Shebbear, midway between Holsworthy and Bideford, was the destination for this beautiful joint birthday celebration.

Our old friends Brian and Yvonne really know how to throw a party, and their beautiful garden was the perfect setting

A perfectly sized marquee, decorated with stunning floral bouquets, provided the perfect cover until the sun shone later in the day.

Having exquisite taste in wines, all their invited guests were well and truly spoiled. A selection of canapés were offered, our legendary duck and hoisin samosas and baby bacon and Gruyere tartlets among those offered, all apparently going down a storm…

A cold buffet luncheon was to follow, with Devon beef, honey roasted gammon ham, salmon and prawns from Plymouth.

Personally chosen desserts followed, summer berry pavlova, lemon tart, profiteroles with butterscotch sauce or our decadent chocolate tart… which to choose?!

With the late afternoon sun shining, a local friend finished the day with some acoustic music to please all.

It was lovely to be back amongst so many old friends on such a special occasion,we are looking forward to the 160th Party!