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My birthday usually falls on a week long break from work, so the celebrations last far longer than just one day. In 2009, the excitement went on for three weeks! Click HERE to see photos from last year's birthday.
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This wisteria plant was a birthday gift from Nick in 2004.
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George travelled to London the week before his birthday to meet a friend.
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Publicity for my friend's book signing
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With college chum Roxanne, who writes under the name Rachel Caine
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Seen in Camden. If such photos interest you, click HERE for (LOTS) more.
A delicious breakfast on birthday morning
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On the long pier near our house
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Waiting for the train to London
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Our favourite burger joint, Ed's
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We got tickets for opening night of "Hamlet".

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The star was Jude Law. Click HERE for lots of photos at the stage door and beyond!
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I wanted a sausage McMuffin for a birthday treat. Nick declined on moral grounds.
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A cool art deco department store
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Boating on the Serpentine
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In Green Park
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Wildlife in Green Park
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More wildlife in Green Park. Click HERE to see more photos like this.
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Those pedaloes (a word I've never typed before) are hard work!
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We saw "The 39 Steps" on Sunday.

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I made my grandmother's German Chocolate cupcakes for my birthday treat.
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Nick found someone taller than him.

I voted for the very first time as a British citizen this week. We also enjoyed picking strawberries.
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An omelet made with fresh morel mushrooms from Fortnum and Mason.
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My birthday surprise from Nick was a trip to the Isle of Wight. We last visited in 2003. Here, I am holding chocolate, chili, and garlic ice cream!
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We stayed at the luxurious Hambrough Hotel in Ventnor.
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Our room had a breathtaking view of the sea.

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Chef Robert Thompson made our meals.

Robert Thompson is the youngest (and cutest) chef ever to be awared a Michelin star.
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Near our hotel
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Rooftops near the beach where we walked
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Nick in our luxurious bedroom
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We had this clifftop all to ourselves to enjoy Robert Thompson's picnic lunch of quail and girolles salad, lobster and mango, gazpacho, focaccia and walnut bread, homemade vegetable crisps, strawberry tarts, and Pimms cocktails.
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A lighthouse and a deserted beach were ours to enjoy.
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Men in kilts are always a pleasant surprise.
Our bath tub afforded a view of the sea.
Our evening meal included gazpacho (again) but this time with celery granité and local island vodka, pressed wood pigeon and fois gras with pickled girolles, John Dory and lobster ravioli, chocolate fondant, and a cheese course we had later in our room. Each course was served with a different wine and I was sloshed by the end of the evening. We took a walk along the sea front for some fresh air.
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Next day at the seafront and breakfast in our room. We first had fluffy white dressing gowns in Wales, later in Italy, and now here!
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Our next stop was the Bembridge Windmill.
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Next, we visited the Brading Roman Villa. We saw similar ruins at Bignor in 2008.
Finally, we went to Queen Victoria's holiday home, Osborne House.
Back home, we decided to re-create our picnic on The Common.
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Homemade rhubarb meringue tarts

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