A Birthday, A Star Sign And Flash Fiction

It was my birthday last Wednesday but the celebrations started off the weekend before sitting on Brighton Beach watching the sun set whilst sipping a glass or two of Prosecco with my lovely people.

On the day, I was treated to lunch at a wonderful vintage tea room by my lovely mum and daughter, who enjoyed it as much as I did.  From the minute we walked in, we felt as if we were going back in time:

Of course, we had to take tea in all its finery:

Time for Tea (c) Sherri Matthews 2014

Time for Tea
(c) Sherri Matthews 2014

Later on I was wonderfully surprised by a delivery of a gorgeous basket of autumn flowers from my daughter:

Birthday Flowers (c) Sherri Matthews 2014

Birthday Flowers
(c) Sherri Matthews 2014

Wait...is that a Kindle Paperwhite hiding behind the flowers? (c) Sherri Matthews 2014

                  Wait…is that a Kindle Paperwhite hiding behind the flowers?  Thank you lovely Hubby!                                  The hints worked!!
(c) Sherri Matthews 2014

The celebrations continued with family and friends into the week and even the cats were overcome in their excitement to join in the festivities:

Maisy & Eddie so very excited for Mummy's birthday...or not... (c) Sherri Matthews 2014

Maisy & Eddie so very excited for Mummy’s birthday…or not…
(c) Sherri Matthews 2014

Well…I’m sure they meant well…

Interestingly then that over at Carrot Ranch,  Charli posted her ‘zodiac’ prompt for this week’s flash fiction challenge on the date of my birth, asking us the following:

‘September 10, 2014 prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) focus on the personality traits of a character informed by the zodiac. It can be a revelation of how he or she acts or a focus on behavior because of personality traits. It can be a relationship ruled by the stars. You can have fun and exaggerate, or keep it subtle and refined. You can use zodiac terms or not.’

My star sign is Virgo although I may not have had a star sign at all: at a crucial stage of her pregnancy with me, my mother was told that she was losing her baby and was admitted to hospital.  It was only because a doctor happened to have a listen one last time with a stethoscope – there being no ultrasound equipment back then – and to his amazement detected a heartbeat, my heartbeat, that she was told her baby was in actual fact very much alive.  I wasn’t going to give up without a fight was I?  I was having none of it and was no doubt delighted to prove the doctors wrong.

As it turned out, I was born too early and I was far from the text-book bouncing baby by all accounts, but I made sure to remind my mother that I was not an ‘easy’ baby by screaming at the top of my lungs for a few weeks (months?).    Such was my fate then to be born a Virgo and I’m happy with that.  Heck, I’m happy to be here.

Here is my flash:

Stars In His Eyes

“I love looking at the stars, don’t you?”

Lacey sucked smoke from her cigarette and almost choked.

“Stars? Don’t start on stars. Matt goes outside every night to ‘study the stars’. He didn’t give a damn about them until a few weeks ago.”

“But look Lace…up there! Doesn’t that intrigue you, the symbols and the meaning? There….Orion…see, his shoulders, sword…”

“Orion? Give me a break! That’s all Matt keeps talking about. If I didn’t know him better, I’d think he was up to no good… ”

“Let’s go inside and crack open that bottle shall we?” smiled Helen weakly.

About Sherri Matthews

Sherri has been writing full time since 2011. Currently working on her memoir, 'Stranger in a White Dress', she has been published in a variety of national magazines, websites and three anthologies. Sherri raised her three, now adult children, in California for twenty years and today, lives in England’s West Country with her hubby, Aspie youngest, two cats, a grumpy bunny and a family of Chinese Button Quails. She keeps out of mischief blogging, gardening, walking by the sea and snapping endless photographs. Her garden robin muse vists regularly.
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82 Responses to A Birthday, A Star Sign And Flash Fiction

  1. Pat says:

    Lovely celebration, Sherri. Wishing you a belated happy birthday, my friend. Looks like you had a special day, my friend. I’m happy for you and may you have many more celebrations full of love and fun. 🙂

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  2. Bring on the balloons, the cake, the music. Happy Birthday to Youuuuuuuu… Okay, I’ll stop. Happy belated birthday. Had I known I would have baked a cake myself. what a lovely week you’ve had. I do love old tearooms. The one you enjoyed looks lovely. I have lots of gorgeous teacups but nobody does teas anymore. Gorgeous basket of flowers and, hmm a Kindle Paperwhite. Wooo hooo.
    You flash is a wonderful reminder to look UP. I haven’t looked at stars for ages and ages. I like Mr.Stars-in-His-Eyes personality. ❤ 🙂

