Well, despite the continued rain there was one event last week that we couldn’t cancel or postpone. Come rain or shine it was going to go ahead, and go ahead it did. This also answers the question of what I did at the weekend.
It was party time!
Not big tall people drinking too much kind of party, but little short people dressing up as fairies and pirates kind of party. Yes, it was our daughter’s sixth birthday and to celebrate, we had 30, yes I mean THIRTY children around our house from three o’clock until gone 5:30 PM casting magical spells (girls) and chopping people up into bits (boys).
We got a bit of a scare after we invited all the children though, because some of the mums were confirming their child was coming and at the same time saying “it is bring and drop isn’t it?” Meaning the adults were going to drop their offspring around our house and disappear for 2 1/2 hours to go shopping in peace and quiet for a change, while we were left trying to contain 30 hyperactive sugar filled kids!
But in the event, at least half a dozen parents stayed for the duration, so the control issue wasn’t that bad. The 2 1/2 hours didn’t see any longer than about seven. The heavy rains had slowed down to an irritating drizzle, so we held some of the party indoors……
And some of it outdoors, under the protection of our tin roof…
but some of the fighting spilled over to the open air…….
No children were seriously injured and all were picked up successfully by their parents before the end of the day and each and every one of them made it safely to their beds that night. Phew!
It was a great day, a great birthday party and I have to say, as each year passes here in Australia it just gets better and better. A special mention has to be made to thank my wife for the fantastic amount of work she put in to make this party as successful as it was AND also a couple of her best friends who helped.
Between them, they made pirate hats, magic fairy wands, fairy skirts, pirate eye patches and sourced out swords, attachable fairy wings, gold coins for the treasure hunt and who knows what else.
And the crowning glory of all that effort was the cake. Back in the UK, all birthday cakes came from Marks & Spencers or Waitrose. But not this year! This cake was baked at home. My word, I think my wife is turning Aussie.