Telling Signs That I’m Officially All Grown up…And Middle Aged

Can’t beat a spot of gardening these days 

You’re as old as you feel they say.

Well, that’ll make me generally 26-ish on a good day then – obviously 126 when I’ve had too many vinos and not enough sleep.

But in my head, I really am the same age as the Made in Chelsea cast.

I was always rather surprised my ‘teenage pregnancies’ didn’t cause more funny looks. I expected sheer astonishment when people saw me waddling around pregnant the first time round. I mean clearly, I was 16 at the time.

I still reckon I’m just a little bit older than our sixth form babysitters. Mr S.H.I.T. usually has to give me the funny stare when I start commenting on their millennial dress sense, ‘where’s your top from cause, it’s like, totally sick.’

But the reality is I can’t ride that wave of eternal youth anymore. Some things have started happening which have made me face the brutal truth.

I am middle aged.

The old blokes on telly are no longer the old blokes on telly

Jim Robinson is no longer that old bloke on Ramsay Street whose son we all fancied (obviously not Paul).

I mean Jimbo wouldn’t have got a look in 20 years ago. He was just that old dad bloke.

But when he pops up these days, being all powerful and commanding in big American TV shows such as The O.C. and Entourage, well…hello!

I’d have to draw the line at Lou Carpenter or Alf from Home and Away, however. But I’d probably say yes to a crystal tumbler of expensive brandy with silver fox Blake Carrington.

Or jump into the A team van with Hannibal, instead of Faceman.

Will you just look at that pink bow tie?

Gardening is no longer boring

A few years ago, nothing would seem more tedious to me than the acts of tending to grass edges or pruning your roses. I used to wonder how on earth (scuse the pun) my parents could spend hours in their ‘gardening clothes’ on a Sunday afternoon, weeding and planting.

Surely the only thing to be doing at that time each week, when you were supposed to be revising, was watching Selina Scott on The Clothes Show?

But now, I find myself feeling muchos satisfaction when I spend the odd hour or two on my knees (unfortunately for Mr S I can assure you I’m talking about weeding and planting here).

That’s just noise

When forced to endure the repetition of Capital Radio, I actually have to stop myself saying those awful three words ‘that’s just noise’

It’s a hideous realisation that I am getting old. I remember listening to Radio 1 and my mum saying the same three dreaded words (to the likes of Rock Me Amadeus, she may have had a point, but not to my precious Stone Roses).

She could go on as much as she liked about The Beatles having real talent, but in my eyes, she just didn’t get it.

Technology malco 

I’m fast becoming one of those old people who can’t even turn on the electric toothbrush.

When something catastrophically awful happens in my kids’ lives, such as not being able to get the PlayStation to work, I find myself looking blankly at the 25 different remote controls on the table and muttering, ‘your father will fix it.’

I then inevitably go off on one of my ‘when I was your age I used to be out all day on my bike’ rants.


Weird things happen. It’s now the BBC News over Hollyoaks, Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway with the little S.H.I.T.s over the boozer, and who knew a new household appliance could bring me such joy?

Do our tastes change completely or just become more attuned with what’s deemed age appropriate?

Do we actually find Gary Barlow more appealing now, or do we subconsciously know it would just be a bit wrong to be hanging out with The Biebs?

Whatever it is, I’m accepting my new middle aged tastes with grace and, to be honest, I’m OK with it.

Time to accept Philip Schofield is hot and get some proper gardening slacks.


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  1. Katherine Coyle
    March 28, 2017 / 6:59 am

    And you would look great in gardening slacks! Another spot on post. Xxx

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 30, 2017 / 8:44 am

      I shall obviously make you come and choose the right pair of gardening slacks with me. xxxx

  2. March 29, 2017 / 1:20 pm

    OK so I’m still trying to understand how middle-aged is 26! Or is it all smoke and mirrors. The day you buy a car with a bigger boot is the day that the garden centre is to become a go to place. In your slacks of course! Thanks for joining us at #TweensTeensBeyond again Susie Nicky PS not sure if I approve of your taste of elderly gentlemen from TV!!

