Tuesday, 19 February 2013

A milestone birthday

This week I have turned 50 .....


 We have had a few celebrations to mark the occasion and I have been very spoilt. My work colleagues and I we went out to a Thai restaurant and they gave me a huge bunch of flowers and a money gift card.



Both of the children came home for the weekend and we had a lovely time together, going out for a meal and taking a walk by the sea!  My daughter made me this wonderful cake and carried it back on 2 crowded trains from Portsmouth it arrived back safely all in one piece!


My son gave me a book (more of this in a future post) and local wine and fudge from Devon.
My daughter knowing have always wanted a VW camper van saw this  kit and had to buy it for me, I have already started making it.......


I recently won Maria's "give-away" at  Rosey tinted spectacles and these wonderful sewing items arrived on my birthday too!


Having reached the grand old age of 50 and trying to reduce and simplify things most of my presents were money to put towards doing memorable things during the year - one of these was a night away down by the sea in Brixham.


I was born 50 years ago, in 1963 - the coldest winter on record in the United Kingdom since 1740. The cold spell started on Boxing Day 1962 and lasted until March 1963. There were snowdrifts up to 6 foot and temperatures were so low the sea froze over.  Lucky the weather didn't cause any hazards on the night I was born and the weather 50 years later was so much better!




 Sarah x


46 comments:

  1. A grand and happy birthday to you! You certainly were spoiled on your special day.

    The camper van cake is adorable. Did you get the driver's seat? :)

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  2. Hi Sarah a Big Happy Birthday to you, looks like you had a good time. Julie xxx

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  3. Happy Birthday! Glad you had a great time! :) x

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  4. Ooh Happy birthday, Sarah! How lovely....I hope you do what makes your heart smile!! Glad every thing arrived safe and sound...Love Maria x

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  5. Sounds like you had a fabulous time Sarah ... Happy belated birthday!

    Love Claire xxx

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  6. happy birthday sarah, enjoy a great year.... interesting about the day you were born but I bet you brought a ray of sunshine into your parents life that day!
    Bec x

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  7. I've never seen a knitted camper before - wonderful. Sounds like you had a good celebration. Congratulations and belated Happy Birthday Sarah xo

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  8. Happy Birthday! Sarah
    I love your cake..such a thoughtful daughter you have ..glad you had a wonderful time..its nice to feel special sometimes
    Thea x

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  9. Happy birthday dear Sarah and so glad that you had a wonderful time with your family and gorgeous gifts. Love the cake and how cute the VW camper van will be when you finish it - what fun.
    Best wishes for a great year ahead

    hugs
    Carolyn

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  10. Happy Birthday! I LOVE the knitted camper van..I just wish I could knit! And your cake is fab x

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  11. Oh many happy returns Sarah (I've just thought - what does that mean exactly, returns?) Glad you had a wonderful day!

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  12. Omy goodness... I love it all . YOUR blessed with some sweet friends and HEY I heard 50 is the new 30 ... Im thinking the money idea for memorable things .. (aweeeeeeeesome ) I am 45 going on 46 and plan on doing the same thing sister. Ilove where you live.. If you know anyone hiring LOL I will relocate LOL ..............HUGS and blessings .. Sherry @ The Rusty Pearl .. From one little coastal town to another ..

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  13. HAPPY 50th SARAH! Time is really running PAST US. I will be 55 in April and I do NOT feel it; I feel 20. I DO!

    What a wonderful bunch of gifts and that get-away? FUNTASTIC! How is Daisy holding up with all these celebrations?

    HAPPY DAY! Anita

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  14. Happy Birthday Sarah! It looks like you are very well loved. And HOW I loved the video, especially when the train came plowing through...at first I thought what is that! I also will be turning 50 this year in April and have been mentally preparing myself all year. X

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  15. Happy Birthday to a fellow Aquarian - (I think you just squeak in). Your celebrations sound lovely.
    Have a great new year!
    P.S. Thanks for the lovely and easy bread recipe - I make it twice or three times a week!!!

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  16. wishing you a very happy birthday! i love the photo with the life ring on the stone wall.x
    p.s. i'm older than you ;)

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  17. Happy 50th Birthday! It sounds like you had a really special day. It is so true what you say about wanting to reduce and simplify rather than add to the stuff we have accumulated over the decades. I love the cake and the knitting kit!

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  18. Hello Sarah:
    Many, many happy returns. We well remember the winter of 1963 which was, as you describe, one of the worst in living memory.

    How nice to have received a number of money gifts for your birthday. We are certain that you will have great fun choosing how to spend them as the year progresses.

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  19. Happy Birthday, sounds like you had a great time. What a fun cake.

