Sunday, May 07, 2006

Outed - so celebrating

Ah – I see that in a list of comments to my previous post I’ve been outed - and by my family of felines, not less – add a dash of dogs (a cluster of canines?) – and then there’s one Anne McAllister who, I suspect is behind this sudden rush to the keyboard of the furry bodied amongst us. So thank you all, Gunnar (the Great) Micah (who I hope has washed the mud off his beautiful fur) . Mitch – who is THREE and I hope also had a happy happy birthday yesterday. (And I hope that Anne offered some ear rubs from me to celebrate). Thanks also to Bob (who is indeed the King of Cats and at 17 an elder statesman too) Sid – yes birthdays do mean food (for you at least) , dear Ivan and his doppelganger Spiffy – and of course the ‘fiend’ Dyl the Vill (Villain)

So yes – for those who wondered what the ‘special day’ coming up was – here it is. Once upon a time, a long long time ago, in a town called Newark, Nottinghamshire, (see pictures) a little girl was born. My mother tells me I was born at 12.45 – and she knows this because I was born at home and just as I appeared, downstairs, lunch was just being served to my father and my two elder sisters.
So obviously I was always able to appreciate food – even then!

We only lived in Newark for another 18 months so I left when I was still tiny, but when I look at pictures of the place – like the ones shown here – I realise just why I have always loved towns or cities where there is a river, a castle and an old church. So my birthplace must have made a huge impression on me, through the eyes of a toddler, even though I can remember none of it now.

So it seems appropriate that, to celebrate the Big Day (the numbers involved in which are getting way too big for my liking!) that I should be heading for York together with the BM, the Offspring and his lovely girlfriend. York of course has the river, the castle, and the Minster – and it also has Bettys teashop (and no, there shouldn’t be an apostrophe there). In Bettys I shall enjoy a ‘birthday tea’ which makes me sound so much younger than I actually am.

But only yesterday someone asked if I would wish any of the years away – well, the age in years yes – but having reached this point in life I am just so happy with the way things are – with the wonderful family and friends I have the success of my books, the way my career has gone, and the life that I live – then No. If your birthday is a time for looking back then I’m pretty damn happy with the way things have gone – and if the birthday is a time to look forward – then great – I’m looking forward to more of the same!

Which, in my book makes it a Happy Birthday to me!


Liz Fielding said...

Many happy returns, Kate! Have a fabulous day.

Julie Cohen said...

Happy birthday love. I know it will be a wonderful, special day.

Sue aka MsCreativity said...

Have a very Happy Birthday Kate!

Rosie said...

Happy birthday, Kate!

It's twenty-six years and how many months? Oh, I see, just a number! quite right too. We're the samer age, you see ;)


Kate Hardy said...

Have a very, very happy day, surrounded by those you love and who cherish you dearly too.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kate, just saw on Julie's blog about your 'day' - have a lovely birthday Kate, and I have to say I'm really looking forward to meeting you in September!

Margaret McDonagh said...

Wishing you a very HAPPY BRITHDAY!!! Have fun and a lovely day.


Anna Lucia said...

Have a lovely day at Bettys, Kate! (Have the brown bread ice cream sundae... ggg)

Happy, Happy Birthday.

Anne McAllister said...

Well, finally, now that there's an appropritate place to leave felicitations, happy birthday!

And, again, Gunnar wants to know where his comment went. Foiled by cyberspace, he said grumpily.

Anna Adams said...

Happy birthday! I hope it's filled with wonder and a good tea, and more of the contentment in your post!

All the best,

Anna A.

Diane said...

Happy birthday!

Nell Dixon said...

Have a wonderful day!

Sadhbh said...

Happy Birthday Kate, so glad you are happy with life so far and looking forward to the future

Nancy W. said...

Happy birthday, Kate. Sir Bart & Lady Arrow send their regards also. I'll be thinking of you the first week of July. A friend & I are visiting friends in Colchester.

Natasha said...

Happy Birthday, Kate! I hope your family spoil you rotten.

Bailey Stewart said...

Happy Birthday Kate - and many, many more.

Oh, and my furry children say Happy Birthday too.

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day. :)
All the best,
Gail Fuller

Olga said...

Happy Birthday, Kate!

Sharon J said...

And a very happy birthday from me too xx

Michelle said...

Have a very Happy Birthday, Kate! Love the castle picture. :)

Dee said...

All my love, Kate! So sorry to be late, I've been completely out of contact all day. I'm glad you had a great birthday! You deserve that and so much more!

Deepest hugs and affection!!

JENNA said...

Happy birthday! Mine is next week and it's a milestone. Has me nervous.

Kate Walker said...

Thank you to everyone who posted happy birthday greetings - they all made my day so extra special

Liz - thank you - it was fabulous

Julie - it was special and hearing from you made it more so

MsCreativity - thank you - and I did!

rosie - how lovely to 'see' you here - So we're the same age are we? Like you say 26 - and a bit ;-)

Other Kate - hugs back and thank you for your lovely gifts (Thank Chloe too)

Hi Daisy! Good to see you here too - and I'm looking forward to meeting you soon.

Oh Mags - thank you. And congrats again on your new sale

Anna - hugs - How did you know what I was tempted by at Bettys? But I was also tempted by the sundae with berries in it and that won

Anne - I have made sure that Gunnar's commenst are in pride of place on the previous post - where they should be - please rub his ears for me in apology

Anna A - I'm so glad you dropped by - At least we can keep in touch this way. Your description is just about perfect - my day was filled with wonder and good tea :-)

Diane, Nell, Sadbh - Being briedf to fit things in here - but your wishes were so much appreciated too

And Nancy! How lovely that you could visit - I'm honoured - especially by the greetings of the Great Bart and Lady Harold (Arrow) I hope you're having a wonderful time in England and finding lots of Eccles cakes to enjoy and maybe take back to Iowa?

Natasha - thank you - will I see you in September too?

Eve, Gail, Olga, Sharon, Michelle - you're so kind to post Thank you! (It is a great picture isn't it Michelle - Hope it inspires you)

Dee love - never worry about being late. I just love to 'see' you anywhere, anytime.

Jena - Happy Birthday to you for next week. But never worry about the milestone birthdays (I've had one or two of them myself! ;-)) They are lots better than the alternative.

Once again Thank you all - just reading through your greetings again has me grinning like a Cheshire Cat


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