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Fortieth [Sep. 24th, 2018|10:35 am]
Tony Grist
 My daughter's 40th birthday. Landmark for her, landmark for everyone connected to her. We just had a chat on the phone about how we all think  it must be fun being young but the 30s- in particular- can be a grim decade- because you're expected to be all grown up but actually you're still quite inexperienced and gauche- and it's hard work. 

It seems only yesterday we were in the middle of a heatwave and now the night time temperatures are in single figures and the day time ones in the mid teens. This morning is sunny but cold and cutting.  I like this kind of weather; it's invigorating. I went out into the fields and did more than I usually do- pulling up ragwort, dragging fallen branches to the bonfire site. 

Conkers are fairy gold- but while their sheen lasts they're beautiful- the colour of a mahogany table that's been polished and polished for two hundred years.  Would they keep their shine if you buffed them up with beeswax? But, then, again, would you want to? They're seeds- and change is of their essence. 
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2018-09-24 03:04 pm (UTC)
Our daughter is one more birthday shy of 40 and that stops me in my tracks when I think of it.

We continue with our own heatwave and who knows when or if we'll ever have any Autumn. 38ºC today here...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-09-24 03:12 pm (UTC)
After a cool morning it's turned quite summery this afternoon. I put on a bodywarmer first thing but I'm not wearing it now.
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2018-09-24 03:13 pm (UTC)
Congrats to her.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-09-24 06:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2018-09-24 05:09 pm (UTC)
I still have a few I picked up in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada when I went there with my friend Susie Coffman. I came across them when I was moving and couldn't bear to toss them. They are shiny enough...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-09-24 06:32 pm (UTC)
I picked some up the other day when we were out and some more today from our own chestnut tree. I can't resist them.
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[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2018-09-24 06:10 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday to your daughter! I had my 41st while I was on holiday last week. It's pretty great so far.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-09-24 06:34 pm (UTC)
My forties were eventful- and pretty good. But I reckon I'm happier now- in my sixties- than I've ever been.
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[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2018-09-25 06:50 am (UTC)
That's good to know!
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