Yesterday delightful assistant no.1 celebrated her 80th birthday.
The day began with her usual fruit and cereal, followed by the opening of presents accompanied by freshly baked croissants.
The excitement of it all was too much for some of the residents, but they had a little lie down to recover their energy and prepare for the day ahead.
Continuing the theme of tasty treats, a table had been booked for lunch at one of her favourite eateries, Strathmore Arms in Glamis. Before leaving the house the assistants sat nicely on the sofa together for a birthday portrait. Delightful assistant no.2 put the heart cushion between them. Aw.
They arrived at the restaurant joyfully anticipating their visit.
Inside, the lounge bar was warm and welcoming. Following perusal of the menu, both assistants opted for the same main course: chicken in a mango and coconut sauce with rice, a regular portion for delightful assistant no.2 and a small one for delightful assistant no.1. Their chauffeur pounced upon a small haddock with chips and salad.
When the savouries were finished, the sweet menu proved too tempting for the birthday girl and her chauffeur. Delightful assistant no.1 chose one of the day’s specials, apple strudel with whipped cream, while her chauffeur opted for sticky toffee pudding with ice cream. Delightful assistant no.2 contented himself with coffee and a chocolate mint, and a small taste of each of the puddings.
Two hours after their arrival at the restaurant, the happy threesome were ready to heave themselves up out of their chairs and have a look at the surrounding countryside. They drove through the nearby town of Kirriemuir and on towards the peaceful surroundings of Glen Isla. Turning up a small side road, they stopped to get out for a breath of fresh air. Feeling soporific after his luncheon, delightful assistant no.2 decided to spend a bit of time dozing in the car while his spouse and their chauffeur took a gentle trot along the road.
The weather wasn’t ideal, being rather chilly and overcast, but it was dry and windily invigorating. They wrapped up well and moved quickly to keep themselves warm.
As they walked along they came upon a peep of chickens pecking about in the grass next to a cottage. A splendid cockerel was strutting his stuff amongst them.
When they felt they’d had enough exercise, the walkers hopped back into the car and drove on along the road to have a look at Balintore Castle. The castle was built as a sporting lodge in the 1800s but at some point its owners moved out and it began to decay. Some years ago, an enterprising chap began to restore it. The presence of scaffolding around one of the towers, and glass panes inserted into previously empty window frames, suggested the project was continuing to make progress.
Time was ticking on and the teapot was calling. The revellers made their way home and settled themselves in for the evening with a nice cup of tea and a slice of chocolate birthday cake.
Congratulations, delightful assistant no.1, and many happy returns!