My birthday party on Sunday was riotous. With a bunch of dear friends, all witty and clever women, I lunched at Weltevreden Farm and was royally spoilt with gorgeous gifts, great food and sweet treats fit for a princess.

My crown soon slipped, no small blame on the wine, I am sure…

Emboldened, I decided to ignore my fear of heights and clambered up onto an old wagon to feed the chickens.

Thanks to My Pal Sal, who lifted me down safely.

Monday’s affair was very tranquil by contrast. My MIL took me to lunch at a nearby Greek restaurant, Plaka.


It was perfect; the décor is serene, the staff attentive and the food is consistently good.

We both opted for the kleftiko and thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon.

My thanks go to all these women in my life, I am blessed.


109 Comments Add yours

  1. Happy (if belated) Birthday. A wonderful series of pictures. Thanks for sharing them.

  2. Mal says:

    Ooh, Cindy, looking gorgeous in pink…Happy Birthday!

    ‘Happiness resides not in possessions and not in gold,
    the feeling of happiness dwells in the soul.’

    Love it! Who’s it by?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Some old Greek guy, Democritus or something like that 😉

  3. Sue Green says:

    Glad you had a happy birthday 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      One of the best ever, Sue 😀

  4. adeeyoyo says:

    I’m so glad you enjoyed your birthday, Cin. Btw, you look younger than ever – your hair style plus colour couldn’t suit you better – gorgeous!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks, adee, I am enjoying myself 🙂

  5. Angeliqueca says:

    Birthdays are always so special, such great memories you have put together for your 48th!

    1. theonlycin says:

      It was a blast, Ange 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you for seeing me home safely 🙂

  6. yadayadafishpaste says:

    A very happy birthday, Cin! I’m glad you had such a fabulous day!

  7. Happy Happy Birthday to you! Wow looks like you guys had so much fun!!!!!!!!!!! You look fabulous in pink my dear.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks so much 🙂

  8. Ruth says:

    Love all the pictures, and what a gorgeous dress! Happy birthday, and wishing you all the best in this new year.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Ruth, it was my wedding dress 😀

  9. It really are our friends whose lives bless us, isn’t it the best birthday gift of all?! Love that you had that wine and climbed up to see the little chickens:)

    1. theonlycin says:

      You are right, Smidge, friends are our wealth 🙂

  10. suzicate says:

    Hope happy you had a lovely and blessed birthday! Here’s to many more!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Cheers to that, SuziCate 🙂

  11. jackie Nel says:

    I am blessed to have you as my sister and I am so grateful for your wonderful friends!

  12. slpmartin says:

    So glad you’re back on line and had a wonderful birthday.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Charlie, and your parcel arrived yesterday 🙂

  13. souldipper says:

    Imagine you spending time with chickens on your birthday, Cin. That riotous rooster must have finally converted you.

    Good that you had a great birthday.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m loving poultry, there was a darling baby guinea fowl on my shoulder for most of the afternoon 🙂

  14. hotlyspiced says:

    Happy birthday Cindy. And you look so beautiful up there on the wagon in your bright pink dress – what a great dress to wear to your own party – and it goes so well with the crown of course. Very glad you had a wonderful day of celebrations. Good friends are such treasures.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks HS, treasures indeed 🙂

  15. You don’t change! You look gorgeous in every picture and it always is the same look.
    Happy happy birthday girl! I wish you all the very best in the next year. Xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Bokkie, hope it’s a good one for you too 🙂

  16. nursemyra says:

    Happy birthday Cindy. What exactly is kleftico? It looks like a leg of lamb

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hehehe Myra … kleftico is Greek style slow-cooked lamb shank 🙂

  17. leigh says:

    Hope the fun continues the whole year through 🙂

  18. nrhatch says:

    Glad you had a GRAND birthday . . . while looking pretty in pink! 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Nancy ❤

  19. Many belated birthday blessings and a beautiful year to you! Must say, you always look fabulous in your photos. (I so wish to have your hair…you wear it so cool) Cheers! ~

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks LS, love your new avatar pic 🙂

  20. dearrosie says:

    Many Happy Birthdays Cindy, You look great and I love the pink frock! If I lived in Jo’burg I’d also go to that lovely place to celebrate my birthday – love the pix of you with the chickens.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Rosie, I simply adore the place 🙂

  21. happy birthday sweet. that crown is the bomb. i’m glad u were born.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Your comment is the bomb, thanks Doc 🙂

      1. being 1/2 middle eastern i should probably b more careful w my adjectives – tee hee. j/k. x

  22. Tammy says:

    What fantastic photos of you Cindy! I’m so happy you had a good birthday and even happier that your internet connection is working again.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Tammy, no internet is the pits!

