Thursday, 18 September 2008

Half of a hundred....

Today started like any other day the 5.30 a.m alarm sounding in the distant fog and the usual clawing my way from dream world to reality to sit up and hold the cup of tea on offer without throwing it all over the duvet.. This requires an awful lot of co-ordination and consciousness on my part and isn't always a huge success.. This morning was different though.. I was sitting upright and fully conscious with my hand outstretched.. not only for my welcome cup of tea but also a pile of assorted parcels and cards and one very eager cat who wanted to muscle in on the occasion of unwrapping..one of his favourite pastimes.. paper, string and boxes... nothing short of heaven for a curious cat!

Yes today was altogether different... I have finally climbed that steep hill to my beacon birthday..to gaze out over my life at the tender age of 50.. make that 5 OH!!!!!!
There must be benefits to this landmark age.. surely...??
Oh yes.. I remember.. which in itself is a miracle as my memory packed it's bags and went off on a very long, no.. permanent vacation a while back..
This age now entitles me to subscribe to SAGA magazine.. much to my beloved's amusement.. He has great intentions of packing me off on a rambling holiday while he basks in the the knowledge that he is my toy boy.. as he likes to imagine.. At six months younger than me.. I think that is a dubious title!!!
I am already rambling .. so I shall move on to share my most exciting gifts that I unwrapped in the early hours of dawn and have been gazing at with awe, love and immense gratitude since..
Firstly my beloved who knows me so well and manages to always find the most sublime presents commissioned a family friend Edwina Bridgeman a massively talented artist, to make me this unique and highly original piece...
I absolutely love it...!!! It is so me.. and so him.. and so cat !!
I will explain the rabbit presence in a minute..

Edwina is a prolific artist based in the South West and has a unqiue talent for combining found objects and making them into the most wonderful quirky, witty and thought provoking pieces. I will share my small collection of her art with you one day. I am looking forward to visiting Edwina's exhibition at the Black Swan Arts centre in Frome this weekend..
My gorgeous son who also knows me so well.. !! Gave me a pot of rejuvenating cream.. bless!
Thank you my darling.. I will certainly need this today along with a certain amount of polyfilla and gaffer tape!
I must just explain the rabbit character in my wonderful art piece..I became affectionately known as Squibbit by my beloved after the name of my first family pet ,and over time it evolved to Rabbit.. hence the wonderful rabbit being given her birthday cake in the artwork by Edwina..


Last, and most definitely not least.. was a parcel from a very special friend.. someone who also knows me so well.. and has given me an enchanting and treasured gift.. not only of a treasured empathic friendship but this little chap who plays Happy Birthday on his old geeeetar at the turn of a handle.... Just gorgeous!! Thank you, thank you so much Milly!!


I am having so much fun and the day is yet young.. Alas.. I am not!

I will leave you with this little quip from
Anon....The older you get, the better you get - unless you are a banana!!

43 comments:

Ragged Roses said...

Well Mme Lobert your secret's out (you have provided me with so many clues along the way, not the least the name of that chair company). Fluffy Custard has done you proud and so has Master C (at least yours waited until you were 50 for that cream, I got mine when I was 40!). Wishing you so much fun today dear .... Squibbet (ooops nearly said it then) and i am sure I'm not alone when I say I like my bananas nice and ripe
Mxxxx
Have fun

Andrea said...

Happy Birthday!! Have a lovely day x

Leisa said...

A Happy, Happy Birthday to you! Don't forget though that 50 is the new 30!! Enjoy - and don't think "old" just yet!!

Gingham and Flowers said...

Happy Happy Birthday to you! Congratulations on reaching this milestone! Mr Custard's present is just the loveliest thing and how funny that your son bought you face cream! I hope you have the loveliest day. Here in Oxfordshire it is one of those perfect autumn mornings with crisp air, watery son and low mist. I hope it is the same in lovely Bath. Have fun and lots of love. Fiona x

April said...