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  20. Happy belated birthday! I am so glad to hear you had such a wonderful day.You are lucky to be surrouned by a beautiful family and sweet people. Congratulations ! I am Aquarius too!!!
    So, cheers from one Aquarius to another.
    Olympia

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  21. Congratulations on your 50th birthday it sounds as though you had a wonderful time. The cake is lovely. My sister was born in May 1963 and I remember that bad winter all too well.
    Patricia x

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  22. WHAUW Sarah congratulations with you birthday 50 years. And the camper cake beautiful she did a good job.when we were in Australia we had she a lot of that campers my sons love it. Sarah enjoy your age and the presents you have had, also the give away presents. And the weather at 1963 over here it was the same I was 2 years old and I have a picture from myself and there was a lot of snow. Have a good day Sarah, greetings Petra.

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  23. Belated Happy Birthday Sarah - I guess that makes you an Aquarius, the water sign, so you are definitely living in the right location.
    Enjoy the rest of your special week.

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  24. Belated birthday greetings, Sarah. What a wonderful cake and brilliant prezzie too; look forward to seeing it finished. I also hit a milestone birthday later this year but a big 60!! Can't believe it either! I remember the winter of 63. We lived in Derby and our pipes were frozen for 7 weeks.
    Ruth x

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  25. Happy Belated Birthday Sarah... so it is for you we have to thank for the sunshine eh... glad you were treated extra specially ... hugs to you!
    Cass x

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  26. Happy Birthday Sarah. That's a beautiful cake your daughter has made and the presents all look beautiful too. It seems you had a wonderful day and may you celebrate many more birthdays.

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  27. Happy Birthday. Sounds like you had a lovely time. I'll be catching you up in a couple of months, but trying not to think about it! xx

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  28. Happy Birthday! Such lovely presents and an amazing cake!

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  29. Belated Happy Birthday! Sounds and looks as if it were well celebrated!

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  30. Happy birthday! John's parents were married on December 29th that winter and often talk about how cold and snowy it was! Juliex

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  31. Liebe kleine Meerjungfrau,

    jetzt schwimmst du schon 50 Jahre durchs Leben, herzlichen Glückwunsch,alles Gute und Gottes Segen, auf das deine Reise noch lange, lange dauern möge.
    Wieviel Arbeit steckt denn hinter dieser VW-Bus Torte? Schöner und geschmackvoller kann man Liebe nicht zum Ausdruck bringen.
    Oh, hätte ich das gewußt, dass du Geburtstag hast, dann hätte ich.....aber was nicht ist, kann ja noch werden. Laß dich nur überraschen meine Liebe.

    Liebe Grüße Babsi

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  32. Happy Birthday, it's not so bad being in the 50 bracket (when you get used to it)!!! Love the cake! Best Wishes Heather

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  33. Well Happy Birthday! It sounds like you had a good one. I love the camper cake - I've always wanted a VW camper too - and what lovely gifts you received. I watched an interesting documentary a few weeks ago about the winter of 63, it was 20 years before I was born though.

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  34. Happy 50th Sarah hope you get to do lots of lovely things this year, your cake is great.
    Glad you had a lovely family time :-)
    Annie x

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  35. Happy 50th Birthday!
    I hope you had a wonderful time!
    Vanessa
    xxx

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  36. Happy Birthday!!! Enjoy it all!
    Bye,
    Marian

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  37. Happy belated Birthday Sarah! Your daughter's cake looks is fabulous! Glad you had a special happy time!
    Yoshiko

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  38. Belated happy birthday - you seem to have celebrated in style!
    I especially love the camper van Knit Kit and look forward to seeing your post about that one.
    As I am a bit ahead of you, I can remember the white winter when you were born!
    Best wishes :)

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  39. Wishing you a very Happy Birthday! It sounds like you had a lovely day!

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  40. Dear Sarah,

    Congratulations on your 50th Birthday! It sounds like you have been really spoiled :-) Good for you!!! The flowers and the presents all look lovely!

    Enjoy your evening!

    Take care,

    Madelief x

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  41. A belated Happy Birthday to you, I hope you had a lovely day. I'm steaming towards 50, but it doesn't bother me either. I love your VW kit and congratulations on winning Maria's giveaway. Best wishes, Pj x

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  42. I missed this Sarah! Belated Happy Birthday wishes from me x (I passed that milestone a couple of years ago, it's not so bad on the other side ;) )

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  43. Happy birthday Sarah from Kangaroo Island Australia. Love your cake and knit combi. I am fifty something and loove combis. Our age? Your birthday trip looked absolutely beautiful and inspired me for our trip next year. Karen

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