Thanks to everyone who wished me happy birthday either here or by email, and to those who tried to phone as well, but I simply can't afford to pick up the phone. I had a lovely day. After getting up quite late (I had been playing OpenTTD quite late the night before, again) we cycled over to Germany for lunch. We went to the same town again (the nearest one of course), but ate at a restaurant on the town square, which had some nice fountains. I'm not quite sure what I ordered but it wasn't dissimilar to chicken pie filling topped with cheese. The food was nice enough and so was the view, but what really made the lunch was watching some children playing in the water as one girl (probably about eight years old) decided to take off all her clothes and shove her bum in the fountain. Hilarious! So we were both sat there amused at her antics but really hoping that her parents would show up as that would be telling off to witness in any language.
We spent the rest of the afternoon on the beach. Some ice creams came along too. Then we had a really nice dinner followed by a great big ice cream and fruit dessert, with real freshly prepared fruit too, not some manky tinned stuff. We left for home quite late and it was nearly dark by the time we got back.
Since then we have been going into town quite a lot as I have had some paid work to do, which means I have to check my email more regularly. One day it was threatening to rain so rather than stand around under a tree hoping for the best we went and found the internet shop. This just happened to be next to a fish mongers (the first we have seen here), a butchers, and a little bakery that does excellent cake. We would have been grateful for any cake shop really, it had been a while, but this cake was unusually good by English bakery standards. Now that we have found somewhere that sells a whole cake for £1.60 we are going to have to refactor our budget and our waistlines - I think it is going to work out quite well.