Box Of Dinosaurs

My birthday happened earlier this week and I’m now a year closer to whatever than I was a year ago.

When I’m 64

With things the way they are and no one going anywhere due to the horrible virus, I was fortunate that our friends in the village together with my lovely wife managed to arrange a lovely, socially distanced meal in a nearby restaurant. There was even a rendition or three of ‘The Beatles When I’m Sixty Four.’ It was truly lovely and I am blessed and thankful to live here among both beautiful scenery and people. However, this wasn’t the highlight of my birthday as there was more to come.

The Postman Delivers

The following day, the postman delivered a small parcel with a note attached. A little late for my birthday, but I didn’t mind, a present is a present. I opened the note first, which was really a birthday card and immediately I could see the writing was that of my Granddaughter. It always brings a lump to my throat whenever I see a carefully handwritten piece from her. You know it’s personal and she will have taken time putting her thoughts into words for her and her younger brother, although he added his own signature and kisses.

Do It Yourself

Opening the package, it was a box of five plaster of Paris Dinosaurs, but, you have to make and paint them yourself. The little note had explained that the Grandchildren want the Dinosaurs and thought it would make a lovely present for me if I could make them, paint them and when they can visit again (they’ll probably be grown up and married with kids of their own when it happens) collect them to take home. Are you crying yet?

Great Aplomb

So, with great aplomb, (I always wanted to use this word), I set out to make and paint these six Dinosaurs. Following the instructions, I mixed the plaster of Paris and added it to the mould. After leaving it set for about an hour, I popped them out and they were perfect. I left them overnight, just to make sure the plaster was set before making a start on painting them. I followed the colours that were on the instructions although they said you could make your own choices. It took most of the morning to paint them. It didn’t take long to dry and the next step was to fit the magnetic strips to the back of them so they can be used as fridge magnets.

Fridge Magnets
Fridge Magnets

Job Well Done

Well, I can say I was pleased with myself, a job well done. Wednesday evening we Facetimed both daughters as the youngest daughter was also celebrating her birthday. I am pleased to say the Grandchildren were very pleased that I’d put them together. Moreso the Grandaughter as the Grandson seemed a little pre-occupied what was going on with Thomas The Tank. Although I won’t be rushing out to buy another box of dinosaurs, I can say that this was a great present and something we can all enjoy, no matter how old we are, or how young for that matter. Well done to my Grandkids for coming up with this idea. I said I was truly blessed earlier on and I know for certain now that I am.

You can see the box of Dinosaurs I had gifted, here:

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91 Comments
  • caahli
    October 16, 2020

    Soooo sweet Trev! ❀️❀️❀️

    • Trev
      October 16, 2020

      Thank you, Caahli. 😊

      • enogastronomista
        October 18, 2020

        Happy birthday dear Trev! What a beautiful and sweet soul your grandaughter! Wish you all the best, health and joy in your life. Xristina

        • Trev
          October 18, 2020

          Thank you, Xristina. 😊

  • caahli
    October 16, 2020

    Btw: happy 64th year of life! πŸ₯³πŸŒžπŸΎπŸ₯‚πŸ»πŸΊπŸŽ‚

    • Trev
      October 16, 2020

      Thank you very much. 😊

  • angloswiss
    October 16, 2020

    Happy belated birthday. What a wonderful original idea. I was watching Jurassic park on channel 4 last week, where the dinosaurs arrived in our part of the world at the end. They showed the baby dinosaurs – so sweet.

    • Trev
      October 16, 2020

      Thank you. I’m glad these aren’t real. Great film , Jurassic Park. 😊

  • jenanita01
    October 16, 2020

    Personally, I think you have the wrong name for your blog, Trev, as you are not that old, or silly or a sod…

    • azurea20
      October 16, 2020

      Muchas felicidades. Y reitero lo que opina jenanita01. El nombre de tu blog estΓ‘ totalmente equivocado. Un saludo y felicidad para este nuevo aΓ±o y para los que estΓ‘n por venir.

      • Trev
        October 16, 2020

        Thank you, but as I said earlier, I am usually silly and daft. Sometimes, I can be quite sensible. 😊

    • Trev
      October 16, 2020

      Thank you, sometimes I really am and sometimes I can be quite normal. 😊

    • vhealing
      October 16, 2020

      You’ve just read my mind. Lol’s

  • almerighi
    October 16, 2020

    Happy birthday Trev!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCTunqv1Xt4

    • Trev
      October 16, 2020

      Thank you so much, Almerighi. 😊

  • Going Batty in Wales
    October 16, 2020

    Belated Happy Birthday Trev! What a lovely present from the grandchilden – loving family and good friends are blessings indeed.

