Thursday, 8 March 2012

A Scottish Castle Birthday...


I've had the most fabulous week and so I wanted to share it with you. You see, it was my birthday yesterday - and no, I'm not going to tell you which one - but I was spoilt rotton by my lovely friends at a dinner party last Saturday. We had lots of laughs, plenty of food, and the wine and whisky flowed freely. Sunday, as you can imagine, was a quiet day in comparison. Then, as if that wasn't enough, the lovely Mr JH whisked me away for the evening of my actual birthday - yesterday - to a Scottish Castle. It was so lovely that it could have come straight out of one of my own romance novels!

Barony Castle near Peebles in the Scottish Borders
Until we arrived at Barony Castle, I hadn't known which Scottish castle we were going to be staying at - as the lovely Mr JH had managed to keep our actual destination a secret from me. But our friends all knew, of course, and had naughtily suggested that I might just be staying over the hill from our cottage - at the ruined Morton Castle - in a tent (shudder) and for all I knew they could have been right!

The ruins of Morton Castle near Thornhill Dumfriesshire

To my relief, we set off yesterday morning with our overnight bags and headed north, and the sun was shining as we headed for Edinburgh and I presumed - quite wrongly as it turned out - The Highlands. Soon however, we were driving through a blizzard of sideways snow and then we got rain and hailstones before the sunshine returned again. They do say, if you don't like the weather in Scotland you should just wait a minute and it will change!

On the way to my suprise birthday castle, we stopped off at a fabulous restaurant in Eddleston, just outside Peebles, called The Horseshoe Inn for lunch. The setting and the food here really is outstanding - a real fine dining experience - and we got a warm welcome from owner Mr Alahakoon.

Then, on my return home today, I discovered dozens of birthday greetings on my Facebook page and a 'Sunshine Award' from my lovely friend Rosemary Gemmell who blogs over at Reading and Writing blog. I really do have lovely friends and I so appreciate all your messages.


To finish off what has been an amazing week, I was excited and delighted to received a FIVE out of FIVE STAR review from Carol at Dizzy C's Little Book Blog for my latest novel 'Reaching for the Stars'. You can read Carol's review by clicking the link below:


So, it's been a great week and with birthdays like this I really don't mind getting a year older!
Until next week...
Love, Janice xx

18 comments:

Old Kitty said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! And what a way to spend your special day too!! Lovely!!

Take care
x

Linn B Halton said...

I knew you would be celebrating in style - you have a lovely husband there Mrs H! You deserve to be spoilt rotten and what a lovely surprise courtesy of Dizzy C's Little Book Blog - heading there next! Happy Birthday!

Melanie said...

Celebrating in style and deservedly so! Glad to hear that you had a wonderful day.

Jacqueline said...

How Fabulous, look forward to hearing more about your stay at the castle, best wishes, Jacqueline xxx

Diane Fordham said...

Happy Birthday, and what a lovely day it sounds like you had. Beautiful pictures, and congrats on the Sunshine Award. Your happy post brought sunshine to my morning. Thank you x

Bonnie Trachtenberg said...

Happy Birthday, Janice! Your party sounds divine! Love castles!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Oh, you lucky lady! That sounds like a fabulous birthday, Janice, but you deserve it! Well done on the five star review.

Dizzy C said...

Thank you for the shout out. You are welcome for the review.
It was a 5 star read! :)

As I said before you look lovely in that photo.

Another holiday to add to my list......stay in a Scottish castle :)

carol

Gina Dickerson said...

How perfect! What a lovely birthday you had and at a castle too *sigh*, the photos are wonderful and you look gorgeous in the picture with the candles. Happy belated birthday!

Vikki said...

Sounds like an amazing week! Happy birthday to you!

Anonymous said...

What a lovely birthday week and what a lovely husband. Wish mine was the romantic sort to whisk me away to a Scottish castle (or anywhere for that matter). The photograph is lovely, your next promotional photo, perhaps?

JRuud said...

Happy Birthday!! Wow, what wonderful pictures.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Janice ... Happy Birthday - you look great regardless of age! What a superb time you had too - great to have such lovely friends and a thoughtful loving husband .. enjoy the memories and photos ..

Happy days ahead .. and enjoy this weekend .. cheers Hilary

Cassam said...

Happy Birthday! What a lovely surprise, a castle? You must have a lovely hubby. Your photo is lovely with the candles if you don't mind me saying you look like Karen Barber who is the instructor on Dancing On Ice. I think she's lovely so it's meant as a compliment.

Reabookreview said...

Hope you had a lovely birthday your pictures always seem to tease me!!! xx

Talli Roland said...

Oh, fabulous! What an amazing birthday! And I love that photo of you.

Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

I loved reading about your birthday at the Castle. And happy belated birthday!

Janice Horton said...

Thank you everyone, for your lovely comments! xx