We all went back to change and reappeared an hour later in our glad rags at Pentre Mawr.
There, we were ushered into the high ceilinged barn set with beautifully laid dining tables, lit with fairy lights and candles. Here we were treated to a lavish 7-course dinner.
So many mouthwatering courses, including a spicy dhal and coconut soup, a fruit sorbet, a beef stew (so tender that people were still oohing and aahing over it the next day) or a fragrant stuffed red pepper for the veggies, followed by a trio of deserts drizzled with a rasberry coulis and dusted with chocolate, all created by Bre and her inspirational team at Pentre Mawr. Meanwhile Graham and his helpers helped to keep the champagne and wine flowing all night and the ‘naughty’ table featured below grew steadily wilder!
Now Ceri hadn’t said a thing, but word had quickly spread that it was actually her birthday that day and everyone quietly teamed up to make the evening even more special… Apparently the handlers had dreamed up with idea of a cake at the 2018 International Sheepdog Trials at Gill Hall Estate, County Down in Northern Ireland. Sometimes ideas come and go, but ingenious Sue Main wasn’t going to let that one get away…
So… just when we thought it was all coming to an end, the cake of all cakes arrived
As the last morsels of cheese and biscuits disappeared, Graham and his helpers suddenly appeared bearing trays of glasses brimming with champagne as a very generous gift from Katy Cropper, swiftly followed by the most amazing cake of all cakes, created by Sue Main.
An ‘A Way with Dogs’ cake decorated with icing models of each handler around the sides and set with Ceri and Phil on the top!
When the cake was presented to Ceri it brought tears to her eyes. She didn’t even realise that people knew it was her birthday!!
Sue Main had carefully moulded each and every handler from A Way with Dogs out of icing and set them around the sides of the cake, with Ceri and Phil sitting on the top, all based on an especially delicious vanilla and chocolate cake, baked by Sue’s husband Allan.
Ceri moved from tears to laughter in seconds and the speeches began. Mike Northwood told a few cracking jokes (definitely not to be repeated here @*@*!!!) and the evening was an outstanding success.
Letters and messages of thanks have flown in from all directions, but most of all Ceri would like to let everyone know how totally, unbelievably overwhelmed she was by everyone’s thoughtfulness, kindness and dedication to having the most fun ever!
This was an evening never to be forgotten
We’ll publish more details and pics covering the semi-final and the final of the making of A Way with Dogs when the filmed runs are released on CSJ YouTube channel. Make sure you subscribe for free now!