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 30, 2017 / 8:42 am

      It’s all smoke and mirrors Nicky – ah to be 26 again. It’s the age I feel a lot of the time until I look in the mirror or try to find anyting in Topshop these days. Can I not interest you in the likes of Jim Robinson then?! Thx for commenting and hosting #tweensteensbeyond x

  3. March 29, 2017 / 4:00 pm

    Philip Schofield will never be hot! At 50 I can assure you it is still Tom Hardy all the way! With you on the gardening, Ant & Dec – jury is out though on declining a night at the pub! #TweensTeensBeyond

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 30, 2017 / 8:40 am

      Don’t worry, I can’t watch Ant and Dec every Saturday – nights in the pub are still definitely needed! When I see Philip I still think of the Broom cupboard and Gordon the Gofer tbh so yes, it’s difficult to find him hot! Tom on the other hand….. Thx for commenting #tweensteensbeyond

  4. diynige
    March 29, 2017 / 7:34 pm

    Middle age at 26 ok then I will try get head around that. This post made me smile I love the stone roses too and I will never stop listening to radio 1 #tweensteensandbeyond

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 30, 2017 / 8:37 am

      Just wishing I was 26 – it’s the age I feel inside – sadly couldn’t pass for anything under 40 these days, as much as I’d like to convince myself otherwise! Thx for reading and commenting x

  5. March 29, 2017 / 11:57 pm

    Having always been a gardener, I’m surprised at growing old and not being so interested! Maybe it just proves that our tastes change. As for the ‘hot or not’ question – I’ve always found it weird that my youngest daughter would ask my opinion about 20-somethings. It feels too cougar-ish. I’d sooner stick to someone nearer my age, maybe George Clooney or Colin Firth, they’ve not aged badly … #TweensTeensBeyond

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 30, 2017 / 8:35 am

      Agree – would be very happy to share a latte with George or Colin anyday. My daughter gets a bit ‘that’s gross Mum’ when I start to suggest that anyone under the age of 40 is attractive. Think she finds any cougar behaviour most embarrassing! As for the gardening, that’s an interesting one, that you’ve gone off it. Our tastes def do change I think. Thx for reading and commenting x

  6. March 30, 2017 / 10:39 am

    Bahah love this, and totally relate, I write a lot about feeling 16 up there, we all do right, this had me laughing out loud-‘Jim Robinson’ is so hot these days and like you, I love gardening! Loved this x

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 30, 2017 / 8:55 pm

      Glad it’s not just me finding Jim Robinson hot! Was beginning to worry that I was on my own. And glad you’re sticking with me on being 26…forever! Thx for commenting xx

  7. March 30, 2017 / 5:54 pm

    Nope, Philip Schofield just doesn’t do it for me! I would actually prefer to go and do some gardening! My taste in wine has changed – I now like the more expensive stuff but I’m not sure that’s a good thing. Thanks so much for sharing your fab post at #TweensTeensBeyond

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      March 30, 2017 / 8:50 pm

      ha ha! he doesn’t really do it for me either, even these days! I agree on the wine – more expensive too. Would have drunk any old plonk 20 years ago. Thx for hosting #tweensteensbeyond x

  8. April 2, 2017 / 1:50 pm

    This is so funny. I also do not feel my age at all, but am occasionally shocked by it. I went to a party last night which was populated by mostly 20-somethings and I was struck suddenly by just how old (and even matronly) I was. I’m also fancying the older men on the telly but not necessarily because I think they’re age appropriate. I’m often shocked to find they’re the same age as me when I assumed they must be older because I’m just a 16yo in a 37yo body. I can’t agree with you about gardening though. I still hate it. #kcacols

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      April 3, 2017 / 9:02 am

      I agree with you on the old men – I don’t think they’re that ‘old’ anymore which is worrying in itself! I’m very impressed you were even at a party with mostly 20-somethings! Thx for commenting x

      • April 3, 2017 / 9:11 am

        I suppose it was an achievement even to be there … Even if I was a fish out of water!

