Another year older, and my first lockdown birthday.
Actually, I had a really good day. I'd been saying to Mr Robot for a while that I really wished we had photobooks of our travels, because hard copies just feel more durable than files on a computer. So he secretly spent weeks putting together a whole set of photobooks for me! Just flicking through them brings back so many memories: the feeling of sun on skin, the taste of amazing food, the scent of flowers or old dusty buildings...we've rather optimistically renewed our passports this week, but whether we'll be able to go away for our 20th wedding anniversary later this year is anyone's guess. At least I can travel via my books.
He also got me some fancy bubble bath (when times get tough, I hit the tub) and lingerie with tigers on it. Not tiger-pattern, whole tigers in the embroidery. Being childish, I did start singing "That's neat, that's neat, that's neat, that's neat, I really love your tiger teats" to the tune of Mud's 'Tiger Feet' because, well, you have to, don't you?
Later that day I got a flower delivery: he's set me up a two-month subscription with an ethical florist, and I'll be getting a bunch of flowers every fortnight. As I work from home in our living room, I'll get to enjoy these beauties for at least eight hours a day every day. This delivery was big, blowsy white roses and pussywillow. I cut the roses down so they weren't too tall for the Victorian vases on the mantlepiece - they originally belonged to my mother-in-law, and we suspect they belonged to his grandmother originally - but I left the pussywillows long and they look wonderfully dramatic.
We had scallops with hazelnut butter to start with, then lobster thermidor, and finally a chocolate pave. We'd never cook lobster ourselves, so it was a real treat. The cats, of course, were milling around. They had a little bit of scallop each, because they are spoiled, and Ziggy decided to investigate the empty lobster shells.
Hopefully by the time May rolls round again we will be able to go out for Pete's birthday. Looking at the government's 'roadmap' (it's a TIMETABLE FFS!) we should be able to eat outdoors, and if he's happy to wait an extra month we might be able to go to an actual restaurant again. But as lockdown birthdays go, I reckon this one was a pretty good one...