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    • Sherri says:

      Woo Hoo!! What a fabulous party you put on Tess, thank you so much! I’m loving every second of it…and I’m sure your cake would have been delicious 🙂 I had a lovely week (despite battling a wretched virus which laid me and hubby low, but was fine for the first part of the week thankfully…) and yes, you would love this tearoom. I didn’t know about it so I was very pleasantly surprised when Mum took me there. I too have a collection of lovely tea cups, 3 tiered cake stands, milk jugs, the lot, but can’t even remember when I did ‘proper’ tea. Interestingly, I did and went to more teas in the States than I ever did here! But it has become very popular here again and we have these ‘pop-up’ tea rooms opening up in people’s front rooms. A novel idea and a cute little business idea methinks…
      Yes…I did get my Kindle Paperwhite as I hoped! Now I have no excuse not to read all those books I’ve been promising to read. The list is endless…now I just need a nice parcel of time neatly wrapped up with a pretty bow tied on top 😛
      Oh I’m so glad you like the flash…coming from you my friend, that is high praise indeed. Mr Stars-In-His-Eyes is a lovely guy…but it isn’t his wife he has on his mind when he is star-gazing… 😉 ❤

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  3. sknicholls says:

    Daughters, mums and hubbies make the world go ’round. 🙂 Happy Birthday! That was the most beautiful thing ever to surprise your own mum with.

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    • Sherri says:

      Ahh…thanks so much, you are so right about that S.K.! I was also blessed to be able share my pre-birthday with my two lovely boys…and surprises are the best aren’t they? The good ones of course… 😀

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  4. Luanne says:

    Let’s definitely crack open that bottle! Happy birthday, Sherri! There is nothing like feeling surrounded by love and beauty at the time of your birthday (and cats, of course!!). It all sounds so lovely.

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    • Sherri says:

      Yes!! Let’s crack it open and say cheers – we do like to celebrate don’t we Luanne 🙂 Yes, my birthday this year seemed to be extra-special, I felt very loved and blessed…and of course, the cats were the icing on the cake, haha 🙂 Thank you for your lovely birthday wishes 😀

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  5. Sherri! What a GLORIOUS post!! Happy, happy, happy birthday (a little late) to you dear friend! I love the tea party, just love it so. And those flowers are gorgeous. Haha, and I love your story – the story of your little beginning, your heart beat. So precious! You are an angel in our lives.

    Sending you so much love and light and wishing you oodles of blessings all year through 🙂

    Peace, always and always ~ Allison XOXOXO

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    • Sherri says:

      Never late my friend…thank you so much for your beautiful birthday wishes, straight to my heart ❤ I am feeling the love most certainly and was given an amazing birthday week…I love it when the celebrations are spread out like that, and look, they are still going, lol 😀 You are too kind Allison…I don't know about being an angel…but I know one thing, I don't give in easy… 😉 Blessings, peace, love and light to you dear…my heart is surely smiling 😀 xoxox

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  6. Heyjude says:

    Prosecco? Champagne? I’m coming down to your summerhouse pronto dear Sherri. Happy, happy birthday dear friend, you are a few weeks before me (and a few years too) but my mother was a Virgo, and although a prolific reader I don’t think she ever wrote anything other than letters in her life. Love the little story – no stars ⭐ ⭐ here recently, we seem to be shrouded in cloud all the time, but still warm. Wishing you a wonderful year ahead 🍸

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    • Heyjude says:

      That doesn’t read right – you are a few years AFTER me!

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    • Sherri says:

      Haha…come on down as they way in the Wild West and let’s crack open that bubbly then…you know me Jude well enough to know that any excuse for a glass of the stuff and I’m right there…and you too 😉 I know of quite a few people with birthdays in September. I often wonder if I’d been a Virgo had I been born when I was supposed to be but I feel I fit the Virgo description for the most part. We could have shared a birthday, who knows? You must be a Libra then? Same as my eldest son and my Granny. Lovely people…
      Love your little stars and the martini glass and you’ve really got me smiling with your wonderful birthday wishes, thanks so much my friend ❤ It's been great hanging out with you here for some time now isn't it? I hope the stars do come out for you soon…I love to look up and pick out various constellations but I'm no expert. I used to be really into astrology when a teenager but then became more interested in astronomy…always wanted a telescope…maybe next year, haha 😛

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  7. restlessjo says:

    Phew- I can relax in the tea rooms with no snakes about 🙂 Gorgeous vibrant flowers, Sherri. Glad you had a happy time.