  23. johnlmalone says:

    it is my birthday coming up. I shall show my family this blog and hope for a similar reception 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I hope they take heed, John 😀

  24. Tandy says:

    you look so happy!

  25. Wishing you a wonderful fulfilled year and looking forward to sharing some fabolous wine very soon. Love the hair.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Look forward to seeing you too, Jan 😀

  26. MissChris says:

    So wonderful to have awesome birthdays that streeeeetch!!!
    Well deserved by a wonderful woman!
    Still wanting to know about the hidden pressie though!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Got the ‘hidden’ pressies for Christmas and a voucher for a day at the spa soon 🙂

  27. Tilly Bud says:

    Glad you had a great day!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Tilly, I’m still smiling 🙂

  28. What beautiful happy photos Cindy! Well deserved spoils from your family and friends.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      It was so special, Mandy 🙂

  29. colonialist says:

    Many Happy Returns! Glad you had a fun day.

    You, too, have been suffering from linelessness? ‘Tis a nasty complaint indeed.

    1. theonlycin says:

      It is very cross-making indeed, Col 😦

  30. Cindy, what a blast! Shocking pink suits you so: and I’m so glad there were special people to share this day with you. Happy birthday.

  31. Happy Birthday Cindy! It sounds like you’ve had a wonderful time – love the photo of you feeding the chickens! 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’ve decided to get some fowls of my own, Celia 🙂

  32. ceciliag says:

    I just absolutely love you Cindy, you are gorgeous! Oh and you are going to get some chooks! Excellent. they are so soft and cuddly! Love love Happy birthday.. sorry i am late!! c

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Cecilia xxx

  33. Sous Chef says:

    Testing making a comment with WP instead of FB.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Erm … as I said …

  34. Pseu says:

    I’m so pleased you had such a lovely double celebration

    BTW what is kleftiko?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Seems many people want to know, Pseu, I shall do a post about kleftiko 🙂

      1. Pseu says:

        thank you

  35. bluebee says:

    Very much in the pink, Cin 🙂 Hope you found all those lovely hidden gifts. Cheers to Fabulous at 48!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, bluebee 🙂

  36. sonsothunder says:

    More like fit for a Queen!!! Love Ya

    1. theonlycin says:

      Love ya too, Paul 🙂

  37. And they are blessed to have you in their life!!

  38. I’m happy to be back just in time to wish you a “Très Joyeux Anniversaire”, a belated one but with all my heart. Pink is so beautiful on you, princesse 🙂

  39. The Hook says:

    Great shots! You have been blessed….

    1. theonlycin says:

      I have, Hookie 🙂

  40. granny1947 says:

    So glad you had a great time.
    I am STILL not getting your notifications…sigh

    1. theonlycin says:

      *double sigh* Love you xxx

  41. hotlyspiced says:

    How frustrating. Eagerly anticipating your next post.

  42. rebecca says:

    looked like a fun meal and what a fun blog you have love the dancing

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you so much for the visit, Rebecca 🙂

  43. Naomi says:

    Belated Very Happy Birthday again, Cindy! It’s wonderful to see what a delightful time you had 😀 Glad that your internet connection is playing ball again; I can just imagine the frustration…

    1. theonlycin says:

      It was VERY frustrating, Naomi 🙂

  44. Sparkle says:

    Happy Belated Birthday Dearly Beloved!! I remembered though I did not have internet access the entire week I was on Leave. I was telling my colleague about Weltevreden Farm that it is a must “go”. JHB people are so fortunate to have such lovely places in your surrounds. Grandy looks great too.

    1. theonlycin says:

      You are right, Sparky, Grandy is looking terrific 🙂

  45. lifeinarecipe says:

    The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.
    – Oprah Winfrey

    Happy (belated) Birthday! You look amazing and I hope you have a year that matches!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, Cindy 🙂

  46. klrs09 says:

    Happy Birthday Cindy! That pink dress is gorgeous! and, was that crown made of chocolate? Can’t imagine it would stand up in the hear, but. . . Wishing you a year full of happiness and prosperity.

    1. theonlycin says:

      It was an amazingly solid chocolate crown 🙂

  47. Tes says:

    Happy Birthday, Cindy! You looks so happy 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks very much, Tes 🙂

  48. midnitechef says:

    Happy Belated Birthday! You look much younger than you claim 🙂

  49. Dawn says:

    A belated “Happy Birthday” to you, Cin.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh Dawn, it’s so wonderful to see you on the blogs again 🙂

  50. Jamie Dedes says:

    Happy Birthday, Cindy … however belated. Glad you had a fun one with dear friends and you are a lovely 48. “Riotous” fun is good for the soul. 😉

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