On Growing Young


“It takes a long time to grow young.”Pablo Picasso

Thank you so much to all of you who sent birthday greetings today — you really made my day!  I’ve been a child of the Universe for 54 years as of 11:11 this morning…and most days, I feel as young as I did twenty years ago.  In fact, I think with each year that passes, the number seems less and less significant.  Which is what made me think of Picasso’s quote above — perhaps it really does take a long time to grow young!

The day was a quiet one with Charlie treating me to fresh Digby scallops for supper tonight — he cooked!  We shared cake earlier in the day with my older daughter, and I look forward to talking to my younger daughter tomorrow.  We plan a short visit with my parents tomorrow, as well.

My daughter brought me a gardening gift — a Seracon “Victorian Herb Garden”.  I can’t wait to plant it.  What a great gift idea!  The three herbs included are borage, love-lies-bleeding, and lemon balm, so I’ve got some reading to do.

Victorian herb garden

planter(photos of herb garden from http://www.seracon.ca)


Author: nancybond

A writer, photographer, naturalist from small town Nova Scotia, Canada.

24 thoughts on “On Growing Young”

  1. Happy Birthday Nancy! A perfect quote and beautiful picture for today. Enjoy your weekend with your family. :)

    Thanks, Cindy. I do like the quote — here’s to growing younger. :)

  2. Happy Birthday Nancy!! What a lovely gift your daughter gave you. Hope you have a lovely weekend. :)

    Thanks so much, Racquel!

  3. It sounds like you had a perfect day Nancy…and the herbs are going to be perfect on the balcony! Gail

    Can’t wait to start them, Gail. :)

  4. Nancy, Sounds like you had a wonderful day. To quote Bob Dylan “May You Stay Forever Young”.

    Thanks, Janet — it’s certainly something to strive for. :)

  5. wow Nancy, sounded like you had a beautiful birthday. I’m happy for you. 54? I’ll reach that number one day and hope I’ll be as happy as you when it comes. Meantime, happy gardening!

    54 probably seems *old* to someone your age (even though I don’t know how old you are), but age is only a number. You’ll ‘get that’ as you approach 54. :-)

  6. Thinking of you on an off throughout the day, Nancy, hoping your day was delightful … and sure looks like it could not have been lovelier. (I have an old wagon wheel, just like your photo, leaning against the house.)

    That wheel (in the photo) was taken on my former in-laws farm many years ago. I have many different shots of it and love them all — a wheel for all seasons, so to speak. It sat until it disintegrated completely in long grass behind the barn. Rather sad, actually. :(

  7. That is such a great way to look at aging .. NOT aging but growing younger !! I love the gift .. it is going to be gorgeous .. I heard borage was a great companion plant for grape vines .. I would squeeze some in but that area is groaning as it is .. I’ll have to enjoy yours Nancy ! LOL

    I’m not sure about what goes with these herbs, so some research is in order. You may certainly enjoy my borage! ;-)

  8. Nancy,
    I didn’t feel like a grown-up until I was about fifty. ;)
    Psst! Andromeda is evergreen.

    Thanks, Donna. :) And I love your attitude!

  9. Happy birthday Nancy! What a perfect gift from your daughter.

    I have some lemon balm overwintering in the basement. It smells so good, and makes a delicious tea. It’s good with seafood too.

    Thanks, Linda — my MIL makes a wonderful veggie dip using sour cream and lemon balm, but I’m not sure what else. I’ll have to ask her. :)

  10. Glad you had a great birthday. The Victorian Herb garden has some lovely plants with it. I just love the photo shop picture. Wonderful job.

    Thanks Lona — the photo effect is easy…it was a colour photograph and I simply desaturated the background and let the daffodil keep its sunny yellow. :)

  11. Well Happy Belated Birthday to you Nancy! 54 years young is a wonderful birthday indeed. Your grandson is growing so fast. They sure do-it seems faster than us at times. I like your response to Jodi, “just like fine wine”-most definitely of the best vintage. Take care and here’s to many more.

  12. Happy birthday, Nancy. I got the blotanical email a few days ago, and noticed it wasn’t that day, then forgot to wish you a good day, well I am now! You are 2 years younger than I am. I like that poem.

  13. It does take a long time to grow young! What a lovely post.

    I often think about how much more observant, curious, and grateful I am now, compared to when I was much younger (we’re about the same age).

    And each birthday is always worth celebrating, and it sounds like you had a very nice one.


  14. You did indeed have a lovely birthday Nancy! I like the quote-very apropos for all of us as we age. I’m not seeing any physical evidence of it, however, I’m always grateful for another birthday as well.

  15. So glad you had a wonderful day, Nancy! And what a nice and fun gift!

    I’m having a hard time envisioning borage growing in that thing though. I had to tear it out of my garden a few years ago because ONE PLANT threatened to devour half the garden! Beautiful blue blooms, though! (And you can always transplant it.)

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