Tuesday, 22 March 2011

BON VOYAGE

I had a great weekend. Unbeknown to me my family and friends had organised a surprise "Bon Voyage" afternoon tea party prior to the departure of my "around the world without flying" journey next weekend. The weather was perfect, warm (but not too warm) and sunny. One of those very, very rare beautiful spring days. And, stangely for this area, NO WIND!

We acquired a taste for afternoon tea parties after our wonderful "Afternoon Tea at the Ritz" day out several years ago.

This is the amazing spread with me holding on to the tablecloth in case anyone should decide to steal it! Although, I was on the verge of executing my awesome "jerk the teacloth and see if everything still stays on the table" trick. It's quite spectacular (when it works).

With great self control I decided not to attempt this great spectacular because after spending all day preparing this feast Kimberley would never had forgiven me if it had all gone wrong. By the way, don't be misled by the teapots. Thankfully, the main refreshment of the day was wine.

I would also like to point out that this was a SURPRISE party. I say this in defence of my scruffiness. But, hey, this is the real me.



Quickly, feed the children, before they all riot! But, hold on a minute, how did daddy Dan manage to get into this pile? It looks suspiciously like he has a gob full of food.



The weather was absolutely perfect! Is it true that God smiles on the righteous? I mean, come on, the weather has been gruesome for months - and now this???



Noah (one of my greatgrandchildren) dragging his blanket while daddy Dan looks on and mummy poses.



My daughter, Kimberly holding court! "Yes, I arrange the day, made all the sandwiches, cooked all the cakes, made the tea and ordered the sun".



Not to be outdone, my friend Jean then holds court! "I turned up".



And finally, last but definitely not least, me holding court "without me none of this would have been possible, I made the family AND the friends - SO THERE!!"

16 comments:

slommler said...

What a lovely tea!! And a very nice surprise for you!!
Very cool!
So Bon Voyage dearest one...you are going to have a great time!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Alcoholic Daze (ADDY) said...

Lovely photos to hang on to on your journey. Bon voyage and look forward to hearing your interesting tales when you get back (or maybe even en route)

Eliza said...

Looks like you had a great party. Have a wonderful trip.

Eva Gallant said...

I love surprise parties! what a fun time you had!

Out of My Mind said...

I am so excited for you! Are you going to be posting on your trip? kt

Maggie May said...

Glad you had a lovely time with the family and my Goodness...... you are off next week!
BTW. You certainly don't look scruffy.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Anonymous said...

What a great send-off. Loved the pictures. Bon Voyage and we'll travel along with you via your blog and see you in Seattle. Flagmaker

TechnoBabe said...

Nice surprise party. I hope you post some pics while you are out and about all over the place for a whole year. I wish you a year of daily delights and plenty of energy to enjoy it all.

Retiredandcrazy said...

Lovely tea? Yes, but my little great grandson kept eating mine SueAnn!

Retiredandcrazy said...

I will certianly be blogging as I go Addy. It's a good discipline to help me remember my journey in the months to come.

Retiredandcrazy said...

Thanks Eliza, I will do my best!

Retiredandcrazy said...

I love surprise parties too Eva, the only down side is that everyone is dressed up but you!

Retiredandcrazy said...

Yes, I'm be posting as I go KT.

Retiredandcrazy said...

Thanks Maggie, I certainly felt scruffy.

Retiredandcrazy said...

Yes, see you in Seattle flagmaker!!!

Retiredandcrazy said...

I like that TechnoBabe. "A year of daily delights and plenty of energy to enjoy it". Nicely put. Thanks.