Unbeknown to Margaret, several of their friends also travelled north, and stayed locally.
Meanwhile, we needed to come up with a plausible story why R&M should arrive for breakfast at 9.30am, slightly later than usual (and sound convincing in relaying it - there were some oscar-deserving performances from Richard and myself...)
When they arrived in the dining room next morning, their friends had gathered, and were waiting to greet them here for a breakfast party! What a hoot.
Margaret didn't suspect a thing, and was completely bowled over by the efforts everyone had gone to. She said "I have some lovely friends" - but it seems to us that she must BE a really good friend, for folks to want to go to all that trouble. Richard did pretty well too, dontcha think? Especially with that ruby stone he presented too...
Here's the party gathered... we were pleased to be a part of this! You have to imagine the big balloon attached to the red ribbon.