Thursday was my birthday .
My family had wanted me to have a big family party , I declined because I am not a party girl . Then a holiday in the sunshine was suggested . I declined again . I love sunshine holidays but you have to come back down to earth afterwards , back to the cold and the rain .
I chose to stay home and I still had a wonderful time . I went out for dinner twice . To the cinema , we saw the film , A Slave for Twelve Years . A brilliant film but very soul searching .
I received many wonderful gifts from friends and family .