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  8. I found you again finally. Did you know you were lost? BTW, Happy Birthday Virgo. There are no accidents. You were meant to be one. I stopped by to let you know that as much as I appreciated the Butterfly Light award you offered, I was so overwhelmed with work on this place I almost didn’t have time to celebrate my own birthday at the beginning of this month. My daughter took me to the beach for 3 days so I could NOT work. I have not been getting notification of your posts but I will look into that. Tea is the perfect way to celebrate a birthday. Did that last year with my daughter on my 65th. My mother is no longer here to join in. Fancy tea is our favorite thing to do. I’m starting to catch my breath here and start writing again a bit. Thank you again for your thoughtfulness and enjoy your birthday month.

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    • Sherri says:

      Hi Marlene, and I must apologise for replying to your lovely message so late. I came back to it and then somehow got sidelined…so what’s new pussycat?… then on Friday, my catch up day and everything went completely pear-shaped when I had to take my poor daughter to Emergency (as per today’s post). So here I am, so very late but no, I didn’t know I was lost!!! So glad you found me again though! And I thank you very much for the kind birthday wishes. Had a lovely time, then got sick and everything descended after that. What a shame, but we are on the up and up once again… phew 🙂 Absolutely no worries on the award and I’m so glad you had a lovely birthday too. I fully understand the time constraints. I hope you will get notifications now and I’ll be over to you to catch up too now that you are blogging regularly again. You’ve been very busy! Think we both need to take some time out and enjoy a nice cup of tea and a chat and then get back to our writing…I find the endless distractions prevent me writing half as much as I’d like to but then that’s life and what would we do without our happy distractions? Take care and see you soon… 🙂

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  9. I’m so glad you had a wonderful birthday celebration! Happy Belated Birthday!

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  10. Charli Mills says:

    What a wonderful way to celebrate your birthday! Prosecco is my favorite glass of bubbles! Do tell, what are cream teas? I saw it on the sign at that beautiful tea house. And what a gorgeous tea set! The flowers are so brilliant and well arranged and the Kindle White an exceptional gift. I bought one last year and love it so much. Happy Birthday again, for good measure! You certainly were born a fighter. 🙂 Your flash is star-studded with several tensions building under the skies. Great writing!

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    • Sherri says:

      Well we share something else Charli, that’s great! Cheers to you then my friend 🙂 Ah, well, a ‘Cream Tea’ is a summer specialty sold up and down the land in cafes, restaurants, pubs and of course tea rooms. If you ordered one you would get a pot of tea (most places now offer a wide choice of teas but I always go for my usual black English Breakfast variety because I’m boring, ha!), and two scones (like your plain biscuits) with little pots of butter, strawberry jam and clotted cream with which to slather them when split in two. Clotted cream is usually from the West Country comprising mostly Devon and Cornwall but also Somerset, where I live, which borders Devon. It’s a very thick cream, quite yellow, and very rich so you don’t want too much. If you ever do visit these parts, I’ll take you out for one…I think you’d love it 🙂
      Yes, I was thrilled that hubby gave me the Kindle – I had been dropping strong hints for some time as I think I had mentioned to you. I feel ultra modern now… 😉
      I’m thrilled you liked the flash and picked up on the tension…and thanks again for your lovely birthday wishes. It was a lovely time and I’m finally feeling a bit better, phew. Keeping on writing! See you over at the Ranch 🙂

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  11. Beautiful flowers, a step back in time for an elegant bit of tea, and a wonderful step into brighter, whiter time with a Kindle PaperWhite. Happy, happy birthday again, Sherri.
    While you were probably supposed to be at least a Libra but instead were born a Virgo…I was taken early in order to save my mother and so I was born a Libra. But you’re so right, we are BOTH just glad to be here and kicking with life and love!

