Today I wished happy birthday to my beautiful wife. We began the day with a leisurely breakfast which I made and served up at the dinner table so that she could open some of her pressies. It was miserable weather so we had a relaxing morning of pottering. I made first use of our bain‐marie that we picked up whilst antique hunting back in the autumn. It is the most perfect pan for the melting of thick, gooey chocolate and with a (substantial) dash of brandy. Yum!

In the afternoon we made our way to chez Jefferys for Emma’s birthday dinner of roast beef, citron tart and coffee and walnut birthday cake, complete with 3+7 candles, the magic seven of which stood proudly in their Womble candle holders…

Birthday Cake