Weekend Reading

18 September 2020

Tomorrow is Hanno's 80th birthday so our family will be here for lunch and celebrations. I met Hanno when he was 37 and I was 28, we sure have come a long way since then 😳.


Over the past couple of days we've been shopping for food and we've both been tidying the house and doing odds and ends. I've already made bread and butter cucumbers and chilli jam, today I'll make lemon curd and a pastry shell for a lemon meringue pie that I'll make up and bake this afternoon. I'll also make the same chocolate vegan cake I made last month. Hanno wants a Beesting cake and my sister Tricia is giving him that via our local bakery. I'll pick that up in the morning when I collect fresh rye sourdough and bread rolls. Sadly, our family who live in New South Wales won't be able to attend but I'm sure we'll talk on the phone sometime during the day.


I used Nigella's recipe for the chilli jam.


I'll put your mind at ease in case you think we're just eating cake. It's Hanno's wish to have a traditional German Arbendbrot. In addition to the bread, we'll have a selection of cold meats and cheeses, chicken salad, green salad and pickles. We have tea, coffee and water but I have a couple of bottles of champagne too just in case anyone wants to toast the birthday boy.  We're both looking forward to tomorrow, I'm sure it will be a day to remember.

I hope you have a lovely weekend. 

🎈🎈🎈♥️ 🎈🎈🎈

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38 comments

  1. How fabulous! A very Happy 80th Birthday to you for tomorrow Hanno! Enjoy a wonderful day with your family in Qld. Sounds like a great spread being prepared for you :)

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  2. Happy Birthday Hanno! He looks fantastic, by the way, and if you weren't to say it, I couldn't tell he was 80. You're such a lucky couple to have found each other at the right time.

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  3. Wishing Hanno a very Blessed and Happy 80th Birthday <3 Love from Melbourne

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  4. How exciting! I hope you all have a wonderful birthday party for Hanno. I remember well how in Germany they always served cold cuts with cheese and bread. It was their tradition. I always thought that it made for a healthy and satisfying breakfast. Your desserts sound delicious, too.

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  5. Happy Birthday, Hanno. Hope you have a wonderful family celebration.
    Spud (Melbourne)

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  6. Happy birthday Hanno. Love to you both, mandi

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  7. Happy Birthday Hanno! He looks fantastic, enjoy a wonderful day with your family!

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  8. Happy Birthday Hanno, I hope you have a wonderful day with your family tomorrow.

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  9. Happy Birthday Mr. Hanno! May you enjoy your day filled with love and good food!
    Blessings to you both...

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  10. Happy Birthday to Hanno, and what a lovely photograph of him. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. xx

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  11. Happy birthday to Hanno. He looks much younger than 80 years of age. I hope you all have a wonderful celebration to remember. It certainly sounds like the food will be good.

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  12. I wish you a very happy birthday Hanno!
    You still look young! Have a nice day .I will think of you two ;-)

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  13. Happy 80th Birthday, Hanno! I hope you all have a lovely family day!

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  14. Happy Birthday to Hanno! My husband will be 80 on Oct 7th so not so much younger!

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  15. Happy Birthday Hanno! I hope you have a wonderful day with Rhonda and the rest of your family. I had to look up bee sting cake - no wonder you want one - it looks incredible! May all your birthday wishes come true. Beth in MN

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  16. A very happy birthday to Hanno. 80 years young! Enjoy your special day with your lovely family and all that delicious food too.
    MegXx

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  17. Happy Birthday Hanno! 80 years old, what a wonderful number! Looking very good and I´m pretty sure it´s due to all the healthy food and mindful living. I´m sure the two of you and your family will have a day to remember whether meeting in real life or by videocalls. This is a part of our family life too now. The main thing is the sharing of time together. Enjoy that champagne. Will be thinking of you both.
    Ramona
    Uppsala/Sweden.

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  18. Sounds like a wonderful meal and he should have exactly what he wants on his day - Happy Birthday Hanno!

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  19. Wishing Hanno a very happy day as he celebrates his eighth decade. He looks so well and much younger than his years. Have a wonderful German/Australian celebration

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  20. Happy birthday to you dear Hanno and thankyou for so generously sharing your life skills and wisdom over so many years! Enjoy your special day,lovely meal and time with family. Hoping the NSW 'mob' will be able to visit soon. Have a great week all πŸŽ‚πŸ™ƒ

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  21. It sounds perfect ... Happy Birthday Hanno and may you have many more!

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  22. Happy Birthday, Hanno! And Many Happy Returns. Both of you have a wonderful birthday celebration.

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  23. Happy Birthday, handsome man! Hope it is one of your best ever!!

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  24. Happy Birthday from Canada Hanno! We hope that you enjoy your Birthday lunch and have a relaxing day!

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  25. No small thing to reach 80 years!! Happy Birthday to Hanno and hope your celebration is wonderful!!

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  26. Happy birthday Hanno. Hope you all have a great day:)

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  27. Happy birthday to Hanno!
    May you both always be so happy and in good shape together.
    Better thoughts
    Sincerly
    Julie (from France)

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  28. Happy Birthday Hanno from Wisconsin, USA! Clearly you have benefited from the active, healthy lifestyle you and Rhonda lead. You are an inspiration. Wishing you continued good health and many blessings. Cindy V.

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  29. Happy 80th Birthday Hanno! Your chosen meal sounds so delicious, enjoy your special day.
    Love to you both Theresa xx

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  30. I hope Hanno had a wonderful birthday celebration! Here's to many more happy, healthy years!! Alles Gute Geburtstag!!
    Donna

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  31. Hope Hanno had a fabulous birthday! Best wishes from PennyL x

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  32. Many, many, many, blessings for your birthday, Hanno!!!

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  33. Happy birthday, Hanno!

    Rhonda, you mentioned California poppies. Many years ago--before she married him--a friend's husband scattered a packet of California poppy seeds and edged it with white sweet alyssum seed. The flowers were absolutely beautiful together, and as you noted, the poppies attract bees. Best of all, he let it re-seed itself and it all came back for many, many years!

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  34. Happy birthday, Hanno! May You both be happy and healthy!

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  35. Happy (belated) birthday to Hanno... wishing peace & joy to both of you! ~julie

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  36. Hope it was a wonderful celebration! XO

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