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This is 37!

This is 37!

by Clare Mansell


I turned 37 yesterday and I wondered when is it that people stop celebrating their age and start trying to hide it?

I don’t see a reason to apologise, life is pretty good. I weigh less than I did at 30. I know more about myself than I did at 20. I still wake up every morning wondering what the day might bring.

Me and my extended family all headed to the beach to celebrate yesterday. My nephew cooked sausages on a disposable barbecue, my niece built sandcastles with Theo. The dogs ran around enjoying the space and we all marveled at how grains of sand manage to get into picnics however tight you bind the tin foil.

It’s been 8 years since I was in the UK for my birthday. Since then I’ve celebrated in the Falkand Islands, Canada, Cyprus and Scotland. I’ve marked the day in swimming pools or singing karaoke on remote farms, but it takes a lot to beat the English seaside.
 
We came home to a sewing machine cake cooked by Jim (didn’t he do well for a non-baker?) and homemade ice-cream in cornets. My sister said birthdays in February are never like this…. and she’s right. There is definitely an upside to being an August baby!

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This week

This week

by Clare Mansell
230/365 - 18 August 2010
232/365 - 20 August 2010

Whilst I’ve been enjoying overcast skies and cooler temperatures in the UK this week, Jim is back in Cyprus where despite reaching the (alleged) mid-August cool off point, it has apparently still been stiflingly hot.

Bella our beagle was spayed yesterday, and I don’t envy her being the one recovering for an operation in the humidity. There’s small consolation in the fact that this should be the dogs last summer in Cyprus. We are due posting next July and have a few tricks up our sleeve that mean the dogs at least, should get an early release.

Meanwhile it’s another two weeks before I’m allowed to fly back to Cyprus, but my recovery is going well. I’ve had a remarkable lack of pain and the worst aspects have been not being able to shower properly and being restricted to sleeping on my back. Small prices to pay.

It’s been an interesting week to jump on the 365 band wagon. I missed the start of the year, so instead I’m documenting 2010 from my 34th birthday onwards. My mother has kept a 5 year diary for twenty five years, so this will be my modern interpretation…. and of course it will provide lots of photo fodder for this blog.

PS – By the way, that’s my birthday cake in the photo above. You are NEVER too old for jelly babies.

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