The Birthday Girl

Teeming rain spattered at our windows all day today. We therefore abandoned the idea of shopping for watch batteries in New Milton and I delved into my photographic archives.
I scanned selection of colour slides from my sister Jacqueline’s birthday party of 14th April 2007.

I began with the youngest member of our family, my granddaughter, Jessica Grace,

eagerly swooped upon by her cousins Emily

and Alice.

My nephew Mark stands behind Emily in the second of her pictures. Mark’s daughter, Abbie can be glimpsed at bottom right.

Here Mark peels an apple for his son, Matthew;

and here engages in earnest conversation with my son,



and her son, Adam,

seen here with Danni, both displayed Kronenburg.

Adam is now married to Thea, seen here with

Holly, now Mrs

 Sam Knight.

My late brother, Chris, was in attendance

with his wife, Frances.

Another sister-in-law is Angela, married to my brother, Joe.

Maybe Mum was giving the eye to

 the birthday girl.

There is more to come. Perhaps I’ll post more tomorrow.
This evening we enjoyed a second sitting of Jackie’s splendid lamb jalfrezi and savoury rice with which she drank Hoegaarden, Elizabeth drank Hop House lager, and I drank more of the Médoc.


  1. Michael looks like you, doesn’t he?
    Another English expression, I suppose: does “pets an apple” mean he removes the peel, gives the peel to his son, and saves the apple for himself? LOL
    I could have used a family tree for this one. I think you must have a very large family.

    1. Thanks for reading so closely, Jodie. It should have been peels – I blame WP. Now corrected. There were five of us, four having produced offspring…. and so on….. Michael does have the chin 🙂

  2. What a wonderful family gathering, Derrick! 🙂
    What a special Happy Birthday celebration for the birthday girl Jacqueline! 🙂
    I love the photo of your Mum AND the photo of Jessica Grace…two beautiful girls!
    HUGS!!! 🙂

  3. What lovely family photo’s Derrick.. Without these snaps in time, these memories would be long gone.. I love looking through family photo ablums.. They make you wonder just where the years flew?

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