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Uncategorized | 9th July 2012 | By

Devil’s Chair

I had such a lovely day yesterday. Amazingly, it was dry and even more amazingly the sun shone for much of the time. My choice for celebrating such a momentous occasion and ignoring the gruesomely significant number of years I seemed to have survived thus far was by going for a good stomp around my home turf, Bodmin Moor. This was followed by tea at my Mother’s (the house where I grew up).

Luckily, I managed to rope in a few other kindly souls to join me. Some managed the walk, some managed the tea and some managed both.

At Minions, we stopped for a cup of tea and to stock up on pasties for our picnic lunch. To my surprise I was greeted by some friends bearing a splendid banner atop a bamboo pole hewn from their moorland garden. How magnificent was that? After daring the Devil’s Chair and enjoying the stunning views upon Stowe’s Hill, we found a sheltered spot to eat by the Cheesewring – a rather impressive stack of granite boulders teetering on the edge of a precipice.

Birthday Feast

Later, there was of course, plenty of cake! The worry of having to squish everyone into my mother’s cottage for tea was allayed as we were all able to sit outside and enjoy the lovely weather. My industrious aunts, visiting from up country, helped my mother to provide a gargantuan repast including a spectacular chocolate birthday cake soaked in brandy. This was the kind of tea that never stopped – no supper required! I did of course make a few contributions myself:

Birthday Cake – had to get the chocolate in somewhere!

Posts about some of these will be following in due course.

So in conclusion to the day’s events, I suggest that my chronological age takes a hike, just like I did!

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    Debs Dust Bunny
    9th July 2012

    Generally speaking, I try to forget my birthdays, yeap I’m THAT old. I wouldn’t mind quite so much if I had a lovely party like yours! It gives a new meaning to ‘Gone Bodmin’ ; )

    Happy (belated) Birthday!

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      Choclette
      10th July 2012

      Thank you – celebrating like this was a good way to forget about age. Your comment made me laugh, gone Bodmin, is a very apt term – I do look rather daft!

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    A Little Bit of Heaven on a Plate
    9th July 2012

    Lovely birthday post and amazing spread…positively you don’t look your age and will hopefully have many more walk and baking filled days ahead of you and for su to enjoy your company too. xxxxx

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      Choclette
      10th July 2012

      He he, thank you Sue – I feel as though I’m not doing too badly for 80 πŸ˜‰

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    cakeboule
    9th July 2012

    Happy Birthday! The spread looks amazing definatley Birthday worthy! Glad you had a great day.

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    hungryhinny
    9th July 2012

    Happy belated birthday! Sounds like you had a lovely day, and a borderline miracle that the weather was so good for you on the moor! I can’t believe how many things you baked yourself for the party, it looks like a real feast – delicious!

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      Choclette
      10th July 2012

      It did seem as though we’d been blessed – rain the day before and rain the day after – I was so very lucky. And it was indeed a fantastic feast, just a shame it was rather dark in the house and I couldn’t take better photographs.

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    Karen S Booth
    9th July 2012

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY and that is a PROPER JOB of a spread Choclette….LOVELY LOVELY post! XXX

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      Choclette
      11th July 2012

      Was a fabulous day Dom – would of course have been enhanced with you and the Viking present, but I just had to get on and enjoy it anyway πŸ˜‰

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      Choclette
      12th July 2012

      Thank Ellen – I had a fantastic day and am enjoying a lovely week off work too πŸ™‚

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    Katie
    10th July 2012

    Happy birthday! Looks like a wonderful way to spend the day. I like how you went for the walk first to allow lots of sweet treats afterwards. The spread look fabulous πŸ™‚

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      Choclette
      12th July 2012

      Thanks Katie – always easier to justify eating cake after having had some exercise I find πŸ˜‰

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    thelittleloaf
    10th July 2012

    Happy belated birthday! Sounds like you had a wonderful day and your family did you proud with that incredible spread πŸ™‚

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      Choclette
      12th July 2012

      Thank you, I had a great day and was very lucky to have the family down and beavering away so splendidly on my behalf.

