Another year younger, spent again in the beauty of our island home with my hunk of a husband and dear friends. The day began with a motorbike trip south to swim at one of my favourite lagoons and explore the mangroves; a burst of beachcombing and coffee at a friends bungalow, then back to our village for a little party.
John and Hildi have recently returned after a few months in Europe and we were reunited over almond milk chocolate shakes and cake in Tinggi's pondok. I have strict regulations regarding birthdays, including: there must be cake, a rendition of "Happy Birthday" and no doing dishes. Tinggi's maids baked me the the trusty one bowl wonder chocolate cake and while I got my hands sticky making smoothies, I didn't have to wash up.
Full of excito-toxins and stimulants, we rode to Baylo's house on the cliff for a sunset picnic and candlelit sleepover with views fit for a birthday princess. Totally unexpected, Greg and Anita arrived on dusk with another cake that Anita had decorated in fine Indonesian style. A great day, a charmed life. Thanks to everyone that makes it possible.