This was a 30th to remember. Alex sure will. Organised months ago and coordinated to perfection, girlfriend Nieve made sure that 35 friends were safely housed at Buckland House from Friday, awaiting Alex's arrival.
And a surprise it was. Alex was blown away and following the cheers, we settled in to a brilliant weekend. Of general excess. The first evening was pretty unstructured, but a great get to know you.
The incredible setting
The following day we nursed hang overs by grazing on food, playing snooker, watching the footy and going for a fantastic long walk around the grounds and in to the woods.
Nieve holds court with the boys
Saturday evening brought in the caterers and a sit down black-tie dinner. It was a wonderful evening that descended in to piano-sing-a-long-chaos around the grand piano in the main hall. Epic. The drive home on the Sunday was certainly a test, as I was at the wheel of the 9-seater mini bus. But we made it. Just. Happy birthday again!