Friday, May 25, 2007

will you still need me, will you still feed me when I'm 64 44?

Welcome to my humble abode. It's a beautiful, beautiful day.




This is me. Today is my birthday.


What you see is what you get. Did you bring me presents?

My boys (including the 6'4" one) totally spoiled me this morning.

Beautiful gerbera daises in three colours and lots and lots of chocolate.




The shorter boys gave me this painted garden ornament.




And of course there was my lovely little Ebeltoft apple from Mr. M.




And what about the cake? Well, I was in a citrusy mood so I made lemon cheesecake squares and an orange sponge cake that will be served with the strawberry rhubarb compote from yesterday.




It'll just be us and the mother-in-law this afternoon so we're not going nuts on the cake. And although when it's your birthday in Germany you're supposed to be ready for unexpected visitors, I somehow doubt that the vicar is going to pop 'round for a cuppa. A nice, quiet birthday, just the way I like it.

And guess what? It's yet another freakin' long weekend! Wheee! Three days for the gainfully employed, four for the school kids. Pfingsten, the Germans call it. In English it's Whitsun, Whitsunday or Pentecost.

This flower, the peony, is a Pfingstrose in German, because it commonly blooms around this time of year. And boy did it ever! We've had many peony plants in our garden, but they are finicky, and this is the very first time one has actually bloomed. What a great birthday present.

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49 Comments:

At May 25, 2007 1:09 PM, Blogger Poppy Fields said...

Happy Birthday, I'd stop by for cake if I could!

 
At May 25, 2007 1:15 PM, Blogger Pardon My French said...

Happy birthday and I too would stop by for cake! Oh, man. Beautiful photos of everything and everyone...I love your house. Enjoy your day.

 
At May 25, 2007 1:17 PM, Blogger christina said...

poppy and pardon - Thanks! Boy, you guys would be pretty thirsty by the time you got here!

 
At May 25, 2007 1:26 PM, Blogger Hillside Garden said...

Christina, happy birthday, herzlichen Glückwunsch zum so jungen Geburtstag. Ich bin sechs Jahre älter.
Der Käsekuchen sieht - jam - sehr lecker aus, leider bist du so weit weg, da kann ich mich nicht zu dir setzen. Lass es dir gut gehen und feier ordentlich mit deinen Knaben!

Sigrun

 
At May 25, 2007 1:36 PM, Blogger Antipodeesse said...

Splashy Bathday Dear Christina!

You don't look a day over 21 my dear!

xxx

 
At May 25, 2007 1:49 PM, Blogger PapaScott said...

No unexpected visitors? What's your address again? :-)

In case we don't make it, Happy Birthday!

 
At May 25, 2007 1:52 PM, Blogger Elemmaciltur said...

Happy Birthday!!!!!

 
At May 25, 2007 1:58 PM, Blogger Alison said...

Happy Birthday! The cake and the flowers are beautiful as are you! Have a great day!

 
At May 25, 2007 2:11 PM, Blogger Thimbleanna said...

Happy, Happy Birthday! You look just beautiful and so do your cakes!!!

 
At May 25, 2007 3:41 PM, Anonymous Regina said...

Happy Birthday, herzlichen Glückwunsch!!! Enjoy your day and thanks for the nice photos!

 
At May 25, 2007 4:00 PM, Blogger C N Heidelberg said...

Happy birthday!!

 
At May 25, 2007 4:19 PM, Blogger Christina said...

Happy Birthday! The cake and desserts look so delicious, if I was anywhere near there I'd pop by for a cuppa!

 
At May 25, 2007 4:23 PM, Blogger Ms Mac said...

Happy birthday Christina, hope you have a wonderful day!

 
At May 25, 2007 5:58 PM, Blogger womanwandering said...

Happy Birthday and all the very best for the year ahead.

 
At May 25, 2007 8:52 PM, Blogger Angie said...

Happy birthday! How nice of you to give us all birthday gifts in the form of your beautiful photos! :)

(P.S. You can tell it's Friday afternoon because I just typed, "in the phorm of your beautiful fotos." Seriously!)

 
At May 25, 2007 9:16 PM, Blogger Haddock said...

Happy Birthday Christina! Hope you had a greta day! :)
My Pfingstrose didn't blossom. Maybe it will next year! :)

 
At May 25, 2007 9:50 PM, Blogger Maria said...

Happy Birthday!

And I'd stop on in for cake if I could!

 
At May 25, 2007 10:02 PM, Blogger Ginnie said...

Happy birthday, Christina! Again!! You share this day with my older sister, my ex-husband, and two guys from my photoblog! Wow. That makes you very popular today!

And the day's not over yet! :)

 
At May 25, 2007 11:05 PM, Anonymous cara said...

that lemon cheesecake looks divine! i miss cream cheese. it's almost the end of your big day, but i hope you are still partying it up. perhaps the vicar did stop by?

 
At May 26, 2007 12:42 AM, Blogger Lynda said...

Oh a very HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY Christina!!! How gorgeous your garden looks, and those cakes mmmmmm yum!

I love the German idea of 'just dropping by' on birthdays, my ou-laws fill the house and it is a carnival of cake. And flowers - and presents... I adore your 'apple'!

 
At May 26, 2007 1:03 AM, Blogger Dixie said...

Happy birthday! It looks like you had a wonderful day - spoiled with lovely presents too!

You look fantastic. I hope it's a wonderful new life year for you!

 
At May 26, 2007 1:53 AM, Blogger Sandra said...

Happy Birthday. You're so young! (My mother tells me this on my birthday and I love it). That cheesecake looks like it should be an illustration in a magazine.

