Since Connie runs the Edinburgh Salon and the allotment's space is quite small, we put together a short list of foodie and salon friends for the gathering. She planned treats for the grill and a chocolate cake...
And then came the rain. And more rain. And more rain. Needless to say, by the time the date rolled round, the allotment was swimming, water-logged, drenched. So at the last minute, Connie's outdoor garden party moved to our flat. Badda-bing, badda-boom! It was still absolutely wonderful!
Connie started us off with Piña Coladas.
This puppy had something like 2 pounds of chocolate in it, all said. It was also surrounded by a chocolate lattice sculpture and covered in chocolate-dipped strawberries, and the white chocolate fondant was mixed with cream cheese - YUM!
Truly, my birthday has been going on all week, as I've had lunches, attended small gatherings and experienced special moments for days now. It's exactly how I wanted to bring in my next half-century and it's nothing I could have planned if I'd tried. Bottom line, I am so grateful to be here and have these lovely, lovely people in my life. Thank you, Connie!!! (Here she is with Chris.) Thank you, ALL! I LOVE YOU!
Photos by Connie, Pedro, and Jane Pendry.