Monday, 27 April 2009

Life begins.. they say, when you hit 40. Yep, I've hit forty today.. FORTY..ooh scary! But if life begins, then that's all right with me and I'm quite looking forward to it..although the 'middle age spread' can hold off for a bit longer and I'm not quite ready for the 'Tena ladies'..just yet.
The filled wooden flower box in the photo above was a birthday gift from my lovely boss at the gorgeous are they? I just adore them. And I've had a lovely suprise from my sisters and brother..but more about that another time, I think this post should really be a grovelling apology to all those people who sent me messages! I've been madly busy, had a computer virus that had something to do with emails and still seems to crash or play up each time a new email arrives (grrrr) and we've been decorating That room again. Lack of time is a horrid thing, I have ten million jobs to do, the gardening to do and finish decorating something I now wish I hadn't started! Even Easter came and went in the blink of an eye.
I've also had some sad news that knocked the wind out of me a bit when a friend who I had only seen a few days previously, died unexpectedly.I shall miss him and it hasn't really sunk in yet.
I've also missed blogging.I really must find more time from somewhere or other to catch up, either that or employ a chef and cleaner as well as a general gardener,and decorator. So I'm very sorry if I didnt get back to your messages, I felt terribly guilty when I couldn't because of the virus frustrating me to the point of the computer being launched out the window or just not having the time.Just how do you full-time workers find time to blog? Hopefully I'm going to be more organised, pull my finger out and get back to normality soon-ish.I did manage to paint the hen house last weekend..much to the annoyance of the ladies, who made so much noise the footballers playing on the park peeped over the front hedge to see what was going on.(I think Betty must have wanted blue instead of green as she seemed to be making the most noise)
That room (the dining room) is still in chaos, but this time I think I might just like it when it's finished as we have a different table and swapped about the furniture. I'll do a grand unveiling later where you can tell me you prefered it before!
We had to pick up the new old table from Bath and on the way back we called in at Cafe no.9, owned by the lovely Anna at All things lovely. I must admit I was really nervous saying hello..but her cake is to die for ( just dont smile after you've eaten the poppy seed as you get poppy-seed-polka-dotted teeth) the cafe is lovely like Anna and you must check it out if your passing that way.
So that's it for a bit..nothing exciting to report really, George is much, much better..and I'm still plodding on.
Enjoy your week and please forgive me if I fall silent for a while! xx


  1. hey happy birthday!hope you have been spoilt rotten!

    the hen house is so cute! x

  2. I hope you had a really lovely birthday. They flower trug was gorgeous!

  3. Happy Birthday!!!
    Love your flower box! Sorry to read your sad news about your friend :(. Hope you are doing well? You sound like you have been doing the same things as me instead of blogging. I'm currently in the middle of re sorting the garden... loving the new Cuprinol heritage range, I will blog about the garden soon. Once the garden is completed we will be starting on the bathroom, that one is a big job. I have a list as long as my arm but hey it makes your feel so much better once you complete something. Oh and if you find a good cleaner come chief send them my way also he he. Take care.
    Hugs Faye

  4. Happy Birthday....40 is the new 25:)

  5. Hope you had a great birthday...a bit painful isn't it but then the day after I was just..meh...It's only numbers (is this working? I'm not convincing myself!)
    Deb x

  6. Happy Birthday!! Hope the decorating is going well and the smell of paint is dispersing.
    Glad to see you back in blogland, it seems now the sun has started to shine that everyone is getting busy.

  7. Happy happy day Sairer! Enjoy yourself and and celebrate instead of worrying about your blog. Its great to hear from you but don't be a salve to it, it's not a bad thing to be a busy person.

    So sorry to hear about your friend. Very sad. Glad to hear George is well on the mend.

    Love the hen house, I've got the sign on the front too but sadly just in the kitchen and not on a real hen house.

    Have a lovely busy week and many happy returns again.

  8. Been wondering if you were ok so lovely to hear your news and birthday news too. Happy Birthday Sairer. I hit 40 at xmas and it feels pretty much like 39 did. I think being a batty old lady can be put off for a few years yet.

