Photo Record Of My 70th Birthday Party 15Dec16

WARNING:  This is a very long post.

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The day of my 70th started out so well.  From then on it got so much better AFTER taking me 10 minutes to tie my shoe laces.

A car horn outside sounded,  “Beep … Beeep … Beeeeeeeep !”

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~ Chauffeur driven madness ~

Wow !  Einar’s Mercedes !  Hilda,  my party organiser,  tried to take the first photograph.  As you can see she is an expert highly professional very willing camerawoman.

(The same blooper happened to Carmen’s husband in this post)

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Once the camera started taking photographs,  Einar scooped me up and conveyed me around the village TWICE.  I became quite giddy !

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My village in southern Spain

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~The Arrival~

Amazingly it was a lovely sunny, but cold afternoon.  The day before and the day after it bucketed it down with rain.  After passing every bar in the village Einar finally pulled up outside Pili Bar where my friends were waiting to greet me.  What a surprise !  Can you see me in this photo ?   Clue: hat !

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An even extra surprise was this room.  Thank you so much Hilda, Adrian & Louise for setting it up the evening before.  Can you guess what my favourite colour is ?

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~The Speech~

After our traditional chicken & chips meal, Hilda poked me to say a few words 

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My speech started off well by me saying,

“I have lived in this village for 14 years and have made some marvellous friends. NOT YOU LOT !”

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I did come out of that speech alive.

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~The Present~

The “gang” ganged up and gave me a joint present.  Can you guess what my favourite colour wrapping paper is ?

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Yes, it was a painting of my two cats by Jim.  

(Do you remember his works in the breakfast cartoon and pictures in my apartment posts ?)

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I was really touched.

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~Two Cakes Ralph~

Then in came the cake.  Chocolate !  Followed by a Cheesecake !

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~Fun Time~

Can you work out the party theme ?

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Does Jim have a medical condition ?  Green is not good !

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Max, Hilda & Louise.  Wine tasters.

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Louise & Max

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Einar

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3 not so wise men.  Jim, Adrian & Bill 

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Jenny leading to my alcoholic downfall ……….

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……… through a drinking straw.

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Is it a bird ?  Is it a plane ?  No, it’s Super-70 ! ………..

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…… who just happened to land on Jenny’s lap.

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Okay,  I was naughty.  Max whacked me with her wand and sent me home with no tea.  

All say,  “Me next !”.

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~On Returning Home~

On arriving home my organiser Hilda hung this wonderful picture for me in the hall.

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Nope !  You are staying there behind the glass.  

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So now there is peace in my apartment until after Christmas.  

“No hell, no hell, no he-ell ….”.  Sing along cats !

Merry Christmas everyone !

Love & hugs.

❤  Samantha, Sonic, China Cat, CooCoo, Binbo and their long suffering human. ❤

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I wish you could have come to my party.  Why didn’t you ?

You can’t blame me ‘cos I was kept in the dark about everything to do with the party.

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Ralph xox ❤

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185 Comments on “Photo Record Of My 70th Birthday Party 15Dec16

    • Hello dear Mirna 🙂 It’s lovely to see you here and to read your comment. Thank you so much my friend and have a Merry Christmas. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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      • No, not your fault Mirna. Things happen.
        How nice. Good luck with your poetry. I am sure it will be a great read. xox ❤

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    • It was a marvellous time thank you dear Annette. I knew nothing about it, who is coming and where it took place. I found out during the party that many of my friends could not come as they were spending Christmas in the UK, but those that did come were really wonderful. Thank you and have a wonderful Christmas yourself my friend. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Hello Paulette 🙂
      Wow, what a wonderful comment ! I wish you were there too my friend as I would love to meet you. Merry Christmas to you, the staff and the many dogs who are so lucky to have you care for them. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Thank you so much Wendy. I did have a happy birthday amazingly. A very Merry Christmas to you and thank you so much for commenting. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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    • You are very welcome dear Catherine. I am so pleased that I could share my party with you. Yes, it is a shame that you live so far away as I would have loved to meet you as well. Merry Christmas my friend. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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  1. Happy belated Birthday. You have a wonderful, loving group of friends that care about you. What a joy that is. I wish you many more Happy Birthdays and for now I will wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year. :o)

