It started on Wednesday morning at 9.30 when we ladies got together at the company guest house for tea and eats. The kitchen staff at that guest house as well as our staff here, had made delicious savory and sweet snacks. Amanda baked me a Lemon Meringue Tart (my absolute favorite!) and Tilla baked me a Grenadilla /Passion Fruit Cake.
The ladies of Mwadui
Once everyone had arrived, I thanked them for coming with a special thanks to Tilla, Amanda and the staff of both guest houses, for the eats. Then Tilla lit the one candle (it would have been a safety hazard to have 60 candles, lol!) and as I blew it out the ladies sang to me. First everyone sang the traditional Happy Birthday song. Then the Tanzanian ladies ululated a song while they clapped their hands. Too beautiful.
Enjoying the ladies' singing to me!
Tilla looks over my right shoulder as I cut the delicious cake. Linda, a teacher from the USA, watches from the left!
Calorific and delicious fare for my birthday!
At the beginning of the week, Amanda drove me around town to invite people and buy last minute refreshments. On my birthday, she help with the arrangements at the guest house.
What a lovely group of ladies with whom to share my special day
Back home I reveled in the lovely feeling my special morning with friends had evoked. I set my gifts on my desk and of course, photographed them for my blog!
Amanda, multi-talented, had framed one of her own poems. She also had a wooden box made at the local carpenter shop. She then varnished it and lined the insides with felt. On the top, she added a hand-painted pottery tile with my name and birthday. (This is a jewelry box for my bling!) When I opened the gift, she pointed out that my birthday date was quite unique: one-three-o-two-two-o-one-three. 13-02-2013 She also told me that while she and I worked together in the pottery class last Saturday, she painted and fired the tile for the box. I hadn't noticed a thing! Her birthday card was also hand-made.
Linda gave me a glass jar filled with toffees and mints. The Tanzanian ladies each gave me birthday cards bought from the shop of one of my guests, Gertrude. Tilla says she'll bring me a gift from South Africa although I think the cake was a generous gift in itself.
Birthday cards from the Tanzanian ladies; a framed poem and handmade and decorated jewelry box from Amanda with a jar of candy from Linda
That evening Grant and I took another tray of savory snacks and dips to the club for the men to join in my birthday celebrations. Tilla had baked a second identical cake which I cut and served at the club too.
Tilla, who was not present, asked that I light the candle again and that Amanda photograph me with the cake! Which we did!
Me with my second birthday cake for the day!
Me and my second birthday cake with the lit candle!
As you can imagine, I 've had a sugar overload to last me for the next 60 years! I've also had the best ever birthday.