A Very Happy 8th Birthday Party

“There are three hundred and sixty-four days when you might get un-birthday presents, and only one for birthday presents, you know.” ~ ‘Through the Looking Glass’ Lewis Carroll

It’s been quite a hectic weekend here in New Jersey, with hardly a moment to open my computer. Today is Sienna’s 8th birthday, and yesterday was her party.

Here’s the birthday girl, showing off her lovely warm coat from Granny and Granddad.


In the morning, there was a trip to ‘Party City’ to choose some balloons. As you can see, there was plenty of choice.


The weather was perfect, and the children had lots of fun out in the backyard.


There were quite a few contenders for a ride in the car,


and cousin Rilee showed some of her hula-hooping skills.


The adults seemed more interested in the barbecue, and we had lots of delicious food.


What a beautiful birthday cake!


Three puffs were needed to blow out all the candles.


Lots of presents were waiting to be opened, and her brother and sister were most interested to see what she’d got, as the loot will no doubt be shared with them.


I also bought her these two books by Suzanne J. Rogers, who blogs at  ‘A Window into the Woods’, and in a short while, I’m going to school to read the story of Bob the horse, to the children in Sienna’s class. I’m sure they’re going to absolutely love it.


Tomorrow we fly back down to Florida, but I’m sure this lovely little family interlude will be remembered for years to come.

Colours for two photo challenges.

“Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this? No. Just as one can never learn how to paint.”  ~ Pablo Picasso

The WordPress challenge this week is ‘Color’ and Marianne’s CBBH Photo Challenge for this month is ‘Multi-Coloured’, so however you want to spell the word, you can’t get away from brightly colo(u)red photos on bloggers’ posts. I decided to combine the two challenges, just to save time and effort.

The world would be a much less interesting place to live in if everything was black and white, so here are a few bright colours to cheer your day. This one taken at Machu Picchu, whilst the stallholder was having a little nap, is probably the most multi-coloured photo I have.


This cute Rainbow Lorikeet seen at the Kurumba Bird Park in Australia, surely qualifies for the theme.


Here where I live in South Africa, this beach vendor cuts a very colourful figure as, on her way to work, she wears all her wares at the same time.


In Mauritius, the room at our resort was beautifully and colourfully welcoming when we arrived.


In Bangkok, it was really difficult to choose between all the brightly coloured sandals for sale, at the floating market, so in the end, I chose black. 🙂


Their long-tail boats were just as colourful.


In Singapore, this temple was a wonderful blaze of colour,


as was the Medina in Morocco.


Of course one doesn’t really have to hop on a plane in order to see bright colours. Just go down to your local supermarket,


or  flower shop.


If all else fails, buy some balloons and have a party.


To see more interpretations of both challenges, just click on the links above.

The CBBH Challenge requires me to give you links to two blogs which I enjoy. First up is my Swedish friend Viveka, at “My guilty pleasures” blog. You’ll always find something interesting and entertaining when you visit her.

Secondly, I’d like to introduce you to Gilly, the “Lucid Gypsy.” She writes poetry, stories, and shares wonderful pics from a really lovely part of England.

Rainbow Colours of Disney

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week, asks us to show off a few photos, each containing at least four strong colours. I immediately thought of my recent visit to the Disney Magic Kingdom. We were certainly surrounded by bright colours for the whole day. Here are a few pics which I haven’t shown you before.

Street Musicians

Street Musicians



Street Parade

Street Parade

Street Parade

Street Parade

Mickey and Minnie float.

Mickey and Minnie float

Mickey and Minnie at the castle

Mickey and Minnie at the castle

Stilt Walkers

Stilt Walkers

Balloon Seller

Balloon Seller

Tweedledum & Tweeledee with autograph hunter.

Tweedledum & Tweedledee with autograph hunter.

Dodgem Cars

Bumper Cars

Dumbo the Elephant ride

Dumbo the Elephant ride

I hope you enjoyed my rainbow-coloured pics. To see more bright colours, visit Cee’s post.