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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Beach, Birds, Birthday and Breakfast!

It has been a busy couple of days. (Photos are clickable)



On Friday morning, I saw something I hadn't seen for some time ~ a touch of blue sky! Temperatures were fairly mild at about 10 C and so off to the beach I went. The waves were churning, the gulls were soaring, and oystercatchers were taking advantage of the mollusc-crustacean-encrusted strip of sand!








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We try to get together and celebrate whenever we have a birthday in my immediate family. My eldest son's birthday was on Friday, and we were happy that his two brothers and their girlfriends came up for the occasion. We all went out for dinner. This excellent meal was followed by desert at home ~ and then they all decided to stay over, which meant much sharing of stories, etc. well into the night.








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It also meant breakfast for six. Luckily, they all like lending a hand, so it wasn't long before the loaf of multigrain bread I had baked was sliced up and dipped into a tasty concoction in order to make French Toast ~ served with the pears I canned in September. We used the griddle and the waffle iron to make the French Toast.








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This afternoon, once the house had returned to its quiet mode, I checked out the garden, refilling bird seed, replacing suet blocks, and attaching new birdseed bells. There were many small birds flitting about the garden enjoying the warmer temperatures and happy, no doubt, for some dry weather.

7 comments:

  1. I love blue sky! It's just so beautiful...

    Happy belated birthday to your eldest son :)

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  2. All the B's sound good to me! You may have been busy but clearly enjoyed those couple of days.
    Toast and pears is something I've never tried but will as it appeals!
    Good photos as always.
    Today was sunny and reasonably warm for a change, which was most welcome.
    Flighty xx

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  3. What a great idea to extend the birthday celebration into a slumber party! Well, sort of. But the breakfast things look wonderful. I've got PILES of groceries to put away, but you've made me want to stop and make some french toast...

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  4. Hi Selby ~ Yes, blue sky is what we need more of here! We are in the midst of the usual dull, rainy west coast winter weather ~ so whenever there is a slight chance of sun, it's such a treat. How nice for my son to get birthday greetings from so far away! Thank you.

    Hi Flighty ~ Yes, it was an enjoyable couple of days. The boys always enjoy being together, snd having additional females around here is a plus for me! Let me know what you think of your toast and pears. Glad you liked the photos. I'm glad to hear your weather has improved and hope it continues!

    Hi Nikki ~ A slumber party it was! A nice change to have a houseful for the weekend. Breakfast was yummy especially because gathering around the dining room table together. They did eye up the rest of the chocolate cake and cheesecake, so left with some of that as well...

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  5. The Oystercatchers certainly do a lot of rushing about.

    On the toast front my favourite would be - bread toasted one side, then butter (or similar) on the other covered with strips of cheese, then back under the grill to partly melt the cheese. Yummy.

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  6. That sounds like my favourite type of occasion. lovely

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  7. Hi John ~ I was quite amazed at the speed of the Oystercatchers ~ they were running along the beach as if they were in a great rush! The thought of your grilled cheese open faced sandwich has had my tastebuds popping ~ I'll have to make one for lunch!

    Hi UHDD ~ It's certainly wonderful to have the family together whenever we get a chance - birthdays are one of the ways we can make sure that happens! Thanks for coming by :)

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