Sunday, 24 July 2016

Surely not!



It had to happen; I've just had a birthday, and it was a biggy.

When I was younger I used to think that I'd never make it past 50, then later I thought I'd never see the year 2000. I was wrong on both counts.

In fact I've never felt fitter, and my mind is as active as ever. The only let-down has been a few aches and pains, no doubt induced by my own stupid behaviour in my working past.

The older we get, the more we look back on our past lives; and I've found myself doing exactly that on my early morning walks with Bok. I think of my parents, my upbringing, my successes and failures, and mostly of my children and their children.

I'm lucky to be surrounded by my 3 children and their children at the moment. I look at them and try to imagine what they will become, whether, like me, they will get to live through peaceful times and if they will live a life of reasonable comfort. I do hope so.

I can hardly believe the age I am, it seems to have rushed upon me without my being aware. I have to accept it; I have no choice, but I won't let it slow me down, become less irreverent, or less raucous. I shall never suffer fools gladly, never be told what to do by petty authoritarians, and never take notice of killjoy dietitians. If it says 'Don't walk on the grass', I more than likely will!

So, I'm wishing myself good health, steady ladders, and plenty more years of hedonism. Let no-one say that I didn't enjoy myself, and make plenty of mischief.

Here's to the next ten or even twenty years; Cheers.



65 comments:

  1. Yes Cro, having recently joined the ranks of OAPs, or Senior Citizens if you're politically correct, I have similar thoughts, and a similar contempt for petty rules and officials.

    My main ambition now is to see my youngest grandson, nearly , grow to full size.

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    1. We have 5 grandsons with us at the moment from 2 to 10. Exhausting!

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  3. Belated birthday greetings, Cro. I bet Bok and Freddie are wondering what has happened. It all sounds great fun, if a little tiring. Elaine x

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    1. Bok ran away last night. We had fireworks, and he hates bangs; we forgot to lock him indoors. Some nice girls brought him back.

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  4. That was some party...and plenty of good champagne too from the looks of it!
    Reading this has brought a tear on my face. Cheers with all my heart to many more mischief happy healthy years, Cro.
    Greetings Maria xx

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    1. By the end of the evening there were about twice the amount of corks on the table. I haven't counted but we bought about 20 bottles, and I think there are just two left. Ha ha.

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  5. More wonderful years filled with your lovely family, the beautiful home you live and health.

    Let there be Cake !
    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

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    1. There was cake. And more cake. And more cake! I'm all caked out.

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  6. Wishing you a belated happy birthday, with many more years ahead to cause mischief, mayhem, and anything else you want to do.

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  7. Happy Birthday Cro - lovely to have all your family there with you - sounds like quite a party. You do have to wonder where the time goes don't you? You don't say how old you are I expect it ends with an 0 - here's to many more in good health and sound mind.

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    1. And it starts with a 7. Very, very old.

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  8. Belated birthday wishes

    http://shilpachandrasekheran.blogspot.in/2016/07/failure.html?m=1

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  9. Age is just a number (to be ignored at all times). Happy Birthday Cro!

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  10. Many happy, though belated, happy returns Cro, you live in a wonderful place surrounded at the moment by your family - may it long continue. X

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    1. Chaotic but wonderful; just as it should be.

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  11. Absolutely and yes to all that.x

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  12. 80 is a noble age Cro well done and I would never had guessed :-) ?
    Congratulations Old Boy

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    1. Cheeky! I may look 80, but I've another 10 years to go!

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    2. you're still a youngster Cro!

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  13. your post is a great inapiration for me, i shall be there in few years and i wish i shall remember what you say here.

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  14. Happy Birthday Cro, keep the celebrations going.

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  15. Many happy returns Cro. Keep up the good work.

    Jean

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  16. I'll join you in April! Have you heard the expression "70 is the new 60"? You sound like a 60 candidate with all you do.

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    1. For the moment I'm doing very little.... too hot.

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  17. That must have been some party ...... lovely to have had all of your nearest and dearest with you too..... keep celebrating for at least another week !! XXXX

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    1. Three leave tomorrow, another three go on the 28th, and the last lot leave on the 31st..... what will we do with ourselves after then!!!

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  18. Sounds like a lovely party. 70 is still young.

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    1. I feel OK, but a tiny bit woozy from last night.

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  19. That's an awful lot of champagne corks.
    So that's what all the noise was about last night!

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    1. Did you hear our fireworks? No, we bought a cheap pack of Chinese rubbish from Jifi.

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    2. p.s. I think we drank 20 bottles. Yay!

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  20. Happy birthday, I know I have to stop and think how old I am because other than a few aches and pains I feel the same as I always have.

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    1. What's the betting that Trump feels about 13 years old?

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  21. Happy birthday, never let the next one slow you down.

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  22. Happy belated birthday, my friend! I hope you have a wonderful year! xx

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    1. I got so excited about your birthday that I repeated myself three times! Haha. Sorry I missed the actual day....it's been a crazy week with very little time for reading blogs. I'm glad you had so much fun with your family!

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    2. You can repeat yourself as often as you like Jennifer. Thank you.

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  23. I would have guessed 60. I hope there was some chocolate on that cake as no birthday should go by without it. ;-)Have a wonderful year ahead, Cro. Deb

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    1. It was actually a Lemon Drizzle Cake, by my request. Very nice.

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  24. A wonderful way to celebrate a very special day. It's not how old you are, but how old you feel !
    Did "Tenpin" and her family make it to join in the celebrations too?

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    1. Yes, they're all here. Lots of mess and lots of noise. Non-stop fun.

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  25. Endorse every single word of this Cro - this is my philosophy and it has served me well so far.

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    1. Any other attitude just wouldn't suit me at all.

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  26. Good on you Cro. A belated Very Happy Birthday.

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  27. Well goodness, I thought you were going to say eighty or ninety; seventy is but a babe. Lots more to go. Happy day.

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    1. No birthday is really welcomed if there's a zero in it; but I'll cope.

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  28. Cro , i am 28
    In my far back mind

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    1. Good for you. We should start a club.

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  29. Oh, I've just found more champagne, and would like to toast you yet again.

    Many happy returns!

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    1. Thank you Frances. We had to buy another fridge for all our Champagne. It sits outside on our covered terrace.

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  30. Step right on that grass and take no guff! HB from SF!

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  31. A mile stone Congratulation. Bon anniversaire !

    This is a beautifully written post...expressive with a tinge of whimsy and reflection.
    You have the makings of a poet.
    Give it a shot. I think you would enjoy it and you would give joy to many reading it.

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  32. Well done. Keep sane. Keep working. And good luck with the ladder (or did you say bladder?).

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