Step Back in Time … not too far!

2014Desley40-26I close my eyes and see myself stepping out into the back garden. The patio roof is strewn with hundreds of fairy lights, in cool white, not the yellowy kind. It creates a magical glow even down to the sandstone tiles. There’s an eclectic mix of chairs scattered about in clumps and the huge table to my left is laden with food, gifts, candles…. There are candles everywhere – the boys have scattered them throughout the garden – pretty tealights blinking and lighting the way. Oh and the cake – the cake! A huge tower of profiteroles sits amongst the gifts, tiny flowers in between each little pastry and the whole thing covered in dripping sweet toffee strands. There’s a story about the cake, the melting cake, and the lifesaving (cake saving?) friends who put the whole thing back together again…

My friends and family are gathering in groups, everyone is happy, smiling, hugging. The music is playing through a tiny speaker on a hot pink plant stand, covered in yellow and white pots and more winking candles. The music, like the chairs, is an eclectic mix – 80s, 90s, now, ballads, cheesy pop, generational anthems – and there’s always someone singing along. Later, much later, there will be very loud singing and dancing around the free-standing heater. 

Around the corner to my right is the BBQ area – the fellas are out there, manning the BBQ and the frypans, cooking up platefuls of sizzling delights and it smells amazing. Is that chicken satays? Do I smell spring rolls?! Mums and aunts and friends are carrying around trays of food for everyone and the conversation becomes scattered with “yum” and “can I have the recipe?”. 

Two huge pink puffballs hang from either end of the patio with a pink bunting sign strung between them – the sign reads “40?! Eek I need a cocktail!” And directly opposite me, down the path and past the blinking tealights, sits the big red table, covered with glasses, goblets, bottles, limes, lemons, cocktail umbrellas. Behind the table, arms behind his back, is a lovely young man (half my age I suspect) – he’s a Mixologist, no less, who is ready, willing and able to mix up delicious conccoctions of scrumptious celebratory goodness. 

This was my birthday party last August. I’ve chosen this as my one place in time I’d love to re-visit. It was such a wonderful evening with the perfect mix of people and I think it was the night that made me realise the type of person I want to be. I had been through some emotional roller coasters in the few months previous to this night, and consequently I lost some “baggage” in my life, people who just no longer fit. It was a turbulent and emotional ride but this party was the perfect elixir for all of that. It cemented who and what is important to me and how great life can really be when you are truly happy. I’ve become a much more open and positive person, more lively and excited about life. Ultimately, it was my friends and family who did this – they are the most important “things” in my life and they have helped me get to where I am today. I am forever grateful to my family, my friends, my kindred spirits and my soulmates – I think we get a limited number of these people in our lives and when we find them, we need to cherish them.


For today’s Writing101 Prompt, we were tasked with writing about a place to which we’d like to be transported. I thought about this all day – imagine the places! I’ve never seen most of Europe, I haven’t been to remote Australia, what about Alaska?! All amazing places for sure.

As a frequent flyer who travels for work, the idea of “zipping through space at the speed of light” is exceptionally appealing to me! It would mean I could come home at night and sleep in my own bed and spend more time with missG and with friends and family. We waste so much time travelling from place to place, I would love to shrink that time to almost nothing.

In all seriousness, I chose to go back to my birthday party because of the people in my life. The place isn’t really important – actually it’s just 10 metres from where I’m sitting on my couch right now 🙂  For me, people make a place special. That doesn’t meant that there aren’t places that I’d love to visit, but if I had my choice, hanging out in a funky little bar having drinks with friends, or chilling in the back garden at my parents’ house, talking about our days – those are the “places” I want to visit.

How about you? Where would you go?

x desleyjane

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56 Comments Add yours

  1. I have a couple of places (more like situations actually) that I’d like to go back to, but it’s not suitable to share them here… 🙂

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    1. desleyjane says:

      LOL, sounds like a story for over a few drinks 😉

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      1. Yes, that would be a more suitable scene!

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  2. I was completely transported to your party. You are a talented writer and the details were all there. What a nice memory to revisit. Thanks for sharing it!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      You are a doll, thank you so much.

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  3. You make it sound so lovely, not to mention lively. That must have been such a great day 🙂

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks Alex – it was the best day!

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  4. e says:

    Loved this and the pics were pretty!

    e

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you so much 🙂

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      1. e says:

        Absolutely!

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  5. I’d go to your birthday party. Just to try to find out what kind of cake that is 🙂

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    1. desleyjane says:

      You’d be most welcome. It’s a cromquembouche – tower of custard-filled profiteroles, held together with toffee. Mmmnnn. The pink spectacles are optional lol.

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  6. estelea says:

    great one! And I so agree with you, it’s not about the place, but about the people 🙂

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you, am glad you agree x.

