“The storms of life eventually blow over” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Tracey Doidge by © Jeannette Breward

“For Tracey’s shoot, we went exploring in the woods on her property where her and her family have been building their dream home. It’s a stunning location with view of trees and hills as far as the eye can see. We took her two sweet and energetic dogs out for a run in the trees and snapped some shots!” – Jeannette B

Image © Jeannette Breward

An Interview with Tracey

Q. What is the best memory you have from a previous birthday?

A. My 35th birthday and my 40th celebration (not on my birthday) Both were fantastic gatherings of friends. My 35th was in my home in Toronto where party goers complied with my request to chip in to but two hens and a rooster for a village in a third world country rather than buy me a gift. My friends who threw the party at my house got “HOT Chick” Ts and a special chick shirt for me…we had a great time with lots of laughs and at the time of my birthday which is unusual due to its proximity to Christmas. My 40th was actually in the fall before turning 40. We celebrated “the sisterhood” turning 40. We have a group of 6 femme fatales that have forever (almost ;)) been friends and we celebrate birthdays. Our 40th we celebrated with COUGARFEST. I arranged a band who were happy with the arrangement of playing for bevies since we were raising money for the local women’s shelter collecting donations. We had a pig roast and extraordinarily large bonfires. For safety my now husband had concrete trucks filled with water at the ready and a loader to push up the debris. Oh my…. what will 50 bring!??!?!? :)

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. My 16th :( I moved back to England leaving all of my friends behind just previous and although I was promised a leather jacket for my 16th I lost that privilege since my parents discovered I left Canada with an unpaid fine for conspiracy to drink under-age. Really!

Q. What was the present you’ve received for your birthday that surprised you most?

A. It is still to come… I AM CERTAIN! 😉

Q. Is there a food or dish that you insist on eating on your birthday?

A. I used to ask my Mom to make roast lamb dinner for my birthday. Now I am happy if I don’t have to cook.

Q. What do you believe is the most important aspect of celebrating a birthday?

A. I love birthdays and like making them a big deal for everyone. A sincere acknowledgement is nice from most however a little more attention from those who love you is important.

Q. Do you have any traditions or thing you always do to celebrate a birthday? What is it?

A. I used to watch the Grinch who stole Christmas every year. I enjoy what ever I want to the extent possible each year on my birthday. I milk it as much as I can 😉