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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Serendipitous

So, this weekend, clad only in my trusty robe and fluffy slippers, I go to grab my first brew of the day, and near scald myself as Sweet Sam thunders up from behind to scare the bejesus out of me.

"Mum, come up the drive mum, quick, quick, take the camera!"

"For fuck's sake, it's barely 9.15 of a Sunday morning." 

"Eh?"

"There's lotsa' folk n' bikes up there.."

"Yeah?  Whoopee-do.  Pass me the milk, will ya?"

Oh darn.  I forgot.

"Happy Birthday, Sam."

Now I feel a shit. 

I didn't really forget, he still has presents and cards and cake and stuff, but it's real EARLY for a relaxing weekend morning, y'know?

"You've gotta' come!"

Sure, like I'm about to greet my public half-naked, bare-faced, and wearing this haystack for a hair-do?  Get real, I'm going no-where without my shower, some slap, and a hair-drier that works.

"Och, you know your dad would be disappointed to be left out, go.." wake him up and leave me the hell alone   "..And tell him."

And that's how I went and missed the whole bloomin' thing.

Apparently, Beccy tells me we did have a note shoved through our door about this a week or so back.  She swears blind she almost told me.

Hmph.

Ah well, at least Alan's lie-in was well worth the interruption of (insert evil grin), he and Sam managed to take some great pic's for us..

The Governor of the island 
Yup, you can tell it's him by his Manx tie.
 was standing at the top of our drive, complete with a dozen photographers in tow.  I've never seen so many folk milling about the place - they even closed the road to traffic for the occasion.

Look, look, look, that's MY hedge right there! 
 

A plaque  was unveiled on the house directly opposite (yeah okay, I was a little bit miffed, but seeing as how we don't own an actual wall, just the hedge, I'm trying not to take it too personally).



I had no idea the original starting point for the TT races lay right outside my own front door.

This has an etching from a photograph taken at the start of the first ever TT


And before you ask, no, I have no idea what the "4 Inch" refers to.  

I might not have got the plaque, but at least the TT Trophy sat right outside our drive..

Past winner's posing by the coveted trophy

 After all the speeches and the unveiling was through , the vintage bikes set off on a lap of honour - only the one mind - it's rather doubtful any of these bikes would make it over the mountain a second time!  See the plumes of exhaust they spat out?


And here, peeking through our neighbour's drive, you can see OUR HOUSE!!  (Yeah, yeah, yeah, it doesn't take that much to excite me these days..)


Did I mention this is our house?



Let me remind you of where our drive is..


Just in case you missed it - that's our drive..


Sweet Sam keeps popping up in most of these shots as in a "Where's Wally?" look-alike mock-up.


Bless.  What a great start to his birthday!




I claimed we'd set all this up in special honour of his birthday, and he was ever so grateful!




WHAT??  Oh, get over it, it made him happy..




Besides, we were struggling to top his birthday disco of last week..

I caught myself in the reflection!

After all the hoop-la died down, he managed to get down to opening all his cards and pressies.




And we did treat him to his beloved take-away pizza, plus yet another birthday cake, come the eve.


And so yet another year has crept up upon us.

64 comments:

texwisgirl said...

you made me laugh with all the arrows pointing out your hedge, driveway and house! :)

happy birthday to your sweet sam!

Ami said...

So where do you live?
;)

Cricket said...

Ain't that the way of it. Heh, heh. Someday I'll tell you about the time my neighborhood was invaded by marching bands. Really.

Happy Birthday, Sam. And Happy Mother' Day to you. You know, my Mom always said she felt like it was really Mother's Day on our birthdays. I used to think she was just peculiar.

Well, in truth, she is, but I understand that one now.

Sharon J said...

You sure know how to make a story funny! I'm still giggling about the "look, look, there's out hedge" bit now :)

Suldog said...

That's wonderful, that Sam got such a great (serendipitous) gift on his birthday. Love that word, by the way. MY WIFE and I feel that most of our meeting and courtship could have been described that way.

Portia said...

What a great birthday for Sam! So much excitement and the TT was still very fresh in his memory I am sure!

Love the circles and arrows, reminds me of a 70's song (oh crap, maybe it was late 60's!) Alice's Restaurant!

Leslie: said...

And here I had this image of you living on this mostly uninhabited craggy rock of an island, surrounded by woods and forests and no neighbours for miles! LOL

I missed your last post about Sam's party (my computer was down last week) and just read all about it. It looks like everyone had a fab time, most especially Sam. I think I see a girl in the video that may like him and vice versa...am I right?

