Another visit by Bruce to see the family in South
Mom's hard work in her garden is very evident
and a real credit to her.
One of my first visits, after unpacking,
was to Jackie's home. Kelly brought Tatum over from her
house to see me. She was a bit wary to begin with, but that
didn't last long and soon, she was entertaining us all!
Video: Tatum being Tatum
A couple of days later, it was Mom's
birthday and there was a big family celebration, hosted by Jackie.
Bea (standing with Mom above) made
this lovely cake.
Kylie was intrigued by the trampoline...
...and the swing.
Present opening time...
...with Des making the speech for
the birthday girl!
All of the children were in one
place, at one time...
... and all but one of the grandchildren
were there too (Kevin missing, of course)...
... and even all five great-grand-children
were made to pose together!
Time for the desserts... a co-operative
effort, including some gorgeous lemon meringue cupcakes from Donna.
Singing Happy Birthday...
...and cutting the cake!
Mom's was thrilled with her new
curtains - a birthday present from her children.
A treat for me was being invited, along
with Linda, Kathleen and Roger, to a delicious Sunday lunch
with Ruth and Joe. It was a very pleasant afternoon.
Another lovely treat was being invited
by Debbie and Phil to have a meal with them.
The restaurant was excellent and
we enjoyed the evening very much.
Towards the end of my visit, we
had another big gathering at a local restaurant.
It was a warm day and there was plenty of space for the kids to
run around and enjoy the facilities.
It was good to see Kathleen, Roger
and Linda's new home and to be invited for a meal with them
too. This photo doesn't really do their place justice, inside
it is very nice and the garden is beautiful.
A little corner of the garden -
Chloe seems to have found her favourite spot.
Mom is using the power of the sun
to overcome problems with the electricity supply. I was given a
couple of these to take home!
Bruce being put to work by Jackie,
assisted by Tatum.
One final treat. An invitation to dinner
with Donna and Gary. Their new home has had a major refurbishment
and is looking really good. Donna showed off her culinary
skills too. We really enjoyed our meal and the evening.
Maya was clearly enjoying the evening
All good things must end. Take-off
was delayed by half an hour, due to severe thunderstorms!