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Celebrating my Birthday

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

Birthday celebrations

I had a lovely day on my Birthday a couple of days ago.

A friend took my out for lunch at a local hotel, and I really enjoyed it. I’ve been to that hotel before for a drink, but I’ve never had a meal there before. I had to work in the morning so it was about 2.15pm when we got there, and they had really stopped serving. But they checked with the kitchen and said they would serve us. We sat in the bar which we had all to ourselves except for the friendly barman and a resident who came in to chat with us. I had Steak and Ale Pie with new potatoes and peas. It was gorgeous! The hotel is high up and we sat by a window where we had amazing views across the valley.

When we’d finished eating, we wandered round the town taking photos. My friend, Jenny, is a photographer too and it was wonderful to be with someone who takes as many photos as I do! For as long as I can remember, Christmas decorations have always appeared in shop windows and in towns in time to celebrate my birthday, and this year it was no different. The men in fluorescent jackets were actually putting up the lights on the big tree as we went past. I always like the glizt and sparkle of Christmassy things, because it’s as though they’ve been put up just for me to celebrate my birthday!!

Before work, another friend took me out for cake and coffee in a lovely little cafe at the back of a gift shop. The shop was full of glitzy Chrismassy things, and I enjoyed browsing as we wandered through, enjoying the sparkle and opulence of things that are fun to look at, but completely unnecessary to life! It was lovely to relax and catch up with my friend while I enjoyed good coffee and coffee and walnut cake. Mary was bemused when I started taking photos of the coffee and cake! I explained to her that I was doing a photo diary of my Birthday. She was ok with that as long as I didn’t take any photos of her!

When I got to work, I was just in time for a meeting. There were about 8 of us there, and when the meeting ended, they all sang Happy Birthday to me, which was lovely!!

I spent the evening with my friends Mary and David. Mary had made the most gorgeous birthday cake for me! It was a fat free swiss roll covered in strawberries, and filled with strawberry yogourt. It was the most delicious cake I’ve ever tasted!! Thank you Mary! I did take some photos of it, but they didn’t come out very well.

I had posted a ‘Happy Birthday’ photo on my Flickr photostream, and I had so many good wishes from Flickr friends!

So I had a wonderful day! Thank you to everyone who helped to make it so special!

It’s my birthday!

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

It's my birthday!

It’s my birthday today!

I like my birthday. I like it being in November when it’s dark long before the shops close, and people are starting to put Christmas decorations out. I had time to wander round my local town yesterday, and noticed that lots of shops had baubles and Christmas trees in their windows. For as long as I can remember, that always happens in time for my birthday. It’s like they’re putting them out especially for me to celebrate!

For years I’ve always taken my birthday off as a holiday and done something special, but for various reasons I’m not able to do that this year. But I’ve got a busy day planned meeting friends and eating out as well as going to work. I’m looking forward to it!

Barn Dancing

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

I went to a barn dance today. It was a friend’s birthday celebration. I love barn dancing, but I’m not keen on the dances where you ‘progress’ round the room changing partners every time you go through the sequence of moves. There’s a wide range of suitability of partners, and progressing round the room usually means meeting all of them!

There’s the man who squeezes your hand so tight that he nearly breaks your fingers and the one who whirls you round so fast that you feel not only dizzy, but sick as well. Then there’s the man who hasn’t got a clue what he’s doing and you have to try and lead him, which isn’t very easy as dances are designed for the man to lead the woman.

There’s the child who is far too young to understand the moves but is let loose on a roomful of unsuspecting ladies by an indulgent parent. When the child has a tantrum and refuses to continue, where does that leave the poor lady who is in need of a partner, but whose proper partner is now halfway round the room?

The best dance that I had was when the caller wanted to demonstrate some moves and asked me to help him. Dancing with a man who knows what he’s doing and leads his partner properly is an exhilarating experience!

I’ve had a lovely Birthday!

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Thanks to everyone who has sent me cards and messages of good wishes on my Birthday!
I’ve had a lovely day. This morning I went to visit a friend in a nearby town. She had invited me for a cup of coffee, so I thought that it would be at her house, but when I got there, she had decided that we would go out to a local cafe. It was lovely. I had coffee in a big white cup and a piece of home made coffee cake. I did enjoy it. I had never been to that cafe before, and it was just the sort of place I like. I must make sure I go there again!
Later, I had lunch at my favourite store in my local town. I had a wander round the clothes departments and the Food Hall. It was Christmas everywhere! Lots of red and gold, and I even saw a black Christmas Tree. I don’t think I’d want a black one, but I suppose it could look good decorated in lots of silver in a minimalist flat decorated in black and white.
Later I went to see my daughter. Yes I did get a home made chocolate birthday cake with candles to blow out!

It’s my Birthday!

Monday, November 24th, 2008

It’s my Birthday today! I like birthdays – they have a special feeling to them. I enjoy other people’s birthdays, but I like mine even more. 24th November has always been a special day for me. I’ve had a few presents already – two lovely plants and some really nice specialist chocolates. I’ll enjoy those, but I’ll eat them slowly to make them last. I have a pile of birthday cards to open, and later will see some friends and my family. If I’m lucky, I might get a birthday cake. It depends how busy my daughter is and whether she’s got time to make one. She makes the best chocolate cakes I’ve ever tasted!

Is it snowing yet?

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

The weather forecasters have been promising us snow for the past few days. It was very cold yesterday, and this morning it was sleeting. A friend said they were awake in the night last night and saw big fluffy white flakes of snow floating down but it didn’t settle. It’s still being forecast though. I wonder if we will wake up tomorrow to a white world? If we do, it would be the first time there has ever been snow on my Birthday!

It’s my Birthday soon!

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

It was dark well before 5.00pm this evening, and there seem to be lots of lights around the town – including Christmassy ones. I like it when it get’s like that, because it’s a sign that it won’t be long until my Birthday! I often spend my it with my daughter – we go somewhere special, but this year she’s working. I’ll see her in the evening though. I also often get invited to friends for a meal to celebrate sometime around my Birthday, but this year both lots of friends are abroad on exotic holidays. So I have a free day to do whatever I like. I wonder what I could do to make it a special day. There are lots of things I could do, but I haven’t decided on the right one yet. I’d better get on with it though, there’s less than a week to go!

Summer, Autumn and Winter colours

Friday, October 31st, 2008

I don’t like it when summer comes to and end and it starts to get cold. When August turns to September, I have to be careful to keep myself busy and to do creative things, such as my photography, card making and knitting. I have learned from experience that if I don’t do that, I can get very down.

I love the colours of summer with it’s blue skies and brightly coloured flowers, and everything looking better with the sun shining on it. It seems to give everyone a lift if it’s sunny. I can feel quite sad when I know that the summer is slipping away, and there’s no more opportunity to go to a sunny seaside with it’s gorgeous yellow ochre sand and lovely turquoise sea and beautiful blue sky – colours that all looks so amazing together. A short holiday by the sea can really refresh and renew me.

By October it has got colder and darker in the evenings, but bright Christmas colours are starting to appear in the shops. When the clocks go back and it’s dark by 6.00pm and there are red and gold and sparkly Christmas things in the shops, then I start to feel better because that’s the signal that it won’t be long until my Birthday! I still get that feeling of excitement about my birthday that I did when I was young even if it may not be celebrated so much now as it was then. Only three and a half weeks to go!