For lunch today we joined Mum, Elizabeth, Danni, and Ella at The Wheel Inn, where the attentive and friendly staff had laid on an excellent meal to celebrate our mother’s birthday. Apparently Mum had been asked this morning by a new member of staff at Woodpeckers Care Home how old she was. She got her sums wrong and said she was 98. When asked the year of her birth she said “1922”. The staff member displayed her mathematical ability by correcting “the birthday girl”, who was “disappointed” but amused. I quipped that she could not get to that 100 by losing a year.
We began with presents and cards. Elizabeth held our bouquet so Mum could enjoy an appreciative sniff. Because Mum’s sight is not very good Jackie had chosen a pop-up card that she could also feel.Elizabeth’s present was a wooden owl capable of being suspended from the ceiling.
It is worth noting that Jackie’s starter of prawn salad,
her main course of ham , egg, and chips, and her equally proportioned lemon drizzle and ice cream dessert were all OAP portions.
My starter was calamari, which was followed by
fish, chips, peas, and tartare sauce, also, without the sauce, tucked into by our mother for whom it is a favourite.
Ella sampled a beer mat first,
then moved onto a large, squeaky, broccoli floret.
Her G-Ma and her mother both chose tempura prawn starters to which we all discovered
Ella to be most partial.
Danni chose moules mariniere as her main course. Her daughter snaffled some of that, too.
Prawn risotto was Elizabeth’s choice of main meal. Creme brulé was her dessert.
Possibly because I had been forced to add one third of Mum’s fish and a modicum of her chips, I could not manage a dessert.
Her blackberry and apple crumble and ice cream that the kitchen staff brought in, topped by a candle, to the tune off “Happy Birthday”, was no trouble for “the Birthday girl” to wolf down. After she had rapidly blown out the candle so that she could get on with the important business in hand.
Mum drank orange juice; Jackie, Diet Coke; Elizabeth, a lager I can’t remember; while my beverage was Ringwood’s Best.
I require no more sustenance this evening so I’m going to watch some rugby.
Happy birthday to your mother Derrick. She seems to be in great shape!
Thanks very much, Sylvie. She’s certainly not bad.
A very Happy Birthday to your lovely Mum.
Thanks very much, Melanie X
It’s obvious from the photos that your Mum had a great time at her birthday lunch and I do hope she gets to 100 and a card from you know who!
Happy Birthday to your mother! Now we both have 97-year-old moms. Yours seems in good shape, and it looks like all of you had a most enjoyable time. Ella eating from her mother’s plate reminds me of my younger daughter who used to eat olives and radicchio from my salad bowl.
Thanks very much, Merril. Yes, that is something we share. Your Mom is possibly physically fitter
I don’t know about that, Derrick. But in any case, it looks like a lovely day.
Fantastic photographs Derrick, it looks like your mum enjoyed her birthday with her family. Happy Birthday once again to your mum. What a bloody marvellous age ?
Thanks a lot, John. Her own Mum was just days short of 99
Many happy returns of the day to her. Well on her way to getting THE LETTER!
It has to be requested now! Thanks a lot, Leslie
I can well imagine getting the number wrong after so many years – I can’t keep anyone’s straight any more – my eldest will celebrate her 50th next March and it does my head in because I don’t even feel that old! Any way, it looks like a lovely family outing and your mum seemed to have a thoroughly good time which is what counts. I hope the rugby went well for you.
I watched the New Zealand mismatch. 50 for an offspring is a bit of a shaker 🙂 Thanks very much, Pauline
I understood nothing in that second sentence 😀
A very happy birthday to your mum, Derrick.
Thank you very much, Oglach
Happy Birthday to beautiful mum. She looks uncannily like my 95 year old mother in law.
Perhaps they have a shared ancestry, Cindy. 🙂 Many thanks
Birthday wishes for your mum Derrick, she is looking absolutely great! And what a humorous write-up, much enjoyed 🙂
Thanks very much, Agnes
Hello was so lovely to see photos of auntie jean on her birthday
I will show them to my dad Roy tomorrow
Thank you very much, Jean. Good to hear from you XX
That was a lovely meal to share with your mother and some of the clan!
Many thanks, Cynthia
Lots a great day. The food looks epic.
Thanks a lot, Gary
Aw…what a wonderful celebration! You all made her day very special. Thank you for sharing it with us, Derrick.
Thank you very much, Jill
Many happy returns to your mum. Looks like a delicious time was enjoyed by all.
Indeed, Sylvia. Thanks very much
Wow, what a happy occasion for your mom’s birthday. And the food looks….yum!
Thanks very much, Arlene
A very good way to celebrate a birthday.
Thanks a lot, Tootlepedal
Happy birthday to your lovely mom!
Thanks very much, Leslie
Happy Birthday to your mum.
My Dad was 93 this year. 🙂
Good for your Dad, Chrissy. Many thanks.
Eating with good company – the only way to truly celebrate such a significant milestone. Thanks for so memorably recording it Derrick.
