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Events | 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!

50 Comments

  1. Debs Dust Bunny

    9th July 2012 at 5:15 pm

    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 at 10:47 am

      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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  2. Jacqueline

    9th July 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Wow what a feast. Happy Birthday sweet girl 🙂

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    • Choclette

      10th July 2012 at 10:48 am

      Thanks Jac, that’s very kind of you 🙂

      Reply
  3. A Little Bit of Heaven on a Plate

    9th July 2012 at 8:04 pm

    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 at 10:45 am

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

      Reply
  4. cakeboule

    9th July 2012 at 8:09 pm

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

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    • Choclette

      10th July 2012 at 1:59 pm

      Thank you. I had a fantastic day with all sorts of lovely surprises.

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  5. hungryhinny

    9th July 2012 at 8:10 pm

    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 at 2:02 pm

      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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  6. Kate@whatkatebaked

    9th July 2012 at 8:23 pm

    HAPPPPPPPYYYYYYYYY BIRTHDAY!!!! So glad to hear you had a great day! x

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    • Choclette

      10th July 2012 at 2:03 pm

      Thank you Kate – I sooooooo did 😀

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  7. anyoneforseconds

    9th July 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Happy Birthday for yesterday 🙂

    Looks like you had a fab day!

    Giles x

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    • Choclette

      10th July 2012 at 2:03 pm

      Thank you Giles, I had a wonderful day.

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  8. Karen S Booth

    9th July 2012 at 8:36 pm

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

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    • Choclette

      11th July 2012 at 12:34 pm

      Thanks Karen – we didn’t do badly did we 😉

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  9. Dom at Belleau Kitchen

    9th July 2012 at 9:12 pm

    oh darling…. so glad it was a good birthday and a happy day!… lovely looking spread x

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    • Choclette

      11th July 2012 at 8:54 pm

      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 😉

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  10. Ellen B Cookery

    9th July 2012 at 10:54 pm

    WOW! Looks amazing! Happy birthday!

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    • Choclette

      12th July 2012 at 10:52 am

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

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  11. Katie

    10th July 2012 at 6:32 am

    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 🙂

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    • Choclette

      12th July 2012 at 10:54 am

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

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  12. thelittleloaf

    10th July 2012 at 8:11 am

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

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    • Choclette

      12th July 2012 at 10:56 am

      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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  13. Johanna GGG

    10th July 2012 at 8:33 am

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

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    • Choclette

      12th July 2012 at 10:57 am

      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 🙂

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  14. Kit @ i-lostinausten

    10th July 2012 at 11:49 am

    Happy belated birthday & what an amazing feast full with lovely treats! AWESOME 🙂

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    • Choclette

      12th July 2012 at 10:59 am

      Thanks Kit – basically I was completely spoilt AND I loved every minute of it 🙂

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  15. Kath

    10th July 2012 at 10:56 am

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

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    • Choclette

      12th July 2012 at 10:58 am

      Ha ha, that’s just what I thought Kath! thank you.

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  16. A Trifle Rushed

    10th July 2012 at 1:33 pm

    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 at 11:50 am

      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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  17. Katharine

    10th July 2012 at 5:40 pm

    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 at 11:53 am

      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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  18. Lucy, Vanilla Frost

    10th July 2012 at 8:57 pm

    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 at 11:55 am

      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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  19. Alida

    10th July 2012 at 9:19 pm

    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 at 11:57 am

      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 🙂

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  20. Lesley

    12th July 2012 at 12:45 pm

    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 at 4:56 pm

      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!

      Reply
  21. laura@howtocookgoodfood

    12th July 2012 at 1:32 pm

    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 at 8:31 am

      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 😉

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  22. Essential Fatty Acid

    12th July 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Happy Birthday cuz – love that banner and the photo
    Wishing you many more good ‘uns
    lots of love
    pips xxx

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    • Choclette

      15th July 2012 at 8:32 am

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

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  23. Michele

    12th July 2012 at 9:38 pm

    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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    • Choclette

      15th July 2012 at 8:33 am

      Merci bien Michele, c’etait toutes fantastiques 🙂

      Reply
  24. simple baking

    13th July 2012 at 3:26 am

    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 at 8:35 am

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

      Reply
  25. celia

    13th July 2012 at 8:21 pm

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

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    • Choclette

      15th July 2012 at 8:38 am

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

      Reply

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