It does not seem possible that I will be celebrating my 70th birthday next Tuesday, I have found it difficult coming to terms with this. I look at some of the cards I have received so far that have a large '70' on the front and I cannot connect with it, that would have been for my Grandmother, not me! I do of course realise that what I can celebrate is reaching this stage in life when so many family and friends have not, and others who are unwell cannot enjoy the active life that I have. So all that is a blessing I know. My dear husband Alan who will be 77 next Saturday never gives it a second thought.
We do not usually make a big fuss of birthdays, but my children thought this one was worth celebrating. I turned down the offer of tea at the Palm Court in the Ritz with my family and preferred for that money to go towards a break at the above hotel in Aldeburgh on the Suffolk Coast. We have a bedroom that faces the river and the marshes at the back and a small sitting room that faces the sea. One can walk around the town of Aldeburgh in 10 minutes and there is little else but the fishing boats and the sea, but that is the beauty of it. Add to that the wildfoul reserves and walks along the rivers and marshes and we are all set for a relaxing break. The food is good too with lots of fresh caught fish so looks like we will be walking, eating and reading. especially as it will be dark soon after 4.30 pm this time of year. Aldeburgh is less than 2 hours away which adds to a relaxing trip. We will be there from Monday to Thursday.
We will be venturing outside of Aldeburgh to Snape where they host music festivals and there are castles and such in the area, and other little harbour towns and villages. The forecast at present is for rain every day and we are right on the North Sea so we will be taking our warm and wet weather clothes without a doubt. The time to dress up will be for relaxing in the hotel restaurant in the evening.
Next Saturday will be spent with the family when I will cook them all a special meal. And yes, I will be taking my camera.