Archive | March 2012

Club 40!

Well, March 15th is now drawing to a close but what a WONDERFUL day I’ve had!  Today has felt like Christmas, my 18th and my 21st birthdays…infact, all my birthdays rolled into one!!!!

I’ve enjoyed waking up to presents and cards at dawn with my hubby and sons. The boys insisted on opening my cards and presents for me this year, as clearly in their eyes, I’m now too old to do this for myself!  I’ve also enjoyed a wonderful celebratory birthday lunch, with my parents and husband, in the restaurant at the beautiful Chewton Glen Hotel in The New Forest – a lovely birthday present from my parents.  The sun shone (where we were at least!) and I had my photo taken as I stood in the March sunshine amongst a spectacular carpet of golden daffodils (my birthday flowers!) in the gardens at The Chewton Glen.

Birthday tea with the family was lovely – cupcakes, balloons, spring flowers…champagne!

Today has been the perfect day.

I now look forward to my three celebratory parties – tomorrow, Saturday evening and on the 24th!!

I go to bed a very happy (not so old) lady indeed!!





‘Tis the night before my 40th!

Well, it’s finally here, the eve of my 40th birthday!  As I write I’m sitting, (glass in hand), surrounded by birthday balloons blown up by my sons, bunting and spring flowers…lovely!  AND how do I feel about turning the BIG 40 tomorrow?

I feel remarkably fine, cool, calm, collected… I’m kissing goodbye to my Thirties… they’ve been fun…. An exciting decade in which, most importantly I became a mum (twice), my hubby and I bought our first house and I began to write my novel and my childrens’ book.

I’ve also been on an exciting, off-road experience driving in a Jeep around the entire island of Barbados, travelled in an RV through The Canadian Rockies (through a snow blizzard!), where I saw the cutest black bear cubs, enjoyed the thrill of Orlando’s Disney World, dined al fresco on Miami’s Ocean Drive, enjoyed Boston’s famous Duck Tour on the Charles River, soaked up the Umbrian sun in Assissi, toured The Vatican in Rome and watched the sun set over the Adriatic in Dubrovnik….

What will the next decade have in store?  I’ll tell you when I’m 50!



Living on the edge!!

Sometimes when I think about it, I’m totally ok with this ‘turning 40’ lark…it’s cool, I can handle it……. Then other times when I find myself contemplating my ‘milestone’ birthday, I think… OHMYGODFORTY!!!!!!!  How can this be? I’m NOT READY to be THIS OLD!  I don’t feel forty and I don’t think I look forty….. because you see, I’m still only EIGHTEEN on the inside!

I feel like I’m hanging on a cliff edge…but am I on the top of the cliff looking down or am I hanging on for dear life whilst looking up – either way, I’m definately hanging on to something (metaphorically speaking!)….Is it my Thirties, or my youth?  Hell, I don’t know……….

Only two more sleeps til my 40th birthday……….

Oh my god, quick someone, give me some GAS AND AIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Blondes have more fun!

I definately feel ‘younger’ this week…maybe it has something to do with the fact that my hair is a shade lighter than it usually is – BLONDE is the colour of YOUTH you see!  My two kids are an example, with their blonde, tousled, tresses that lighten up in the sunshine – one a rich shade of Byzantine gold and the other the colour of palest honey.  My golden boys!  The colour I used to be until my hair started to go darker ‘with age’ as my hairdresser put it!!!  Better dark than grey, that’s what I say!

Now let’s see, ah yes, I’ve also shed a few pounds because I don’t want to be FAT and FORTY! With just over a week to go before I have to squeeze into my favourite party frock for a sophisticated dinner with all my family and a week after that, into a Thirties style, bias-cut dress for dinner in London with friends, I decided I had to get my eating habits under control!  By cutting out sweets, cakes, crisps and biscuits (all my favourite things!), I’ve managed to get an ‘almost’ flat stomach – well, at least first thing in the morning!!  My size 10 skinny jeans fit perfectly and I can even wear some of my slightly more ‘unforgiving-around-the-waistline’ tops and dresses without having to pull my stomach in and permanently hold my breath!  Why is it that we have to put soooooo much more effort in to staying slim when we get past 30??

Another reason for feeling younger is they seem to be playing a lot of Eighties music on the radio lately – or is it just that my almost-forty-year-old ears seem to be picking up on a RETRO frequency?  I found myself singing along to ‘Waiting For A Star to Fall’ by a long lost band called Boy Meets Girl, on the radio this morning – a song which first saw the light of day back in the Summer of 1987 (OMG, I sound like Paul Gambaccini!) and one which I hadn’t heard for years and years….I felt 15 all over again!

If you think that’s shocking, that I can remember the words quite clearly to a song from 1987, (because I simply just don’t look old enough to remember that far back now do I), here’s something even more shocking that I’m going to share with you….I’ve grown to actually quite like LIONEL RICHIE!!  Way back in the mid Eighties, I used to think he was a bit of an old fogey, as he seemed only to appeal to my parents generation of 40 plus year olds… but here I am now, about to turn 40 and I can HONESTLY say I actually really like his music!  It’s the NOSTALGIA TRIP thing you see, whenever I hear ‘Dancing On The Ceiling’, ‘Endless Love’ and of course, ‘Hello’, I find myself immediately taken back, waaaaaaaay back into the 1980s! Infact my earliest musical memory is of hearing ‘Three Times A Lady’ on the radio back in the early Seventies!!! So maybe somewhere deep in my sub-conscious I always was a bit of a Lionel Richie fan!  His new album ‘Tuskegee’, featuring all his greatest hits, but made modern by re-recording them with other artists such as Shania Twain on ‘Endless Love’, is certainly worth investing in.  Oh dear, I seem to have gone off on a complete Lionel Richie tangent….


I’m turning 40 in 8 days time, that’s what!!!!!