21 September 2009

Saturday Night Party

The warmer weather has arrived and the outdoor parties are starting. Last Saturday night was Fred's mum's 70th. There's a funny story to this party, too. It nearly wasn't.

The family had decided that to celebrate Silvia's 70th, they'd take her on the Kookaburra Queen (a paddle steamer that cruises the Brisbane River) for a slap up surprise luncheon. After Jane's 50th where we had the live band, Silvia decided she was going to have a party and she wanted the same band. That threw all the plans into disarray! But no way did she want to go on a boat...she wanted to dance. So last Saturday that's what we did. We rocked, we rolled, we boogied and we conga'd. It was great, as usual, with a fabulous supper which the family had catered.

They are a United Nations, this lot. Fred's father, who died some years ago, was Austrian, Silvia is Dutch. Her sister, Toni, has married Michael, a naughty Italian. Their son has married a Kiwi girl. Plus there are a Spanish couple, long time family friends. It's a very interesting crowd.

During the evening, Silvia was presented with her gift, which we all put in for and which she was absolutely delighted with as you can see by the smile on her face.

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A motorised cart so she can hoon around her daughter's farm when she goes to stay.

This is what her granddaughter, Jolene, painted on the front for her.

Silvia holding a gold watch, another gift, while she makes her speech.

Our favourite band "Impressions" (from left) Nigel, Jacqui (our neighbour) and Greg.


Hootin' Anni said...

Looks like a super fun party if you want my opinion!!! And the new 'go go granny go cart' looks awesome. And zippy.

But I enjoyed reading about the cultural differences in the family get together...especially the 'naughty Italian'. LOLOLOL

Hope your week will be super!

Cindy said...

Sounds like it was a blast! Happy Birthday to her.

Tinsie said...

Sounds like a great party! Happy birthday, Silvia, and many more happy returns!

Gattina said...

That I call a birthday celebration ! I would love to have such a cart I think I would make a big show with that driving through Waterloo, lol ! and how can you tell that Italians are naughty ! (they are born like that !)

Flip Flop Floozie said...

What fun!! She does not look 70 but then if you think about it..you and I are not that far behind her..wow!! That blows my mind when I think of it..I know you don't feel like it and I do not either.
Glad you had just a great time.

Mountain Mama said...

Hi and thanks for paying me a visit. Also thank you for the nice comment about my picture and poem. I'm glad you enjoyed them.
There is just something about being by the ocean!

This sounds like a wonderful party and what a magnificent gift. I'm sure she will get a lot of use from it. It actually looks like a lot of fun.

Hope you are having a good week. Tomorrow is officially the first day of autumn here and the mornings and evenings are getting nippy. However we are expecting some high daytime temp's this week. I need to be sure to water the new lawn.
Take care.

Peter said...

Lucky the close neighbors get invited to your parties!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Merle said...

Hi Robyn ~~What a great party and I am sure Silvia will enjoy her great

Thanks for your misguided comments!!!
Never at any stage did I say I made the profriteroles. I bought them at
Woolworths on special!! We have had a little rain the last few days and
I think our warmest day was 24, No
30s even yet. I like it like that
anything up to 30 is fine.

Take care dear Robyn, Love, Merle.

PEA said...

Now that's what I call turning 70 in style! Sounds like everyone had a lot of fun and what a great idea to have chipped in to buy her that motorized cart...awesome!! Love the picture and words on the front of it! lol xoxo

TorAa said...

Hurray for the Party and the mix of the origins of people. We love both.

Angelo said...

Some party Robyn! That golf cart is awesome, watch out for Silvia!

Anonymous said...

That's an awesome looking party and I always wanted to drive those motorised carts.

Walker said...

Looks like it was alot of fun.
Summer is the poerfect time of yer to be outside, barring any dust storms, to party with friends and family

I love having my bbq outsude in the summer, perfect

Liz said...

She sounds like a great lady!

You say the parties are starting: did they ever stop?!!

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