On Friday my mum reached a major milestone in her life as she turned ninety. It's nice to see some longevity in the family after my poor Dad passed away at just seventy and I certainly hope that I've inherited more of Mum's genes as my sixties seem to be flying by.
Sara at H-P's Emporium here in Framlingham painted a super birthday card celebrating Mum's new found career as a stock photo model.
And our old friend and colleague Jan Harbon arrived at the Vincent Hotel in Southport where we held a party with the most beautiful cake that we ordered from her.
Jan's cakes are never less than stunning and she followed our brief for "something classic" to perfection. Jan's erstwhile hobby has now turned into a thriving business and she can be contacted at her Southport company, The Cake Shed, via this link. I guarantee that you will never be disappointed with one of Jan's creations.
My sister Julie did a great job in organising the party with the Vincent and everything ran perfectly. My brother Peter and his wife Val arranged for the room to be decorated with flowers and balloons which made the venue look very special for Mum when she arrived.
Peter opened the proceedings with a very heart warming speech and toast to Mum and then it was time to enjoy the wonderful buffet provided by The Vincent.
Here are some photos from Mum's big day.
|You've hear of a babe magnet - well Marion's a baby magnet. She's the pied piper when there are children around and she kept the younger family members amused for much of the afternoon.|
|Rose and Melody hadn't met their second cousin Emmy before but they got on together fabulously.|
|Marion looked lovely as always.|
|Emmy and Rose|
|Sarah and Duncan had a rare chance to get on the dance floor|
|It was nice for the kids to get a chance to know their "Great Nanna"|
|Mum with Julie and Peter|
|The children, including recent family arrival Thea, have a break from the dancing.|
|Sarah with Melody|
|Children love candles on birthday cakes.|
|Julie gave Mum a surprise treat by booking Liverpool singer Ryan Grant who entertained us with plenty of Rat Pack hits. You can find Ryan's website here.|
|Mum with Spanish grandson Carlos|
|Melody lives up to her name and loved the music.|
|Marion with my Aunty Rhoda. It won't be too many years before she joins Mum as a nonagenarian.|
|Mum with her three Spanish grandchildren, Victoria and Natasha (standing) and Carlos together with Nati's partner Christian and Carlos' girlfriend Monica.|
|A frame is no obstacle to dancing at a 90th party.|
|Sarah and Duncan|
|Mum with Rhoda.|
|Living thousands of miles apart cousins Vicky and Sarah don't get many chances to see each other.|
|Our nephew Chris together with his wife Becky with our sister-in-law Val and niece Lisa in the background.|
It was sad that Paul and family couldn't make the big day but they did manage a Skype appearance and Mum was able to chat to them.