Happy birthday, big boy!

The day dawned looking pretty good, I have to say. Off to Laura’s after not much action at the egg bath, this morning, save a German guest who didn’t take his timer back to the counter and this meant new arrivals were forced to time their eggs on their mobile phones!

Lunch was a bar-b-q of Tuna and rice and then off to the farm for the arrival of the guests. Does this lad need anymore presents? Look at the playroom; I have seen fewer toys in Hamley’s. The fifteen acres of sky looked wonderful; is that a cat on its back on the right?

Laurent took control of the games and just like last year, they all followed him like an episode of the Crystal Maze.

This involved key hunting, gunk, eating chocolate on a spoon but hiding anchovy underneath! An array of running and mental tasks designed to clap them all out.

A well executed party indeed and it was lovely to see Julian, Laurent’s brother, and his wife Caro there. And Jean-Denis and Lilianne, the other grandparents, amongst others, that we had not seen for far too long and, of course, all Zach’s chums were 12 months older! The climax was once again the pirates chest!

Here we see Jean-Denis in goal and myself and the lovely Caro. The cake Laura made was a triumph and Safi enjoyed it so much, she managed two pieces.

They do both look adorable, but we would say that wouldn’t we?

In fact, all the children were impeccably behaved, and Hannah enjoyed the company of the cat (mainly because unlike her very own Milo, she knew the family cat wouldn’t attack her!) that eventually ended up a tree, while Laura honed her already perfect French.

A really lovely day and the rain held off till 6-15 pm, indeed over the last few days we have been remarkably lucky with the weather. So my friends, until Greece comes along in just over a weeks time that about wraps it up.

We, as always, have had a ball and we see these two gorgeous grandchildren far too infrequently but when we do boy is it the best time. I do have a few shots left over so here they come:

And not all, as always, of these shots are mine. Spot the really good ones that Mary took. 👍 Till Greece my friends, may you all be lucky along the way.

Thank you for reading, comments always welcome.

M & M 🍾🎉🇨🇭🥂🐄🦌🐂🇨🇭🎂🎂🍻

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Malcolm and Mary

Malcolm worked for LWT. Mary worked for TRL. They live near Camberley in Surrey and did achieve their life long ambition to visit New Zealand. They have two daughters Laura and Hannah and two grandchildren Zach & Safi. Having done the big trip they then went to Canada, which was amazing. Scroll down it’s all here. They have visited Venice that they both so fell in love with in 2009 again. And recently returned to Lefkada for one week in glorious sunshine. Where next? Well, Canada is calling again in 2019; this time including Alaska. So stay tuned if you enjoy the ups and downs of travelling.

4 thoughts on “Happy birthday, big boy!”

  1. As always a great blog, and as always something to start the day on a high. Glad you had a great time.

    1. Very kind comment, Mike. We fly back today and leave for Greece a week on Sunday! One last bounce on the SW scales next Monday before the Greek salads, Ouzo and Turkish delight take their toll. 😱 But hopefully I will be swimming. The only hotel I have ever been to that has a “lift” to the beach. 😆

    1. The turn round is going to be a bit quick! But we can’t wait. Thanks Denny. I didn’t mention that on Saturday night we caught the highlights of the wedding on BBC World and an excellent job they did, so we were very pleased. Right, where did I put my swimming trunks?

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