Thursday, 14 August 2014

Birthday Treats

It's been a busy few days. I have been hither and thither. Margate again yesterday, more of that another time and today Eastbourne.

One of my close friends had a birthday today and she wanted to go to the Eastbourne Air Show, specifically to see the remaining two airworthy Lancaster Bombers in the world, flying together for the first time in over 50 years.

You see she has a special association with the 'Lanc', as both her parents, sadly now gone, worked on the bombers during the war. It was an emotional day. And they were a beautiful sight. I didn't get a pic, this one is from the Daily Mail showing them together in Lincolnshire.

The Lancaster Thumper, part of the RAF's BBMF with the Canadian Lanc, Vera.


We started the morning with coffee and present opening. I always like to buy her several things and spend many months finding just the right little treasures. I thought I would show you her birthday box wrapped in Agatha Christie and Poirot images. One of her presents had a Poirot connection and she has just bought herself a Remington typewriter, to do her invoices no less. So I thought these pics would be apt. I fired up the old Gestetner and hey presto.



Fortunately she loves hand crafted and home made things, so she knew it wasn't me just being overly scrimpy. The presents were wrapped in 'proper paper' inside, although it did have lovely retro images on that too.

15 comments:

  1. Love that wrapping paper - such a clever idea - I bet your friend was dead chuffed.

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  2. Lovely paper. That's given the beginnings of an idea for a gift for my friend. Thanks

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  3. I love that wrapping paper. I’m sure your friend was delighted with the amount of love you put into her presents. We should get a fly past of the Lancs on the 23rd August, just need to find out the time so that we are quick enough to see them. Have a lovely weekend, Barbara

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    1. Hope you caught a glimpse, they were sensational.

      Jean x

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  4. The paper looks gorgeous!

    Have a wonderful weekend x

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    1. That's one of the things I love about blog world, the sharing.

      Jean x

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  6. Shame you didnt get any pictures at Airbourne Jean weather at least was good for you

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    1. Actually we were there so early we got soaked through in the one heavy shower of the day. Soon dried out though :) Just been over to your blog, what tremendous close up pics.

      Jean x

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  7. It's nice when someone appreciates the effort that's gone in to making a handmade gift, not everyone does. Seeing the Lancaster Bombers must have been really special for your friend with the connection to her parents.

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  8. Oh that is the most wonderful idea for wrapping paper, you are a clever one. x

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  9. In 1976/1977 I worked at RAF Strike Command in Bucks in their tracing office. Sadly, I was so disinterested in my own country's history at the time ( blame it on my youth) that I didn't appreciate the visit of Arthur "Bomber" Harris and his American counterpart to the facility. My office even did the programs for the event. What I DO remember was the flyover by Spits and Lancs and the wonderfully evocative sound that they made. You can hear the approaching drone miles away. Without quite knowing why at the time I watched and listened with tears rolling down my cheeks. To this day I can't watch these planes without crying and feeling so bloody proud!!!

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