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How to make a birthday s-t-r-e-t-c-h

At middle age the soul should be opening up like a rose, not closing up like a cabbage.

– John Andrew Holmes

Last week Wednesday, Halloween, was my birthday.  Birthdays are, for me, more important that Christmas, Easter and New Year all rolled into one.  It is the beginning of a whole new cycle, a new year, a time to reflect on the last 12 months and to plan the ones to come.  It’s the day I was born, the moment of my very first in-breath on this planet, in this lifetime and I think that is a very special day indeed, friends and family forget my birthday at their peril.

The day began with Terry serving me tea in bed and gifting me with a delicious box of chocolate covered Turkish delight, this was to be followed by a breakfast “surprise”.  What a truly wonderful surprise it was, when Terry (on the pretext of putting petrol in the car) drove into the station and there standing in front of us was one of my dearest friends who had travelled 18 hours on an Intercape bus (all the way from Johannesburg) just to be able to meet me for a birthday breakfast! I was so moved by this beautiful gesture of love and friendship that I wept.

Margi told me she was visiting till Sunday and that’s when I decided it was a good enough reason to make my birthday last for 5 whole days!

We’ll be Friends Forever, won’t we, Pooh?’ asked Piglet.

Even longer,’ Pooh answered.

Eggs Benedict
Birthday breakfast at the Mugg & Bean with Margi & Terry
Margi laughing
Having a drink with Margi at Delfino’s and watching dolphins playing in the waves

Then out of the blue….

This little guy marched across the table towards us
Cape Wagtail
He had one foot missing and only 2 toes on the remaining one…
But what a little character, missing foot and all…
Cape Wagtail
A tiny scrap of flesh, bones and feathers weighing only 21 grams…
Cape Wagtail
What a delightful birthday gift!

On Saturday, we drove up the coast to Sedgefield to take a look at the Wild Oats Farmers Market.

Minstrels at the Wild Oats Farmers Market, Sedgefield
Minstrels at the market
Bread stall at the market
French loaves, Ciabatta and various other breads
Vegetable market
Delicious farm fresh vegetables… sweet potato, butternut, onion, gemsquash
Pork pies
Pies of every description
Cherry tomato
Bright red, Cherrybelle tomatoes

Our last stop in Sedgefield was to our darling “Custard cottage” to show Margi our cute little future home…

Cape Cod style home, Sedgefield
Custard cottage, Sedgefield

Sunday arrived all too soon and Margi was once again homeward bound but we made the most of our time together and it was a birthday I shan’t forget!

This is my favorite image of Margi, looking relaxed and happy

I’ll leave you with this beautiful quotation by Jess C Scott

When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You know that your name is safe in their mouth.

That’s how I feel about Margi – she says my name different.

All my love

moi ♥

12 thoughts on “How to make a birthday s-t-r-e-t-c-h”

  1. Ahhh Moi my friend you made me cry. I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful friend like you in my life, and if I was ever given the option of having sisters you would be mine. I miss you stax and love you more. Thank you for such kind words, 5 days was just way too short. Till next time…


    1. Because we caught 4 and 20 of them and cooked them in a pie Mands. Nah just kidding, the Roberts bird guide tells you the length and weight of each bird species, maybe he was 20 grams cos he didn’t have a foot?


  2. Aah – this is one of your best. This is how I feel about birthdays as well. I am so pleased you had a lovely day. Where is Custard Cottage? When do you move? x S



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