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Last month I reached the grand age of 75, so I am now one of the “vulnerable elderly citizens”  (almost as beloved of politicians as the “hard working families!”)

My first gift was a free TV licence from the government

On the Sunday before my birthday we visited our local stately home with the family and had a splendid cream tea in the Orangerie. (Gracious living at its best)

On the actual day Jennie gave us a birthday party tea, complete with balloons and hats!

Two days later Jennie and I went to see an excellent production of “War Horse” at the Millennium Centre.

When I see 75 written down it looks so old. Inside I still feel 35, still 8st  with all the energy I had then. Sadly I am no longer 8st and though the spirit may be willing the body is not and as for walking miles forget it!

Can it really be 70 years since the little girl with two fair plaits eagerly joined the mixed infants at Bentinck  School? I was the youngest of the family and all the cousins and had been so envious of my brother and cousins when they went to school.

64 years ago that same little girl walked along the boulevard,proudly wearing the scarlet and grey uniform of the grammar school.

56 years ago I started my Nursing training.

52 years ago I visited Norway for the first time and so began about 10 years of sharing my time between England and Norway.

The first babies I delivered will now be over 50, I wonder how they have lived their lives.

48 years ago I had my great adventure on the Bergensfjord.

41 years ago I married JW

35 years ago I had my lovely daughter, Jennie.

Since then the years have just telescoped into one another and Jennie is grown up with a family of her own and my grandchildren are growing up at a rapid rate. I do have one consolation in that my 2 year old granddaughter is a carbon copy of her mother so I have the joy of those early years, (which flew by so rapidly)  all over again.


JW has “photo shopped” my pictures of the cruise, so I will start to post about it soon, but today I am busy getting ready for a trip to London with Jennie. She has obtained tickets to see  David Tennant and Catherine Tate  in “Much Ado about Nothing” at Wyndhams.

We are travelling up by train and staying one night in a hotel. I don’t know what else we will do but we are both looking forward to the trip and I am sure it will be a birthday to remember.

 Today was my eldest grandson “Handsome’s” eighth birthday and we celebrated with a family lunch. I was amazed at how much he has grown up over the past year. He chose the restaurant, issued his own invitations and  booked the table. It is lovely to see him so confident. I also appreciate the fact that we all get on so well together as a family. He invited us, GG’s mother, sister and her partner, great uncle and godmother. It really felt like a “proper old fashioned family do”  I know  many people who don’t get on with their in-laws and it is so sad, they are missing so much. Our family ranged in age from 4- 86 and we all enjoy meeting  and catching up with one another.

The meal was very good and at the end the restaurant staff brought over his cake and a “crown” made from balloons and everyone sang Happy Birthday to him. I suppose it is a sign of his growing up that he asked for a lemon drizzle cake rather than one shaped like a TARDIS  or light sabre etc.

The younger grandson also behaved very well. It is a delight to be able to take them out without having to apologise for their behaviour or food fads, all credit to Jennie  and GG in their parenting skills!

Yesterday was JW‘s  birthday. We spent a quiet morning.  His MP4 arrived with the morning post, so he happily spent the morning playing with it and marvelling over it.  I, at last, got around to icing the cake originally intended for Christmas and turned it into a birthday cake!  Jennie  and the boys came over after school bearing their handmade cards and gifts and then GG came from work and joined us for the evening meal. The boys had sparkling cranberry juice, which GG told them was rose wine, until sharply corrected by Jennie who had horrors at the thought of Cheeky informing his teacher that Grandma had fed them two glasses of rose wine!

It was very satisfying to see them clear their plates, they eat everything including vegetables without any fuss, so Jennie obviously she has a better technique than I did with her at that age!

We watched an episode of “Dad’s Army” and it was great to see that they laughed as much as we did first time around. Cheeky kept us amused with his impressions of the famous catch phrases and Handsome did his “magic tricks” with varying degrees of success.

As well as his conventional cards Jennie and I had sent JW  two of the amusing action Ecards  and while I was doing that I had sent one to MSMF ( my Scottish musician friend)  who shares the same birthday. MSMF sent me a thank you card and asked if I remembered celebrating his 25th birthday in Rio. How could I forget that? I shall do a separate post on that or this one will be too long.