Welcoming Ella

This afternoon on Southampton Common the glorious sun offered just the right amount of warmth as it beamed down from a cloudless sky on the party to welcome Ella to the greater population. Friends and relatives arrived from as far away as Swindon and Lincolnshire.

We all brought our own picnics and beverages, just about leaving room for Andy’s splendid cake.

As usual my random subjects can be identified by accessing the galleries.

I did visually eavesdrop on a number of scenarios like this conversation between Rob, Helen, and another;

or Elizabeth and Viv taking in the panorama.

This little chap came with his own transport;

One little girl enjoyed nursing the baby of the hour;

Several boys took to a narrow running stream.

We all gathered around a small marquee where Danni, watched by her husband and daughter, made an endearing speech in honour of their small miracle.

Andy and Ella then cut the perfectly light jam centred sponge cake that Andy had baked and distributed large wedges all round.

Jackie photographed the tiered cake and the tin of matching cup cakes. Observant readers may notice the main confection’s similarity to a certain Italian tower. Unfortunately she who shall be nameless trod on it.

We needed no further sustenance this evening.


  1. Lovely photos from what I’m sure what a delightful occasion. Despite the lean, I was much impressed with Andy’s cake.

  2. I love all those pictures of your family. Don’t need to know who everyone is–just enjoy the happiness–though I did recognize a few people. The cake was awesome!!!I loved the little flags strung around it. I bet it was yummy.

  3. You have managed to capture the exuberance and contentment of Ella’s welcome party to the core. Your photography has yielded priceless storytelling shots and portraits alongside snippets of visual eavesdropping.

  4. Treasured moments of family life! πŸ™‚

    I see ‘e’ for Ella, but what are the other cupcakes – numbers??

    Despite the ‘setback’ the cake looks wonderful and i’m sure it was delicious – and fattening! πŸ˜‰

  5. What a wonderful Welcome Ella celebration! πŸ™‚ Looks like everyone had a fun time! πŸ™‚
    Such a beautiful cake! Did it end up with toe-prints on it?!?!
    HUGS!!! πŸ™‚

  6. Your candid portraits are wonderful. Aren’t baby toes the most enticing delights? I just want to tickle the heck out of them.

  7. What a glorious celebration and day! (A lovely idea, too, to have a welcoming celebration.)
    Lovely family portraits, too. The cake (even if leaning) and cupcakes are beautiful.

  8. What a glorious day of celebrations.. Loved your family gathering photos Derrick.. And that cake looked lovely .. Hope you have had a great weekend too Derrick

  9. Wonderful photos of faces. You have such a skill for that. I loved the baby toes too. πŸ™‚ What a beautiful cake Andy made. I thought for sure it came from a shop.

  10. I love that cake, as well as Danni’s smiles. The two hands picture is amazing.

    I’ve never heard of a welcome baby celebration. I guess the religious Christening is a similar thing, but, not being religious we missed out. I like this idea very much.

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