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    Johanna GGG
    10th July 2012

    happy birthday chocletter – cake and the moors sounds perfect (very bronte sisters actually) – all looks lovely

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      Choclette
      12th July 2012

      Ha ha Johanna, yes I always had rather grandiose ideas of being one of the Brontes – sadly the literary muse passed me by! Thanks for your good wishes πŸ™‚

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    Kath
    10th July 2012

    What a lovely way to spend your 30th! Happy Birthday Choc, xx

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      Choclette
      12th July 2012

      Thanks Kit – basically I was completely spoilt AND I loved every minute of it πŸ™‚

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    A Trifle Rushed
    10th July 2012

    What a lovely sounding day, and how marvellous to have tea in your childhood home with you mother. Happy Birthday again.
    My daughter had a birthday two weeks ago, but we’re having another cake on Friday! It’s great being 6!

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      Choclette
      12th July 2012

      Jude, what fun to be six again. It must be so interesting for you to be living those years again with your daughter. Thanks for your birthday wishes, I had a fabulous day and was thoroughly spoilt.

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    Katharine
    10th July 2012

    Happy birthday – love the photo of the moors, looks very like the Welsh hills where I live. And I love your birthday tea – I’d much rather feast on food like that than in many a restaurant!

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      Choclette
      12th July 2012

      Thank you Katharine. Yes Wales is not so dissimilar to Cornwall – I’m very drawn to the celtic wilds. And I do so agree with you a home made feast is preferable to a restaurant meal – if only it wasn’t for the washing up!

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    Lucy, Vanilla Frost
    10th July 2012

    Happy birthday! Sounds like a good one. We’re due to be camping at Blisland in a couple of weeks. Hope the weather improves by then!

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      Choclette
      12th July 2012

      Oh Lucy, I do hope you get better weather – it’s been pouring with rain all day today and is very miserable indeed. I was extremely lucky on my birthday, but we’re all a bit desperate now for some sunshine.

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    Alida
    10th July 2012

    It looks like you had a great birthday. The food looks so good!! And I love the cake.

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      Choclette
      12th July 2012

      Thank you Alida. I had a fantastic birthday and one I will remember. The food was scrumptious and plentiful and all in all I was very lucky πŸ™‚

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    Lesley
    12th July 2012

    Wow! Belated Happy Birthday. So sorry I couldn’t have been there. How old? No, I can’t believe it. I was gobsmacked! You’ll be catching me up soon. What a fantastic spread and so lucky with the weather too. All I keep hearing about for the UK is ‘rain until September!’. Somebody must have been looking down on you. Enjoy your next decade. XXX

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      Choclette
      13th July 2012

      Thanks Lesley, it would have been good to have had you there too. I was blessed indeed, the weather had generally been quite atrocious here. But as to the age thing, I’m sure someone’s playing tricks on me – surely I can’t be catching my aunts up!

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    laura@howtocookgoodfood
    12th July 2012

    I am so pleased you enjoyed such a fantastic birthday! The walk alone on such a beautiful day must have been special and then to be greeted with a proper tea time feast would make me very happy indeed. So pleased you had lots of friends and family around to celebrate with you on this mysterious numbered birthday…..:)xx

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      Choclette
      15th July 2012

      Thank you Laura – I had a great day and was thoroughly spoiled – it’s not every day you get to mark a decade passing and a new one to come πŸ˜‰

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      Choclette
      15th July 2012

      Thanks Pips – the banner was a brilliant touch and is now flying in my mother’s garden πŸ™‚

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    Michele
    12th July 2012

    Well, Nicette, what a spectacular way of entering into this new decade. Join the club! I am very sad I missed this unique occasion, unique for the brilliant weather which blessed you all on the walk and in the garden, and also unique for the range of cakes which you put together for your day. Not surprising really, because after all, you are Choclette! I love the photo of you in the devil chair with the mast in hand. Brilliant from N and S.
    Bon anni-versaire Nicette, une bonne annee a toi. Michele

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    simple baking
    13th July 2012

    Happy (belated) birthday dear!! Looks like you had a spectacular time :D. The spread looks lovely.
    xo
    Anuja

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      Choclette
      15th July 2012

      Thank you, it was a great day with lots of lovely people, fantastic scenery and delicious food πŸ™‚

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    celia
    13th July 2012

    Feast fitting the celebration – Happy Belated Birthday, love! The windy moors are straight out of the Kate Bush song! πŸ™‚

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      Choclette
      15th July 2012

      Thank you Celia – the love of my home moors has contributed to my admiration for the Bronte sisters.

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