Happy 1st Birthday 1500 Saturdays !

Saturday 1448 – 27th October 2012.

 Yes 1500 Saturdays is a year old  which of course means I am a year older and nearer my end… Gosh that sounds a bit serious and dramatic doesn’t it?

Let me remind you what this blog was about by repeating what I said on my “About” page when this blog began.

I am getting to the age where I have been considering how much time I might have left on this planet ( I reserve judgement on whether there might be another life) and from that thinking came the idea for this blog.

I figured if I wrote about what I was doing, photographing, talking about or thinking on each of the last 1500 Saturdays of my life then it might concentrate my mind on what is good and bad about life in general and my life in particular.

I feel sure these last Saturdays will be filled with all kinds of physical and emotional journeys as I seek out interesting, useful, relaxing or just downright fun ways of spending these last days.

There will be opinions, ( sometimes contradicting myself I’m sure – well I am a woman after all !)  maybe poetry and always photographs..

I hope you will have fun reading my blog ( or occasionally be challenged, enraged, or have your thoughts positively provoked! ) and please feel free to join in by commenting “

I think I gave you all I had anticipated and much that I did not.  What a year it has been so I thought a review would be a good idea !

( If you click on any of the purple words below they will take you to a relevant post. They will often not be what you might expect so do dive into one or 2 of them and the comments are often more interesting than the posts!)

You have travelled with me to Venice, Sorrento, Ireland, Cumbria and Scotland. ( Gosh that many places ! )

I have visited a beautiful woodland burial site, a 40’s re-enactment, a craft fair, theatres, listened and watched Gamelan (what’s that I can hear you ask!)  and taken you with me on a falconry trip.

I’ve talked about Charities I support – Wateraid, Tree Aid, the Samaritans, Mind and sponsoring a child through Plan.

There have been many times of great joy such as the 2 wonderful days in summer sunshine that I spent with my friend at the One Love Festival; days of music and laughter. 

I’ve had Birthday celebrationshen do’s and weddings. I’ve loved and been loved ( I’m not sharing this bit !! )

I have shared my deep love of the environment, poetry , books,  sculptureart  ( warning on that one) and most of all photography; there have been well over 400 photographs since I began this blog.

I have openly shared that I haven’t always got things right in the past,  when I have been ill, first with work-related stress and depression, then my Type 2 diabetes diagnosis ( which unbeknownst to me at the time contributed in a big way to my earlier stress) and my recovery aided by my new-found love of meditation.

What I have noticed most is how much my compassion and passion for injustice has surfaced again and again during the course of this year.  I have written about the world moving too fast for me, a lot about War and Peace ( no not the book ! ) guns and Wikileaks; discovering anew the activist in me, for which I am grateful.  I’m a great believer that just moaning doesn’t make changes and if you do nothing, nothing changes so I prefer to add my voice to the growing clamour for no more war and more equality in this beautiful world.

“Help your brother’s boat across, and your own will reach the shore”  ~Hindu Proverb

Well I’m another year older but  I’m fitter, happier and more at peace with myself than I was when the year started which is all good.  When I look at the topics above I realise that I have revealed a great deal about myself  but then I always was an open book; wearing my heart on my sleeve…

Is there more to come… probably!  though I did think about stopping when the year was up, as the blog is pretty time-consuming, but I think I’ll carry on..

Thank you so much to everyone who has joined me on my journey this year and commented.. there wouldn’t be much point doing this if no-one was joining in.

I’m sure you will all have noticed my quirkiness and will have your own opinions about how this year has been and what you might have learned about me and as always I’d love to know what you’re thinking, about any of the subjects I’ve covered this year, so fire away!

Onwards to the next year, whatever it might bring.  I hope you’ll stick with me 😉


You can find my photography blog Photomania here I hope you’ll pop over and take a look if you haven’t already.


38 comments on “Happy 1st Birthday 1500 Saturdays !

  1. camparigirl says:

    Where would the spice of life be without quirkiness. I love quirkiness, contradiction and opinionated thoughts – they all lead to a full life, which you clearly live

  2. Oh no, I’m a bit late to the party. Happy Birthday Helen, and I’m glad you’re going to continue blogging.

  3. ~mimo~ says:

    congratulations Helen! Happy Birthday and wonderful to be into such deep ponders!

  4. Congrats! I will have to browse around and see what’s happened over the past 365 days as I’m new here 🙂 Pleasure to “meet” you! Wishing you many more “happy birthdays”!

  5. Myrtle Harron says:

    Hello Helen,

    Many happy returns! You may not hear from me too often but I really enjoy reading your blog every week (or maybe every 2nd week, depending on how often I look at my e mails). Hope all are well . The ones that stick out in my mind over the last year are Venice (always heard a lot about Venice!!), your mum and memories of children. You really are an interesting person Helen.

    Myrtle xox

  6. ellyhuizinga says:

    Happy Birthday Helen and keep going on!

  7. Lisa says:

    I can’t believe it has been a year! You have achieved so much in that year, seen and done so many things!

  8. totsymae1011 says:

    If you’re happier and fitter, you can’t go wrong. Keep us enlightened on your travels. I’ve never been to Venice. Now, if you can take me to Greece, I’d like that.

    The world is a fast-moving place but the beauty of it is that it’s a little smaller with technology. We have the world and information at our fingertips.

  9. Mark Goodwin says:

    Happy birthday to your Blog ‘Old Girl’!!
    In the days when I played for the King of Skiffle, we used to open some gigs with a song which sticks with me to this day. It’s called “Look on the Sunnyside of Life”. It has some interesting lyrics, which we can all learn from. Be positive, your gonna live forever, somewhere!
    See you there. 🙂

  10. scillagrace says:

    Congratulations and many happy returns for all the positive, thought-provoking, appreciative and critical ideas you’ve put out into the Universe this year! May the returns be inspiring, encouraging, and challenging and spur you on for many more years to come. It has been a pleasure getting to know you in word and picture, and I dearly hope to meet you in person one day. I do keep musing about that…. Much love and hugs to you, my friend!

  11. Alex Jones says:

    Good milestone. I came to this blog late (yesterday) and look forward to reading more of your adventures.

  12. Carol Tacq says:

    Happy Birthday and congratulations on keeping your blog going, Helen. There’s always something interesting and thought-provoking, and the photographs are beautiful. The investment in that camera has been so worthwhile. x

  13. Pranav Lal says:

    Happy birthday and do carry on!! You will be surprised at the archive you will have built. I had to change blog providers recently and was astounded at how much I had blogged!! I don’t know about anyone else but I read every post. You have managed to ster my neurons in so many ways!

  14. cewarnes says:

    Well done on keeping your blog going for a whole year Helen, and especially on reaching the 1 year Anniversary in better shape than you started. It has been a privilege to follow your blog this last year, it is always interesting and thought provoking, I hope there will be many more to come.

  15. tunnelmental says:

    I salute you for your excellence and beauty, getting to know Helen is a wonderful journey. love and peace are my weapons.

  16. Rachael says:

    Congratulations on a year of blogging. You are six months ahead of me and yet you have kept up the discipline while I have definitely started to slack over the last week. Well done, and I am glad you are going to continue.

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