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Thursday photo #162

My husband and I are very different people. I’m quiet and antisocial. He is loud and sociable. And sometimes, I am starkly reminded that Libby is her father’s daughter. Over the past couple of weeks, it has been particularly obvious.

How long is a birthday?

My husband’s 40th birthday fell just a couple of years after I met him. I booked a table at Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck –  I had to be on the phone exactly three months beforehand to book it. I also arranged for us to go away for the weekend. We stayed in London, watched a musical and then headed to Bray the following day to eat at the Fat Duck. And I thought I’d nailed it.

I’ve never really been one for birthdays. They weren’t a massive deal when I was a child and that was fine with me. I’ve never celebrated my birthday as an adult as such, although I had a lovely day at Malvern Spa last year with my sister. So as you can imagine, a weekend of birthday celebrations seemed more than enough for my husband’s birthday.

But he had other ideas. There was an enormous party with his friends, which involved hiring a coach to and from the venue. There was dinner with his family and multiple other events loosely associated with his birthday. It seemed like his 40th birthday celebrations lasted most of the year.

Fast forward to the past fortnight, and it seems Libby is heading the same way. She has been proclaiming it to be her birthday for weeks. Sunday came and went, with a small party for family at our house. But Libby is still claiming it’s her birthday. Her party with her school friends is this coming weekend, so as far as she’s concerned it’s basically still her birthday. And what with my husband, Lia and then Libby having birthdays in consecutive months, I’ve had enough of them now.

A sporty week

Despite all the birthday celebrations, the week has also been about sport. Libby has now started cricket club, and of course she had to fit in some cycling on her new bike and her usual swimming lesson. I had a health check, which confirmed that I needed to do more exercise. And Lia’s ballet teacher has said that she’d like Lia to do her first ballet exam next month. Lia has also enjoyed plenty of time outside this week, with two trips to our local National Trust property at her request.

Our Thursday photo #162

Of course, this week’s photo had to be one from Libby’s birthday. She was so delighted with her new bike that we had to go out on it straight away. So off we went with two children, two dogs and two bikes to our local playing fields. As usual, things didn’t go to plan. My husband ended up having to call an ambulance for another dog walker who’d had an accident. Meanwhile, I headed home with dogs, bikes and children, one of whom was desperate for a wee. I suppose life would be dull if it always went to plan.

my love-hate relationship with cycling



  1. June 15, 2017 / 8:49 am

    This made me smile. We love birthdays here and always make an effort. We’ve got both my husband’s and my eldest’s this month, although my eldest still can’t decide what he wants to do!
    Lia seems very young for a ballet exam! Good luck to her. X

  2. June 15, 2017 / 10:24 am

    What a week. Birthdays are a big deal here actually – and celebrating for a year for a 40th sounds good to me (as mine is next year). It has been a sporty week here too.

  3. June 15, 2017 / 10:52 pm

    Gorgeous pictures. I love celebrating my family’s birthdays although I don’t enjoy mine all that much, I always get a little nostalgic.

    My Harri has just celebrated her 4th birthday and managed to drag it out for a full week! X

  4. June 16, 2017 / 8:59 pm

    Love your choice of Thursday photo this week! Those smiles and bikes, perfect! I always love celebrating a birthday, but only for one day. My husband couldn’t really care less about birthdays and can’t even think of a gift without me telling him what I would like. I am a little sad that he doesn’t try to make my birthday special, as I always make an extra effort to make everyone else’s special for them. Maybe this year will be different, my birthday is this weekend, as all the best birthdays are in June, ha ha! Have a great weekend! 🙂 x

  5. June 18, 2017 / 8:16 pm

    I’m a proper grumpy old man with birthdays. I don’t particularly like them. So I hate to say I agree with you on that. I don’t really celebrate mine. Although sounds good fun for hub!
    I love that pic of Lia building outside.

  6. June 20, 2017 / 2:35 pm

    Ah look how happy she is on her bike. I hope she had a wonderful birthday. Alice is exactly the same and we are already talking and planning her birthday and it’s not for ages! I don’t really celebrate mine and would much rather hide and pretend it isn’t happening. x

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