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.
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.