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    • Thank you so much Patricia for such a fantastic comment. Yes, I am very lucky to be among a great group of friends within this Spanish village. Thank you so much for your wishes and may I reciprocate everything you said about Christmas and the New Year. May the holidays jingle all the way for you my friend. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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  2. Happy Birthday, Ralph and a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. That was some party, wish I was there. The painting is splendid. What do your fury friends think of it?
    Leslie

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    • Thank you so much dear Leslie. And may I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. The party was great, wasn’t it ? I would have liked to have seen you there as well my friend. The music was 60’s compilation which everyone enjoyed. I agree, the painting is splendid. My cats think that it is a great likeness enhancing their beauty and wisdom and it should be hung in a place of honour, not the hall. Who am I to argue ! Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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      • That’s what a portrait is suppose to do – be a great likeness, enhance beauty and wisdom. I agree with them it should be in a place of honour.
        Leslie

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      • Oh dear. I had better do what you and the cats tell me to do Leslie or else I will be in big trouble. Again ! 🙂 ❤

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  3. What a lovely, fun party, Ralph! The Samantha & Sonic picture is awesome! What a perfect birthday present! Happiness all around. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! 💛 Christine

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    • Thank you so much Christine. I agree, it was a lovely fun party and the picture of Samantha and Sonic is magnificent (my cats ordered me to say that. lol). Yes, happy happy ! Thank you and have a wonderful Christmas and a brilliant New Year my friend. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Oh no ! I can’t have you being jealous dear Victo. We will have to lay on a party just for you. 🙂 Thank you so much for your wonderful comment my friend. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Hi Cindy 🙂 Thank you so much and I really do hope that you have a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year my friend. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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  4. Looks like you all had a very orange time of it, Ralph! Love the picture of Samantha and Sonic; what a great friend to do that for you.. Only thing is, Ralph; they’ll now have to outdo themselves for number 71… I’m sure they will be up to it.. 🙂

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    • Hello dear Carolyn 🙂 Ah, you guessed right. Orange is my favourite colour with green.
      Hilda, my party organiser and who worked on the soft furnishings in my apartment, knew that I love orange even though she hates it. loo. Ooops, lol. 71st is a whole year away, I should be recovered by then. Jim must have worked on that picture for ages as there is so much detail in the eyes and fur. I am so pleased that a friend and a local artist was able to do that for me. Big hug for Christmas. Ralph xox ❤

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  5. WoW, what a fab party, Ralph! 😀 ⭐ 😀
    ⭐ HAPPY 70th, Ralph! ⭐
    Everyone who luvs you has given you something special.
    LOL, here’s my present to you. ⭐ HAPPY 70th, Ralph!

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    • Hello dear Resa 👠 😎 😜 Thank you so much for your wonderful birthday comment and present. I was just about to shut down and this first comment video arrived. Heck, it was about exciting as counting sleeping sheep. I woke up an hour later with my spacebar imprinted in my forehead. And then, the true Resa revealed herself in her second comment 😳 ……….. >>>

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    • Yeah, that’s better ! 👠 Now that is what I call a birthday present. Thank you so so much for thinking of me dear friend. I shall treasure this video of you out at the weekends. 😉 Have an enormous hug from me, it’s a birthday hug. Ralph xoxox ❤ #<

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    • Thank you so much for your wonderful comment Jalal my friend. How can one not be happy when having such marvellous blogging friends such as yourself. I really do hope that you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a brilliant new year. Take care. Ralph 🙂

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  6. Ralph, that was a lovely party. The painting is phenomenal. Your friends are the coolest. Happy birthday. 🏆🎖🎂❣️💕❤️

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    • Hello Cookie 🙂 What a brilliant comment. Thank you so much dear friend. A very Merry Christmas, jingling all the way. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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  7. Congratulations and a very Happy 70 th birthday my friend!!! I wish you many more!! You look like you had a lot of fun 😀. My son was celebrating his 14 th on the same day.