Happy Birthday - have a great day

April xx

the flour loft said...

Have a wonderful birthday Michele.
with love ginny x

Primrose Corner said...

Happy birthday! Such a beautiful September day here in Northamptonshire.

. said...

Happy birthday !!!!


Alfazema

The Rose Room said...

There's no tune played like the tune on an old fiddle!!! Happy, happy birthday, love your blog, love your humour. If I were a porn star I would be George McLean!!! Not very porny!!!! Rachaelxo

pebbledash said...

Happy Birthday Michele! Have a wonderful day. Diana xx

Country Cottage Chic said...

Happy HAPPY birthday! You are so BAD - why did you not tell us????
Love your gifts - such a wonderful piece to remember this special day!

PS: My porn name would be Mitzi Lee. Ooh-la-la!

Love,
Jayne

bigbucketgirl said...

Birthday greetings to you! I laugh when i read your blog..my daughter noticed and i explained your birthday etc and showed the photos of your gifts. (leaving out the porn star idea!) When her daddy turned forty last year she was learning the fab at 40 etc slogans of his cards and had great fun making up her own. She's 7 and for you she thought that you could be described as funny, funky and friendly at fifty. That sounds cool to me!

Kitschen Pink said...

Happy Birthday! The sun is hopefully shining down your way too. LOVE that mini sculpture - full marks to hubby! Not sure about the porn names - as the one-time owner of a tortoise called Windy Miller I think it's just a non-starter for me! Enjoy your day. t.xx

Emma Herian said...

Happy Happy Birthday Madame Lobert!
What lovely pressies you have recieved, have a glorious fun filled day.
xxxx Pepe Clark!

Alias - Sew Recycled!
Aka - Mrs Palmer!
Er... Emma!

p.s, So sorry, I forgot to let you know that my little parcel was beautiful, many many thanks xxxxxxxxxxxx

LiLi M. said...

Happy birthday to you Michèle! You have been spoiled! That artwork is great! And I think it is so you, even when I didn't know the true meaning of the rabbit. I like those little stories though. It is true that those stars (sometimes you cannot avoid them) always have bizarre names. How many times did you hear (yes by accident just zapping by): Happy Willing is my real name....Hope it is Indian Summer at your place too. Keep enjoying the day.
Sjors Sanders (is my real name...)

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...
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Things Hand Made said...

happy birthday to you......

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

Have a wonderfully happy birthday, Michele! I absolutely love the artwork you received - it is truly darling! There are so many birthdays this week in blogland! In fact, a dear friend of mine (we grew up just two towns apart, but only met through the internet!) also turns 50 this week. She now vacations in the town where I live, so we've met a couple of times, much like you and Kim! =)

http://asentimentaljourneythroughlife.blogspot.com/

Hope your day is beautiful and filled with lovely birthday treats!

Two Crofters said...

eeekkkkk
happy, happy birthday lovely lady xxxxx
sending you many birthday hugs
t x

(big high five to Mr C on the most BEAUTIFUL gift - can he send Stephen a guide on buying treasures?)

Cocoa and blankets said...

Birthday message waiting for you on my blog - hope it makes you laugh
love H

Gingham and Flowers said...

Hi, me again. Just a quick note to say just found your lovely long email and will send you a proper reply tomorrow as I'm dashing off now but just wanted to say thank you, especially for the Engagement congratulations. Lots to fill you in on! Hope you're still having a lovely day. Fiona x

Garden Girl said...

Hey Fluffs, Happy Birthday! You kept that very quiet missus, I need to know these things!!! Your porn star name rocks- mine is Cuddles Wenn!! (got the cuddles bit right, anyway...)
Full marks to fabulous Mr C for a unique and special birthday pressie- what a genius the man is.
I am sending you virtual lattes and ginger cake with a candle on top xxx

panyan said...

Happy Birthday - love the presents - hope you are having a wonderful day.

