Therefore all seasons shall be sweet to thee,
Whether summer clothe the general earth
With greeness, or the redbreast sit and sing
Betwixt the tufts of snow on the bare branch
Of mossy apple-tree, while the nigh thatch
Smokes in the sun-thaw; whether the eave-drops fall
Heard only in the trances of the blast,
Or if the secret ministry of frost
Shall hang them up in silent icicles,
Quietly shining to the quiet Moon.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Now We Are Sixty!

Today is my 60th birthday and as I was born at 7.20am I can't even say I'm still 59 until whatever time! Actually being 60 feels exactly like being 59 but I've decided that from now on I'm going to make the most of every day - there are still so many places to go, things to learn, books to read and adventures to have. Probably more than I've got time to fit in! I told my children some years ago that if they ever hear me saying things like 'when you get to my age you can't...' to speak sternly to me and put me back on track. I really admire these old ladies who fly to Australia or go sky diving to celebrate their 90th birthdays, none of this 'when you get older' for them. Mind you I wouldn't have gone sky diving to celebrate even my 20th birthday! It would need to be a very serious situation indeed to get me to jump out of a plane with a parachute on!! So here we are, it's a lovely sunny day and I'm going to spend it gardening and then tonight I do my Cinderella act and get all dressed up for dinner at a lovely restaurant with my husband and all three children and their other halves. There will be a beautiful full harvest moon tonight as well.And from today I get a pension, a free bus pass and reduced rates for all sorts of things - this being 60 stuff has a lot going for it!
The photograph was taken in Florence this time last year, I'm standing on the terrace of our hotel room looking rather serious! My daughter and I had a wonderful week together and I still look just like that even though I'm 60 now......


Remiman said...


Sixty is a fine age to be. My family became somewhat worried when They felt I was trying to fit a life time into one year. I have alot of things to do and no time to waste!
Welcome aboard, it's nice to some company.

VintagePretty said...

Wow, congratulations! I hope you're having an absolutely splendid day with lots of tea, cakes and wonderful, scrumptious party food?!

It's a great age, enjoy every moment of it :)

Daisy Lupin said...

Happy Birthday to you. Did you see the full moon last night it was a beautiful one, its lovely silvery light was lighting our bedroom up, and I enjoyed going to sleep in its rays. Have a wonderful meal tonight.

Tea & Margaritas in My Garden said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY too, Rowan!!! I wish I`d been able to visit your blog sooner and wish it on your actual birthday :( So sorry.
And didn`t you hear that 60 is now the new 40? :) That`s what they`re saying. I like it! Hope you had a lovely day!


plainandsimple said...

Happy birthday Rowan! The harvest moon is BIG for your birthday. Reminds me of a Neil Young song!

Patty said...

The same age as my beloved. Age much like Time, I have discovered is important only when we let it dictate the rules.

Marci said...

You look WONDERFUL for being 60. May I age that gracefully!!!!