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    • Wow, that’s brilliant that your son has his birthday on the same day as me. I had a lovely party as I hope your boy did too Kat. A very Merry Christmas to you and your family. I hope it is a good one. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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  8. Happy birthday, dear Ralph!! The party looks like it was wonderful. And what a painting! Wish I could’ve been there to help you celebrate. XOX

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    • Thank you so much dear Mary 😘 It would I have been brilliant for you to have been to the party. I would love to meet you face-to-face. Never mind, your comment is almost just as good. Do have a wonderful Christmas my friend. Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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  9. Happy 70th Ralph ❤
    Well, orange you lucky to be surrounded
    by so many loving/fun/fun-loving friends!
    Wishing you many more happy b-days and
    another full year ahead! 🙂 💜 Jackie@KWH

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    • Hello Jackie ⚒ ⚔ 🙀 (Sorry, I couldn’t find knitting needles, I hope crossed swords and hammers are knitting tools that you use sometimes 😉 )
      Anyway, thank you so much for your wonderful comment. Loved it ! Merry Christmas my friend. Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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      • Merry Christmas Hugs to you too, Ralph ❤ Hey thanks for these thoughtful icons! I'll make a point of utilizing them next time I need to hammer out some sharp new knitting techniques! 😉 💜 Jackie@KWH

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      • Wow ! That’s really clever. Thanks for the link Jackie. It’s very quiet here in Spain on Christmas day as the Spanish celebrate Christmas eve and Christmas day is a normal day for them. I do hope that your Christmas day is a good one for you ❤

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      • Hope you’re enjoying this final week of the year, Ralph ❤ Christmas was quiet at our place, too. We haven't any kids and our nearest family is a day's drive away, which is kind of a bummer. But it snowed all day on the 24th… snoOow… there was lots of shoveling. Cold too, but still enjoyed some yarny finger-freezing fun with playing/pics of the fresh flakes 🙂 💜 Jackie@KWH

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      • Thank you Jackie, I am enjoying this final week of 2016. I am amazed at how quickly the year has gone. It’s must be really difficult for you to visit family or for your family to visit you especially in the snow. Take care my friend. And happy New Year ! ❤

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  10. Congratulations dear Ralph! You’ve entered your 71st year and I hope it’s a good one filled with happy surprises! Good friends are a treasure!

    So funny we both had the same kind of blooper! 😀

    Best wishes and happy Christmas my dear friend!

    ❤ carmen

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    • Hello dear Carmen 👗 🎥 💃🏼 😀 Thank you so much. Yep, I am now in my 71st year. A friend asked me if I felt any different, I said yes as I am a few hundred euros out-of-pocket but have lovely memories of the party in photos and the picture of my cats.
      Yes it is amazing that the same thing happened with our cameras. Oh well, it all turned out okay in the end.
      Thank you so much my friend and may I wish you and your family a happy Christmas and a brilliant new year.
      Big birthday hug. Ralph xox ❤

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  11. Belated happy birthday🎉🎉🎉, Ralph. It seemed you did have a great time with your party of loving friends.
    Best wishes and have a great Christmas Ralph.
    Stefy 🎄😘🍾

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    • Hello dear Stefy 👏 🤓 😘 Thank you so much. Belated is good, but at my age being a bit quicker with belated may be a good idea.lol. It was a wonderful party with great memories for me. I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and hope that you have a good one my friend. Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Hello dear Lilly 😘 😇 Thank you so much for your lovely comment. Had a blast ? I ate so much food that I almost did go boom ! 🍰 🎂 🍾
      Thank you so much and I hope that you have a wonderful Christmas full of jingle bells and tons of happiness my friend.
      Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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  12. Oh, Ralphie. What lovely, lovely friends you have. No wonder we can spot some tears in your eyes, when you saw your present. Lotsa hugs to you and the whole goofy mob.

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    • Awww ! What a wonderful comment from you dear Ebor (YVONNE !). The whole emotional thing has now been ruined by my psychotic voice/typing program. 😜 Or maybe it is just me !
      Lots of hugs back and do have a lovely Christmas. Love Ralph xox ❤

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  13. Wow Ralph, what a blast, what a super Party. I know you have the best friends one can ask for. I can see it was lots of fun. The picture is super, a great present! I wished I had been there!

