What’s the secret to a long and happy life? Whiskey, wine and two coffees each day.
Elise Baldwin celebrated her 104th birthday in Neutral Bay on Wednesday, surrounded by family, friends, neighbours – and plenty of champagne.
Mrs Baldwin attributes her long life to a regular glass of wine, whiskey and her favourite lemon tart.
As one of Sydney’s oldest residents, the super centenarian attributes her longevity to enjoying the “good things in life” and keeping busy by playing Bridge and solving word games.
“I do enjoy a drink – and I am a reformed smoker – but these days I start each morning with a bowl of porridge and juice,” Mrs Baldwin told Mosman Collective this week from her home in Lansdowne Gardens.
Mrs Baldwin was born in 1919 and says her first memory is taking ballet classes.
Reflecting on the changes she’s seen during her lifetime, Mrs Baldwin nominates the invention of the aeroplane as the most significant, for “enabling us to see the world”, even though she prefers the luxury of cruise ships.
“Women today are also able to balance careers and home life, which was unheard of when I was growing up, and that has driven a monumental shift in the Australian way of life,” she said.
Now in her second century, Mrs Baldwin marked her 104th trip around the sun in a new outfit, with freshly painted nails and blow-dried hair.
Mrs Baldwin photographed with her grand daughter this week.
Tucking in to her favourite treat, a lemon tart, she said the day was “low key”, compared to her 100th birthday, when she received letters from Queen Elizabeth II, the Governor-General and the Prime Minister.
Mrs Baldwin’s earliest memory is taking ballet lessons 99 years ago and impressively, she claims to have no major disappointments or regrets over the course of her long life.