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  7. DJ, reading this now a few months after having read the post about your party, and few months after meeting you in the blogosphere, I got to know you more and more. Of course still virtually but enough to say that I can totally see why all these friends and family love you so much and made your birthday celebration so memorable. You’re a fantastic, warm, kind, lovely, smart ‘fresh’ person, and anyone who is lucky enough to cross your path, would feel honored to be called your friend.
    Thank you so much for sharing a brilliantly written personal take on this assignment but moreover for the wise, touching and heartwarming words you used to craft it.
    Well done lovely.
    ️Xxx

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Lucile….. Thank you for such kind words. And I know we promised honesty so…well there we are. Thank you, I’m humbled by this and I am honored to call you my friend. Xx

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      1. How about me now? Can I say that I’m humbled too without you thinking I’m copying you? I really mean it. I’m grateful and honored to have met you and be your friend. ️Xxx

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        1. desleyjane says:

          We are so sappy, right?! LOL.
          Love it x.

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          1. Yes we are babe! Lol ️xxx

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            1. desleyjane says:

              Can’t help it… 😜

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              1. I just did day 3 task. I’m exhausted. Lol did you? I will check

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                1. desleyjane says:

                  I was going to ask you the same thing. I didn’t do it yet, actually I started on paper. I have to go to bed soon, early flight, so hopefully I can get it done…

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                  1. Wow…on paper. Serious! I could not. Get it done now hun. I will publish mine. Good luck. ️Xxx

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                    1. desleyjane says:

                      LOL, I can’t seem to do this stream of consciousness stuff with a keyboard. It forces me to edit as I go. Thanks, it’s another tough one!

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                    2. Well, I cannot guarantee I will understand my handwriting. lol typing on the go without correcting it has shown to me that know Martian language too. Lol
                      Anyways I just keep typing and if I can’t identify anymore what wrote, too bad. It was tough today. Ouch

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                    3. desleyjane says:

                      It is tough. I just finished so now I will type it up and see how it goes. You’ve published?

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                    4. Yay! Curious to read it. I just hit the ground ….barely running.. Lol

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                    5. desleyjane says:

                      It’s silly. I chose pop songs that I screech in the car. LOL.

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                    6. Oh wow I want to listen to them. Did you publish it?
                      I’m feeling old… I had two classics

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                    7. desleyjane says:

                      I’m just finishing it up now….

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                    8. No pressure lol

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                    9. desleyjane says:

                      ok, it is done. x

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                    10. Bring it on. I’m ready!

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                    11. By the way, I decided to publish as I wrote. Just corrected typos and what couldn’t understand. Add the videos of the songs too.

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                    12. desleyjane says:

                      Oh wow that’s organized!!

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                    13. Lol that’s insanity control!

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  8. darkjasm says:

    Sometime home is not a place, but more of people or situations. I wished I were there at your party because it seems so magically beautiful place – that Patio. Happy belated birthday! 🙂

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you so much, that’s a lovey thing to say. I think it’s taken me a few years to realise this simple truth – it’s the people in your life who make your life. Thank you again 🙂

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  9. brittabottle says:

    I completely agree…people certainly make a place special. Even my college campus, which I’ve always loved as a physical location, has become so much more meaningful to me in the last couple years, since I’ve developed life-long friendships with some amazing people. Really lovely story, DesleyJane!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you Britta. Those friendships are surely precious and you can take those with you for life! X

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  10. Amy Sampson says:

    I love this story. It’s absolutely wonderful how this party ended up becoming such an important turning point for you.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks Amy. I didn’t really realise that until I thought about it. It was the first time I was able to fully relax at a get together because the people who came are people I can totally be myself with and relax around. PS I still have so much leftover cocktail ingredients I could do it again!! 😉

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      1. Amy Sampson says:

        That’s wonderful! Get that mixologist on the phone right now. 🙂

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        1. desleyjane says:

          LOL. I think I will do that sometime this year! He was SOOO young. I think at one point, after a few drinks, I asked him if he was old enough to mix drinks. LOL.

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          1. Amy Sampson says:

            Love it! Get him back! Better yet… send him here. My 43rd is on May 1st.

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            1. desleyjane says:

              Alrighty I’ll get his number!

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  11. A.B Mood says:

    Okay, this one is now definitely among my favorites regarding today’s assignment ❤ I'm so happy to hear that this beautiful birthday party was such an important cornerstone in your life. 🙂 Beautifully explained, heartfelt and lovely altogether!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you hun, that is so nice of you to say. It was a great night and it really brought us all closer together I think. X

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  12. tildy1 says:

    Well, happy belated birthday to you!😄 your story really had a warm feel to it!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Aw thanks Tildy 😊

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  13. oh that cake and i remember that story ;0 Beautiful writing x

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks dearest x.

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  14. Andy Townend says:

    I agree, it’s the people that make any place special

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