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    • Sherri says:

      Yes Marylin, I finally got my Kindle Paperwhite…Woo hoo! Now I can read all those books I keep promising to read…just need the time now 😉 I love that… ‘…into a brighter, whiter time…’ Thank you again my friend for your lovely birthday wishes, and again I’ll say how much your birthday post moved me. I keep thinking about it…and how we have both had to fight and look how we were both born ‘out of time’ yet here we are…one Virgo and one Libra. Alive and kicking. Yes!!! There is a lot of love about isn’t there? Must be the time of year…and something in the stars…let’s grab it 😉

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  13. Asha says:

    Belated birthday, my dear. Hope you had a great one.

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  14. jennypellett says:

    Ah, Happy Birthday Sherri! The tea shop looks brilliant – is it in Brighton? Wishing you belated greetings for a wonderful year xx

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    • Sherri says:

      Thanks so much Jenny, my lovely friend. The tea shop is actually in Castle Cary, about 40 minutes from here. I used to work there funnily enough (in the town, at a solicitors) but typically, the tea shop wasn’t there then. I didn’t even know about it until Mum took me there as a surprise, so who knew? It was like going back to the 30’s. C loved it because it was dark and she loved the ‘old style’ music gently playing in the background 😉 Brighton of course has it’s fair share of tea shops but I’ve only even been in one – and that was with Nicky. You should have seen the faces when I walked in with my 6’5″ ‘rocker’ son with long, black hair and leather jacket who then sat down and ‘took tea’ with his mum. Haha. it was priceless 😉 xxx

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  15. suej says:

    Belated Happy Birthday, Sherri…looks like you had a great time 🙂

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  16. jenniferkmarsh says:

    Happy belated birthday for last week, Sherri! Glad to hear you had a good day 🙂 Keep those good days coming x

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    • Sherri says:

      Thank you so much dear Jenny Jen Jen…I did indeed have a lovely day, a lovely week actually despite battling an awful virus and only just now recovering from (thankfully it held off for the most part until the latter part of the week so my actual birthday was fine). I hope you are up and running again and having good days and blue skies…but of course with plenty of evidence of a glorious autumn upon us … 🙂 ❤

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      • jenniferkmarsh says:

        Oh no, sorry to hear about you having a virus! Being ill and run down is never ever good 😦 Glad you managed to have a lovely week, all the same, and that you’re starting to recover! Blue skies all round hopefully..

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      • Sherri says:

        Ahh…thanks Jenny Jen Jen…much better now thankfully. So glad it didn’t ruin my birthday though…and a few blue skies around at the moment aren’t there? So glad it’s cooler at night though, at long last. Have a beautiful day 🙂

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  17. What a beautiful flower arrangement, Sherri…perfect for autumn. Ah…the Kindle PaperWhite, I love mine and I swore I would never get an e-reader. 🙂
    I’m thrilled you had such a lovely birthday. Please put that tea room on the list of places we will visit together one day…it’s beautiful! xo

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    • Sherri says:

      Jill…me too! I have you to thank for the Paperwhite because it was you who advised me that it was the best kind to get with the back light and the easy read! I never thought I would give in and get an e-reader either but feel it will make my reading so much quicker and easier now. I’m so glad you’ve found yours to be so great…I’m following in your footsteps! So I have much to thank you for my dear friend, and not least of all your lovely birthday wishes. And yes, you better believe it, this tea room is on the list and the list is growing… 🙂 ❤ xoxox

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  18. Sherri, you and I share some similarities. I too am a Virgo. I, too, was a surprise. My mother’s doctor thought she had something wrong with her, and as she came out of the anesthesia, my father told her she was going to have a baby (me), a two month old fetus.

    Happy for you, you had such a lovely birthday. Brighton Beach sounds so pretty. And the tea cups and pot were so beautiful. (I love china) Happy Belated Birthday To You! (I am August 29th)

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    • Sherri says:

      How lovely to know we are both Virgos Hollis! And you have a surprise of your own…a wonderful one! What a beautiful story. And here we both are 🙂 Thank you so much, I did have a lovely birthday. Brighton Beach is where I spent my childhood years and never imagined that many years later my own boys would be living there (having had 20 years spent living in California in between!). Life really is stranger than fiction sometimes isn’t it? A very Happy Belated Birthday to you too…I hope you had a beautiful day 🙂

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  19. Feliz, feliz, feliz, albeit belated, cumpleaños, Sherri!! It looks like you had some lovely celebrations of tea, flowers and kindles! What more could a woman want? Well, the Prosecco of course and maybe some chocolate thrown in the mix. It’s so nice to be spoiled like that isn’t it?

