Birthday Celebrations continued



What a lovely evening! Six of us went to the Panto in the local theatre. I hadn’t been to a Pantomime for twenty years , in fact, since I moved from Dublin in 2000. It was a take on The Wizard of Oz with a local flavour and a local cast. It was such an enjoyable performance. The best part was watching the children in the rows in front of us.



At last, an escape from the Irish winter with a holiday in the Canary Islands.

My husband, James, and I flew out to Arrecife airport and checked into our Apartment/Hotel in Costa Teguise, Lanzarote. Here we will stay for three weeks of sunshine and blue skies, with gentle walks on the promenade by the seashore. What could be a better celebration?


Turning 70

I need to prove that the biblical three score and ten is not the end of life but a new, exciting way of living.

On my Seventieth birthday I celebrated in a modest but enjoyable way with a handful of family and friends. My second celebration was a dinner hosted by a friend. Yesterday, I had a lunch with four lovely ladies who are both neighbours and friends.

Three down, 67 to go!

You see, I have decided to try to find 70 ways to celebrate this milestone.

Birthday Celebrations, 70 ways to celebrate.


Dinner party at Mary’s. I thought this was a pre-Christmas celebration but it was more like an early birthday party for me. There were just seven of us around the table and it was delightful.


Official birthday lunch with my husband, brother, sister, sister-in-law and a couple of cousins. We had a most delicious meal at a local hotel with all the trimmings. Being lactose intolerant, I really enjoyed the specially-made crumble for dessert. The centrepiece, floral arrangement from my sister, who couldn’t join us. So beautiful!

Flowers from my sister for my 70th birthday.

Back home, we had the delicious cake made by my wonderful sister-in-law. It doubled as a Christmas cake, full of fruit, cherries and nuts and not too dark and heavy. I wish I had remembered to take a photo.


Relaxing at the best tea-shop in town.

Earl Gray tea with dairy-free tea brack in my favorite cafe.

After some solitary Christmas shopping, I treated myself to a leisurely break in my favourite cafe. While I enjoy spending time with my husband, family and friends, I relish downtime on my own. It’s good to savor the moment and feel grateful for the simple pleasures of life.


Belated birthday celebration with a group of friends. January 2nd

I have a wonderful bunch of neighbours who have become friends, ranging in age from 58 to 80 old. We get together as a group to celebrate each of the six birthdays. These are nicely spaced from September to July. My Christmas birthday was, of necessity, celebrated when New Years Day was over and we were all less busy at home.

We went, as usual to a country gastro pub with a great view of the Atlantic Ocean from the front door. “Mein Host” greeted us with the words, “Whose birthday is it today?”.

After a leisurely main course, the banana in my fruit salad sported a single lighted candle.

5/70 January 3rd

With the gift voucher from my friends, My husband and I took a trip to an outdoor clothing store and I bought a new mustard coloured, fleece lined winter jacket. It is cosy and wind and water-proof. I also bought a pair of waterproof trousers and a pink hat! Well, I like pink. The bonus is that this beanie has an led light on the front, which can be charged with a USB charger.

All of this gear will serve me well in our wet and windy coast of Ireland. Now I just have to get out there and exercise whatever the weather!

Turning 70

I turned seventy just before Christmas. I was born at an inconvenient time of year…for everyone else…in a small town in the west of Ireland. I was born at home, which wasn’t unusual at the time, the youngest of four children. As was the custom in an Irish Catholic family, I was christened two days later, lest I die and be consigned to Limbo. On Christmas Eve, my father valiantly struggled to pluck the goose, a gift from my grandmother. Eventually, my mother had to rise from her bed to finish the job. You see, my arrival really was inconvenient !

Now, seventy years on, I am retired in native county. I am lucky enough to have a view of the sea and have been blessed in so many ways.

The purpose of this blog is to celebrate life with gratitude and to track the seventy ways I hope to celebrate this milestone over the coming year.