Hello my friends! By the time most of you read this, it will be Sunday, November 8th, but will you please wish a happy 60th birthday to Henry? (His birthday is today 11-7, but you know, they put it as 7-11 in England, they always have the day first and the month second!) Richard and Henry have been friends since they were at John Ruskin Grammar School together! And he has been my friend too since I met him in the 1980's!
In October, we were able to spend a great day in Bexhill with Henry. We walked along the seafront and had a cup of tea at the Sovereign Light Cafe! Does that sound familiar? Keane wrote a song about it and they also recorded a video which I LOVE! I can recognize everything in the background! Remember my post about the lighthouse at Beachy Head? The Sovereign Light Tower is what is used as a lighthouse now. It is about 8 miles from shore and is fully automated to keep the ships safe along the coastline, As you sit at the Sovereign Light Cafe, you can look straight out to sea...and there is the Sovereign Light!
Look at Richard smile! He is happy that Henry has turned 60 just like him! HA! Richard saw on his Facebook page that Henry celebrated his birthday at the Old Polegate Station Restaurant. We were with you in spirit, Henry!
We also were able to visit with Henry's parents, Joy and Henry and I will tell you about that in another post, but for now...wish Henry a happy birthday, will you? We somehow forgot to send him the 60th birthday card that we have for him so I am hoping he will forgive me if he receives birthday wishes from all of you!
OH! And you know I have to have the video by Keane for you, The Sovereign Light Cafe!
Happy Birthday, Henry!! Cheers!
and i have a great young friend in scotland who turned 38 on the 7th!!ReplyDelete
7/11...sounds lucky to me! I have never been to Scotland but would love to see it one day!Delete
Don't worry about looking your age, you don't look a day over 102! Speak to you soon,ReplyDelete
Dave, you don't know what you're talking about...too much green tea, I reckon! HA!Delete
I love that last picture - the two friends looking so perfectly comfortable with each other, happy and relaxed, the way that is only possible with someone you've known very well and known for a long time and are truly delighted to see.ReplyDelete
Here's a belated Happy Birthday to Henry from Germany!
Yes! I love that photo of the two friends sitting together in the sun! And thanks for your well wishes from Germany, Meike!Delete
Happy Birthday to your friend. Isn't the internet wonderful keeping us in touch no matter how far away.ReplyDelete
I know, it is great that I can type a few words and those words can instantly be seen all the way in England! Thanks for the birthday wishes for Henry!Delete
Many thanks for this blog Kay.
I have many happy memories of that day. The sun shone ( on the water) and all worked well. There have been many memorable visits over the years. Hope to see you both again next year.
You are right that Rick and I - and Dave Axford who has posted above- met at John Ruskin School nearly 50 years ago. To put that into perspective, on the day we first crossed the threshold, Sgt Pepper's was no 1 in the album charts, the day before Engelbert Humperdinck had knocked Scott McKenzie (San Francisco -Wear Flowers in Your Hair) from the top spot in the singles' chart, beer cost 6p or 9c a pint, Bobby Kennedy was still very much alive and I weighed less than half what I do now.
I now possess a senior citizen railcard - allowing me one third off the normal fare - and have booked tickets for 2 gigs under the 'concession' category. Weird, man.
Greetings Lord Snuffy!Delete
It was indeed a glorious day that we spent with you and your Mom and Dad! It is a delight and a JOY to visit with you all.
50 years, that is a wonderful long time for a friendship and it must be treasured!
Don't worry about being a senior citizen. You have to remain young at heart, just like your parents! OH! And you know I should call myself Georgia OLD LADY, but hey, whatta ya gonna do? HA!
Happy birthday to your friend, looks like you had beautiful weather for the day.ReplyDelete
It was a wonderful day that we were able to visit on that day, it was a beautifully sunny day! And you know how little sun we have had in Georgia since we got back!!!Delete
Happy Birthday, Henry!ReplyDelete
Aloha from Hawaii.
Happy Birthday to Henry! From the shores of Lake Erie in northeast, Ohio from someone who is the big 70 and loves it!ReplyDelete
Kristi, thank you! And I know Henry will be so tickled to see your comment from the shores of Lake Erie! He is a big fan of America, and will be very pleased!Delete
Wishing you many happy returns of the day, Henry!ReplyDelete
Henry, you need to click on messymimi above...she is from Louisiana and hand feeds tiny kittens! You will love her!
Happy Birthday, Henry, from South Carolina!ReplyDelete
Happy Birthday, Henry!ReplyDelete
Sending birthday wishes to your friend Henry. I bet he wishes Richard and you could be there also. Blessings, xoxo,SusieReplyDelete
I know that we wish that we could be there!! Thanks for the well wishes. Blessings to you! xxDelete
Happy Happy Birthday to your dear friend, Henry. Blessings for a wonderful upcoming year. xo DianaReplyDelete
Here's to a year that has never been lived before!! (I totally stole that off one of my birthday cards this year, but I like it!) Thanks, Diana!!Delete
Happy Birthday to Henry...I hope he had a wonderful day...I hope he's still having wonderful days and nights.....my his celebrating never end. :)ReplyDelete
I think we should celebrate our birthday not for just a day, but we should have a birth MONTH! HA! Thanks for your best wishes from Australia! The land down under!Delete
The Sea! The Sea! How lovely!ReplyDelete
A good day for Richard.
The sea was as smooth as glass and Richard took some great photos!Delete
Happy Birthday Henry!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Amy! Henry, this wish comes to you from your own country! xDelete
Happy Birthday to your special friend, Henry! The same, reversed day/month system is used in Canada, btw. I enjoyed these photos of the time you and Richard spent with your friend. I hope that you are enjoying a lovely start to November! Take care! Hugs!!!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Louise! It amused me to think that Henry's birthday is 7-11, and that sounds lucky to me! Our November has been the rainiest!! Oh well!Delete
Henry, Louise is a great lady who lives in Colorado, but she is from Canada and is a great writer! Check out her blog and check out all the blogs of the nice folks who left you birthday wishes! They are all just the best!!
Many thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes. Greetings from around the world is quite something.ReplyDelete
My attempt on Monday to take advantage of my subsidised rail ticket to go to a concert in London (50 miles away) came to nothing when a tree was blown onto the tracks just in front of the train. No one was hurt but nothing would be moving towards London for an hour or two so the mission was aborted. With the serenity that comes with being 60, I thought 'so be it'.
My best wishes to all.