Monday, 30 August 2010

Turning the big four-oh

I've really enjoyed writing last week's posts about our decade or so spent living in Sydney and reading your delightful comments. It's been like having a mental spring clean, an appraisal, even a clearing of the decks as I've relived how I've spent my last decade. It was quite timely.

You see, today I turned 40. Woo hoo! Yes, the big four-oh.
Who's that bonnie babe? Me at my christening time
I'm not the slightest bit bothered about entering another decade. In fact, I'm ready to embrace it. It's also caused me to reflect a little. My first two decades were all about enjoying childhood, obtaining an education, starting my career and getting married.
My fifth birthday present
My third decade was about consolidating my career, buying our first home, overcoming health problems and having the three pixies.

All of that leads me to now. I think this decade will be fabulous. We'll watch the pixies all start school, make new friends, learn new skills and develop more independence. We'll watch their personalities develop and share in the precious journey through childhood. We'll buy a family home with a garden and enjoy decorating it in our style instead of living in a rented house. We'll discover all our treasured possessions which have been stored away in the shed following our move. I imagine that along the way, Mr PB and I will have more time to spend with each other and revel in each other's company, just like life pre-PB. Yes, there's a lot to look forward to!

My celebrations already started yesterday with a family lunch with our parents and the pixies. The best tableware was found, silver cutlery polished and crystal glasses buffed.
Blue and white, my favourite table setting colours
 Mr PB and the pixies gathered some beauty from the garden.
Our spring garden flowers
The place settings were laid.
Silver cutlery and crisp, white linen serviettes
Here is the birthday cake so lovingly made by the pixies and Mr PB.
Iced by the pixies
Here are some of my birthday presents, following my requested French theme:
Here are the two sides of this divine vase
Inspiration for many years to come
This divine brooch from Magoolie Designs
A little something to set the mood
A leather bound journal for recording blog ideas when they strike!
The fun will continue for the next two weekends with family and friends joining us at home for French-inspired lunches, catered for by my darling husband. He's a keeper, that one! Then we plan to fly to Sydney in late September or early October, sans the pixies (for the first time), to spend a weekend with our friends, hopefully with dinner at yes, you guessed it, my favourite French restaurant, Tabou.

So, it's time to take stock a little, work out where I'm at and where I want to go. Life is not a dress rehearsal! I might write a 'bucket list' - have you heard of it? It's a list of the things you want to do in life before you 'kick the bucket'. It'll be a challenge - I'll have to find (or make) some headspace first - but I think it will be worthwhile, at least worth a try. I've even found a website which can help me. I'll let you know how I go.

Anyway, time for some more celebrating!



  1. Ah Jane, what a beautiful lunch and GORGEOUS cake! Sounds like you have a fabulous trip planned too!

  2. Congrats on hitting 40! I'm a big fan of bucket list and have several lists of my own. Good luck creating yours.

  3. Happy Birthday! Lots to look forward to in this decade...all the best!

  4. What a great idea going french for forty... tres chic! And a fortnight of celebrations - like that too... Ann x

  5. Happy Birthday for yesterday Jane, sounds like you had a lovely day. I love the cake, they did a great job, and the French inspired pressies are all gorgeous. How exciting to be going to Sydney without the pixies. Enjoy!

  6. Thanks, ladies! It was a lovely surprise to find these comments this morning. Yes, I am pleased with the French theme, Ann. I've decided now I'm forty to be more proactive rather than reactive. That might just have motivated me to suggest things I would like for my birthday so I received things I love! It's also about redefining who I am in this noisy, crazy life on PB. Time to start thinking about that bucket list! J x

  7. Happy Birthday Jane!! Forty is the new thirty and age is irrelevant, it's what you do with it that counts!!

    Love your Handmade Soirees book, how awesome is that!

    Enjoy your impending trip to Sydney, the weather here is almost mild at the moment! :-)

  8. Happy Happy Birthday! It looks like your day was wonderful with yummy food and cake!

  9. Thanks, Cornflake and Celeste! Very sweet of you both. Yes, Cornflake, I am really looking forward to reading that. There are fabulous ideas for entertaining and decorating. I think I'll do a post on it some time soon so you can peek inside. J x


Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts, you gorgeous soul. You've just made my day! J x

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