And for his "real" birthday, what a great surprise for the entire family! I bet he'll have wonderful memories of both days for as long as he lives. You're a great MOM and your other kids are obviously extremely special to forego their own parties to give their brother such a memorable one in his honour!

LOVE all the photos! :D Hugs from the west coast of Canada...Leslie

Hilary said...

Too cool. I feel I could find your place blindfolded now. ;)

Happy Birthday to Sweet Sam!

Ms. A said...

Goodness gracious, you are quite the popular spot!

Shopgirl said...

What a special and fun day and so well told. I love how the universe conspired with history to help you celebrate and I love your hedge. :)

Barbara Shallue said...

That is so cool! I'm grateful you pointed out your house and drive. What a sweet mom to set this all up for Sam on his birthday :) Happy birthday, Sam!

Mushy said...

That's pretty cool! Thanks for sharing the photos.

Rock Chef said...

What a great birthday treat! I am amazed that you got that organised for him! :-)

I guess I can now tell you that one year we convinced our daughter that we had kidnapped the singer from Good Charlotte so that we could give him to her for Christmas. She remembered about a week after Christmas, and my wife did a shocked "Oh, I forgot all about him, he is in the shed! I hope he is still alive!"

Sex, Drugs and Bacon Sandwiches said...

Fabulous birthday treat for Sam... next time you'll have to sleep fully dressed, just in case!

Nice hedge :)

Pierre BOYER said...

Great day !
Regards from France,

Pierre

Akelamalu said...

Oh fancy you missing that Shrinky! Good thing Mr Shrinky was up and at 'em and shot all those great photos. Same looks over the moon and it was a great start to his birthday.

Tell me again - where's your house, i didn't quite get it the other times you told us? ;)

TechnoBabe said...

How cool that Sam had so much fun on the morning of his birthday. Your driveway is practically famous now. Your hedge is beautiful. You actually have a large place. Of course there are lots of people in your family.

mrsnesbitt said...

Hilarious hun - will be inspecting the plaque next year. Dxxx

ellen abbott said...

so, where was your house again?

foam said...

What an exciting day!
What wonderful photographs your husband took!! ..
What a fine looking rooftop you do have!!!

Um, I've exhausted my 'whats', right about now i think.

Wait!!!! ..

What a GREAT way to celebrate Sweet Sam's birthday!!!!!

:)

YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

that's just terrific...happy birthday sammmy boy.

Debra said...

This is fantastic, absolutely fantastic! Sometimes I think that there could be a marching band on the street outside of my home and I would miss it because I am busy hermitting inside! I now know that it is possible!

Happy Birthday to your adorable son!

Hugs,
Debbie

mythopolis said...

Sam is cool...hands down, no doubt about it! But, I kept reading through this story and studying the pictures, but, there was no picture of Shrinky in a bathrobe and fluffy slippers, and a haystack on her head...unless, of course, you dyed your hair green and the supposed hedge you kept pointing to was actually your head. : ) Tell the truth, Shrinky. Was that you in clever disguise?

X. Dell said...

(1) Well, after googling, I can find many references to the TT races as taking place on the Four-inch Course. Wikipedia says that the route is now 37+ miles now, so maybe the original was only four inches. Maybe they raced snails or something.

(2) Hmmm. I'm wondering now where you live, what your driveway looks like, or if you have a hedge in front of your home, or a wall:-)

(3) Sam got two birthday cakes? No f-ing fair! I haven't got two birthday cakes in the last twenty years.

Tell him I said happy birthday.

Shrinky said...

Hi texwisgirl, I'm worried it wasn't clear enough..?

Shrinky said...

Ami, I KNEW I should've drawn a map!

Shrinky said...

Marching bands, Cricket? Haaaaaa, this one I gotta' hear! And um, ALL mother's are peculiar, it comes with the territory..(wink)

Shrinky said...

Well, thing is Sharon, 'cos I missed the whole event, it wasn't until I loaded the photo's up that I saw what went down RIGHT OUTSIDE MY OWN FRONT DOOR - blimey (grin)!

Shrinky said...

Jim, I love that word too - I was a strange kid, every night before I fell asleep I would pick out three new words from the dictionary to memorise, and that's one that stuck with me.

Shrinky said...

Thanks Portia, I'll have to look that one up on you-tube..

Shrinky said...

Ah but Leslie, that's only the FRONT of my house, go out the back way, and the garden runs down to the glen which leads on to the river, and beyond there lies fields fixed in the back drop of the mountain.. it's the best of both worlds!