BusyLizzie said...

Happy Birthday! I cannot believe you have hit the big 50.. you look far too youthful. Have a wonderful evening.
Lizzie xx

Lucy Bloom said...

Hope you're having a wonderful birthday Michele, you certainly don't come across as that age and I'm sure you don't look it either. I'm hot on your heels anyway, mine next year. You'll have to let me know how to cope!
Lucy x

Gigibird said...

Happy Birthday:)

I hope your day has continued on the high it started.... from what I have seem of you you don't look 50:)

...... Kristina ...... said...

Hope you had a wonderful day Michele,
Many happy returns love Kristina XxX

Alchamillamolly said...

Here is your 28th comment!! Happy Happy Birthday - you wont feel any different inside - I am still 19 in my head!! and 52 outside my head of thinning hair which my GP told me not to worry as it was only male premature baldness - Yes, thank you kind Sir, but I am female!! What next a tash??

Sal said...

i hope you had a wonderful day! With love from ( wait for it!) nibbles button ;-)

Thimbleanna said...

Happy Happy Birthday Mrs. Custard!

Elizabeth said...

Happy birthday!! Love the art piece that your husband got you. What a special gift to receive. Hope the rest of your day was wonderful.

flutterbypatch said...

Belated birthday greetings Michele. Hey, that's a crafty move, an Edwina Bridgeman exhibition this weekend and Christmas just around the corner! Had a look at her work which is amazing, oh to be that talented. Put your wallet somewhere safe Mr Custard, there could be another raid on the way! Have a great time. Eli

Katherines Dream said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICHELE
And here is to many many more !
Speak to you later.
Hugs and lots of love,
Carol xxxx

Rachael Rabbit said...

Happy Birthday! Squibbet the Rabbit sounds like such a fabulous name for a character!!

Redwoodhouse said...

Happy Birthday Michele, 50 is a great age it gave me the permission to say and do pretty well what ever I like and not get too worried about what others think. Hope you had a wonderful day.
Jan

A Saucerful Of Secrets said...

Oh Sweet Squibbit!I do hope you had a wonderful day yesterday.The
gifts are obviously well deserved.What a keepsake,would love to see your other Edwina goodies sometime.Much Love and Best Wishes from Nipper Stephens,mmmm, sounds a bit sadistic.......:)

Sue said...

Happy birthday (late) now that you are 50 years young how do you feel? This is my first visit to your site and I love your blog.

Sue

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

Happy Birthday Michele - you really don't look a day over 25 - I honestly am questioning if you are telling the truth! ;-))

Your gifts are just wonderful and I can imagine how thrilled you are to own them. And the gift of sunshine too! - a perfect day.

I was so sorry not to have found you at the fair last Sunday - I went round and round three times looking for you - even went into the lovely cafe....never mind, perhaps next time....

Enjoy the rest fo your day.

Niki x

Petticoat Lane said...

Happy, Happy Birthday to you. Now I'm SO jealous of your special gift. Most of her art exhibited was sold when I went on Monday and I do keep thinking how lovely it would be to have the girls initials made. What a beautiful and thoughtful present from Fluffy Custard.
Hope you enjoyed a lovely sunny day in Frome.
Jane. x

kristina said...

Happy belated birthday! And how funny to know the porn name game is played on both sides of the Atlantic! K x

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Happy Birthday sweet Michelle!!!! A little late, I know. Hey, you are not getting older, just getting BETTER!!!

xoxo
Becky

Artsy-Craftsy Merchant said...

Happy Belated Birthday! I finally took some time and peeked in on some of my favorite blogs and discovered it was your special day. Loved the "rabbit/50/person/ folkie type sculture...fantastic! May you have many more!

thevintagemagpie said...

Darn It... I can't believe I missed your birthday :(. WISHING YOU A BELATED HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICHELE, you can't be 50 .. you look nowhere near 50.

Birthday hugs
Nickyx