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    • Hello dear Ute 😃 Thank you so much for your lovely comment. The party and picture were wonderful, weren’t they ? It would be lovely if you had been there as I know you would have enjoyed it. 🍧 🎂 🍷 Maybe another year !
      I will answer your lovely email in the next couple of days after I have ploughed through all these comments and tons of emails. 🙄 📬 Still no sign of any snail mail from the UK. 💌
      Big hug. Ralph xox 💜 . ❤

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      • That is really snaily…. I have not received my passport back from the home office, so can’t go to Germany. 😦

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      • 🐌 That is really strange. I have just received a letter from Heila, from Israel, which only took a few days. It’s looks like the UK Post Office is shutdown. What a pain in not receiving your passport. I expect your mum will miss you this Christmas. Maybe you’ll get it on Monday. ❤

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      • I’m sure you do miss them Ute. Anyway, it will be Christmas in half an hour here, so Merry Christmas my friend. ❤

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    • Hello dear Amanda 😘 How sweet. Love your comment so much that I must thank you for it. Thank you my friend.
      I did try to send you a Christmas e-card but it bounced back as I may have an old email address. I will try again if you can send me your email address to
      ralph.whillier@gmail.com
      I do hope that you have a wonderful Christmas. Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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      • Amazingly your new email address works perfectly. Glad I could get in touch with you Amanda. I hope you have a lovely Christmas evening. xox ❤

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    • Fantastic comment from you dear Lara. I love it ! Thank you so much my friend and I do hope that you have a wonderful Christmas 🎄 🦄 Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Hello Daria 🙂 Yes indeed, I did have a great time. Do have a wonderful Christmas my friend. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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  14. That looks like a wonderful birthday party. You have a great set of friends, and their present to you was absolutely brilliant. Thanks for sharing the fun; I feel like I got to party with you. I just wish I could have a taste of your two cakes!

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    • Hello LG 🙂
      Thank you so much for this wonderful comment of yours and I am glad to share the fun with you. It’s a shame that you couldn’t come, but I have saved a couple of pieces of cake for you. 🍰 🍰 🍷 Oh, and some wine 🙂
      A very Merry Christmas to you and your family. Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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  15. Ralph, what a wonderful party! Two cakes! You have such lovely friends! Love the artwork with the two cats (who were probably very annoyed they did not attend the party)! 🙂

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    • Hello Magick Mermaid 🐬 🐟 🙂 Thank you so much for your lovely comment. Yes, two cakes ! I never expected that. Jim created the best topical present that I have ever received. It’s brilliant. No, they were probably having a party of their own in their own minds as they were asleep when I left home and in the same position when I returned home. I hope you have a lovely Christmas. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Thank you so much for your lovely comment Beth 🙂 I cannot imagine my 80th as well. Could be scary. lol. Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Hello Ellen ⚡ ⚡ 🌞 Indeed. I like that ….. Style ! Thank you so much, do have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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  16. Wow, looks like a fabulous time, and wish I was there! How wonderful of your friends to give you such a lovely birthday. And I had to LOL at the photo of the cats ‘locked behind the glass’ LOL. You are so funny dear man. Now I’m wishing you a very Merry Christmas my friend and all things good, healthy, happy and joyous for the new year. Big hugs xoxo ❤ ❤

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    • Hi Debby 🍰 🍷 😎 Yes, it was a fabulous time and, of course, it would have been lovely to have seen you there. I do hope that the photos does it justice. Heehee, I just had to play with the picture, didn’t I ? I do hope that you have a wonderful Christmas and a brilliant new year. Big hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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      • Photos are always wonderful here. Thanks so much Ralph. Wishing you much happiness, peace, joy and love for the holiday season and always. xoxo ❤

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  17. Happy Birthday 70 years young that is so milestone Ralph I hope you have many more t come. I love your bd gift too. Picture of your felines they are adorable. I am also wishing you a Merry Christmas to you and yours and an amazing 2017 for the New Year. ❤ ❤ Kat

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    • Hello Kat 🙂 Thank you so much for your wonderful comment. I am so pleased that I didn’t trip over that milestone 😉 Thank you, the picture was great, wasn’t it ? And thank you, may I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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  18. My dear! I think this is the first time I see you move and hear your voice! Love it, you are awesome!! I’d like to see (and hear) more of you, in a future post maybe?
    The party was super fun and you were naughty, as expected… Love the painting!
    Kisses and wishes for the haPpiesT XmaS! ❤

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    • Hello dear Pelly 😊 😳 Really ? I did make some videos a couple of years ago, maybe you didn’t see them. Probably best not to. lol. Oh yes, one has to be naughty at a party 😊 😳 Well I was ! lol
      Love and kisses. Merry Christmas dear friend. Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Hello my friend Adele 🙂 Thank you so much. I am so pleased that you enjoyed this post. Thank you, I do hope that your Christmas will be special and that 2017 will be the best year for you yet. Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Thank you so much Nora for your brilliant comment. Loved it ! And I do hope that you have a very Merry Christmas yourself. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Hello Frank 🙂 Thank you so much my friend and I do hope that you have a great Christmas and a brilliant New Year. Ralph 🙂

