Having spent 7 decades protecting my age, coming out as a septuagenarian has been a cathartic experience! I celebrated the event with a magnificent party arranged by The New Club, Edinburgh where we enjoyed a spectacular view from the balcony showing Edinburgh at its most glorious.
Surrounded by 170 friends and family who I described as threads in my life that have woven a colourful tapestry and I was humbled that so many came from near and far. We enjoyed Pimms and summer canapes topped off with strawberries and cream.
Thank you for all the lovely letters and cards that I have received, both before and since my birthday. You all commented on the fact there was a common denominator as every person in the room was able to talk about how they knew me.
However, something got missed in translation! The invitation clearly said no presents! This instruction was not followed as I found myself surrounded by carrier bags full and my sitting room like a florist’s shop!
Following the reception, I hosted a family supper for 40 where we enjoyed Nasi Goering, an Indonesian dish that we as a family were all brought up on by my mother who was born and raised there.
A special thanks is due to Nadia Di Gorgio who made the most spectacular lemon drizzle cake which was described by the New Club as being fit for the Ritz! It was delicious and exactly how I imagined a celebratory cake to be. The New Club pulled out all the stops, Joe was in charge of proceedings and faultlessly ran the event.
Thank you to cousin Andrew Forbes for kindly piping for me from the balcony while passing tourists below looked up to hear the strains of the pipes floating across Princes Street.
I feel very humbled to have so many wonderful friends, colleagues and family and thank you all for coming along.