The end of #Annies50th – friendships and making memories


Best friends at the seasideSome of you will know that I have another less popular blog site, where I wanted to write about my 50th year, having become the big 5-oh in April 2013.  You can see the blog here and some of you who are a certain age might like the play-list there too.  I know I made a big song and dance about getting to 50 but I sort of wanted it to be celebratory, rather than see in my 50th year with any sense of regret.

I decided to write my final #annies50th blog here because I’ve discovered on my social media journey that, for me, personal and professional can co-exist and that although some people might be irritated by my complex online persona of home, baking, chickens, diabetes, nursing and technology, and find me light-weight, many also tolerate me and some might even enjoy the diversity I bring.

So here it is – my final #annies50th blog.

Primroses on the cliff side - they are a flower that blooms during my birthday month and much remembered from my childhood

Primroses on the cliff side – they are a flower that blooms during my birthday month and much remembered from my childhood

During the year some of you will have noticed that I have regularly changed my Avatar, in fact those most observant will have watched the pictures present an aging Anne over the year.  It was a sort of mini twitter project.  I know it broke some of the rules around being recognisable but digging through all my old photos was so much fun 🙂 The last one was of me in my glorious hat, that I wore to a wedding in around 2012.  So my Avatar and photographs play a key part of my final celebration of being 50.

Many of you also know I did my nurse training in Scarborough and met my best friend there.  Here is a link to a blog where I tell exactly that story.

To celebrate my 51st birthday I went back to Scarborough with my friend and we had some photographs taken that represent my sense of our friendship and the place.  They are deliberately ‘retro’ in style in a vague attempt to recreate the early 1960’s look, when we were both born. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

???????????????????????????The photographs were taken by Jess Petrie who was an amazingly lucky find.  I wanted a female photographer who I thought would gently handle the middle-agedness of us and Jess did exactly that.  She likes to shoot with natural light and she is a wonderful calm, gentle photographer.  You can find out more about Jess here and her twitter name is @jesspetriephoto – I recommend her to you.

So here are some of the shots and I hope you will agree they present a fitting start to my 5th decade and mark our friendship and I now look forward to our 60th!  Self indulgent – I know – but friendships and making memories are so very important.

??????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????  ??????????????????????????? ??????????????????????????? ??????????????????????????? ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Best friends at the seaside

The above photo is me on 14th April 2014, aged 51, and will remain my Twitter avatar for a while.

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13 thoughts on “The end of #Annies50th – friendships and making memories

  1. We are all.on a journey . I loved this as a travelled back home to my.beloved north east. Thank you as ever

  2. “some people might be irritated by my complex online persona of home, baking, chickens, diabetes, nursing and technology, and find me light-weight”, – let them scratch the itch!!

    “some might even enjoy the diversity I bring! – That!

    April is a good month 😉

    Top blogging and ace pics.

  3. Thank you for our long and very valued friendship – and the wonderful memories that we have made together. Love from the best friend in the blog (and the wonderful photos)

  4. Thank you to everyone who has commented so far. You give great encouragement and i am grateful for you reading and commenting on my blog 🙂

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