A friend, Jane, who is just 48 hours younger than me, had graffiti-ed one of the walls,
and another, Nicky, had created this board with lots of photos of me!!!
None of which I'd had any ideas about. The biggest surprise was this cake:
In Norway we call it Kransekake (it translates as wreath cake), and it is made from ground almond, egg whites and sugar. It is a celebration cake rather than an every day cake, and it's my favourite.
Jane and I took both our daughters plus two other 16 year olds to Norway 3 years ago, and I introduced Jane to the cake then, and I did vaguely know that she had one of the special baking trays, but I never expected that she'd make me one!
The birthday plans continue - the day itself is later on in the week. A friend's daughter is making cupcakes for me to take to work and to have at home, and ten or eleven of us are going out for a meal in the evening. On Friday Jane's husband has invited half the village to a surprise party for Jane, and then on Saturday I am off to a spa weekend with girlfriends Is it a bit over the top to celebrate over ten days? Yes probably, but d'you know what? I don't care!!!!!