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"Still lie the sheltering snows, undimmed and white;
And reigns the winter's pregnant silence still;
No sign of spring, save that the catkins fill,
And willow stems grow daily red and bright.
These are days when ancients held a rite
Of expiation for the old year's ill,
And prayer to purify the new year's will."
Helen Hunt Jackson, A Calendar of Sonnet's: February
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My mum's birthday

My mum turned 54 today. She's a bit worried about ageing, though she looks younger than her age. My brother and I offered her books and materials for knitting, a jewel holder and my dad bought a beautiful pastel pink dress for her (along with some banknotes, as he did not have time to go buy more presents). We had a lovely meal and the dessert was a chocolate fondant with creme brulee flavoured ice-cream. Hope nobody's envious. :P


  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 29,729 mod
    edited April 2014
    Happy birthday to your mother @Elfish! That sounds like a lovely way to celebrate. I'm very jealous. Creme brulee flavoured ice-cream sounds delicious.

    It was my birthday a couple of weeks ago too. I ordered a chocolate pudding that was supposed to come served as a flambe, but when it arrived, it wasn't a cake-type pudding, but a chocolate mousse and wasn't at all the sort of pudding I had imagined.
  • ElfishElfish Posts: 254 ✭✭✭✭
    Oh @mheredge‌, you must have been disappointed. :( Was the chocolate mousse any good though?
  • SLBSLB Posts: 1,289 ✭✭✭✭
    I never do anything special when it's my birth date
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 29,729 mod
    I didn't like the look of it @Elfish, so I had chocolate cake with ice cream instead. That was very good. I don't usually do much on my birthday, unless I'm somewhere where I can invite friends round for dinner. In Calcutta, I didn't really know anyone who I could invite.
  • ElfishElfish Posts: 254 ✭✭✭✭
    @SillyLittleBleeder‌ Has it anything to do with your customs or is it that you don't like celebrating your birthday?
  • SLBSLB Posts: 1,289 ✭✭✭✭
    No it has nothing to do with customs, it's just me.
  • HermineHermine Moderator Posts: 6,806 mod
    Congratulation to your mum, @elfish.

  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 29,729 mod
    In some countries, like Nepal, birthdays aren't really celebrated much, except perhaps by people in the cities who are copying what's done in the west.

    In fact, for many people there, they're not all that sure about their exact date of birth as registrations of births is even now, not that accurate, especially in the villages in the countryside.
  • LynneLynne Teach HomePosts: 9,746 mod
    Belated birthday wishes to your mum Elfish.

    I'll be honest, we don't celebrate birthdays the way we used to. I think we're getting old.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 29,729 mod
    The novelty's sort of wearing off.
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