    • Trev
      October 16, 2020

      Thank you very much and you are right. 😊

  • Philip Edwards
    October 16, 2020

    Hi and a belated Happy Birthday to you! Thanks for sharing this post with us…⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    • Trev
      October 16, 2020

      Thank you, Philip and you’re very welcome 😊

  • denise421win
    October 16, 2020

    Happy Belated Birthday

    • Trev
      October 16, 2020

      Thank you, Denise. 😊

  • SueW
    October 16, 2020

    Happy 64th Birthday Trev!

    What a brilliant gift from the kids, such a great idea!

    • Trev
      October 16, 2020

      Thank you, Sue. It was a great gift and it kept me busy for a couple of happy days. 😊

  • Libby
    October 16, 2020

    First – happy belated birthday. Second – thanks for bringing me a smile on a dull day. What a wonderful birthday present!

    • Trev
      October 16, 2020

      Thank you, Libby. Pleased it gave you a smile 😊

  • Rupali
    October 16, 2020

    Awe, this is lovely. Good wishes to you Trev.

    • Trev
      October 16, 2020

      Thank you, Rupali 😊

  • vhealing
    October 16, 2020

    Happy Birthday Trev. Sounds like a wonderful day. You’ve hit the jackpot with your gorgeous grandchildren. How spoiled you are, as you deserve.
    and… a great reminder that ‘All We Need is Love” and not just “when we’re 64”

    • Trev
      October 16, 2020

      Thank you, vhealing. Very kind of you. πŸ™‚

  • Terri, Reclaiming Hope
    October 16, 2020

    Happy belated birthday Trev! Here’s wishing you many more!

    • Trev
      October 16, 2020

      Thank you very much, Terri. πŸ™‚

  • John
    October 16, 2020

    Happy 64th birthday, sir! πŸ˜ŽπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

    • Trev
      October 16, 2020

      Thank you, John, very much appreciated. πŸ™‚

  • Yetismith
    October 16, 2020

    How very lovely, Trevor. That is special!

    • Trev
      October 16, 2020

      Thank you, Yeti. πŸ™‚

  • justcalmwildness
    October 16, 2020

    Happy Belated BirthdayπŸ’πŸ’

    • Trev
      October 16, 2020

      Thank you very much, you’re very kind. πŸ™‚

  • Peter's pondering
    October 16, 2020

    What a wonderful gift. Happy Birthday and a bit!

    • Trev
      October 16, 2020

      Thank you, Peter. πŸ™‚

  • Introverted Thoughts
    October 16, 2020

    Happy belated birthday! Sounds like you had a wonderful day!

    • Trev
      October 16, 2020

      Thank you, I did, I had a lovely time. πŸ™‚

  • Hope
    October 16, 2020

    Wow!🎈 Wow! 🎈OM Gosh! You painted them with “glow-in-the dark” paint. 😎What more could you ask for? πŸŽ†πŸŽ†Your grandchildren know exactly what you wanted for your birthday!!!! πŸ€—

    • Trev
      October 16, 2020

      Thank you, Hope. They certainly did and it was all great fun. πŸ™‚

  • Rosaliene Bacchus
    October 16, 2020

    Happy Belated Birthday, Trev! Life is filled with wonderful surprises, even during these days of social distancing πŸ™‚

    • Trev
      October 16, 2020

      Thank you, Rosaliene, I am certainly blessed. πŸ™‚

  • June Lorraine Roberts
    October 16, 2020

    What a present! And belated birthday greetings πŸ™‚

    • Trev
      October 16, 2020

      Thank you very much, June and yes, it certainly was a great present. Many thanks. πŸ™‚

  • anotherdaywithjulie
    October 16, 2020

    Happy belated birthday! The dinosaurs look great!

    • Trev
      October 16, 2020

      Thank you very much, Julie. 😊

  • Herb
    October 16, 2020

    I love when my granddaughter writes me a handwritten note. Aplomb is a great word and now I am going to have to use it. I don’t suppose any of your grandchildren are named Vera, Chuck, or Dave, though?

