For a variety of reasons (illness, holidays and other commitments on both sides), just over 2 months from my birthday I saw some family today and recieved some welcome late birthday presents. A mix of the practical, useful and enjoyable, they show up some of what I enjoy in life. A book about Wimbledon and the queuing and Henry Blofelds recent book, both of which I’m sure will proove entertaining. A new lightweight mini tripod for my camera which will be useful when travelling and a travel mug that will keep my coffee warm for longer. Oddly this is more of an issue at work so it will probably find it’s way there.
I was off work today having picked up some unpleasant infection that was leading to a temperature, cough and cold. Most of the time has been spent either sleeping or consuming cold rememdies and different versions of vitamin c! Thankfully hot blackcurrant is a favourite drink of mine so it hasn’t been a hardship. During one of the waking periods I decided it was time I got one of my birthday presents working. Having got a new camera earlier in the year (a Canon D77 which I do enjoy), I had decided a remote for it would be good, mainly for long exposures where I don’t want to shake the camera rather than selfies! It took a bit of time, possibly because I’m ill, but I got there in the end and look forward to using it more when I’m out and about on photography missions.
Well in reality it’s another day, but officially I’m into the next year of my life. It’s been a working day. I’m not one for big parties and don’t really see the point in taking a day of leave just because it is my birthday. I’ve had some nice presents, some expected, some surprises, but all of them welcome and useful. I’ve seen family and friends over the weekend and into today, and there is still more family to see later in the year. All in all, it’s been a good extended birthday.