Monday, October 16, 2006

Birthday Blessings

Yesterday l celebrated my birthday quietly, at home with the family. I woke up with a cold on Friday and so we did not make it to the Smiddy ~ l was a little sad about missing this venue but did not want to spread a virus around. There is always another time for that anyway as it is not far from here. My brother and sister-in-law called around, phone calls wishing me the best came through, my blogging friends left kind messages and my husband gifted me with such thoughtful presents ~ not forgetting the musical video clip with our wee Sam. I will cherish these memories and gifts always.
I have recorded a short thank you poem by Norman MacCaig . He is one of my favourite poets and G. gave me a big book of his works for my birthday. In the film below you can hear me reading from the pages. This poem reminds me of my grandparents, they were married for 75years and were a fantastic couple. The love of poetry in my family comes through this line (dad’s) and l can still hear the lilt in my Granny’s voice, as she would recite her favourite poems. My Grandpa was a wonderful tenor. Between them both l remember fun times gathered at their place, listening to poetry and singing.
G. also bought me a music CD by Dougie MacLean. He is one of Scotland’s foremost singers and songwriters ~ he lives in Dunkeld. G. called him up to see if he would sign my copy (he did!) They ended up having a wee chat about guitars over the phone. G. said to Dougie, “l know all of the tunings you use” and Dougie replied, “ I am glad someone does as l can never remember!” :)
For dinner we had our traditional Sunday Roast ~ made by G. He also made a delicious chocolate cake! I made a dish to accompany the dinner called Potatoes Dauphinois~ goodness knows how many calories were in every bite but it was delicious! Towards the evening we gathered around the dining table and played Trivial Pursuit, drank ample amounts of red wine and laughed. It was a good day. Thank you again for helping to make it so.


Kerri said...

Happy happy belated birthday to you! I'm so sorry you came down with a cold. I did too (on Friday), so we're suffering together, if that makes you feel any better :)
It was such a treat to hear you read that beautiful poem. I absolutely love your wonderful Scottish accent. How clever and creative you are to think of doing this for us.....your blog friends :) Thank you!
your hubby is so thoughtful. How sweet to get you an autograph from Cougie MacLean, and that lovely book of poetry.
You're a lucky lady!

Sue said...

I loved hearing your voice read too! Your Scottish accent is a joy to listen to! Such a lovely poem!
How very wonderful that your grandparents enjoyed 75 yrs of marriage!
I hope the hot toddies are helping your cold!!

slap me happy said...

your accent has gotten thicker sis lol, nice peom though. Hope you had a nice day.

Tammy said...

Dear Sarah!!!
I loved hearing your voice for the very first time...loved the poem!! I have thought of doing something like this myself, but never have.
I'm not feeling near as bad this evening after work. They put me on the same job where I moved around quite a bit and did not have to sit hunched over in one place. If I'm gonna work I like!
I'm so glad your birthday turned out good for you, Hubby who is learning a guitar now wants me to say we enjoyed listening to a few of Dougie's clips and they were very beautiful! So glad Himself was able to get you a signed copy!!
PS...I've posted a musical ghost story this evening if you feel like coming by.

PEA said...

I've got a huge smile on my face now from having heard your voice:-) What a delightful accent you have, I could listen to you read poem all night!! lol I'm so glad you had such a lovely birthday but what a shame about the cold:-( Did you save me a piece of that chocolate cake???? Hugs to you my friend xox

Grish said...

Oh wow, I loved the poem I could literally just sit and listen to you for hours. Your accent sounds wonderful to my American ears...

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

What a treat for us Sarah to be able to hear your voice. I love your Scottish accent and could listen to you read that poem over and over.

Thank you so very much.

Connie and Rob said...

You read beautifully and your accent is just icing on the cake. Hope you are feeling better my friend.

All the best to you.

Merle said...

Hello Horizon ~ Thank you for yor comments, glad you enjoyed the post.
My cousin and I are enjoying time
together, and talking and laughing about our families. So glad you had a beaut
birthday and got some lovely gifts.
I hope your cold is better. Take care,
Love, Merle.

Jeanette said...

G'Day Horizon
hurry up and get well.
Loved listening to read that beautiful verse and love your accent could listen all day.would like to hear you reading more verse. Take care

Nettie said...

Happy Birthday! It sound like a fun evening!

Kathleen Marie said...

What a fabulous birthday and Happy Birthday to you! I will have to try the recipes. I LOVE poetry so will have to check out the book you mentioned and the Dougie MacLean as well.

God Bless you on your wonderful new year!

Kathleen Marie said...

What a fabulous birthday and Happy Birthday to you! I will have to try the recipes. I LOVE poetry so will have to check out the book you mentioned and the Dougie MacLean as well.

God Bless you on your wonderful new year!

Pretty Lady said...

Oh dear friend I can't wait to get home and listen to your voice (my pc at work do not have speakers)

somershade said...

Happy Birthday Beautiful. I love your voice!

Kerri said...

I didn't see your lovely slide show yesterday. So glad I popped in today and found it. Lovely pictures! Glad you had such a wonderful birthday. What you give away comes back to your case, lots of love :) xox

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