I would like to boast a restrained weekend of celebration, as befits two sensible adults. Yes, really – birthdays should not be an automatic excuse for another beano. Our revelry is underpinned by large portions of gravadlax and blinis, Manuka smoked king prawns and grilled swordfish. For Mrs G’s present I settled on the less than novel panic buy: a new winter coat from her favourite couturier. It can be a tad chilly out in the yard when feeding chickens and mending fences – and today is big on sleet and iced walkways.