Thank you very much, Roland
OH! 🙂 A HUGE HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your beautiful Mum! 🙂
I’m sitting her crying tears of joy! I’m so happy she was born! I’m so happy she continues to conquer life! I’m so glad she enjoyed her special day! I’m so glad so many of you were able to celebrate with her! 🙂 I’m even glad she saved room in her tummy for The Birthday Dessert! 🙂
(((HUGS))) to her and to all of you!!! 🙂
PS…if we all “ate” like Ella, we have better figures! 😉
🙂 Thanks very much, Carolyn. I’m rather glad she was born, too X
I bet! And I’m glad she birth-ed you! 🙂
Ella is adorable, and your mother is luminous. What a lovely celebration! And quite the age spread. Beautiful!
Quite a spread, indeed, Laurie. Thanks very much
Many happy returns of the day to your mother! Wishing her (and all your family) continued health and happiness.
Thank you very much, Takami
Happy birthday to your lovely mother! I grinned when I read you had to finish off some of her meal, as I thought when I saw the picture that it was a lot of food. The fish looked fabulous, though. I love the fact that Ella is chowing down on seafood.
🙂 Thanks very much, Lisa
What a great celebration! Your Mum has such a wonderful attitude and I love those smiles.
Thanks very much, Joanna
Looks like a nice birthday for your mom
Thanks a lot, Mrs W
A lovely glimpse into your amazing family life, Derrick! Happy Birthday to your mum!
Thanks very much, Diane
Your mom is one lucky woman to have all of you. That Ella sure is a charmer:)
Many thanks, Becky
A beautiful occasion and some beautiful photographs to remember it by.
Thank you very much, John. Danni sent me more pics which I will post today
Do you think the staff might have accidentally swapped your Mum and Jackie’s portions??? 😉
Such a joy to see 4 generations of one family gathered together in celebration so eloquently recounted and elegantly displayed.
May you all enjoy many more such occasions and congratulations to your Mum for a wonderful achievement. 🙂
Thanks a lot, Bob. There really doesn’t seem to be anything different about the OAP portions – except the price
Wishing your mum a very happy birthday.
Thanks very much, Peggy
Gosh those are OAP portions? Wow they’re larger than I would have. Oh, hang on a sec, I am an OAP!
I’m glad you all had a lovely lunch, the food does look delicious. A belated Happy Birthday to Mrs Knight senior.
What a great day! Happy birthday again! To that ? ?
Thanks very much, Ribana
Your mum looks in fine fettle, bless her!
Many thanks, Jenny
What a wonderful day. Thanks so much for sharing it with us. I’m glad your Mum had all of you to make the day even more special for her.
Thank you very much, Linda
An intimate gallery, Derrick. It is obvious everyone had a great time. No picture of you, however.
That comes tonight 🙂 Thanks very much, Cindy
Happy Birthday to your lovely Mum, Derrick. And many congratulations to her too! ?
Many thanks, Sandra
Oh so sweet your mom is lovely.
Thank you very much, More
You’re very welcome
Your mom looks amazing. And what a smile! My mom is 95 and her body is whole, although her mind at this point isn’t. But her smile and winks are as bright as ever.
P.S. I think a prawn is a great idea for all ages, young and old.
Thank you very much, Pam. Our Mum is the opposite – mind still bright, body frail. The older I get the more I appreciate prawns.
🙂 Love to your mum, and here’s to prawn pleasure.
A belated Happy Birthday to your mum Derrick, she looks amazing for 97. Looks like you all had a wonderful time creating more memories x
Thank you very much, June. The Care Home is really helping
Happy birthday Derrick to AuntyJean. Give her my love. Yvonne neeHunter.
I will, Yvonne. I also got a message from Uncle Roy’s daughter, Jean. Roy rang Mum as always. Thanks very much.
It looks like the birthday girl had a wonderful day.
I think so, Lindsey. Thanks very much
A belated Happy Birthday to your Mum, Derrick. What wonderful food you had!
Thanks very much, Clare
Hmm … ‘forced’ you did she? 😀 … what a wonderful feast for all … and who doesn’t love tempura prawns! 😀
Thanks very much, Widders. I quote: “That’s Derrick’s job” – I always do what she tells me 🙂
Happy birthday to your mum – sneaky attempt to get a card from the Queen a year early?
I wonder how tasty beer mats are ?
Many thanks, Helen. Spot on
A belated Happy Birthday to your Mum. She seems to have had quite a party. The food looks lovely.
Thank you very much, both of you, LL/PS
Thanks for the uplifting post! Such lovely smiles on ages 🙂 to grow old is a gift <3
Thanks very much da-AL
Happy Birthday to your mother, Derrick! She looks wonderful!
Well done on a great celebration of your Mothers birthday Derrick, a very festive occasion and rightly so.
Calamari looks crispy and appetising.
The cooking in that Community pub is superb, Ian. Many thanks
Happy birthday to your mother Derrick. Thank you for the beautiful photos.
Thanks very much, Lakshmi