Friday 19 May 2017

A post-birthday post...

Yesterday was my birthday. And, as usual, I took myself off for the morning and visited Hebden Bridge. It was a bit of a pain getting there: sheep in the road (there are always sheep in the road), slow-moving tractors and so on. But get there I did.

I didn't take my camera though. And I should have. So many things to photograph, so many missed opportunities... beds full of purple alliums, trees heavy with blossom, rows of terraces with names like 'Thistle Bottom', 'Groudle Glen' and 'Woodland Dell'. 

So instead you have some pictures of our activities these past few weeks, and the May loveliness that's blooming away and perfuming our woodland walks.

Yes, so - Hebden Bridge. We visited a fortnight or so ago. Joe was being a nuisance so I decided to return alone on my birthday for a mooch around in peace, and perhaps to spend some birthday money. But when it came to it, I didn't really feel in the mood. I did, of course, buy Joe something (three books, to be exact). But after an hour and a bit of wandering around, admiring the lovely shops and topping up my vitamin D levels, I headed back home.

I did, however, meet up with two of my best friends in the village cafe for lunch. Turned out to be a bit of a panic as I suddenly decided to call in at Ramsbottom beforehand and look in the clothes shop there. And yes, I spent my birthday money. Just like that. On a Seasalt raincoat.

I already have one like this, purchased two (or was it three?) birthdays ago. But there's always room for more outdoor clothing in my wardrobe. And I tend to buy the one expensive thing which I wouldn't normally treat myself to at any other time of the year. I go for quality and know it'll last. This particular coat has a lifetime guarantee which is reassuring.

Birthday money gone (it never hangs around), I ate lunch with my lovely friends who had kindly clubbed together and treated me to a voucher for an aromatherapy massage - I can't wait for that - before going to collect Joe from school.

We ate chocolate and biscuits together in the kitchen and I decided that my birthday had been very nice indeed, if a bit hectic. I suspect a lie-in, a daytime bath and the chance to lounge around with a book all afternoon will happen on a future 18th of May.

I have been spoilt though. Another lunch last Saturday, lovely gifts, cards and well wishes. It's hard when I think of spending these special times with my mum so I like to imagine she's around somewhere, keeping an eye on proceedings and perhaps guiding me over that sheep-bothered moor road.

So I'm now 42. It looks older on paper (or screen) than I feel inside. I'm still the same person as I was twenty (twenty five?) years ago. Older, a little bit wiser, definitely more tired, but still as confused and silly. In a good way.

I did go out for a very brisk walk this morning though. In the spirit of taking care of myself and all that. I felt so virtuous that after lunch I finished my birthday chocolate off. Like I said, only a little bit wiser.


  1. Happy Birthday Sarah! Have a lovely weekend. x

  2. Lovely to see a post from you Sarah, with gorgeous photos as always. Your birthday sounds lovely, I'm glad you found a treat for yourself. I'm wishing you a very good year. CJ xx

  3. Happy Birthday Sarah. Thank you for sharing where you bought your coat, what a gorgeous site!
    I love the coats/jackets, I know your really busy but if you can find a moment, are your coats comfortable for sitting down in? I ask because I'd love to get one but I find that being in a wheelchair causes clothes to misbehave :-) Jackets ride up and coats bunch in the front or gape open.
    Thanks Sarah, Lucy

    1. Hi Lucy, so sorry for the late reply. A lot of blog comments have suddenly just popped up! The coat is quite straight up and down, and fastens with a zip. Excuse me whilst I zip it up and sit down... no, doesn't bunch or ride up. I did buy a size larger though, with jumpers in mind... Hope you see this reply and again, sorry for the delay!

  4. Happy birthday Sarah, it sounds as though you had a lovely day. Only 42... I'm 60 in July and still feel the same as when I was in my twenties!

  5. belated birthday wishes x chocolate as a reward for being virtuous is an excellent way to be balanced x

  6. Wishing you a belated happy birthday. Sounds like a lovely day.

  7. Happy birthday Sarah, it sounds like a lovely day, and chocolate, walks and aromatherapy are all good things xx


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