Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Cake etc

Ah yes, Delta Airlines. My cousin, or to be more accurate the daughter of my father's cousin, who is American, is married to a lovely chap with a dark chocolatey voice who does voiceovers, including for Delta Airlines. So he sometimes has the strange experience of hearing himself tell him that his flight has been delayed. If you've flown by Delta, you'll probably have heard him too. 

This weekend, Mr Life turned an astonishing 70. I can't quite believe that we're so old (mind you, I'm over two years younger, a fact I'm clinging to). The idea was that the whole lot of us, including my brother and his family, would come for the weekend to celebrate, and this sort of happened. My nephew didn't quite make it. He was willing to drive up from Essex one day and back down 36 hours later but we persuaded him that this would be too exhausting. 

Here are Son and his child's hand at the Botanics, where we all went on Saturday. 

And here he is reading to Littlest Granddaughter and his own child.

And here's Littlest playing with the family rattles. Isn't she cute? (totally unbiased opinion).

And here's the cake that Daughter 2 decorated for her dad.

On the same theme, the card that she made. He likes trains (understatement) and they're organising a trip to Hamburg for him to visit a model railway setup there (and other things).

Some of us went for a walk.

But others got chicken pox and weren't able to come to the party... though they did see Littlest the day before the spots appeared and breathed lovingly on her...

And gradually everyone departed, though my brother and sister-in-law kindly took us out for dinner last night before they too went back home. 

My niece has chosen some fabrics from my stash for a quilt that I'm going to make for her. I haven't yet decided on a design. Thinking about it won't quite console me for the departure of Middle and Littlest Granddaughters, but it'll help.


  1. Oh dear; you will find out before too long that 70 is really rather young. Wonderful years.

  2. Happy Birthday to your husband, I tho approve of his love of trains. Hope the chicken pox don't get too itchy.

  3. Lovely family photos and Happy Birthday to your husband! 70 is the new 50? Hope so anyway as I'm headed that direction myself. In the past it's been considered good to get chickenpox over with when children are young since it's miserable when you get older. I thought there was a vaccine for it now though?

    1. There is, but you have to arrange it privately since it's not given as routine, and there are some doubts as to its effectiveness. On the other hand...

  4. Belated birthday wishes, Mr Life, and love to the spotty ones. Hope they aren't too itchy.

  5. That brought back memories.....we moved across the Pennies to Manchester, persuaded local nursery school to please make room for the Cowboy.....All is well then he gets The Spots......and apparently was the only one in the school at the time to get them......very apologetic mum.......and, of course, the Wirld Traveller was in some far flung place......I knew nobody........

    Congratulations to Mr Life......

  6. Pennies? New name

  7. Ohmygosh -- How cute do the grandchildren under YOUR quilts look??? I'm so sorry they aren't well -- and I hope that adorable littlest granddaughter doesn't get sick.

    Happy, Happy Belated Birthday to Mr. Life! It looks like you've all been super busy and having a wonderful time!

  8. Poor little mites, that is a nasty, itchy disease.

    70 isn't old, I can confirm that since I shall be 72 this year and I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up.

  9. Happy belated birthday, Mr. Life! I do hope your grandchildren are feeling much improved by now!