On being 90

Last month, we celebrated my Mum’s 90th birthday. Here, she describes the weekend on her own blog.

It was always sunny

Chris Mitchell 90thOn the 21st October 2016 I became a nonagenarian. When I was a wee girl I was very proud to have been born on Trafalgar Day, which in these far-off times was celebrated widely. I was also exactly six months younger than Princess Elizabeth of York, which pleased me when I was old enough to know. When I began to feel I might make it to ninety I had a trawl through the internet to see who, apart from Nessie and Nancy, Paisley Methodist friends, might be sharing the occasion. There were quite a lot, most of whom I’d never heard of, but two appealed to me.

John and I were tremendous fans of the first and had a great admiration for him. He is now regarded as a National Treasure, not surprisingly. He opened our eyes to the wonderful wildlife in many places in the world which few of…

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  1. Wonderful post Anabel and many congratulations to your mum on her special milestone! I was transfixed by her blog – how amazing she writes so eloquently! My dear mum was 91 in September and I’m afraid has long been in “la la” land – still we do get entertained by stories of the second world war in her lucid moments. Very hard on my dad who is still very fit and active albeit a few years younger than Mum (she is in a nursing home now and he lives independently). A wonderful post to treasure! 🙂


  2. Happy Birthday to your mother! I love that she is writing down her memories in her very own blog, and her posts are quite interesting. I love Michael Bond as well, although as an adult, I really enjoy his mystery series featuring Msr. Pamplemousse and his trusty side-kick, the dog Pommes Frites. I think your mother has discovered the key to a long life: stay interested, stay involved, and appreciate all that is good. Thanks for sharing her post!


  3. Amazing, Anabel! All of it, your mother’s age, how she aged, how she is even on the internet and how she enjoyed her special day. And, you look so much like her. I”m sure you have heard that before as well. I wish my grandma looked as happy and healthy as your mom!