Saturday, 20 October 2012

Hardwick’s Nose ... smells a party – a BIRTHDAY PARTY at that ...


The little, but rather aged, wire-haired, fox terrier rests on his haunches, as he has become accustomed to, sniffing the air to see what is afoot ...
Hardwick's Nose!


HAPPY BIRTHDAY to LENNY LEE – that is what is afoot ...


AfootAfoot ... what on earth is that ... why can’t she write properly – Lenny always does – Hardwick mutters to himself ..

Marshmallow cakes, Fairy cakes, Jam
tarts, Cherry Bakeswells, chocolate
swiss rolls

Shhh Hardwick ... didn’t you know Shakespeare used the word in 1597 – I thought your prodigious brain would remind you about Henry IV Part 1 


“Before the game is afoot, though still let’st slip”



The little dog decided he’d better keep to himself ... but

Hardwick guarding the cakes

.... HE DID LIKE A PARTY ... so instead he went off into Eastbourne bought lots of cakes ... took them up to the old folk so they could share in THE PARTY.


Oh boy – oh! and you too Lenny – those good folk were so happy to have a cake or two and to share in happy memories ...


Hardwick, Muddy Hippo with Lenny's
photo of Rocky the Raccoon resting
before that tube ride .....
... actually – Missus Hilary I’m having a dream ... foxy-dog dream ... I’m spiralling out of control through a tube, I’m clutching our cakes to my bosom, will they won’t they, will they won’t they be crushed to smithereens before I can join the party ... for sure I will get out of this tube ...


I’ll alight into Lenny’s beautiful home wish him Happy Birthday, say hello to Rocky and to Lenny’s family ... share my cakes with one and all ... and travel back under the pond – all in the twinkling of an eye.
 

Hardwick, Hardwick ... wake up boy ... Muddy Hippo says we must sing HAPPY BIRTHDAY to LENNY LEE – who has attained that magical age of becoming a teenager ...


Congratulations to Lenny and Happy Birthday from all his friends in Eastbourne ... Happy weekend with your family and friends ...


Hardwick and I are going to rest now!  Muddy Hippo sends a big muddy hug – the weather’s been suiting him recently ... Mud Mud Mud Glorious Mud ....


Just have so much fun and enjoy reaching 13 ....


Big hugs and XXXOOOXOXOOXOXOXOOOOXOXOXO to you!!


Hilary Melton-Butcher
Positive Letters Inspirational Stories

54 comments:

MorningAJ said...

Hardwick and Hippo know how to enjoy a party!

Happy birthday to Lenny.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Morning AJ .. great to see you - Lenny sent us Muddy Hippo for my Ma - so he's special too ... and they all enjoyed the early party ... Lenny will too - once he wakes up ... if he slept!! Cheers Hilary

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Happy Birthday Lenny. Loved this post. Have a good weekend, Diane

Susanne Drazic said...

Hi, Hilary! Wonderful post for Lenny's birthday!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Lenny!!

Theresa Milstein said...

It's 7:25 am here, but I'm already in the mood for sweets. I wonder why...

What a fun birthday post! Happy birthday, Lenny!

RHYTHM AND RHYME said...

A wonderful happy post Hilary, Hope all is well with you,

Yvonne.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

I love the word "afoot" and I know Lenny is always interested in word origins. Good to know where it came from!

Jemi Fraser said...

Great post Hilary!! Lenny is going to love it too!

Len Lambert said...

Hardwick and Muddy Hippo are so cute! Happy Birthday Lenny!

Francene Stanley said...

I add my birthday wishes too. Many more afoot.

L.G.Smith said...

Adorable post. Methinks there will be more birthday wishes afoot for Lenny today.

Richard said...

I'm sorry I'm not familiar with these characters, but they sound interesting.

Janet Johnson said...

I want to go to the party with you and Hardwick! Those cakes look to die for. :) *drools on the computer*

Happy Birthday Lenny!

Robyn Campbell said...

Yippee for Lenny!!!!!!! He's the most bodacious teenager around. Love Hardwick and Muddy Hippo. I want some cake. *gazes into the computer screen* *slobber* :-) Big hugs to Lenny and Miss Hilary!

Teresa Coltrin@Journaling Woman said...

Very funny!

Birthday wishes to Lenny.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Happy Birthday, Lenny. You handsome teenager you! Hope it's the best birthday ever!