    I love that you are a fellow Virgo. We rock! 🙂 Nice flash too! 🙂

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    • Sherri says:

      Ahh…thanks so much Maria! Yes…I had a wonderful birthday (and I did get some chocolates too!). So I was definitely spoiled and yes, it is very nice indeed. It’s great sharing our Virgo rock-thing…and glad you liked the flash: Helen is a fellow Virgo too 😉

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  20. Ste J says:

    A belated happy birthday and lovely pictures, I won’t judge you too harshly for the Kindle, I promise.

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    • Sherri says:

      Thanks Ste, very kind of you. And yes…I know…*cringing*…but I struggled, oh how I struggled. I love books and prefer them any day but there are so many books I need to read and I usually read at night so the Paperwhite is great for that (tried those battery reading lights and ended up battery acid leaking all over my hands…and I hear you going: “yeah, yeah, yeah…). Also I’ve got this crazy idea that having a Kindle will help me read more quickly, which I really need to do. So I’m glad you won’t judge me too harshly…it won’t change me 😉

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  21. My husband is also a Virgo, August 28th, and as brickhousechick points out Virgos do rock, but I’m afraid, my husbands rocking, happens in the recliner! But he’s a great guy, husband, father and grandfather!

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  22. Mahesh Nair says:

    Belated Happy B’day, Sherri!

    My wife’s a Virgo too, but she celebrated hers in the last week of August. No wonder I relate to you because my wife is a fighter too – talking of personality traits. The flash fiction was funny: I liked how Helen smiled ‘weakly’ 🙂

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    • Sherri says:

      Thank you very much Mahesh! Well, there’s an interesting coincidence…there’s that Virgo thing going on, haha 🙂 Glad you liked the flash…Helen was not amused at her friend’s disinterest in the stars, glad you caught that 😉

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  23. mariekeates says:

    Glad you had a good birthday 🙂

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  24. What wonderful birthday celebrations and you are so lucky getting all those lovely presents. Okay maybe not so much luck but good at dropping hints which fall in the right place. We have a few of those tea rooms here and it really is like stepping back in time. You certainly were lucky the doctor wasn’t deaf and so are we. Glad you made it into the world. Great flash. Helen and Matt and unsuspecting wife. The tale is in the stars. Well done. 🙂 Cheers my friend.

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    • Sherri says:

      Thank you Irene…and yes, it certainly did have more to do with very strong hints, haha! Ahh…that’s so sweet. As you will see, I’m only just replying to you now as I had to take my daughter to A&E first thing Friday and ended up staying in hospital with her until yesterday afternoon. She had a very nasty virus and had loads of tests as they thought it might be viral meningitis but turned out not thankfully. She is much better now but still needs follow up blood tests for inflammation which I took her for today. Anyway, all this talk of doctors, I am very grateful for the NHS in more ways than one 😉
      And I’m thrilled that you got it completely with the flash…spot on my friend…you must have read it in the stars 😉 So glad you enjoyed it. I hope your weekend was less eventful than mine in a good way…and I’ll catch up you asap ❤

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      • Sherri I’m so glad that your daughter is recovering. That must have been very frightening for both of you. I’m glad it wasn’t meningitis. I agree the NHS is a great system. I couldn’t imagine living in a country where health care for all at a reasonable cost was not available.
        My weekend was eventful but in a nice way. Friday I did my presentation for my confirmation of candidature and passed. Then Saturday went to a writing workshop followed by dancing in the evening and lunch with friends Sunday. Great fun.
        Hope your daughter continues to improve and you can stop worrying. Take a deep breath, a long sleep and then my friend we’ll head for a walk. Take care – you don’t want to get sick also. ❤ 🙂

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  25. Claire Duffy says:

    Happy birthday, and I’m jealous of that tea room, looks gorgeous! I love a flash fiction with a twist – nicely done!

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    • Sherri says:

      Hi Claire! Thank you very much, so glad you got the twist in the flash and yes, I was so happy to know that at last there is a tea room like that not too far from where I live 🙂

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  26. Lovely birthday celebration Sherri, happy birthday for last week 🙂 I’m very glad that you fought your way into the world so that we could have the pleasure of your company now! Great story though to go with your piece of flash fiction, I’ve spent a week looking at the stars in a wonderfully dark location, since we tend not to see them too well where we live.

