Crossing the threshold…

Friends, I have stepped over the threshold into the big four-oh! Yesterday we celebrated and tonight  I reflect on what makes a great birthday. Here’s my ingredients :

– being given 40 kisses each by my children and husband when I woke!

– smoked salmon and scrambled egg breakfast
-gorgeous gifts including a new Nikon D3100 (replaces the D60 model which I was going to get). Glee! And the most beautiful commissioned peace of music with voices of my children part of the recording – just too amazing  to describe in words. Deep gratitude for my beautiful husband whose idea it was. I will share it here soon…

– a bowl of Japanese food at Wagamamas and then being tourists in our own beloved London –  visiting Big Ben, Trafalgar Square and Horseguards Parade to show the kids for the first time (can you believe?)

– being so filled with love by my family, especially my children who kept hugging and kissing me and telling me they loved me. Melted inside, I was….

– cake, candles and Happy Birthday singing in English and Italian!
– the phone kept on ringing from as far as Sri Lanka, Australia and Italy – and my Facebook wall went bonkers with the loveliest reassuring messages of the goodness of the forties – thank you thank you!

– a sneaky surprise gathering of my close friends with food, bubbles,  great conversation and laughter into the small hours.

What a birthday! And there is more to come as I am having small celebrations of my 40th instead of one big one…a meal with my beloved tomorrow and an arty party with loads of girlfriends in ten days time (we are going to do glass fusing, vintage brooches and beadwork in the midst of food and drink – yay!).

So, hello forties. The best is yet to come….

9 Responses to “Crossing the threshold…”

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  1. Amelia says:

    Happy blooming Birthday you! Sorry I didn't remember when it was exactly! And thank you for my wishes of birthdayness for tomorrow, accept it's the day after – I am a new year's eve baby!

    Really looking forward to a happy making day with you all in the new year!

    Your birthday was full of so much love and celebration – how gorgeous!

    Can't wait to catch up, you 🙂

    Amelia.xx

  2. Veronika says:

    Happy birthday!!! Looks like your forties started off in a best possible way 🙂
    My 40th birthday is coming up in about 7 weeks time, I'm hoping I won't be too scared by then 🙂

  3. Mosaicista Appassionata says:

    best wishes! you know I have a friend called Concetta in Italy, I call her Concy!xo

  4. jacqueline says:

    Dearest sweet sweet concetta, HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!!! Such a wonderful lovely day and these photos are sooo beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing for they warm my heart. 🙂 Yippee congratz on a new camera! It's awesome!

    Wishing you JOY and LOVE for a wonderful New Year my sweet friend..thank you for all the blessings, love and support you have given me this year! Have a lovely merry happy last week of 2010! Love to you!

  5. Dana Barbieri says:

    What a great start to your 40's. I love that your kids kept telling you all day how much they loved you… so sweet. 🙂 Enjoy ALL of the celebrating.

  6. Suzanne says:

    Welcome to the club! I didn't like it when I turned 40, but have loved every year since. I'm glad you're starting it with such enthusiasm.

  7. Jenny Lee Wentworth says:

    Happy 40th Concetta! Looks like you have a lot of love in your life. I'm so glad I had a chance to meet you this year!
    Much Love to you and wishing you Happiness in the New Year!!!
    ?Jenny

  8. blue sky butterfly studio says:

    Sounds like a perfect day, Happy Belated Birthday Concetta, I hope this is is wonderful year for you x

  9. Concetta says:

    Well, one week on and doing ok!!! Thank you all for the lovely birthday messages…you are so kind 🙂

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