There are certain points in life that are considered to be a watershed or landmark on your personal life-landscape, but I always find more pleasure in celebrating such events in the lives of others, rather than revelling in the tiresome business of celebrating the anniversaries of one’s own existence.
It was therefore with much pleasure that I learned of my old friend Ho’s plan to mark his 50th circuit of the Sun on this spinning ball of rock, with a trip to beautiful Cornwall.
Not only that, but there were to be stone circles involved.
And country pubs.
And picnics. And local scrumpy, And a week off work.
And if that wasn’t enough, we’ll all (Ho, myself, Elaine, and another friend, Jane) be staying at the Youth Hostel at St Just, courtesy of the birthday boy himself.
Well, it simply would have been terribly rude to decline his kind invitation, so he travelled down from Sussex to us on Saturday, giving us a chance to catch local band, Badabing, at The Jube in Woolacombe that evening…
…when they finally took the stage that is, guitarist Jason having fallen asleep after a big dinner, turning up late..
…but playing a great set, all the same.
Having spent Sunday lazing around in the glorious sunshine at home, not moving from our seats around the fishpond all day, we were ready for a road trip, and a change of scenery.
We weren’t disappointed either, arriving in the last of the afternoon sun to find extremely pleasant, very comfortable lodgings…
…with a fabulous view from our back garden.
After relaxing after dinner in the fading warmth of the evening with a drink, watching the sun set over the sea, the only thing left to do was head into the village pub to catch the Monday open house folk night with the “Fiddldey Dees” (yes, really)
Tuesday was Ho’s big day, and he was being very mysterious about what it may contain.
We would have to wait and see…