So that's me half way through my first century, and this is one of the most surreal days yet! The key essential for my birthday is a bottle of Laphraoig, then I am happy - but on this one my family turned it up to eleven!
My wife and boys have been conspiring for a few days - I've been banned from the kitchen on a few occasions in the last couple of weeks, and found out today why - they put together a book celebrating my first 50 years, with quotes from friends and family, even my local MP, and one from my mother-in-law written in Irish!
Just for good measure, my brother then dropped a Time Lord on me - quite literally, a birthday message from Sylvester McCoy!
I'm filing this one under strangest birthday yet, but a necessary first stage on my continuing plans for immortality...! (Genealogy is an end to a means!)
Whatever you're up to, have a good day!
My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Registers course starts November 2nd - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. My book Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scottish2 is now out, also available are Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Irish1 and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scotland1. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.