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Q. What more could a girly girl possibly want for her first double digit birthday than this majestically magical unicorn balloon?

A. Surely, nothing?!?!?


Eton Mess Cake

Birthdays are funny things aren’t they?  When you are young they are longed for beacons of pure joy, the one day of the year when you get all the attention and your siblings have to stand in line. The one day when, if you are really lucky, you get the Girls World Head or Arctic Action Man that you knew would instantly make your life complete. Continue reading “Eton Mess Cake”

Scars, Pioneering Hospitals and Landmark Birthdays

This month it’s my birthday, it’s my birthday, it’s my birthday. Sorry? What was that? How old am I? Well? Umm. Ssssssshhhhhhh. I am now forty! Yep. Seriously.

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Lemon and Raspberry Love Heart cake – it was either that or a Rhubarb and Custard Crumble.  Surprise, surprise T chose Love Hearts for Daddy’s birthday.


Birthday surprises extend to the cake this year!

“Little Bear is my most favourite Bear.  On Monday it was his 9 Birthday.  To celebrate I made a cake with a bear on it and house for a present and a card.  My sister made an Olaf out of fimo and a card.  He had the best day of his life.  He needs to send a thank you letter soon.”

J Ryrie, Age 6

Happy Birthday Little Bear

This week we celebrated Little Bear’s birthday.  It was his ninth birthday.  Hoorah.

Little Bear is not a cute pet name for either of my children.  Little Bear is exactly that, a little bear.  Little Bear is J’s favourite, most special teddy.  The teddy that if it ever got lost would cause J and, therefore the rest of the family, the maximum amount of heartache and distress.

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Mount Titlis

“J, what would you like to do for your birthday treat this year?”

“Skiing or sledging.”

J was born in July.  Usually a month associated with sun, beaches, holidays and gelati, my son decided to flip the norm and present us with a challenge.  Fortunately, we live in Switzerland and are only an hour away from Mount Titlis and the Titlis glacier.

Midsummer’s Day dawned, and whilst Druids were witnessing the sunrise at Stonehenge, we were dragging out our winter weather gear and heading off to find summer snow with two of J’s friends to celebrate the (nearly) six years he has been on this fascinating planet.  (Little did we know it, but half the population of India and China were doing the same, but more of that later).  Mount Titlis is located in Egelberg, part of one of the largest ski networks in Europe and, at a height of just over 3,000 meters (10,000 feet), is above the all important snow line thereby giving us the opportunity for summer sledging.  Engelberg-Titlis is all about the outdoor adventures; hiking, biking, climbing, kayaking, fishing and all manner of other -ings can be done at Engelberg.  It boasts beautiful alpine views, plenty to do and a central location, and is only an hour from Zug.

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