Birthdays just aren't the same once you're "older" but nothing beats watching a little one's face as they rip into their presents with unabashed glee. I think he was a happy boy...
We also managed another birthday cake, not quite as full-on as Thursday's rocket cake (I even confess to buying it from the village shop and I very very rarely buy cakes but I'd had enough baking for one week!)
On Saturday, I had my reward for weeks dedicated to birthday preparation with a day of unashamed mooching, intent on discovering more vintagey, thrify treasures.
We set off on a trip to Wells but were delayed en route by several detours to local villages to the backdrop of cries of "There's a charity shop!" and my ever-obliging Dad brought his car to a grinding halt outside and in I went...
I was so chuffed with this divine vintage cushion. Mr HenHouse is holding on to it whilst I was in (yet another) charity shop. He and the cushion are so colour co-ordinated!
It now has a new home at the cottage.
I also couldn't resist this lovely old book.
In one of my fave local charity shops (which to my surprise has expanded into the shop next door too), I couldn't leave behind this lovely crinoline lady teaset. It is like new, I don't think it had been used until we used it this weekend.
In another charity shop, in another village, my favourite find of the day was this glass bowl set. Such gorgeous delicate glass, little green feet and dainty etched detail.
My collection of hard-backed Enid Blyton books has grown considerably over the last few weeks. I just adored Enid Blyton books as a child and still have many of the books I read back then (including the Storytime Book below) which the Munchkin is now starting to enjoy too. Much more wholesome than Horrid Henry!
Finally, how do you like my new little "Home Sweet Home" sign? I nipped into a lovely local shop in Dulwich one day last week when I was going to Hope & Greenwood to buy flying saucers for the party bags and I couldn't leave this sign behind. Red and white polka dots and cottage garden flowers? It was a done deal!