    Life is mad really isn't it. We want to do so much and then wonder how the hell we're going to get it all done. Can't wait to see your dining room. Take heart as I started rooms here a few months ago and they get finished bit by bit.

    Great news about George too.

    Birthday wishes
    Lisa x

  9. A very Happy Birthday to you.

    Sue xx

  10. I will come and do your gardening and housework if you let me cuddle your chickens.

    Happy birthday BTW...hugs from me x

  11. Happy, happy birthday! Rachaelxo

  12. Happpppppppy Birthday to you! I love hangin out on your a breath of fresh air. cherry

  13. Happy Birthday,hey,40's not so bad.
    Can't wait to see the great reveil of the dining room!.Pleased to hear George is recovering too.
    Sorry to hear about your friend.
    Rachel x

  14. happy birthday

    hope you had a lovely day

  15. Hope you had a great day - my 40th's next year - yuck, not looking forward to that at all.
    What a shame about your friend, sorry to hear that.

  16. Happy Birthday! Hope you had a lovely day. 40 is the new 21!(says someone who is heading nearer 40 herself) Love the box of plants and the new look hen house.

  17. Glad to see you are back. Belated birthday greetings. Lots to read here. That was very sad about your friend, I'm so sorry. On a happier note I'm glad to read that your son is now ok. The trug and daisies are beautiful, a lovely pressie. Looking forward to seeing the finished result of your decorating. I am in a constant dilemma whether to decorate or garden, it's never ending.
    Ruth x

  18. Happy, happy birthday, I'm hitting the big 40 next year and I can't wait, I'm going for a party where I can dance like I'm 18 and embarrass the children! Love the flowers, what a thoughtful gift.
    There are no need for apologies, no one expects a reply, it's just lovely to hear from you and feast our eyes on those lovely pics.
    Glad you had time to visit Anna's, isn't it a treat!
    Looking forward to seeing the dining room, I'm lusting after those lampshades, where did you get them?
    Have a lovely week, happy decorating and make sure you're well and truly spoiled for your birthday.
    Julia xx

  19. A huge birthday hug coming your way, again there is no need to reply and worry th at you havent I was just sending you a little mesg!!
    Sorry to hear your sad news.
    Are you enjoying your job? I love the spotty lampshades too they look fab and the CK paper will look gorgeous!! Cant wait to see the finished results!!
    Claire xx

  20. Happy Birthday!
    I hope you had a lovely, lovely day.

    I was down your way the other day, spent faaaar too long in Berry Red and then at Hop Pocket (have you been there?).

    Don't feel guilty re blogging - it can be so enjoyable yet such a drain on time. Take time for yourself lovely lady.

  21. I hope you had a wonderful birthday.
    So sorry to hear about your friend.
    Take Care
    Love Melanie xxx

  22. Very sorry to hear your sad newsxxx

    Sam xx

  23. Happy Birthday Sairer (from a fellow Taurean - an older one!) Hope you had a wonderful day with lots of pampering.

    Good luck with the decorating - look forward to the grand reveal!

  24. Happy birthday day.
    You are exactly a year and a day ahead of me!

  25. Glad to see you back, I love your blog, your hen house looks fab, check out mine when you get a chance, its pink!

  26. Happy Happy Birthday!
    Love the flower box!

  27. I am hosting a swap over on my site if you would like to join, please feel free to pop over and take a look.
    Take Care
    Love Melanie xxx

  28. ...Hope Your Bithday was ever So Happy !!
    Just glad you are back posting, however often...
    Love that wallpaper design you have pinned to the dining room wall !

  29. Im really looking forward to seeing your 'after' photos of the dining room, dont let it stress you though, enjoy it!

    Aqeela xx

  30. Happy belated Birthday.
    Hope you had a good one.
    It will be my big 40 next year, don't know if i'm looking forward to it (life beginning) or dreading it lol!
    Take care
    Beki xxx

  31. It was so lovely to meet you guys too-and happy Birthday!! Had I known I would have posted you some poppy seed cake and dental floss...
    Hope to see you guys when you're next passing!


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