On Sunday Penny and I met my friend Wendy and we went to Paper Mill Lock near Danbury for a walk along the River Chelmer.
It was incredibly windy and not very sunny, but we still had a fun walk, all of us taking photographs as we went along.
There were loads of wild flowers out and different grasses too.
I crouched for ages waiting to get this photo of a bee on the dead nettles! We walked as far as this bridge and up onto it before turning to retrace our steps.
Penny and Wendy posed for me on the bridge!
This photo of the poppies in the field was taken by Penny and I just love it.
She also took this photo of me and Wendy - yes, Wendy is poking her tongue out!
When we returned to the Lock we rewarded ourselves with a cream tea! Well, half a cream tea each as the scones were so big! Also, I don't drink tea, so I had coffee and Penny had water, but you get the general idea.
Then onto my actual birthday yesterday. I was woken by Hugh at 5.15am as he had to get up early to catch a flight to Scotland, where he will be until Thursday. He felt so bad about being away for my birthday, but as it is business it can't be helped. He gave me a beautiful card and gold bangle before he left. I then got up and went into work. My colleagues at work were very generous and gave me Euros to buy myself something on holiday, a couple of t-shirts and some perfume. I took in some cupcakes which Penny had made.
At lunchtime I went home as I had booked a half day's holiday. Penny had my lunch ready for me and after eating that we went to Tropical Wings where Ben had taken Penny for her birthday.