A very Happy Birthday Sophie! You've grown into a wonderful adult and we are so proud of you. We all love you to bits!
This picture was taken when you were only 8 months old and we had very little idea of what being a parent was going to be like.
It has definitely been the hardest and most brilliant thing that I have ever done. Thank you for choosing me to be your mum!
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We went to visit Sophie on Sunday to take her out for lunch and shower her with presents and cards. It was also the first time that I had seen her new flat. The weather was wonderful and sunny but bitterly cold.
I loved the front door - it was absolutely huge! Even the pavements were oversized, the curb was about 2 feet off the ground. Remnants of a bye-gone age when travel was by horse and coach I imagine.
The view from the front door shows the promenade of houses built round a square.
Beautifully carved stonework.
Tim you're not the smallest anymore!
I thought we were never going to get to the top! Was that six flights of stairs!!
But worth it when you get to the top. This is the view Sophie has when she is hard at work with her books.
And now the birthday bit. A caterpillar cake (sorry you can't see his face) which was very chocolatey and very, very gooey.
I hope you have a lovely day today!