Friday, 31 October 2014

Two thousand and still counting.

Hallowe'en,  my birthday (82nd) and my two thousandth blog.  A red letter day.   I have been out with friend W for the day to meet friends in Kirby Lonsdale and the farmer has been to a special sale at the Auction Mart.   Since I got home I have been reading my huge pile of birthday cards and e cards, opening my presents (lots of lovely books to read) and reading letters from friends I only hear from on my birthday.

My son and his wife have just arrived to celebrate with a slice of my birthday cake and a drink.   But I can't let this day go past without a blog, so here are a few thoughts on being eighty-two.

Walking along the street in KL we saw a sign in a shop window and it struck me what a good starting point it made.   It said 'What if the hokey-cokey is all it is about?'

What inde
ed.  I must say that I have really no more idea what life is all about now than I had at twenty one.   In fact I have probably less idea because when you are young, fit, healthy and 'raring to go' you sometimes think you have all the answers.   It is only as you begin to age that you realise that you probably have none of them, and what is more you don't really care.

One of the things I wish had more of is mobility, but then I look at contemporaries who have far less mobility than I do.   Health-wise it is always the luck of the draw and I am not all that far down from the top of the list.

I shall not follow Gwil's suggestion on my last blog comments, that I put ivy leaves under my pillow in order to have 'prophetic dreams' - I am not sure I want those.  Dreamless sleep or dreams about the countryside and beautiful things suits me fine.

My pumpkin burns brightly in the garden, I still burn fairly brightly here on the farm and hope to keep going for another thousand at least.   Happy Hallowe'en to you all.


35 comments:

Rachel said...

Happy Birthday Weaver. I look out for your blog everyday and it is always fun to read what you are doing up in Yorkshire. I look forward to reading lots more in the future. Rachelxx

Frugal in Derbyshire said...

Many Many Congratulations Weave, both on your 2000th (!!) blog and your 82nd Birthday. I was speaking to a neighbour yesterday who told me that at 70 she was too old for this computer stuff I told her about you ! You are a legend.
gillx

jinxxxygirl said...

Happy happy Birthday Weaver!!! And congratulations on your 2000 post! Wow! 2000!!!Amazing! I look forward to visiting with you everytime you post so i'm glad there will be at least a 1000 more. :) Big big birthday hugs! deb

Frances said...

Good to hear that you have had a lovely day so far….I am with you on the ageing thing…..I am 69, and still think I am 30 something! It comes as a shock sometimes looking in the mirror !! Look forward to continue reading your posts, rather than just your comments on JG,Cro TS etc !

angryparsnip said...

So far what a lovely day.
Happy Birthday.
Let there be Cake !

cheers, parsnip

Barbara Womack said...

Happy, Happy Birthday!
Congratulations on your 2000th blog post! I do love hearing what new thing is going on in your part of the world.
You are an inspiration for the rest of us. Here's to many more...both blog posts and birthdays.
Cheers!
Barbara

Virginia said...

Happy Birthday Weaver! It sounds as if you have had a lovely day. I simply can't think of you as 82 - you're much too young at heart for that! May each day bring sufficient excitement and new experiences to make you feel younger as the year progresses! My husband turns (a mere) 65 tomorrow and that is causing a fee shocks - you get "the pension" at 65 in New Zealand so he thinks he should feel "old" but of course he doesn't !

A Very Happy Birthday to you, and thank you for your interesting blogs and photos

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Happy Halloween Birthday my dear. What great goals you have reached.

I agree - the older we get the less we realize we have figured out - but then we have the leisure of not caring one bit about most of it and can concentrate on what we want to. Hope your next year is just as wonderful.

the veg artist said...

Still burning brightly! Now there's a fine achievement! Happy Birthday.

Joanne Noragon said...

I hope you had a very pleasant and happy day. May we all be as young as you, forever.

Tom Stephenson said...

Happy Birthday, dear Weave! 82! You old person, you! Have a good Halloween as well. XXX

Trudie said...

Happy Birthday xx

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

A somewhat belated and retrospective Happy Birthday to you. 2,000! that's some achievement.

Loren said...

Congratulations on your 2000 blog entry, Weaver.

Nice job of doing that on you 82nd birthday, and Halloween, for good measure.

How old will you be when you write your 4000th blog entry?

John Gray said...

Happy birthday old friend
Or as we say in Wales
Penblwyd hapus
Xxx

Gwil W said...

All the best ,Pat. Here's a birthday quiz for you:

What was the name of the product that "cleaned a big big carpet for less than half a crown"?

Don't we have long memories, eh? But where would we be without 'em? Bit of birthday chat there.

Enjoy the sherry and cake and we will forgive you if you don't blog tomorrow. Let the 2000 linger, maybe.

Prosit! (that's cheers) & Gesundheit (that's good health).


Devon said...

Congratulations on your 2000th as well as your 82nd! I don't know the meaning of life either, and like you, the older I get, the less I feel the need to know!

I always enjoy your blog, thank you for sharing!

donna baker said...

I believe your comments are spot on and happiest birthday Mrs. Weaver.

A Heron's View said...

A very happy birthday to you Pat.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Happy Birthday! How delicious it must be to have a Halloween birthday. We have a good friend who is in labor this very moment and we're all pulling for her to make it before midnight so it'll be a Halloween baby. Just like you! xoxo

Jayview said...

Birthday greetings from a wet and windy Melbourne. I enjoy reading you blog and love the way you evoke the place you live in. Jean

Maureen @ Josephina Ballerina said...

Here you are! Happy Birthday! You give others so much joy in just being who you are and inviting us into your world. Here's to many, many more posts, dear Pat!
xo, maureen and josephina ballerina

Jan said...

Happy Birthday and congratulations on your 2000th!

Mary said...

Hope it was the happiest birthday ever Pat!
Here's to many, many more………and lots of posts to share all those future celebrations with us.

Hugs and blessings always - Mary

Galestorm said...

Happy Birthday!

Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

Happy Birthday, Weaver of Grass! Enjoy your day and the year to come. And congratulations on your 2,000th blog post! Like Francis, I am 69 and will turn 70 in January. I am rather in the company of those who, like you, realize they don't have many answers as to what life is all about, and don't really care. May your life continue to be very good! And thank you for the interest and pleasure you bring to me every day.

Cro Magnon said...

2000 postings is an honourable milestone; many congratulations, and may they continue. Without you my knowledge of life in The Dales would be nil.

And congratulations on your birthday too. You're right, mobility is the priority. Keep on walking! Very best wishes from France. Cro xx

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MorningAJ said...

Many many happy returns. I'm sure you've miscounted because you can't possibly be 82. Don't you mean 62?
:) Love and best wishes from me and K.

Heather said...

Congratulations on your birthday and your 2000th blog post. You make 82 sound quite acceptable so I shall keep going, at least until I have caught up with you! I shall be 79 next spring. When I was young I thought my grandmother knew everything - she was a very loving and remarkable woman. Now I am old myself, I feel as if I have no wisdom to impart. It is probable that no-one would heed it anyway.

Elizabeth said...

What wonderful reflections.
I think I come to your blog for common sense, a love of inquiry, communication and notes from the English countryside.
May it long continue!

Mac n' Janet said...

Happy Birthday Weaver, I'm with you, the older I get the fewer answers I have. As Churchill said (I've been reading his biograpy,, "...just keep buggering on..."

Mac n' Janet said...

Oops, left the "h" out of biography.

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