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    • Sherri says:

      Thank you very much Andrea, how kind of you and yes, I’m glad for that doctor listening to me, haha! I’m so glad you enjoyed the flash…and I love looking at the stars too, always have. How wonderful that you have been able to star gaze in a lovely dark place. They are magical to me…just like those fairies with their glowworm lanterns 🙂

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  27. Seyi sandra says:

    Happy belated birthday my friend 🙂 ! I’m certain you had a swell time!! You are a strong woman, and it’s evidenced by your birth… 🙂
    I love your short burst of fiction, I love staring at the stars too, I’d always wondered what happens behind such brilliance. That’s why I love watching Discovery Channel. Take care my friend!
    Much love, always!

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    • Sherri says:

      Ahh…how sweet of you my dear friend, thank you so much! I did have a wonderful birthday – and the dreaded virus that struck us all waiting until afterwards so at least that was a plus 🙂 I’m thrilled that you enjoyed the flash, I am really enjoying writing them! I never thought I could do fiction so these short bursts are a great way to practice! Yes, me too, love staring at the stars, they are so beautiful and so mystical. And yes, I agree, the Discovery Channel is the best 🙂 Much love to you too dear Seyi, have a great rest of the week and see you soon 🙂 ❤

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  28. Sherri, Belated Happy Birthday. Truly a fun, warm and wonderful celebration with friends and family. You are a star indeed, shining brightly, inspiring so many with your generous heart and many amazing talents. A star that will always light up with everything beautiful to everyone around her. Wishing you all the happiness, love and peace always….

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    • Sherri says:

      Thank you so much my dear friend. It truly was a wonderful celebration with family and friends, one of the best birthdays I’ve had in years. Ahh…what beautiful sentiments, I am so grateful for your friendship and for your kindness, I really am. I would say the very same about you…your visits bring me great joy and huge smiles. God bless you, and peace, love and happiness to you too, and your beautiful family… 🙂

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  29. tieshka says:

    Sherri- Happy belated birthday! It looks like you celebrated in style… good for you. I’m still ‘out to lunch’ but hope to be back to reality sooner than later. Take care.

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  30. prior says:

    happy belated b-day my friend – and loved the tea shots and “chilled-out excited” cats – haha enjoyed this all 🙂

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  31. So sorry for having missed your birthday, Sherri. I have been away taking care of my son moving in to college and of the publication of my book. See you soon.

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    • Sherri says:

      No worries Evelyne, it’s lovely to see you here now and I know you have been very busy with life…as it should be 🙂 I hope your son’s college move went well and he is settling down and enjoying it. Also, very exciting for your book and I do wish you every success in your publication. I look forward to reading more about it on your blog! Take care and thanks again for taking the time to visit me, means a lot that… 🙂

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  32. Life and Other Turbulence says:

    What a lovely birthday week! Wonderful post, beautiful photos (how do you get them into collage layout?) and a great flash fiction read too! Sending you many more (albeit belated) happy birthday wishes!

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    • Sherri says:

      Thanks so much my friend! It seems a while ago now and things have been challenging since then, to say the least, but it was such a lovely reprieve at the time 😉 When you insert photos if you look at the top left there is an option to create a gallery giving you collage options for a layout of your choice. I found out by trial and error. Hopefully you’ll see what I mean, let me know 🙂 So glad you enjoyed the flash too, I have started to enjoy writing them very much and I never thought of myself as a fiction writing but who knows? I like having manageable writing challenges 🙂 Blessings to you for a good week ahead… ❤

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  33. Imelda says:

    Sigh! I don’t know why I am late to the party and I am wondering how I missed this feed in my mail. But happy happy birthday to you, Sherri, even if my greeting is a bit late. I wish you good health and happiness 10,000 more birthdays.

    I love the tearoom that you celebrated your birthday in. Ah, just look at that teapot. That was the kind I was looking for in eBay years ago. 🙂 I bet the place just got a tad lovelier with the lovely company you had. Cheers, Sherri. 🙂

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    • Sherri says:

      No worries Imelda, I’m late for every party but what matters is that you still took the time to come over and many thanks for your kind birthday wishes…and 10,000 more…wow 😉
      I was hoping you would read this post because I know how much you love your teapots and we’ve talked about taking tea before. I just love your teapots and roses photos as you know. Did you ever find one like it?
      Thank you, yes, the company was very precious indeed… 🙂

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