It’s my Birthday and I’ll Blog if I want to.

“No woman should ever be quite accurate about her age. It looks so calculating.” ~ Oscar Wilde

Hands up if you remember this song sung by Lesley Gore in 1963. Well, if you danced to this as a teenager, then you’re probably about the same age as me.

I was going to take my special day off, but changed my mind. After all, what’s a day without just a little bit of blogging? Yesterday, my darling sister prepared a very special birthday lunch for me, and invited a few friends to help me celebrate. When we arrived, the table was all set and looked really festive. (I’ve just noticed, looking at the pics, that the table mats, cake decorations and the top I was wearing, all happen to match. How’s that for co-ordination?)


She had made delicious prawn cocktail starter, followed by a classic Beef Stroganoff with rice and delicious roasted vegetables. Dessert was Crème Brûlée, which was absolutely sublime, and then came the crowning glory; her gorgeously decadent Cleopatra Chocolate Birthday Cake. You have to taste this to believe it. The topping is pure, undiluted, melted chocolate.


It had only one candle, which wasn’t too difficult to blow out, except that the people taking photographs kept making me laugh, so it took a while.


The conversation around the table was both lively, and at times, totally hilarious, and we all had so much fun. Today is my actual birthday, and we’re going to have ‘High Tea’ again at The Oyster Box Hotel. My sister will be joining us too. I’m so excited with my birthday present from hubby, which is three of her Gustav Klimt style paintings, some of which which I showed you the other day for Ailsa’a Travel Theme. They will be lovingly packed up with the rest of our furniture and have pride of place in our house in Florida. He also bought me some potent-sounding anti-aging cream, which I’m hoping is a miracle in a jar. I have lots of other lovely pressies, including from my daughter, a night for two in an ocean terrace room at the gorgeous ‘Oyster Box Hotel’, a spa manicure and pedicure from my son, and various edible and inedible treats from friends. Last night I had a long Skype conversation with the family in New Jersey, who all sang “Happy Birthday to Granny.” So very special.

Now, you’ll have to excuse me if I disappear for a while to make the most of my special day. This coming weekend, we move out of our home and into the one we’re renting for the month of August, so I may not be around quite as much as usual for the next few days, but I’m sure I’ll find time to do a couple of posts in between all the packing. Have a great week.



153 comments on “It’s my Birthday and I’ll Blog if I want to.

  1. I can see you had the most amazing birthday ever Sylvia and you’re so blessed to be surrounded and cared for by so many. You are one special lady and deserve it all. 😀 ♥ Big Hugs ♥

    Lookin’ fab on your special day (actually – always lookin’ fab).
    Love the color coordination. The cake is decorated nicely. Your sis did a great job.
    Have fun celebrating!
    And – take it easy as much as you can between the big move.

  3. Happy birthday Sylvia. That table setting is beautiful and the cake looks devein. Sounds like a fabulous time and now you’re off for the move…. never a fun event. Best wishes all goes as planned 🙂

  4. One of my most favourite quotes about birthdays!! Happy Birthday!!! “I grabbed a pile of dust, and holding it up, foolishly asked for as many birthdays as the grains of dust, I forgot to ask that they be years of youth.”
    Ovid, Metamorphoses

  5. Happy happy Birthday Sylvia! You look absolutely gorgeous so I’d throw that Creme away!!! I can’t believe your sister made that cake! Wow she is talented in many ways. Hope you had a wonderful day! 🙂

  6. I wasn’t a teenager, but my brothers were and I do remember this song along with many others from that era as they used to run a youth club in our garage!

    Happy birthday Sylvia – you are one very lucky (and lovely) lady 😀

  7. Happy Birthday, Sylvia, and many more to come! You look fabulous and I am sure had a wonderful celebration.
    PS: Coordination couldn’ t have been better!
    PPS: The cake….oh…the cake…YUM! 🙂

  8. Happy Birthday and blessings to you, Sylvia! What a sweet family you have! you look wonderful and the cake is divine! enjoy and lots of fun! yes, i remember that song!!!
    hugs 🙂

  9. As a treat for me …. may we have a special dance to a tune I’ve danced to many times.??… You look lovely in the photos and I’m sure Hubby is proud to walk anywhere with yoiu on his arm…
    Sylvia, have a very Happy Birthday and may there be so many more to come…. and may the move to Florida be a wonderful one… South Africa is gonna miss you… I think the Oyster Box Hotel as well… but never fear I will call in there every now and then and pass on your news to them….

  10. Wishing you a very happy birthday. Yep, I remember the song and I was nearing the end of my teens when it came out. I suspect you and I are about the same vintage. 🙂 What great presents you received. I particularly like the idea that you’ll be bringing a bit of Africa with you to Florida with your sister’s paintings.

    So it seems things are coming down to the wire if you’re already moving out of your home. I bet it’s a tremendous combination of excitement with a bit of anxiety involved. Wishing you all the best for the coming year with all the changes it will bring.

  11. Happy birthday,Sylvia. It sounds and looks like it has been quite festive and your presents sound marvelous. Hurray for hubby acquiring the paintings. How perfect. I am still chuckling over your title and the Oscar Wilde quote is perfect. He has also said that a woman who tells her age would reveal anything. No mystery in that. 🙂

  12. Many happy returns Sylvia! Looks like a wonderful birthday party and The Oyster Box in Umhlanga sounds like a great treat. Good luck too with the move!

  13. Happy happy!!!!! Lovely cake …. Then we are both Leo’s because my birthday is on Wednesday. (not that I believe in star signs and maybe I should now have a birthday only every 5 years).

  14. Happy Birthday almost twin sister! I have no idea what’s planned for mine, but probably something for next weekend as we had the baby shower last Saturday. I also have an AGM to attend tomorrow 😦
    How old will I be tomorrow?
    Watch my blog………………….

  15. Birthday Felicitations Sylvia 🙂
    That looks and sounds simply marvellous !
    Enjoy … and don’t forget … tomorrow is your Birthday Boxing Day … another chance revel in all kinds of extra special Birthdayness 🙂

  16. Happy birthday! Wow, looks like you had a fabulous prequel and great celebrations lined up. I remember dancing to this song, after having heard it on Beverly Hills 90210 🙂

  17. Wish you a very very Happy Birthday Sylvia. I am sure you had a wonderful birthday and if you have loved ones around, this is the best 🙂

    Much Love

  18. It sounds like your birthday celebrations have been wonderful…enjoy the rest of the day. Wishing you all the best on your birthday and with your move as well.

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