But there were consolations - stirring the birthday porridge;
Friends and family for lunch;
My now traditional 'decorate in 5 minutes' icecream cake;
A play put on by her sisters, cousins and friends involving a peacock, a peacock trainer, a princess, Alfredo the spy/groundskeeper and a detective;
And at the end of the day, when everyone had gone home and the fuss had died down, there was some good hard play with her sisters. This morning she asked me 'Is it still my birthday just a little bit?'