washing-up.

Very big thanks indeed to frandowdsofa, who did lots of work helping with shopping and food preparation, and is cooking breakfast as I type.

But biggest thanks of all go to julia_winolj, who co-ordinated the whole project. She did at least half of the work tidying-up the house in the few weeks before the party, and assisted me with hearty encouragement whenever I wanted to abandon the work. She planned the menu, constructed shopping lists and directed operations in the supermarket. She did lots and lots of food preparation and similar kitchen-bound activities. She exhibited unfailing patience and cheerful nature in the face of injury, illness and fatigue -- and in the face of attempted co-operation from a dozy boyfriend.

One of the many, many wonderful things that Julia has done for this party is make two birthday cakes. They were wonderful, really beautifully crafted pieces of art. I posted a picture here, so go and have a look.

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[User Picture]From: alexmc
2009-09-27 09:22 pm (UTC)
Hell, even I made it. When will we next be in the same room at the same time?

Happy Birthday Dougs!
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[User Picture]From: jon_a_five
2009-09-27 10:34 am (UTC)
Happy Bathday Doug!
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[User Picture]From: elfy
2009-09-27 11:24 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday to you! *hugs*
The cakes look fantastic!
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[User Picture]From: la_marquise_de_
2009-09-27 11:33 am (UTC)
Many Happy Returns.
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[User Picture]From: lucas_t_bear
2009-09-27 11:42 am (UTC)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Love the cakes, great way to avoid giving anything away with the candles!

But you are YOUNGER than me! (that is sooo wrong!)
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[User Picture]From: beautifulworld
2009-09-27 11:49 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday! Those cakes are fantastic.
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[User Picture]From: surliminal
2009-09-27 01:20 pm (UTC)
Glad it all went so well. belated happy birthday!!
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[User Picture]From: arborophile
2009-09-27 01:40 pm (UTC)
Great to here your party went well and those cakes are awesome..as ever from Julia! :)
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[User Picture]From: purple_peril
2009-09-27 01:42 pm (UTC)
HIPPY BATHDAY!!
Sorry not to be there this morning - I had to go to Godstow to pick up a fender and the bloke was nearly an hour late *fumes*.
Have a splendid day full of cuddles and cake.
How about I pop round after work tomorrow to pick up the pans?
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2009-09-27 04:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

After work tomorrow would be good -- it might be worth texting as you set out, to alert me and confirm that I'll be in.
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[User Picture]From: filkerdave
2009-09-27 03:09 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
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[User Picture]From: evil_mogwai
2009-09-27 04:20 pm (UTC)
happy birthday!! I did mean to post before leaving home yesterday to go to MK but forgot.
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[User Picture]From: frandowdsofa
2009-09-27 06:00 pm (UTC)
It was LOADS of fun, thanks for putting us up and making us very comfortable. We got home about an hour ago and are just starting to catch up. The cat has forgiven us quite quickly this time.
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From: ladytg
2009-09-27 07:33 pm (UTC)
Sounds like it was a very enjoyable birthday! My apologies for not turning up but if it's any use I am now a qualified advanced first aider who has full abuse of the defib!

Hope you have a wonderful year x
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[User Picture]From: deborah_c
2009-09-27 08:20 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday! Sorry I wasn't able to make the party, but I have the children this weekend, and it was one of five parties this weekend...
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[User Picture]From: pinkdormouse
2009-09-27 09:54 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
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[User Picture]From: bibliofile
2009-09-28 06:02 am (UTC)
Happy belated birthday! If this report and the cakes are anything to go by, it sounds like a good one.
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[User Picture]From: suaveswede
2009-09-28 10:26 am (UTC)
Those were some cool cakes. How big were they ? Managable or internet celebrity ? Having seen some of both.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2009-09-28 12:51 pm (UTC)
I think they were closer to the "managable" end of the scale -- maybe 25 to 30 cm in height.
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