Ah, you are thinking of H? No, the girl Sam is in love with couldn't make it to his party, she was on holiday at the time in France - but between you and me, it was probably just as well - she tends to blow hot and cold with him, and he tends to be more in tears whenever she is around.

Shrinky said...

Hilary, I'm wondering if I should also print directions out over the roof, just to be sure??

Shrinky said...

I KNOW Ms. A, I can't believe I missed it all!

Shrinky said...

Hi Shopgirl, yup, it's a pretty fine hedge, that hedge is (preening)..

Shrinky said...

Ah Barbara, the things we do for our kids, eh? (Wink)

Shrinky said...

Hey Mushy, how great to see you back again!

Shrinky said...

Oh Rock Chef, that is too funny - God bless our gullible kids, eh?

Shrinky said...

Nora, I'm not sleeping in anything, not for anyone - not with these hot flushes of mine!

Shrinky said...

Hi Pierre, thanks for stopping by.

Shrinky said...

No worries, Akelamalu, I'll pop directions off in the post to you..

Shrinky said...

Hi TechnoBabe, yeah there are six of us living there (but only ONE who cleans it).. sigh.

Shrinky said...

Yeah Denise, I'll go out and give it a polish up before you arrive!

Shrinky said...

ellen, let me send you a diagram, just to be safe?

Shrinky said...

Haha, hi Foam, what great comments you give!

Shrinky said...

Cheers Jackie-Sue, seems there's hardly more than a couple of months roll by, but we have another birthday to celebrate.. I had a kid for each season!

Shrinky said...

Ah Debbie, here you are a woman after my own heart, high five girl - we house hermits need to stick together!

Shrinky said...

Darn it, Dan, shhhhhhhhh, stop blowing my cover!!

Shrinky said...

X-Dell,

1. you're a genius! Snails, of course - it's so obvious now.

2. You've confirmed what I suspect, I simply am USELESS on giving direction - but worry not, I am on Google Earth (well not me personally, actually it's Sam, he's standing at the top of our drive).

3. A slice of cake is in the post to you as I type (no one can eat any more at this end).

Pat Tillett said...

I didn't quite catch where you live...
Very funny post! Now that is an exciting way to start out a day.

silly rabbit said...

Ha! Isn't that the way it happens when life tosses you an unexpected treat? Hair tossed by sleep, no coffee yet and not dressed for the day. LOL Great post! Loved the pics and the arrows too.
Happy, happy birthday Sam!

Shrinky said...

Hey Pat, having just come back from your site, seems to me you've had a pretty eventful time over the holiday, too! I simply love that neighbourhood of yours..

Shrinky said...

Aww, thanks Silly Rabbit, yeah, it's Murphy's Law, isn't it? (Smile)

Pearl said...

I know how you feel. The Zombie Pub Crawl started in the park across the street from my house a couple years ago and I was absolutely thrilled to see my home in their video.

Happy Birthday to Sam!

Pearl

Jay said...

Awwww... Shrinky! What a very sweet post! Sam looks so happy and proud posing in those pictures - he's next to The Trophy, for goodness' sake, almost as if he'd won it himself!

Oh, and is that your house?

LOL!

Happy Birthday, Sam!! xx

Jeaux said...

Your hedge! Your roof! Your drive! I'm beside myself. Well, if Shrinky won't go to the races, the races will come to Sam. Was it planned that way? I like to think so.

Jayne said...

What a lovely neighborhood. And perfect timing for Sam's birthday--how did they know? You really did set it up, didn't you? ;)

Shrinky said...

Aw, I am glad |I am not alone. Pearl, you "get it" (giggle)..!

Shrinky said...

Hi Jay, oh did I forget to tell you that that's my house? How could I have forgotten to do that - sheesh!

Shrinky said...

Jeaux, how lovely to see you in here. As for Sam, well, as my dear old gran was wont to say, "What is for you won't go past you." Seems it was meant to be for Sam to join in with this celebration!

Shrinky said...

Well of course I did, Jayne (wink)..!

secret agent woman said...

The little arrows pointing out your hedge and so on cracked me up.

Grayquill said...

Do you just make up words? When was slap ever called makeup? I am going to start using it…”Mrs. Grayquill have you got a good slap on yet?” How do you think that will work out for me?
I take it you are not a morning person – I’m sorry. I so hoped to see a pic of you in your bathrobe next to the Mr. Bigshot with the great tie.
BTW isn’t it where’s WALDO?

Parabolic Muse said...

HA!

You're the best mum, EVER!

nick said...

Very cool!