Janie Junebug said...

I like afoot -- or two.

Love,
Janie

Lenny Lee* said...

hi miss hilary!

yippeee for cakes and sweet treats and for sharing them with everyone.

thanks to you and hardwick and muddy hippo and to all my friends in eastbourne for making my day soooo special.

thanks to all the ones sending me birthday wishes. im having a fantastical day!

...love and hugs from lenny

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hallo everyone .. many thanks to you all for coming by and wishing Happy Birthday to Lenny - he's one special lad and looks like he's having a ball around the blogosphere ...

Funny that Theresa .. I know cakes for breakfast would be delicious!!

Glad everyone has enjoyed the 'afoot' aspect of the post ... Muddy Hippo has been having another good splosh around - Hardwick is happy to be inside ... mulling over his dream across the pond!

The party up the road was fun ... and we slobbered as we ate - you're right .. sorry you all couldn't pop over to Eastbourne to join us - more for us though!!

Enjoy your weekends .. I know one very happy little boy across the pond - Happy Birthday Lenny .. cheers Hilary xoxoxo

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Lenny - you snicked in under the wire .. but I can answer directly to you - so pleased you're here ... it's been a wonderful day to share with you ... and Hardwick and Muddy Hippo thoroughly enjoyed their day out with birthday cakes during the week!! Very good excuse to enjoy ourselves ...

Hardwick, Muddy Hippo and I often talk about you .. Happy Birthday and have the most wonderful weekend with your family and Possum! Big Hugs and love - Miss Hilary

Empty Nest Insider said...

Happy Birthday To Lenny! You've put together a lovely virtual celebration Hilary! Julie

klahanie said...

Hi Hilary,

Yes, today, it's me, Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet star, superstar, visiting your amazing site.

"Afoot" In these metric days, maybe it's now 'ametre'. Forget that...

Oh yeah, Hardwick, Muddy Hippo and good times to celebrate the birthday of our young buddy, Lenny Lee!

Happy Birthday, Lenny Lee! An inspirational young man to all who have the pleasure of knowing.

Thanks for this lovely pawsting, sorry, posting to Lenny.

Pawsitive wishes, your way, Penny :)

Inger said...

Happy birthday to Lenny, you are one handsome teenager!

Tina said...

Happy birthday Lenny! My YellowBoy will be thirteen next week...where does the time go!
Tina @ Life is Good
http://kmdlifeisgood.blogspot.com/

Chuck said...

Sweets and entertainment! How can you beat that combination?? Nice post Hilary.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

What a wonderful birthday surprise for Lenny! He is an amazing person. I'm so glad I met him...

Happy Birthday, Lenny!!!

Denise Covey said...

Oh it's Lenny's birthday. I must pop over and wish him well. Great party you've thrown. Hope all goes well with you Hilary. :D

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Julie - many thanks .. Lenny's loving everyone's blog posts ..

@ Penny - you're still helping Gary out I see .. but that's brilliant as Lenny lurves his 4-legged critters and Penny you must rank very highly up his listings ...

Oh dear I see "ametre" .. no I think we'll stick with feet .. we all have feet - even Shakespeare had feet!!

Great pawsting comment Penny - pleasure having you here ...

@ Inger - I'm sure he is a handsome lad .. we just see the sunshine he radiates

@ Tina - happy birthday next week for your YellowBoy - he'll be having a ball too .. and yes where does time go?!

@ Chuck - everyone's had a great party haven't they thanks to Lenny ..

@ Sharon - brilliant having this birthday bloghop - thanks Sharon! and I'm so glad the two of you met up - Lenny and his family are inspirational to us all ..

@ Denise - great you've found us here - Lenny'll love another birthday wish ..

Thanks everyone ... I'm going to starve today - no party!!

Brilliant fun day - bet Lenny will be basking in delight and happiness ... thanks so much for coming by and wishing him a Happy Birthday ..

Cheers Hilary

Lynn said...

Aw! Happy birthday Lenny. :) Loved this happy post.

Misha Gericke said...

Awe Hardwick is adorable.

Happy (belated) birthday, Lenny!

Suze said...

You are a special person, Hilary. I hope the party was an absolute smashing good time. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hardwick threw Lenny quite the party!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Lynn - many thanks - Lenny seemed to have had a great party ... but also spent a great deal of time writing thank yous! A great example to one and all!

