Thursday, January 03, 2008

perfect (birth)day

Yesterday was my 33rd birthday.

I know. I can't believe I'm that old either. (Thankyou to the wonderful Scottish patient who made my day [night actually, it being a night shift and all... he made my year in fact, it being about 2am on 1/1/08!] by asking if I still lived with my folks and guessing I might be 21. I'm sure he wasn't just being polite!)

What a lovely, lovely birthday it was too. Frank spoilt me from go to (almost) woah, breaking through my post-night shift haze with a happy birthday wish before indulging me with wonderful gifts (tagine dish and funky pendant necklace), breakfast... well, putting my weetbix in the bowl anyway, and an afternoon drive. In between was lunch with a good friend.

We decided to visit the Mole Creek Karst National Park, otherwise known as the Mole Creek Caves and check out a local geological attraction we mostly forget exists. At a pleasant 9 degrees Celsius all year (48 Fahrenheit) we enjoyed the reprieve from the summer heat too.

I'm not sure how you can forget such cool caves as these lie an hour's drive away, but somehow we do. It was good to reacquaint ourselves with the local tourist draws. We completed the tourist crawl by indulging in honey and apricot icecream at Chudleigh's famous honey farm before visiting friends in Deloraine.

Tea was Thai takeaway on the river's edge in the beautiful evening sun.

(We'll forget that we started watching 'Romulus, My father' on DVD when we returned home. Beautifully made, and well acted but singularly depressing in the tragic story it told. Not advised as romantic viewing for the end of a lovely day!)

So there you go. Another year older and it was such a nice day I almost forgot to feel the pain of the extra year.

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At 1:58 am, January 04, 2008, Blogger merrymishaps said...

Happy Birthday!

Sorry I'm late ... I've started the year off sick with some intestinal distress.

One of your favorite topics!

At 2:14 am, January 04, 2008, Blogger Sandy's Notes said...

Hey, Happy, happy birthday! Your still a young at 33. I can't believe I've known you almost one year!

At 5:28 am, January 04, 2008, Blogger Deanna said...

Happy birthday, Cecily! Glad it went so well. We tend to almost forget the beautiful places near us, too. And, yeah, 33, still a baby. :o)

At 4:25 pm, January 04, 2008, Blogger Lucidiocy said...

Happy Birthday!!!

At 8:29 pm, January 04, 2008, Anonymous Dublin City Girl said...

Happy belated birthday!! Sounds like you had a wonderful day to celebrate.

At 5:37 am, January 05, 2008, Blogger Mike S said...

Happy (very) belated birthday!! It probably won't make you feel any younger, but our youngest still has a fair lead on you in the aging department:)
ps..my verification word was zippynes, very fitting for you, even if misspelled:)

At 7:31 am, January 06, 2008, Blogger Cherie said...

Happy Birthday, you sweet thing! Glad it was memorable and enjoyable. Those caves - so cool! (In more ways that one, I gather.)

Enjoy 33 - it was a very good year for me, and I have a hunch it will be for you, too.

Now go! Live! Love! Enjoy!


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