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    • Hello Mia and welcome to my blog in this corner of WordPress. Thank you so much for your brilliant comment, loved it ! May I wish you a jingly Christmas and a fantastic 2017. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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      • Dear Ralph, thank you so much for such a lovely reply and a warm welcome. You’re kitties, Sonic and Samantha are beautiful and so lucky! Thank you Ralph, may you have a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year too! Warms wishes and hugs from the US. ~ Mia ❤ xo xo

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      • You are very welcome Mia. Ah, yes, my cats are lucky, aren’t they ? One day they may appreciate it. lol. Thank you and I do hope that you are having a wonderful Christmas day my friend. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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      • Yes they are lucky, living a life of luxury. I hope they appreciate it too Ralph, even if they don’t, they bring so much joy into our lives, I think it’s worth it. Thank you, I hope your Christmas day has been wonderful so far. Forgive me if I’m repeating myself, Ted did a wonderful job, I love the portrait, not sure if comments on images get a notification of a reply. Wishing you and the kitties a lovely evening. Sending hugs your way. ~ Mia ❤ xo

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    • Thank you so much for your lovely comment and wishes Inese. I do hope that you are having a brilliant Christmas day. Ralph xox ❤

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    • That is really sweet of you. Thank you so much dear Robin. I do hope that your Christmas day today is brilliant. Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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      • It is really sweet of you, too! I love the idea of a brilliant Christmas day! It is rather gray and rainy but just made hot cocoa with big marshmallows for two little granddaughters! xoxo give the kitties a pat from their bird friend, Robin!

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      • Sorry that it is grey and rainy where you are, but you are really nice to start out your granddaughters’ day in such a way. There is not a cloud in the sky here. The village is quiet as the Spanish do not celebrate Christmas day as Christmas eve is their big time for an evening party.
        lol. My cats would not chase their bird friend, Robin, around the apartment as they would just sit and look at you for hours 🙂 ❤

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      • I appreciate your helping me to know which day is special for the Spanish people. 🙂
        Thank you for the nicest holiday message ever! ❤ I am never gray inside so it is okay if it isn't sunny nor snowy. . . I need to say "adios" and "hasta la vista!"

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      • At least Christmas Eve is one Spanish holiday I do know. They have loads of religious and political holidays which always catch me unaware especially when I arrive at the village shop and find it closed 🙂
        That’s lovely. Stay sunny dear Robin ❤

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    • Hello Leyla and a very Merry Christmas to you. I do hope that you are having a wonderful day today. Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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  19. MFR, I did not know your favorite color is orange. What a wonderful party. They get better every year, don’t they? That painting is amazing. It looks just like the cats. 🙂 You are so loved. What a wonderful group of friends you have. 🙂 (both on and offline.) Keep being your naughty/nice self and have a merry Christmas as well. I’m sure we will find some coal in your next post. 🙂 xxxxoooo

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    • Hello Jeannette 🙂
      Thank you so much my friend for your wonderful wishes. I hope you are having a great holiday season.
      Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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  20. Happy belated birthday! Now you cannot be naughty to me as my dad is seven years older than you!
    The drawing of your cats is just lovely, what a wonderful gift. And a good night out, too! 💚

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    • Thank you so much Spidey. The present was wonderful, wasn’t it ? Compared to your father I am but a toyboy, so naughty here I come. lol. Happy New Year my friend. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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  21. Forgive me, Ralph! I knew your birthday was approaching and I was offline, playing with another hot water pipe leak. Now, don’t go down that road, as I see where your mind is headed…
    Happy birthday, you’re still 70 today, right? Continue celebrating, cause that party, the one that began in the car and ended on the wall, is worth prolonging, for the cat’s sake, lol.
    Cheers, and have a glass of champagne for me, oh hells, have the whole bottle!
    HUGS!