        • Susie | So Happy In Town
          April 4, 2017 / 7:17 pm

          An absolute achievement, but I’m sure nobody even clocked that you were not a twenty-something yourself!! x

  9. April 2, 2017 / 2:20 pm

    I love this post! And I totally agree with you! I always wondered why my nan, and mum loved gardening so much! Now I know! 🙂 #KCACOLS

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      April 3, 2017 / 9:00 am

      It’s a worrying sign when we reailse we’ve got the same tastes as our mums and nans!! But I quite like it too.Thanks for commenting #kcacols

  10. April 2, 2017 / 5:11 pm

    I totally hear you! I’ve even started hanging out in garden centres as a venue of choice for coffee and cake! (My excuse, they are so much easier with wheelchairs/buggies and usually have fish to distract the small people) :-O

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      April 3, 2017 / 8:59 am

      Ooh I love a garden centre too! Thx for commenting #kcacols

  11. aimz18
    April 3, 2017 / 10:25 am

    I recently started a college course and was chatting to the “school leavers” who are also taking it, it wasn’t until afterwards that I realised they are closer in age to my daughter than to me!!!
    Gardening I still can’t stand…

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      April 4, 2017 / 7:16 pm

      Fair enough if the gardening bug hasn’t got you – I’d definitely say I’m a fairweather one, and rather sporadic but I do find it satisfying these days. When you’re talking to the school leavers do you feel like you’re not that much older than them? I’ve got to stop that, but I just feel it in my head! Thx for commenting xx

  12. April 4, 2017 / 7:57 pm

    I was nodding along until you said gardening wasn’t boring – it totally is! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      April 8, 2017 / 10:02 pm

      I’m sorry to hear you haven’t got the gardening bug but I have to admit mine is sporadic and very fairweather but ooh, when I see those bulbs flowering! Argh, what has happened to me?! Thx for commenting and hosting #kcacols

  13. April 5, 2017 / 8:41 pm

    Hahahaha!!! I totally agree about old men becoming less old!! And noise, oh good god, where did proper music go? I think it’s time to admit my middle-agedness too!! #kcacols

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      April 8, 2017 / 9:58 pm

      At least we’re all in it together! Thx for reading and commenting #kcacols

  14. April 7, 2017 / 3:16 pm

    I’m on the other side of 40 and feel like this constantly. I was a bit, er, wild, in my 20s, and feel like I’ve gone in the complete opposite direction. I’m the old man doing the speed limit, listen to soft rock and yelling at the guy behind me to “go around”. I haven’t told anybody to “get off my lawn” yet, but its only a matter of time #KCACOLS

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      April 8, 2017 / 9:57 pm

      I always love your name thirstydaddy, so I presumed you were a bit wild but sorry to hear it’s gone completely the other way these days. Do you get annoyed by loud noise, and do sudukos? I’m just waiting for these last 2 to happen! Thx for reading and commenting #kcacols

  15. aliduke79hotmailcom
    April 11, 2017 / 9:32 pm

    I am with you on music just being noise, that is something I never thought I would hear myself say lol.

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      April 13, 2017 / 9:05 pm

      Ah yes, the noise comment. I try my hardest not to say it as I remember how uncool and annoying it was when my parents said it to me, but it really is just noise most of it these days isn’t it? Glad it’s not just me! Thx for reading and commenting #kcacols

  16. RaisieBay
    April 12, 2017 / 10:50 am

    I thought the saying was you’re only as old as the man you feel? I used to think I was pretty cool saying that seeing as I had myself a toy boy, problem is, said toy boy has just turned 40. Now I have to admit I’m old. *sob*

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      April 15, 2017 / 6:21 pm

      You’re right, the saying is you’re as old as the man you feel! 40 is still very young, let me tell you! x

  17. June 5, 2017 / 1:20 pm

    TV really does show you how old you’ve gotten! #GlobalBlogging

  18. June 5, 2017 / 8:50 pm

    I draw the line at gardening slacks with elasticated waists! But apart from that, you’re spot on #globalblogging

  19. June 8, 2017 / 7:36 pm

    Hahah love this, I’m not sure if I have the patience for cooking I can’t even cook a bowl of pasta without checking my phone, walking in and out of the living room to see what the hubby’s watching on TV and maybe flossing my teeth lol thanks for sharing with #GlobalBlogging!

  20. June 11, 2017 / 5:50 am

    The bit about older blokes on TV? Yes. Just yes. And I realise that every bloody day and it depresses me every time I realise it. . I swear I’ve lost 10 years somewhere. Thanks for sharing with #GlobalBlogging

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      June 12, 2017 / 8:49 am

      I know, what’s going on with the old guys on telly thing? Blokes I would have been horrified about a few years ago, because it would have just been wrong. But now….well not even sure what my age limit is! Thx for commenting xx

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