A Birthday To Remember

 Well, we did manage to celebrate P's 70th birthday with our planned staycation last night but it was touch and go for a while.

One couple had already cancelled the day before as news of the rising number of new virus cases started to filter through.

We arrived in Ramsey around midday and had a walk, visiting two shops on the way to buy birthday gifts for other people. There seem to be lots of January birthdays amongst our friends and family.

We met one of the couples joining us for the staycation and had lunch at the golf club. The clubhouse bar is open to non members and has lovely views across the greens and the hills behind. We had bowls of hot soup, crusty bread and whiled away a very pleasant hour and a half. 

It was a brisk walk back to the hotel in time for a 3 p.m. check in. The cold wind had got up by then and it was like being whipped with needles of ice. I felt as if my face had been scrubbed with a Brillo pad.

We were just unpacking in our room, with the kettle on for tea, when one of the other couples knocked on our door to tell us the latest news. There had been another reported surge in local cases and a government briefing was to be held at 5 p.m.  Our friend's husband is 80 and was feeling very nervous about staying, however, when we spoke to the receptionist she told us that the six of us were the only guests for that evening so, feeling reassured, he decided to stay.

Sure enough, the 5 p.m. briefing announced that we would be in full lockdown again for at least 21 days from midnight on Wednesday 6th January (today).

We still had a great evening together, talking and laughing until midnight. The hotel staff were fantastic, taking great care with distancing and mask wearing.  The food and wine were excellent,  and the rooms comfortable and warm with lovely views across the park and the lake.

After a sinfully large breakfast we drove straight home to start our lockdown.  P did pop out to the shop as we were low on bread and milk but he said people were already panic buying. Several shelves in the supermarket were empty and trollies were piled high. What is wrong with these people?

He is certainly going to remember this birthday.

25 comments:

  1. It sounds a great do for P, JayCee. Did you play any games like "Pin the tail on the donkey?"

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    1. Oh drat. I knew there was something missing. I forgot the games.

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  2. Whew, P just managed to get his party. As you say, a birthday to remember.
    And now it's lockdown. Here you go again. Keep your distance, keep safe. You know it all.

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    1. Yep. Here we go again. At least he is now old enough to be bumped up the queue for the vaccine. I shall have to wait until the end of the autumn.

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  3. How splendid that Perry got to enjoy his special birthday treat in safety and comfort. Just think that if his birthday had happened a couple of days later the trip would have surely been cancelled. By the way, how come you know what it is like to have your face scrubbed with a Brillo pad?

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    1. I felt sorry for the hotel staff. As we were checking out they were clearing the place for the start of lockdown tonight. They had been fully booked for the next two weeks with various functions but they are all now cancelled.

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  4. Well, glad it worked out. I turned 70 this year too! I am feeling older and older by the minute and so am not too thrilled with being 70. Seems like it is always something to worry about or some new ache to wonder about. COVID doesn't help, but I am still here so I am lucky and have to stop moaning about being old... Sorry for whining!

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    1. You go ahead and whine, Ellen. Sometimes it helps!

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  5. I'm really glad that you had a good weekend. We need to grasp hold of all the good moments that stand out and be positive about all the rest.

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    1. Thanks Graham. We were very aware of the impending lockdown and the potential for any one of us to have already come into contact with the virus, so the birthday party seemed all the more enjoyable.

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  6. Glad he was able to celebrate in some form. My 70th a few weeks before christmas was very low key as it was in lockdown no 2. There are going to be lots of big parties when we eventually come out of this.

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    1. Oh yes. Lots of celebrations to come. We shall all need them.

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  7. Sounds lime a perfect party. Glad you got it in before the lockdown.

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    1. It was a very good evening and we were very lucky to have had the chance to enjoy it. Just hoping we were not exposed to the virus before everyone knew that it had already been out there in our community since before Christmas.

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  8. Well. that was the perfect way to start lockdown ! .... lovely that P just managed to squeeze in his special birthday. Wish him many happy returns from another Jackie 🤣😂 XXXX

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  9. A staycation - what a great idea! Glad it worked out well for you both. Stay safe.

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  10. Important birthdays are remembered for various reasons; you won't forget this one! Sorry to hear you have an outbreak; someone must have brought it over on a Jet ski.

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  11. What rotten news that you have new cases when it was all doing so well. I'm glad you got to have at least some of the birthday you had planned, it sounds so lovely and ordinary! Oh for ordinary again!! Wishing your hubby a belated happy birthday - one he won't forget! x

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  12. Happy birthday to P! It sounds like you had a great staycation...
    xxx

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