    • Trev
      October 16, 2020

      Haha, thanks, Herb. 10 out of 10 for the names from the song. No, none of my Grandkids with those names. Glad you like β€˜aplomb’ it is a great word. 😊

  • gulfcoastpoet@gmail.com
    October 16, 2020

    What a unique and creative birthday gift, Trev. Your grandchildren sound delightful! <3 All the best! Cheryl

    • Trev
      October 17, 2020

      Thank you very much, Cheryl. πŸ™‚

  • Marzi
    October 17, 2020

    Happy belated birthday Trev!

    • Trev
      October 17, 2020

      Thank you so much, Marzi. 😊

  • tallulahbass
    October 17, 2020

    Belated birthday wishes. . . everyone loves dinosaurs πŸ™‚

    • Trev
      October 17, 2020

      Thank you very much. 😊

  • Kally
    October 17, 2020

    Happy Belated Birthday! Awesome gift!

    • Trev
      October 17, 2020

      Thank you, Kally. 😊

  • Mystic Dee
    October 17, 2020

    Happy Birthday, Trev.

    • Trev
      October 17, 2020

      Thank you, Dee. πŸ™‚

  • KINDNESS WISDOM
    October 18, 2020

    Happy Birthday Trev you are so fortunate enough to ” Grow Up ” yeah πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‚πŸ¨πŸ¨πŸ¨πŸ¨πŸ¦€πŸ¦€πŸ₯§πŸ§πŸ°

    • Trev
      October 18, 2020

      Thank you very much, Kindness. 😊

  • lorriebowden
    October 18, 2020

    What a wonderful gift…for all of you!! Gotta love creating! Have a blessed day!

    • Trev
      October 18, 2020

      Thank you very much, Lorrie. πŸ˜‰

  • Lara/Trace
    October 19, 2020

    Ah, now I’m crying! (Happy Birthday to you!)

    • Trev
      October 19, 2020

      Thank you, Lara. 😊

  • jimflanigan
    October 19, 2020

    Aw, very sweet and a good job painting.

    • Trev
      October 19, 2020

      Thank you, Jim. πŸ™‚

  • Brothers Campfire
    October 20, 2020

    Well happy birthday!

    • Trev
      October 20, 2020

      Thank you very much 😊

  • restlessjo
    October 20, 2020

    So glad I stopped by, Trev! Belated happy birthday- I know it was!- and what a superb thoughtful present. Our grandson is a dinosaur lover too. You’ve got me thinking πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    • Trev
      October 23, 2020

      Thank you very much, Jo, very kind of you. Sorry I was late replying. πŸ™‚

  • Deeksha Pathak
    October 22, 2020

    Wishing you happy belated birthday wishes TrevπŸŽ‰πŸŽŠ
    Your grandkids are very thoughtful and sweet with such creative gift!

    • Trev
      October 22, 2020

      Thank you, Deeksha, very much appreciated 😊

  • SMB
    October 22, 2020

    Happy belated birthday Trev! 😊😊 You are very lucky to have such thoughtful grandkids. May you have a adventurous year with tons of happy memories.πŸ₯³

    • Trev
      October 23, 2020

      Thank you very much 😊😊

  • Olivia
    October 23, 2020

    Happy belated Birthday! πŸ™‚

    • Trev
      October 23, 2020

      Thank you, Olivia. πŸ™‚

  • Paquerite
    October 23, 2020

    Too late, I didn’t see your article…
    Happy birthday !!

    • Trev
      October 23, 2020

      Thank you, Paquerite, very much appreciated. πŸ™‚

  • zumpoems
    October 23, 2020

    Very warm post! Happy Belated Birthday, Trev!

    • Trev
      October 23, 2020

      Thank you very much, zumpoems, very much appreciated. πŸ™‚

  • Crystal Byers
    October 28, 2020

    The gift that keeps on giving. Happy Belated Birthday, Trev! Wishing you something to celebrate in each day. 🎈

    • Trev
      October 28, 2020

      Thank you very much, Crystal. πŸ˜ŠπŸ™

  • Efrona Mor
    October 30, 2020

    Happy late birthday! You are a delightful writer! And I’m sure as much a delightful person!

    • Trev
      October 30, 2020

      Thank you very much, Efrona, I do appreciate your very kind words. πŸ™‚

  • inese
    October 30, 2020

    Happy very belated birthday! I did have tears in my eyes reading the dinosaur story.

    • Trev
      October 30, 2020

      Thank you, I appreciate your very kind words. πŸ™‚

      • da-AL
        October 31, 2020

        A happy belated bdy from me too! would love it you’d guest blog post for my site β€”- if you’re interested, pls let me know ContactdaAL@gmail.com

        • Trev
          October 31, 2020

          Thank you. πŸ™‚

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