Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Birthday Girl hit the cocktails!

Yesterday was my birthday, and as I commented on our Facebook page I reluctantly entered the last year in my 50s. As you get older the time seems to pass a lot more quickly. In fact since moving to Turkey in April 2012 we feel that our lives have just flown by.

Birthday girl on the cocktails!
I found this birthday very profound. I don't know why, because for most people it's the big '0's that have the biggest impact, but I definitely did not like this one coming round. For the first time in my life I actually feel vulnerable and that I am not immortal after all. It's scary to have less time in front of you than you have behind, and I can't help thinking of all the wasted years caught up in the rat race of life, not having the time to enjoy or savour the moment.

But it makes me so glad that we made the decision to come to Turkey before my retirement age, especially since the British Government seriously extended my retirement age. Unfortunately I am 3 months the wrong side of the new retirement age kicking in. It means that we have to live on a tight budget and can't go out as much as we would like to, but we are here while we still have the health to be able to enjoy this beautiful country and that as a certain credit card would say is priceless. It's not all about money. If we had waited we would probably never have got here and what a regret that would have been. So as from now, I am going to make the most of life and enjoy it while I still can, and I began to do that yesterday.

My birthday kicked off with  cup of tea and a birthday card from David. I can't imagine how he managed to get hold of one, because I'm not aware that he has been anywhere, but he did, so that was a good start to the day.

It was my Turkish lesson in the morning, where I treated myself to an iced coffee, instead of my usual nescafe or water. So that was a pleasant change. My teacher and fellow students sang 'Happy Birthday' to me in Turkish - albeit falteringly - and that was brilliant.

Birthday girl and her beloved enjoying a meal (and cocktails) at Eddy's Place, Uzumlu
We had a fairly normal afternoon with the usual chores, but Eddie came to pick us both up in the evening and took us down to Eddy's Place, one of our favourite restaurants in the village for a meal. Even better, Eddy's place does a range of cocktails and they seemed very fitting indeed for a Birthday Girl!

Good choice - but which one? I know I'll try several!
I had actually never had a cocktail there before, so it seemed only right to start with an 'Eddy's Special' which was Vodka, Malibu, Archers, orange juice, pineapple juice, Grenadine and Bols blue. This was served with all the trimmings and a sparkler, so good choice - yummy!

An Eddy's Special - very nice indeed!
The thing about cocktails is that they slide down so easily, so I was ready for my next one before we had even ordered our food. Next came a 'Mojito' - Bacardi, lime soda, dark sugar, fresh mint and lemon. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm! That one slid down easily too!

 Next a Mojito - mmmmmmmmmmm!
Whilst drinking this one, we did all manage to choose our meal. I went for the Meatball casserole, which is superb, Eddie chose Spaghetti Carbonara and David as always after ten minutes perusing the menu decided on Moussaka - again! I really don't know why he bothers to look at the menu. But in his defence it is his favourite meal and he says it is very good there.

Of course you need a drink to enjoy with your meal, and the Mojito was nearly gone as we went to the table so I chose a Kamikaze next - vodka, cointreau, lemon juice and lime juice.

Then a Kamikaze enjoying the evening now!
It would have been nice to have taken some pictures of the delicious food, but for some reason last night I seemed focused on the cocktails. But the food was superb and we all thoroughly enjoyed our meals. Because we had all opted to have chips extra to our meals, unfortunately none of us could fit in a dessert. This was a terrible shame because their apple and mulberry crumble is just fabulous.

But there was one cocktail I had my eye on right from the start. It has all my favourite ingredients - Baileys, Tia Maria, chocolate and cream. Now how can anyone resist that??? But the problem was that there's something a bit odd about a nearly 60's lady asking a young and virile barman "Please may I have an or--sm" But it was my birthday and it's my favourite and I needed one, so with three cocktails under my belt I was finally brave enough to ask!

Afraid to ask until I had drunk three other cocktails but the best one of all!

A lovely birthday, good company, a fabulous meal and those cocktails .....................!!! A wonderful day!


  1. I'm surprised this post ever got written after this cocktails! A belated happy birthday