To start, we packed the car with adults and baby grandson, and headed north to youngest daughter's flat for the first of my birthday lunches. There's an odd mix of beverages on offer when everyone's gathered together but the cake looked more traditional - and tasted delicious.
Next day, to prove its total disregard for the calendar, the sun came out. Although we had 'chores' to do, I managed to sneak a few hours outside at Allestree park on the edge of Derby. It's mainly laid to golf course but the walk around the lake is attractive, especially with blue sky reflecting in the water.
Still not finished with this birthday ... Friday evening saw us at Nottingham's JT Soar listening to George Gadd, Helen Chamber, She Makes War, and Ben Marwood.
It's been a lovely week, and I think I've done quite well with my celebrating, but maybe now it's time to get back to normal ...