Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Happy Birthday, handsome!

We went to the Jardin des Martels to celebrate Ben's birthday. You know what a great visit it was - now here are our presents! I wrapped them in some beautiful photos from a 2007 calendar that I'd been saving without knowing what I'd do with it. In tune with Angela's post, it was time to use up and get rid of stuff. We really liked the results: I gave Ben an original 1970s version of a book by one of his favourite authors - the military chap who wrote his 'Right Way to Make Jams'! This one is 'The Right Way to Grow Vegetables' and he is already impressed with the advice. I'm glad it's going to be useful rather than just a bit of fun...
Son 1 gave him some French guides to sea life - they've become very keen to identify the fishes and shells they've been seeing on the Mediterranean.
As a family we gave him a tree guide book - he'd been asking for one! So it was books all the way (thank you Amazons UK and France), except...
... Son 2's gift got returned in the post, and has been re-ordered to give to his dad by the end of this week. Thanks Amazon, but what a lot of fuss La Poste makes when you don't have a working gate bell! We've sorted the problem now...

14 comments:

Kathryn @ Loved and Used said...

Love the wrapping paper - you've given me some great ideas ! Kathryn

VintageVicki said...

Happy Birthday Ben :)

Good old postie - least thats one person who's not striking in Europe (yet!)

Serenata said...

A very happy birthday to Ben! :-) Great presents, naughty Amazon/postie, brilliant wrapping paper!

Poppy said...

Happy birthday handsome....Ben ;-)

Lou x

A Bun Can Dance said...

Happy Birthday, Ben !!
It looks like you all had a great time and celebrated wonderfully.
The books look great too - I fancy that bossy one about the right way to grow veg / make jam - i must go check that out!
Have a fun rest of the week :-)
Hey Floss, when Autumn reaches you, you'll be catching up on painting those shelves, I'll bet ;-)
Denise x

Toby Tea Cozy said...

Lovely gifts, I'm a sucker for wrapping papers, that one's really cool!

Lorrie said...

Happy Birthday to your handsome husband!

Love the wrapping paper!

E. Charlotte said...

What a great set of gifts for your hubby! Love the wrapping paper! :D

Lululiz said...

Many Happy Returns, Ben! It is so good to see that your whole family enjoys books so much.

Mrs Yappy Dog said...

Many happy returns, what thoughtful books.

Kelly said...

Happy Birthday Ben!!!

TheMadHouse said...

I love the wrapping paper too, happy birthday Ben

Heidi said...

Those guides look wonderful and a Happy Birthday!

Angela said...

Thanks for the mention - and the calendar does indeed make splendid wrapping paper!
Happy Birthday Ben!