My birthday celebrations have started early. I can’t believe that I’m reaching the grand old age of 70 years – how on earth did that happen, I have to ask! My birthday always falls over the three day Labour Weekend, and nothing, I’m told, should get in the way of a caravan weekend away, big birthday or not! So we had a family celebration a week early at the Quarter Acre Cafe a little out of town. It was pouring with rain and blowing a gale, but that didn’t dampen our spirits one little bit.
It was great to have my sister Kathleen down for the weekend from Hastings. Accompanied by my niece Lisa who did the driving, and great-niece Kate who came along for the ride. They got a guided tour through our new home, as they had not made it down this way since we had moved house.
And our very special guest, my Aunt Dawn. Dawn is my last remaining aunt, and was my Dad’s baby sister. We were so pleased she could make it, as we had lost touch for many years and Kathleen managed to track her down when she was working on family genealogy. Dawn had not met some of the family and was thrilled to finally put faces to names.
We enjoyed a lovely lunch together and then the birthday cake came out with (luckily) three candles blazing. Don’t think I could have managed to blow out 70 blazing candles without doing myself or the cake a little mischief! I did the obligatory “cutting of the cake” and slices of the chocolate gateaux was passed around the table and consumed. It was delicious.
It was so nice having family members with me to celebrate my milestone birthday, and most followed us back to our home for a cuppa before heading off on their separate ways. And despite being told “no presents please” I received some lovely gifts.
But as it’s not quite my actual birthday, the birthday celebrations aren’t over yet. It will be happening again as I have a couple more celebrations planned over the next week or two. After all, 70 is a big number to celebrate, wouldn’t you agree?