 
At May 26, 2007 4:11 AM, Blogger Bek said...

Happy Birthday! The lemon cheesecake squares looks really delicious. Could you post the recipe?

 
At May 26, 2007 4:12 AM, Anonymous Maribeth said...

Happy Birthday Mausi!!! And many, many more!!!

 
At May 26, 2007 5:11 AM, Anonymous kiwi_kath said...

Pretty photos! You're getting younger every year. And those cakes! mmmmm!!!

Did you take that pic of yourself? I tried to take pics of myself recently and I kept having to do them over -- for some reason it is really hard to smile at the camera when you are aiming it at yourself or something.

 
At May 26, 2007 9:16 AM, Blogger mar said...

Hope you had a wonderful bday!!! it was my sister's bday too :)
enjoy your weekend !

 
At May 26, 2007 1:00 PM, Blogger susan d said...

I missed it by a day, but hope the post-birthday is wonderful as the day proper.

 
At May 27, 2007 1:36 AM, Blogger Runaway Rubber Duckie said...

Happy birthday!! The lemon cake thingey looks delish. There are alot of birthdays around now, aren't there?? Here on the ship there are many as well, You're in lots of good company! Here's to another healthy year.
Stacey

 
At May 27, 2007 2:32 AM, Blogger Kate said...

Oh my goodness - it looks like you had a beautiful birthday!

I am 44 in July and I hope it is as yummy as yours looks!

Love the Peony - it is just sublime.

 
At May 27, 2007 5:03 AM, Blogger Julie said...

Happy Birthday!

 
At May 27, 2007 9:19 AM, Anonymous Lisa said...

Happy Belated Birthday Beautiful Lady! :D Hope it was everything you wished for.

Wow! This entry is pure eye candy. What a lovely life you lead.

 
At May 27, 2007 9:25 AM, Blogger Andrea said...

Happy Birthday! Hope it's a great one :)

 
At May 27, 2007 1:40 PM, Blogger christina said...

THANK YOU all so much for the birthday wishes. You guys are GREAT!

 
At May 27, 2007 2:55 PM, Blogger Lis said...

Hab deinen Blog eben bei Sigrun entdeckt und wünsche dir nachträglich noch alles Gute zu deinem Geburtstag
Lis

 
At May 27, 2007 6:37 PM, Blogger hexe said...

Happy Belated Birthday! How I wish I could have popped round for cake :) Looks like you had a lovely day. I like the new picture.

 
At May 28, 2007 4:54 AM, Blogger Kim and Victoria said...

Happy, happy belated birthday. Love the pictures.

 
At May 28, 2007 7:49 AM, Anonymous Emily said...

Happy belated birthday!

 
At May 28, 2007 2:22 PM, Blogger Cathy said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, eh!
(Sorry I am late; I wish I had popped by in time for a piece of that delicious cake, but I'm sure it is long gone).

 
At May 28, 2007 11:59 PM, Blogger Kim/Thomas said...

happy birthday and wow you look sooo young!!!!!

all your cakes and goodies looks so yummy, and your house makes me want to move to germany right this instant!!

happy birthday and i'm so glad your family pampered you correctly!

 
At May 29, 2007 3:16 AM, Blogger Rositta said...

Christina, I wish you a very happy birthday. Love your cakes, they look so yummy I wish I could just drop by...ciao

 
At May 29, 2007 10:31 AM, Blogger tinakala said...

A very very late but nevertheless BIG congratulations (excuse me, I`ve been away from my computer). And your garden is fabulous, you look beautiful, and the cakes...
I have a feeling you enjoyed the day.

 
At May 29, 2007 2:48 PM, Blogger Sal DeTraglia said...

Hey! Congratulations on outliving Elvis!

BTW...great new profile shot. You have that "Don't frick with me, buddy!" look that is bound to both win you new friends and readers, and scare away trolls.

You don't look 44, but don't get me wrong...44 is young.

Sal

 
At May 29, 2007 5:45 PM, Blogger CaliforniaKat said...

Happy birthday, xronia polla (many years in Greek) and where's the wine?

I'm heading toward a landmark birthday, and I ain't happy about it. Adding to that, someone a bit older than me told me it sucks...oh goody, suckitude! Last year my fiance threw me a surprise party. Sweet, but ugh!!! This year, I'm escaping the city so no one can follow easily.

Gorgeous peonies, gorgeous desserts, gorgeous Christina! What else can one want? :)

 
At May 29, 2007 8:24 PM, Blogger Mike B said...

Happy, albeit belated, birthday wishes. I'm going to leave it at that, because you look like you want to kick someone's a** if they mess with you.

 
At May 29, 2007 11:05 PM, Anonymous Heza said...

Happy belated Birthday! You and my mom share the same birthday and my favorite flowers are gerber daisies.

The picture of your flowers brightened my days, which happened to gloomy here in Munich.

Cheers, Heza

 
At May 30, 2007 10:55 AM, Anonymous Bonnie Doon said...

Herzlichen Glückwunsch nachträglich und vielen Dank für Deine sehr interessanten und lebendigen Einträge.

Herzlichst
Bonnie Doon

 
At May 30, 2007 6:36 PM, Blogger Julia said...

Happy birthday (birth week?)!! We were out of town and I missed your day but good thoughts heading your way from Prague.

 
At May 31, 2007 10:54 AM, Blogger EuroTrippen said...

Belated birthday wishes you Taurus, you!!

 
At June 10, 2007 7:27 AM, Anonymous Karen said...

Happy Belated Birthday - looks like it was a good one! :-)

 

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