Today is the my dear friend Hero’s birthday. We had a smorgasbord of delight for lunch, smoked salmon, sausage rolls, smelly cheese, pink, green and orange dips with crudites, all rounded off by chocolate cake and ice cream. There was singing and gifts. However my best present to Hero was that I let her pick her own birthday bunch of flowers, it was bound to be far prettier than anything I could arrange. The chalk on the bench top is the remains of my birthday message from Hero last month, buy one get one free.