I am 60. It's my birthday! Am I really a year older?

I am 60

Its my birthday! Am I really a year older?
Nope – no different to yesterday. We are not a year older, we are a day older. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like if we aged a year, or a decade, all at once – like we go through a door into the next decade and all the ageing changes happen at once. Now that would be quite a shock!
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Turning 60 – part 7

6 August

Ive spent 4 days at the South Cerney Steam Rally. We have a classic car, an Austin A35 and went with the group so there was a good number of cars on the stand. I love our old car and lots of people like looking at these old cars. For many of us it takes us back to childhood. My dad used to have an A30 which is why we bought this car. Whats nice about events like this is everything else you can find. There was a field with peoples collections – such as milk bottles, younger people wont remember the daily delivery. Whilst it still happens around Tewkesbury, I dont think we have a delivery in our village and like most people we buy 4 pint containers from the supermarket.

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Are we part of the Saga Generation? A kitchen conversation

Kitchen Conversation

I created this video after someone told me that she wasn’t part of the Saga Generation and it got me thinking – who is?

I wondered if she was thinking of people like my mum and dad. People who retired and relaxed, it was time for them – to go on cruises, play golf, do the crossword … are they the Saga Generation?
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Turning 60: older, wiser and finding myself – part 5

13th July

I’ve got my mum staying with me for a few days. She lives quite close to Jodrell Bank, where we were over the weekend for the festival. It used to be a very challenging experience. I was busy working and my mum would drift into my office. Most of my clients used to come to the house and shed come into the kitchen while I was making them a drink and introduce herself. Id get tense, speak sharply to her and upset her and then have to resolve this. But its much easier now. Partly as my husband is retired and can spend more time with her – take her shopping and for lunch or sit in the garden with her. She also keeps out of my office. But I’m also older and more forgiving, plus I dont want to work 18/7 which is what I used to do – sleep and work.
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Turning 60: older, wiser and finding myself – part 4

29th June

A good session at the gym, and worked hard on my new strengths training routine. Sometimes I think back to what I was doing 10 years ago. I can’t do as much as I did back then, I used to be good at deadlifts and walking lunges, but started to get problems with my back and knees. Partly I think this is done to me being so heavy in the past, as my joints have had to carry a lot of weight. But I don’t think that I should compare myself to what I did before, but focus more, and be positive for what I can do now.
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Before I die

Before I die

Before I die

The first wall I saw which started with Before I die was in Wolverhampton. I thought it was a one off, but having seen it in other countries, including a wall in St Helena, I was intrigued.
I hadn’t realised this was part of a wider art project.
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