Thursday, 29 September 2011

A milestone in my life

I can remember turning 50.  We were on holiday in the Algarve and I got up early to stand on the balcony and watch the sun rise - and I cried to myself.  Don't ask me why, I've never bothered with birthdays before, 40 didn't effect me that way.  It was probably because I'd had a few bad years leading up to it and it was an excuse to let go.

Now I've got the next one looming up and I'm wondering if it will make me feel as sad.
I am 60 tomorrow.  No more wondering what it will be like to be 60  - I will know.  It will probably be just the same as being 50 something  to be honest.  Surely it has got to be better though, as there was so many bad things going on in mine and my familys lives in the last 10 years.

Here are a few photos of me as a child in the 1950's/60's and in the last few years.

This is me in Trafalgar Square with my
Mum and Dad about 1956.

and taken down the allotments a couple of years later

At Butlins about 1961 (my big sister is bottom right)

This is one of my favourite photos of me and Mum

Me and my brother and sister with Dad
This is one of the last pictures we have of him

All glammed up earlier this year for a special night out
 Mum and Dad are now gone, but we are a close family and support each other. I have my lovely Husband, Brother and Sister (+brother in law) and 3 grown up children, 2 stepchildren and 4 Grandchildren so life goes on in it's wondrous way.
Now I will look forward to the next 10 years whatever it may bring. Onwards and upwards as they say :) 


  1. Happy Birthday - I hope you have had a lovely day.

  2. Hi Pauline,
    Have a wonderful, wonderful day. I know the feeling. I'll be 60 next year and if the past few years are anything to go by, like you, have had lots and lots going on and not all good either, just cross our fingers the next few years are much kinder to us. (Well, I would cross my fingers if I could - bad arthritis). Have a great day xxx

  3. Have a lovely Happy Birthday. What is it they say? You're really only 21 with 39 years experience!