Wednesday, 29 June 2016

WOYWW 369 the post birthday edition

Hi again desk hoppers..  Head to Jan for the link up while the lovely Julia continues her recovery  and if you didn't read her post on what she's been/going through yet do - it's here

I'll apologise first because I won't get to many of your desks for a couple of days as today is my trip
to Wimbledon for the tennis, thanks to my lovely boss.. third year running.  All I can say is, thank goodness Centre Court has a roof, I think they'll need it!   However, I will visit as many of you as soon as I can!

Anyway, desk time... and the big reveal from my birthday gift I was keeping for Sunday.

I woke really early (not planned) on Sunday and resisted for as long as I could, but having brought the pile of cards into the bedroom the resolution to make them last burnt away...
 so, Sam's bag of goodies, revealed several individually wrapped (in hand stamped tissue paper) gifts...

 which later opened to these gorgeous paints.. hope to get time to play soon!

Back at work on Monday, lunch out and some more gifts... the perfume and stunningly beautiful scarf/pashmina from my boss, and the Kew book from another colleague.

What a lucky girl!

these are my cards - proudly displayed on the window sill. (a couple arrived late yesterday which I haven't photographed yet)

They are all gorgeous, and I will take some close ups and show them properly in a few days when I (reluctantly) take them down.

I went to Hampton Court for the day on Saturday (breaking with tradition of Kew) if you fancy a look this is the post you need

Now, I'm off to the tennis.. see you soon!


Nikki C said...

All your cards look wonderful and sweet bright new paints for you to play with have a happy birthday
Hugs Nikki 1

Anne L said...

Hello Helen. Thanks for visiting my blog early and wow that is some wonderful cards and great gift of paints you have received for your birthday. Have a fantastic week Hugs~Anne L#4

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Ooooh, I'm jealous - Centre Court huh? I hope you have a wonderful (and dry) day! And look at all those beautiful cards and presents, how lovely - you deserve it!
HUgs, LLJ xxx

Neet said...

Enjoy Wimbledon, I remember thinking with envy about it last year when you went.
Lovely gifts from your boss - what a lucky person you are to have such a thoughtful boss as she appears to be.
Hugs, Neet 7 xx

Annie said...

School run done. Milly taken out for wee. Coffee made. Time to visit my fav blogs before customers arrive....I hope :-)
Tennis.....wahoooo lucky you. Hope you have an amazing couple of days. Happy belated birthday.
Annie x #8

sandra de said...

Ohhh what lovely gifts and hope you had a fantastic day at Kew.
sandra de @21

Angela Radford said...

I'm sure you will enjoy the tennis but the parcel of goodies is very tempting. Happy woyww, Angela x 15

Chidkid said...

How fortunate you are to have such thoughtful friends and colleagues..enjoy the tennis. Elaine no. 20

Tilly Tea Dance said...

Belated Happy Birthday to you! Looks like the gift and card givers knew exactly how to put a crafty smile on your face! Hope you have fun with your new crafty bits. Max #23 :-)

Lisca Meijer said...

Lucky girl to be able to go to Centre Court. I'm sure you'll have a great time.
Your cards and pressies are amazing. I don't think I would have resisted either about opening that interesting looking present.
Happy WOYWW,

Shaz Brooks said...

Hi Helen, I do hope the weather holds for you- it's chucking it down up here!. Glad you had a good birthday, some lovely cards there. My last CT scan was only 4 months ago, so the chances are it's nothing important, but even if it is, it will still be really small, which is good. Upside & downside to having scans so often- you sort of live from scan to scan, so a bit worrying, but at least it will catch anything really early. Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #6xxx

Marit said...

Happy, belated, birthday Helen! You were properly spoiled, as that is what should happen on birtdays. Have fun on the tennis court... I watched Wimbledon a lot when I was young (the days of Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe) but nowadays, Tour de France has my preference... anyway, enjoy enjoy!! Hug from Holland, Marit #27

BJ said...

Super birthday goodies, looking out for you on the TV lol BJ#24

Diana Taylor said...

Ooh you lucky girl, what lovely paints to play with! The scarf is beautiful too, and although I can't read the label the box looks like Chanel - you have been thoroughly spoilt for your birthday, and now off to the tennis! Hope you have a lovely time, tennis will be on in our house but watching it in dribs and drabs while decorating!
Have a great week,
Diana #25

dmgarafalo said...

another bday today at WOYWW - yeah & Happy birthday! My fav BD quote to share with you.

Because time itself is like a spiral, something special happens on your birthday each year: The same energy that God invested in you at birth is present once again. ~Menachem Mendel Schneerson

Blessing, Donna #9

Kirsten said...

I'm glad you enjoyed your birthday. Hope you've had a wonderful day at Wimbledon.

Christine said...

Wonderful birthday presents and cards. Enjoy all the tennis, I manage to see a bit on TV.
Loved your visit to Hampton Court, you make it feel like we are there.

Have a good week
aka Bishopsmate #34

Julia Dunnit said...

I've seen on Facebook that your day ended I the bar, I'll bet it's been a great day. Great addition to your birthday weekend, so sorry to have missed even sending you a card.

pearshapedcrafting said...

Wow! Belated Happy Birthday! Looks like a playtime coming up - you have some lovely cards and pressies and all topped off by a day at Wimbledon! Off to look at Hampton Court now - went there as a teen and never been since! Hugs, Chrisx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I purposely waited to visit, even though I knew you were showing your birthday gifts. I was most impressed by the book on Kew Gardens and the gorgeous scarf. You have an incredible boss.

Speaking of boss, I remember following your antics last year at Wimbledon. You are so very lucky to even get to go, much less Center Court. Your move to a new job about four years ago has turned into the most remarkable change that anyone could have made. I'm off to see Hampton Court.

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

sitting on the 'pooter but the tennis is on.. may actually get to watch some .. or not!
Wonderfully lovely gifts for your birf'day too Helen, off to peek at Hampton court have been there twice one for the house and once for the garden! a good balance :D
Happy belated WOYWW! Shaz in Oz.x #52

{Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

Kelly said...

You made out like a bandit. Lovely toys to play with. Enjoy your trip to Wimbledon. Thanks for your visit to my desk a couple of weeks ago. Sorry I didn't get round. Bob got on a boat and I dove into work. Creative Blessings! Kelly #32

butterfly said...

Oh dear - belated birthday greetings (this constant catching-up is very sad). What fabulous gifts and great looking cards. Look forward to seeing them in close-up at some point.
I'm sorry to have been MIA again lately. I've got a couple of weeks coming up soon where I hope to do some proper catching up.
Alison x

Kyla said...

Loved seeing your birthday and Wimbledon FB updated.

CraftygasheadZo said...

So glad you had a lovely day. I'm doing the charity thing again this year so no card from me. But you were in my thoughts. Wimbledon again you lucky thing. Beautiful gifts too. Sorry I'm late, not been so good, now dashing round and catching up! Take care Zo xx 29

craftytrog said...

Looks like you had a great birthday week! Happy Sunday!
Alison xx