Sunday, 22 February 2009

greetings from beyond the hill...


so, I find myself landed on the other side of a significant birthday. The significant number is divisible by 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 10, 20 and... ahem...40. Cor blimey, how did this come to pass? I ask myself (and anyone else who'll listen)

beautiful japanese teapot and tea bowls from my sister Catherine...crazy birthday brunch by moi

Not being content with going over the hill metaphorically I headed to the Alps to mark the occasion more literally. It was a wonderful idea, would recommend it to anyone. I played in the snow, drank plenty of tea and ruminated on the state of things (as you do when you reach this sort of age).

Will be back (once the shock has worn off properly) to share details of beautiful owlish swaps and some fat quarters that made their way to me from stateside.

Until then...
another gorgeous teapot, birthday gift from my lovely friend Nich (he of teacosy fame - discern a subtle theme?)...can a girl (ooops, sorry, woman of a certain age) ever have too many tea making accoutrements? I sincerely doubt it...

beautiful italian yarn, another lovely birthday gift courtesy of my colleague Mia with whom I have recently set up the (two strong) "work knitting club". I feel some tea cosies coming on, or maybe a bobble hat...

ps new all time favourite tea - Genmaicha - mmmmmm...mmm. Thanks Cath!

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16 comments:

sewtakeahike said...

Happy birthday to you! Beautiful gifts, especially that fibre!

Izabela said...

Happy birthday Annie! lovely gifts... Is the tea you just said a green one? few months ago I bought genmaicha - japanese green tea with roasted rice - and I loved it, you just reminded me what I need to buy - tastes like I would never expect tea to taste, but enjoyable, if you haven`t tried - you should
xxx

x vInTaGe VioLeT x said...

wishing a belated Happy Birthday to you xxx

kristin said...

many happy wishes for a very happy birthday!! i for one welcome you as a fellow friend who is also "over the hill" :)

the best is yet to come. xxx

Apryl said...

glad you had a fabulous birthday! I have a few things to send to you.. I'm just terribly disorganized and behind on everything, blooming halfterm.. those teapots are fabulous, I haven't even got a tea pot, but if I had one as beautiful as those I@m sure I would drink more tea. I'm definitly comming over to a teaparty now. ;o)

Vonnie said...

Beautiful teapots Annie - Happy Birthday again :)

Gina said...

Happy Birthday!

Ciara said...

Wow! Happy Birthday. I'm not too far behind you. And lovely teapots. Lovely yarn.

Looks like you had a lovely day!

Knit and Sew City Girl said...

Happy Birthday!! Lovely presents. The Japanese teapot is lovely and great yarn!

Mary

Things Hand Made said...

Happy birthday to you... happy birthday to you...

asti said...

Happy birthday ! Love that wool...and the brunch :)

juanitatortilla said...

Oh my... Has it been a year since I last wished you a Happy Birthday?

Happy Birthday, again then!

How time flies...

What lovely presents you had; aw... LOVE the cast iron teapot!
Who wouldn't love one?!? Lucky you.

Lindsay said...

Happy birthday!

Kyoko said...

Happy birthday! Hope you had a wonderful time. I love genmaicha. Have you tried "soba cha" before? You might like it. It's made from soba plant (that makes soba noodles).
The yarn looks lovely!

Lori said...

happy birthday :^)

Helen said...

A belated happy birthday! xxx I hope you had a wonderful time celebrating! I love the photographs of the teapot (and the birthday brunch!) - what a lovely gift!
I'm just catching up on your blog posts - you have been a very busy swapper. Such lovely things.