Only 364 days until my next birthday

Birthday doodleI tried to avoid this day but the fates were against me, it still came around. They should add birthdays to those infamous 2 things you can’t avoid: death and taxes.

The day started just after midnight when I realised that because I have a Google+ account I get a Google Doodle with a personal birthday greeting – this was awesome and I saved the picture, see above.  They should have included some wine, clearly Google isn’t noting my habits as much as they think they are.

At the crack of dawn my sister was the first to call and we had a lovely long giggly phone call which set the tone for the day.  I like talking to my sister early in the day while she’s still sober, it gets tricky as the day progresses. I discovered I was out of regular Colombian blend and had to make do with Amarula flavoured coffee.. oh well, special day and all. I get my coffee from Anthony’s in Loop Street – nothing fancy, no trendy prices or attitude, just genuine coffee lovers and good freshly roasted quality.  A floral and gift delivery from Irish Pat arrived while I was still in pyjamas.

I was inundated with Facebook birthday messages .. the most I’ve ever received since I signed up and a treat was that many of them were genuine personal messages, not just an arbitrary happy happy (I do that sometimes, sorry, I’ll try do better in future). Even Sarah found the time in her busy Australian trip which I am following on this blog and loving every moment of it. Her entries are mostly short and make for an easy but interesting read. She’s reaching the maudlin part of her trip now so it’s time to come home.

My buddies Caroline, Heather and Philippe announced they were popping around after work so I went to get a few bottles of vino and snacks, as well as an overdue gift for Phil whose birthday was last month (see Princess Vida’s blog entry). I always see things I want to photograph at the mall and today I indulged myself a teeny bit. It’s a nice mall with very good quality shops, even the supermarkets, but the people are so bloody pretentious I want to just laugh in their faces. I’d love to take pics of some of them but I dare not, they’re bound to know I’m not a talent scout.

I forgot to take photos of my snack platters. I got nice gifts. We had fun. The dogs didn’t break anything. Vida got a few tidbits when I tidied up. Paul called at 3 minutes to midnight.

There's a massive parking lot but some people can't be expected to wait and walk.

There’s a massive parking lot but some people can’t be expected to wait and walk.

Birthday crap pies

Pick n Pay will be hearing from me about these. Billed as ‘savoury mince pies’ we renamed them ‘air pies’.

Birthay Nora Mirror

Dumbest mirror in town – my gay friends will love this!

Birthday flowers

Can only be in this pretentious shopping mall to see flowers individually protected like this. They are proteas for petes sake, tough as boots! R40 for 4 flowers.

Birthday Amy Biehl

Merlot made in Robertson, should be interesting – to be opened another day. The proceeds of this wine go to the Amy Biehl Foundation. See link below.

Amy Biehl and the Foundation created in her name.

About Francoise Armour

I run a small touring company (Tours du Cap) at the bottom of Africa, to show visitors the beauty and vibrant culture of the country I have lived in since my parents brought me here from France as a child. I enjoy taking photos and wish I had learnt to do it properly. I enjoy writing but don't do enough of it. I enjoy walking in the mountains that surround me and I marvel over the views and the flowers and the amazing rock formations. I have a small, cute, clever, black dog of indeterminable breed, named Vida, who reminds me regularly that walking and getting out is not only for when tourists want it.

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A note to all accidental visitors:

I am not a photographer and do not claim to have any particular skills whatsoever in that department. I have enormous respect for those who can see the potential in a scene and can create a great photo. Good photography is an art, in my opinion.

I am just a happy snapper, I have no special lenses or accessories, my camera is very simple and it's usually best to leave the setting on auto.

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