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Hello and welcome to my blog. If you like flowers and gardens, housey stuff, food and banter, then this is the place for you. I am a decorative artist, florist and maker of things. I sell painted furniture, plants and crafts, through a local retail shop, in my native Ireland, and wedding flowers from home. I am married to a lovely patient man and have a smashing little girl. I blog for the fun of it. Thank you for listening.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

The big 50!!!

A few little goodies to take home.
This was at home, but just to make up for lack of photos at Betty's!
Today I am 50......... I can't believe it. I don't feel any different to when I was 20. My present from my husband was a trip to England to visit my friends and re-visit old haunts. It was a lovely present, we all had a great time. On the last day of our trip we were in the Yorkshire Dales. We started off by having breakfast at Bettys in Harrogate. It is a charming tea-room with old-fashioned service in wonderful Art Noveau style surroundings it really is a must if you are in Harrogate. Sadly, we slipped up by not taking any photograps.
A lovely entrance, don't you think?

We moved on from Harrogate to Bolton Abbey, the site of the ruined Priory and delightful walks, with equally delightful tearooms. (I am rather obsessed by these).


We really had a great time, but now I need to concentrate on work!

My birthday has been made extra special because Gill from Gillyflower has very kindly given me a

award, I am thrilled and shocked at the same time. Thankyou Gill I will pass it on to deserving blogs when I have had time to think it through. Wishing you all a productive and happy week, love Linda x.


  1. Happy Birthday my blogging friend xx

  2. Gosh Linda - A very special birthday for you today. Happy Birthday, and many,many congratulations!! That was a lovely birthday present you had travelling to England. I have visited Betty's Tearooms in York, and it really is lovely. Like stepping back in time really! Congratulations on your Liebster Blog Award. You certainly deserve it.

  3. Hi Linda,
    Happy Birthday to you! Seems like you enjoyed your trip, it looks all so lovely!
    Enjoy your evening birthday girl,
    Maureen x

  4. Happy Birthday Linda!
    Looks like you had a lovely time in the Yorkshire Dales.
    One of my favourite places after Northumberland of course...
    Julie x

  5. Thisisme over at Southamsdarling let us all know it was your birthday, so I thought I would pop over and say "Happy Birthday."

    What a lovely present from your husband. Looks like you had a grand time.

    Here's too 50 more! :D

  6. Congratulations on your blog award and Happy Birthday, Linda! It looks like you covered a lot of ground during your break and had a great time (if not so many great cakes!). You have some beautiful pictures on your blog. Thanks for your lovely comment.
    Becky x

  7. Wishing you a Happy Birthday through Thisisme's blog. I just turned 50 in November and she sent me a cake too. Such a sweetheart. Have a fabulous day and a happy year. It's not so bad is it?!

  8. Hi Linda. We have the same birthday! March 22nd but I am ahead a few years! Hope your day was especially nice. My husband is treating me to a trip also. I will post pictures on my blog. Looking forward to more of your pictures.

  9. Hi Linda,

    Happy Birthday for yesterday, hope you had a very special day.

    Yorkshire looks lovely, the last time I was there was when I was 12 on a school trip but I've never forgotten it. I know exactly what you mean about tearooms, they're wonderful places. Glad you enjoyed it.

    I too, will have the very same special birthday in June. It seems like such a big number and I can't quite believe it's just around the corner.

    Thank you so much for dropping by my blog and becoming my third follower.

    Have a good day.


  10. Happy Birthday. Hope you had a lovely day
    I can't believe that you went to Bolton Abbey - I lived a mile away from there for 10 years, such a gorgeous place.
    Betty's was also a favourite spot of mine, so it's so nice to see these photos.

  11. Congratulations to you Linda!!!
    Happy 50th!!
    Looks like you had a wonderful time celebrating.
    I know exactly how you feel about still feeling 20 - I had my 50th last year and to be honest I'm glad its out of the way! Its now not looming there as it was for a year or two, getting ever closer!!! Its over!!!!!! Cos you dont feel any different!
    You can now just get back on with your life, filling it more and more cos the one thing you do realise at 50 is that life is so precious and time passes so quickly so you have to grab every moment and make it count.
    I'm so glad that my award came at a good moment for you - and so well deserved!
    Have a great day Linda
    Gill x


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