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My ickle sister hits the big 3-0!

17 Jan

Well.  My little sister turned thirty on Saturday.  Who can believe it?  They do say “time flies” don’t they, but I remember when she was born and it only seems like a few years ago!  January 15th, 1981.  I was three and a half so her birth is probably my first memory.  My dad and I drove to the hospital.  It was cold and dark on the way there.  When we arrived, the hospital walls were painted a rather typical sickly pale green colour characteristic of all places you go when you’re ill.  I can’t really remember anything else about the day, but my mum told me on Saturday that I helped to push the incubator round to her bed.  You can see by the picture below that I was totally thrilled an excited with my new toy sister!  She was almost as big as me even then, and now she is about two inches taller than me!

Ten things I’ll bet you never knew about my ickle sister

  1. She lives on a widebeam canal boat, near Bath and I hugely envy her lifestyle.  Beers and BBQs on the stern in summer and hot chocolate by the woodburning stove in the winter – what’s not to like?  They even have wood floors (and bread and butter, as one keen landlubber observed whilst walking past on the towpath one day!)  Probably don’t envy the fact that she spent about a month iced in and unable to move this winter so much though…
  2. She has more creativity in her little finger than I’ve got in my whole body.  From hair styling, to jewellery making, to interior design and tarting up reclaimed furniture, she can turn her hand to anything and make it look amazing.
  3. She is much more rebellious than me.  My parents told her she had to wait until she was 15 to have her ears pierced.  She didn’t want to, so when they were out at a school parent’s evening she had them done anyway!
  4. Once, when she was little, she cut the hair off her Barbie and hid it in my room.  When my mum found it I got told off for cutting my own hair!  It wasn’t even the same colour!!  My sister’s hair cutting career started early, clearly…
  5. When she was even littler she used to say ‘nump’ instead of ‘milk’, ‘draclia’ and binocliars’ instead of ‘dracula’ and ‘binoculars’ and ‘bisgetti’ instead of ‘spahetti’.
  6. She seems to live her life in the day-to-day way that I would like to.  I spend my time stressing about next week, next month, next year.  I’m chained to a desk 9am-6pm Monday to Friday.  Her life seems to be simpler and more fulfilling   – she runs her own very successful business so she can choose her own hours.  If she wants to go away for three weeks she can, and she can work from anywhere (and she can grow veg on the roof of the boat!)  Still, the grass is always greener, as they say, and I expect she gets envious of me and my life some days (not often though hehehe)
  7. One of her favourite meals, when she was younger, was sausage rolls, grated cheddar cheese and tomato ketchup.  All mashed up.  Yes, it did look as disgusting as it sounds, since you ask.  She’s now a pretty good cook, thankfully and we often get homemade drinks and food, like sloe gin and truffles for our birthday and Christmas presents.
  8. She is a very successful businesswoman – she runs her own hair salon from her boat, called The Floating Salon.  If you’re ever her way you should stop off and get a hair cut – she is VERY good at cutting hair and it’s a unique experience!
  9. She is super fashionable and always looks beautiful and trendy whatever she wears, somehow.  Me, I just rock up in jeans and outdoor clothes mostly!  When my sister wears jeans, she makes it look trendy, when I wear jeans I look scruffy.  Why is that!?
  10. Last but not least, she is just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside.  She is tall, slim, with cropped white-blonde hair.  She has a face like a cute pixie.  She used to have a really sweet turned-up nose but thats gone as she’s got older.  And on the inside she is warm, generous, smart and very funny.

Look how pleased I am with my new sister!

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