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a birthday treat …

Tomorrow is my birthday and I feel that I can now officially say that I am a young-at-heart old lady.  I am being spirited away to the Norfolk coast for a week for my birthday treat.  I can only hope for good weather to accompany us.  I shall not become downhearted as yet another year has passed – life is good, and I am living it to the full as best I can – keeping my brain active with lots of reading, writing and crosswords;  promising myself  to learn something new – this year it has been crochet and overcoming my fear of technology – and stretching my inventiveness trying to keep this blog interesting for all you good folk out there.

Here are a few positive quotes about ageing.

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Today I am 65 years old .  I still look good.  I appreciate and enjoy my age.  A lot of people resist transition and therefore never allow themselves to enjoy who they are. Embrace the change no matter what it is; once you do, you can learn about the new world you’re in and take advantage of it.  You still bring to bear all your prior experience, but you are riding on another level.  It’s completely liberating. (Nikki Giovanni).

fish basking in the sunshine

I’ve enjoyed every age I have been, and each has its own individual merit.  Every laugh line, every scar, is a badge I wear to show I’ve been present, the inner rings of my personal tree trunk that I display proudly for all to see.  Nowadays I don’t want a perfect face and body, I want to wear the life I have lived. (Pat Benatar)

hedgerow snowdrops

But if we are truly happy inside, then age brings with it a maturity, a depth, and a power that only magnifies our radiance. (David Deida)

storm damage

There is a fountain of youth – it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of the people you love.  When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age. (Sophia Loren)

‘Til we meet again  - I will be back with tales to tell – keep well mes ami.

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  1. Have a happy birthday, and a lovely week. Flighty xx

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    1. thanks Flighty - I'm really looking forward to it

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  2. Congratulations on your birthday , hope you have a lovely time with lots of sunshine! Those quotes are so true! Sarah x

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    1. Thank you - fingers crossed for fine weather and yes I agree about the quotes - very positive.

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  3. You an old lady - never! I like the fact that I don't have to go to work anymore and actually have time to do all those things working prevented me from doing.

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    1. Thanks Sue - work would definitely get in the way now.

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  4. Hello Elaine:

    Many, many happy returns of tomorrow. May you have a joyous day and a lovely week in Norfolk on the coast. Whatever the weather, we are certain that you will make the most of every single moment as you so clearly do in your everyday life.

    Take care. Jó hétvégét és Boldog szúletésnapot!

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  5. A very happy birthday to you!!! Enjoy your trip....sounds absolutely wonderful!! Your garden photos paired with those amazing quotes put a huge smile on my face! Hands down the best quotes I have heard about growing older! I can't wait to see photos of your trip! Nicole

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  6. Happy Birthday and enjoy your trip. I decided in December that 70 is the new middle age as I definitely do not feel old.

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  7. Wish you a Happy Birthday and a lovely week in Norfolk. We are of the same age now and I enjoyed reading the positive quotes together with your pictures.

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  8. Happy Birthday,Elaine. What a lovely post about age and Life. Have a great week in Norfolk...my bro and his partner go there often.

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  9. Oh a most happy birthday Elaine! Hope that your special day is filled with fun and flowers. Enjoy your week in Norfolk. Look forward to hearing all about it on your return.

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  10. Happy Birthday for tomorrow Elaine.. hope you have a great time in Norfolk.. I'll wave to you from across the border :o)

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  11. Happy Birthday, Elaine and have a wonderful week away in Norfolk:)

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  12. Have a very happy Birthday tomorrow Elaine, and a wonderful trip to Norfolk. Look forward to learning about it on your return.

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  13. Have a wonderful birthday and trip to Norfolk. If it were me, I'd be looking for Norfolk Terriers (a real breed of dog from...where else?). Anyway, enjoy your special days!

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  14. It's only a number Elaine. I hope you have a wonderful birthday.XX

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  15. I'm with Sophia.
    Have a lovely week away Elaine. Happy Birthday. Jx

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  16. Adding my wishes for a wonderful birthday and holiday week! Your quotes were uplifting and I feel much perkier from reading them ;) Looking forward to hearing about your week when you return ~ have fun!!!

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  17. Happy Birthday Elaine.

    You've left me wondering how I can embrace my ageing aches and pains. I shall try today!

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  18. Ah, dear Elaine … happy birthday! Today is also my Dad's birthday so I shall have 2 slices of cake to celebrate, one for each of you! Love the quotes, especially 'the inner rings of my personal tree trunk I display proudly for all to see' - a great quote from a great musician - thank you for sharing that! Have a lovely holiday - wishing you good, dry weather!

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  19. Gosh...wearing the life I have lived....glorious! Happy Birthday in Norfolk another of my all time favourite coastal retreats....from a fellow fish --x--

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  20. Me encantan las fotografías, son geniales. Ha estado un regalo el visitar tu bloc, te invito visitar el mio y si te gusta espero que te hagas seguidora.
    Elracodeldetall.blogspot.com

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  21. What a lovely post, I totally agree with your wonderful quotes, we are only as old as we feel and I feel 35!
    You look very youthful to be birthday girl, have a delightful holiday and a very happy birthday. I shall look forward to hearing all about it.xxx

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  22. Some wonderful thoughts to keep in mind when a birthday comes around. A week in Norfolk sounds lovely. Happy Birthday!

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  23. A happy belated birthday greeting Elaine and I hope your holiday in Norfolk goes well.

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  24. Happy Birthday and hope you enjoy your trip away. I enjoyed reading your post about embracing life and one's age. Very good.

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  25. Oh, a very happy birthday to you! I'm trying to get back into blogging, but having to work hard at figuring out how to get the pictures on again. Ha! I retired in October and am enjoying have time to do all the things I love.

    Cheers, Diane

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  26. Belated happy birthday! Hope you enjoyed your trip.
    So your birthday is March 1? St David's Day? Then the daffodils are very appropriate.
    And how do you keep those lovely fish from predators?
    Anyway, I found this quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson (I see him on your bookshelf): "The years teach much which the days never knew..."
    All the best :)

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  27. Hello Elaine, I'm really late in my reading this week and trying to catch up on all the news. So here's wishing you belated birthday greetings and trust you not only had a wonderful day but that you are enjoying your week in Norfolk. Good choice I must say.
    Patricia x

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  28. "I want to wear the life I have lived." Love that! Happy Birthday!! Enjoy your week away.

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  29. Happy Belated Birthday, Elaine and I hope you're enjoying Norfolk - one of my favourite places.

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  30. A very happy birthday!

    And a hasty note to remind you there will be a link box for Tree Following posts on Loose and Leafy tomorrow (March 7th). It'll stay open for seven days.
    http://looseandleafy.blogspot.co.uk/
    Lucy

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  31. A very belated Happy Birthday from me x
    I hope you've had a fab holiday.
    Love the Nikki Giovanni quote :)

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