I had a FABULOUS birthday yesterday! The weather was crisp, bright and sunny. I received a lovely set of cards and presents along with many good wishes from friends and family on Facebook. Andy had already booked the day as holiday, and he took me Stratford-upon-Avon in the evening for a lovely Italian dinner followed by a visit to the Swan Theatre to see a very energetic, with teeny bits of naughtiness (!) production of 'The Rover' which is a Restoration play by Aphra Behn, and one of my favourites. We rolled home about half past midnight. It was a very good day indeed!
51, eh? It's been an eventful year. New job, new home, new life in the countryside. I wonder where I'll be at 52? Who knows? I'll tell you where I was about midday today - rounding up 5 naughty hens from the garden, that's where. They had escaped their run - loose netting - and were having a high old time kicking up the leaves under the cherry tree in the bottom garden. Nellie was in the courtyard! But because I have trained them well, I just popped on my coat (chilly out) and they all followed me, á la Pied Piper, back up to their own house and garden, and I rewarded them for their obedience with a couple of handfuls of sunflower seeds. Job done.
Perhaps this time next year we might have more hens. We might have another cat. We've been umming and ahhing about it - does Flora Bijou Mybug need a companion, maybe, as she has grown up with kitty chums? She was very close to Tybalt - he's been gone almost a year now - and then losing Phoebe just before we moved...well, I think she misses them. Of course, cats are solitary creatures, and actually aren't that bothered about having another cat around, but Flora, because we've had her since she was 2 weeks old, is a different case. Anyway, another cat? Who knows?
Damson Cottage will DEFINITELY be different! Once the New Year arrives we shall be cracking on with alterations and renovations. Making it ours. Erasing the marks of previous owners. And the garden, too, will have earned its keep as the new 'Hedgetable' plot (as Andy now calls it because it will a vegetable garden surrounded by a hedge) comes into its own.
My instinct as each birthday passes by is to treat it as a personal 'New Year' which involves making plans and resolutions about what I am going to do and change and learn before my next birthday. But I'm not doing that this year. This year will flow as it will. I'll drift along with it, a day at a time, still writing and reading, sewing and gardening, and loving the fact that I can step outside my back door and talk to a sheep and the front door and talk to a cow! Today has been a snuggle at home day. The weather has been colder and overcast, I am sleepy after only 5 hours of zzzzzz (because despite the late night, I am incapable of lie-ins!) so I've been reading by the fire, and watching the boxed set of 'Friday Night Dinner' that was a birthday present.
My inspiration is this piece of art that Andy bought me as a birthday gift. We went to an exhibition of work by this artist a few months ago, and Andy remembered how much I loved her paintings. So he got me one! I love the one he chose. I think it is very me...
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