Hi everyone, on behalf of Sabine (yes, she is German) many thanks for your wishes.
We had a great party, complete with a live Irish music session in the lounge!
A couple of singers added to the mayhem which nearly brought the house down. Thank goodness there are no neighbouring houses within earshot.
As for my beard, it is still in evidence, I promised to keep it until her Birthday.
Quite a few people who came to the party haven't seen me since I grew it and all passed very positive comments - they loved it.
So, I have now promised to keep it until at least Easter.
(Just one step at a time).