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    • Hello dear Roxie 🙂
      Oh no, not another pipe leak ! In that case you are forgiven … just !
      Thank you so much for your lovely words concerning the party. And, yes, as far as I know 13 days after in my party I am still 70. There again I could be wrong as, at 70, I have lost my memory, my teeth, my hearing and “what the hell are women for ?”. lol
      Happy New Year dear friend and please don’t shake the champagne bottle too hard as you might knock your roof off 😉
      Big hug. Love Ralph xox ❤

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    • Thank you so much Georgia. I do hope that you have a wonderful 2017. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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  22. Belated Happy 70th Birthday, Ralph!🎉😀 What a great celebration and love the present…as for the colour, are you sure Orange wasn’t sponsoring the party?!😀

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    • Thank you so much Annika. 70 is not that old, if I can make it anyone can. lol.

      I wish ! If Orange sponsored my party I would be in Bermuda and still be there 🙂

      Happy New Year my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Hello Joanna 🙂
      Thank you so much for your wonderful comment. Yes, we all had fun, must do it more often. My cats also say thank you. Happy 2017, I hope it will be a great year for you. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Hello Daniela 🙂 ,
      Thank you so much my friend and I do hope that you are having a wonderful New Year. Mind you, you must be into day two already.
      Lovely Avatar photograph. I didn’t recognise you at first. That’s a good start for the new year in confusing me, no change there then. lol
      Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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  23. Very happy birthday dear Ralph
    Je te souhaite une bonne et heureuse année 2017
    Tous mes meilleurs voeux
    bisous de Madagascar ❤

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  24. What a puuuurfic painting! Beautiful! As is that gang of yours. Happy birthday and wishing the best of new year for you! 8)8)

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    • Hey ho ! Hi dear Katie. Thank you so much for your supuuurr comment my friend. Happy New Year or should I say Happy 3 days into 2017. Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Hello Terre 🙂
      Thank you so much for your birthday wishes. Late is good ! Sorry it has taken me so long in replying. Happy New Year my friend and I hope that 2017 is being good to you.
      Take care. Ralph xox ❤

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  25. I didn’t know that you are A December “baby” too. A very belated 70th happy birthday Ralph, You are so fortuante to haaae all those expat friends or I’m assuing that they are ex-pats like you. The aprty looked to be huge success with all that wine flowing. But best of all the painting of two of your cats is marvelous.

    Can I get the name of the painter that did your cats? He is REALLY GOOD!!!

    I am officially very old at 88 years but I’m a Capricorn. Not saying what day. I’m kicking right along with too much to do for some one as old as I.

    Take care and I’m glad that we “mingle” via Lottie’s blog.

    Best regards,
    Yvonne

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    • Correction. a mere 80 years old. I was in a hurry. I probably won’t be alive at 88 but who knows. Maybe.

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    • Hello Yvonne 🙂
      Yes, it is a long time since we last communicated. I did read your comment on Lottie’s post and it is nice to read your long comment here. Thank you for your birthday wishes and happy birthday on your 88th …. 80th, as I read the change on your second comment.
      And yes, they were all expats at my party. We had a great time.
      Jim is a really good artist, isn’t he ? You can read about him here on one of my previous posts
      .
      https://bluefishway.com/2014/08/31/local-artist-james-w-nitchen/
      .
      I do hope that 2017 is being really good to you my friend.
      Take care. Ralph xox ❤

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  26. Sorry, not sure if I can get thru all 176 comments to see if I wished you a wonderful and exciting Happy Birthday, dear Ralph!! ❤ xoxoxo

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    • That’s okay dear Robin. I am not going to check through 176 comments either, so I am going to say thank you so much dear friend for your lovely birthday wishes.
      Have a lovely weekend. Ralph xox ❤

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  27. This is amazing Ralph, I think that guy with the balloons is just as bad as you!! And your female friend looks like she was making that noise from when Harry met Sally!! She was enjoying you being on her lap a bit too much, me thinks!!! Love and hugs xx

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    • Hello dear Sandra 🙂
      I am so pleased that you enjoyed this post. Jim is a great friend, he is the one that painted all the pictures in my apartment and we did have fun with the balloons. On the other hand, Jenny, has always had her eye on me even though her husband is a millionaire. God knows why ?
      Love and hugs to you too my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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      • I was trying to think of something naughty to say about that and I thought of something but not sure if I can say it!! This is a family blog after all and I actually could think of a few different things but I won’t say!! Xx

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      • I shouldn’t really worry about saying something naughty as nobody reads these comments except me. So go ahead my friend. lol.
        I hope you are having a lovely Sunday evening Sandra. ❤

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      • Hi Ralph, I have been busy working on my social media stuff at home and on the printed version of my Asexual Perspectives book.

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