@ Misha - Hardwick is a special animal .. inherited by my mother from one of her residents (when she owned a care home) .. and he sat on her bed for the last 5 1/2 years while she was ill - much loved!

@ Suze ... Lenny loved the parties - and he says the cakes didn't get squished!!

@ Alex .. Hardwick sure did put on a good spread ... lots of guests were around!

Thanks everyone - Lenny has emailed saying he loved his party! Great kid ...

Have a lovely weeks -we can hardly see in front of our faces here ... it is thick mist!! Cheers Hilary

Friko said...

What a fun post for a very special birthday. It’s good to have Hippo and Hardwick join in.

Belated Happy Birthday wishes to Lenny.

LTM said...

Yay for Lenny and his parties! I hope his birthday was fantastic. Thanks, Hilary~ :o) <3

Connie Arnold said...

This is certainly a fun post to help celebrate Lenny's birthday, Hilary!

Ellie Garratt said...

Oh, wow. Happy birthday, Lenny!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Friko - well everyone seemed to have a great party - Lenny included I'm delighted to say .. he's buzzing!

@ LTM - it's been a great birthday blog for Lenny - pleasure to join in ..

@ Connie - many thanks - I was going to do a Vlog - so far I've come across one person! out of all of us and she got her dog and daughter to do the honours!!

@ Ellie - yea - you missed a party over the weekend! It was fun ..

Thanks everyone .. it's been a fun weekend for Lenny .. cheers Hilary

A Lady's Life said...

Oh this was delightful!
Let's Party!!
Happy Birthday Lenny!

Sanny said...

Hope it was a great party!!

Happy Birthday Lenny!

Southpaw said...

Such a sweet post. Happy Birthday Lenny!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ A Lady's Life .. it's been a great time ..

@ Sanny - many thanks we've all been enjoying ourselves ..

@ Holly - 'sweet' is the right word .. very sticky little cakes - I'm sure Lenny enjoyed them ..

Cheers everyone - Hilary

Shirley Wells said...

Aw, what a truly lovely post.

Happy Birthday, Lenny!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Shirley - we've been having a lovely birthday time .. good to see you - cheers Hilary

Madeleine Sara said...

LOL! Hardwick and Hippo know how to celebrate. Cute!
Best Birthday Wishes Lenny!

Munir said...

Lenny is an amazing kid. Excuse me -- I meant now an official teenager. I did visit his blog yesterday to wish him a happy birthday.
I hope that you are doing good.

Medeia Sharif said...

What a fantastic party you're having here. Those desserts are to die for.

Happy birthday, Lenny.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

What a delightful and original way to celebrate a birthday!

Happy Birthday, Lenny.

P.S. You're making me hungry.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Madeleine - they sure do .. there's a touch of naughty boys about Hardwick and Hippo .. they had a lovely time over with Lenny!

@ Munir - well done officially a teenager that is young Lenny ... I'm fine thank you.

@ Medeia - the pile of mini cakes and tarts kept everyone happy up at the Home ..

@ Susan - well I think Lenny had an amazing weekend .. he certainly set another example .. and wrote his thank you letters!

Lovely to see a few more here wishing Lenny a happy thirteenth year ahead .. thank you - Hilary

Fazlisa said...

Hello Hilary, since you've been gone, I mean since I've been gone..:) I do not know who is who :( But I know Lenny has a blog and I know it was his birthday. Happy belated birthday young man Lenny.

And Hilary, have I told you this is oceangirl.

Sherry Ellis said...

Happy Birthday, Lenny! Looks like a great party!

Talli Roland said...

Hardwick is so cute!

I popped over a few days and wished Lenny a happy birthday. I hope he had a fantastic day!

Sara said...

You DO know how to put on a party post. This made me smile throughout. So much color and yummy treats (unfortunately I can only imagine how good they taste.

So, I also send my congrats to the new teenager. He is lucky to have you to celebrate his birthday in such a delightful way:~)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Fazlisa - good to see you - I'm struggling with your blog .. I can't seem to comment ..

@ Sherry - it was a great party .. now I'm having that belated drink!!

@ Talli - dear Hardwick - he's a character that is for sure!! Lenny seemed to have a wonderful time - full of bubbles!!

Cheers - I am now having that drink! Hilary