Eighty four and still alive and kicking !
Such a happy day ~ 18 cards, a dozen callers, phone calls from all the family including RTWP out in Barcelona ~ flowers and gifts galore ~ I feel truly blessed ~ I'll catch up tomorrow but this is enough for tomight ~ I do not remember a happier birthday in years ~ thank you one and all for cards and prezzies and warm friendship even now to this great age ~ partially blind and unsteady on my feet and infuriatingly deaf ~ how lucky I am xxx
Friday ~ catching up with myself this fine bright morning ~ picture of the garden closing down till the spring you might think, but no ~ in soite of appearances, all the solar lights are busy recharging ready for tonight's display ~ quite magic ~ among all my presents Annabel gave me a box of BATH MELTS which fizz and foam in the bath ~ they look like cup cakes, beautifully decorated cup cakes and I see that the label warns "enjoy but do not eat !" And they are hand made here in Whitby, here on Church Street ~ marvellous ! Almost too pretty to use ! Thank you Annabel xx There were six in the box but Barbara put the Christmassy one (a snow man) aside ~ the detail is incredible ~ each one a delicate work of art ! Lovely supper @ the smoked fish Mary brought me with white sauce made from the milk I poached it in, with baby potatoes and garden peas ~ and enough left for tonight though suddenly feeling ravenous, I think I'll have it NOW for lunch ~ let me go down and heat ir up right this minute . . . 8pm and an email from Richard ~ he and Imma are ing to a dancing class ~ really chilly now and again heating on from 4pm ~ had lovely bath with these wacky bath gels which did make the water and my skin fee quite silky ~ one of the problems with my eyes is that the text seems to be floating around on the screen and it is almost impossible to get the cursor where I want it to be, say making a correction ~ this makes checking and correcting very difficult ~ poor Kate ~ a neighbour's cat got in through their cat flap and had spent the night shuffling round shitting ~ Kate had to take the day off work to clean it up ~ the damned creature even got upstairs trailing dhiarrhoe as it went ~ bad enough cleaning up after your own pets never mind the neighbours ~ they will now make jolly sure the cat fla is set so that their Puss can get OUT but no other cat can get in.
We had a good many pets while the children were young ~ Bruno the Alsation puppy Mary brought from Jersey, Cilla a funny little spaniel-cross, Norman who in spite of her name produced several litters of kittens in the garden shed, at one point Will had mice and in a washing up bowl in the dining room window were a couple of mini turtles ~ poor Howard could not stand any of them, especially when Bruno got in trouble on a family walk up St Giles Hill (NOT the right name ~ St Giles was right behind our house) for worrying sheep and there was a £10 fine to be paid. Oh dear ~ the cost of feeding the brutes was bad enough without fines !
Saturday ~ a crisp sunny morning again ~ can scarcely believe what a happy birthday I had ~ apart from Barbara, I did not think anybody else knew ~ I feel incredibly lucky ~ must do S's order for delivery tomorrow but first I need a cup of coffee ~ I'll make a jug of my proper French coffee : while John was around, we'd call it Sunday Coffee and I'd have a pot ready when he arrived for lunch ~ I have to admit that much as I loved him, I am happy to be on my own with nobody else to consider ~ I'm becoming very selfish and happy to stick to my quiet routine ~ when I went down the yard (in a wheel chair) last week to go to Eye Clinic I believe this was the first time I'd been further than my dust bin in seven months but in spite of that I seem to have a rich life with friends popping in just about every day. Later : 5pm ~ dark and dismal again ~ ~ the smoke alarm on this landing has been chiroping away so I rang the Fire Brigade who tell me this can happen when the cold weather comes but someone wikk come and check on Monday so I must be jolly careful in the meantime not to start a fire ~ rang Rita who pot her address and all in her birthday card ~ the old stone farm cottage they hace just moved to sounds delightful ~ I looked it up on Google : Ty Hen Farm Cottages Llwynddavydd ~ Welsh spelling ! Glad we are back in touch. More cards today ~ 23 in all ! at my time of life !!