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This afternoon we attended the third family event in three days. This was Shelly’s birthday party.
Here, Jackie’s sister Helen sits with Shelly’s mother-in-law Daphne.
Father-in-law Ray smiles beside Shelly and Malcolm, probably checking the cricket score on his mobile.
Ron, here taking a break and joining in the conversation,
tended the barbecue, providing flavoursome sausages,
tandoori chicken, and, later, minted lamb kebabs.
His son Anthony distributed hot dogs with onions, while Helen was on hand with mustard and ketchup.
Jane, being Anthony’s sister, is Jackie’s niece.
Reflected in the window behind Helen, is the father of
whose lithe grandmother, Jackie, is Ron’s sister.
David, son of Helen and Bill, holding the can and Neil, brother of Anthony and Jane, are cousins.
Here, probably wielding the same can, David stands with his wife, Jenny.
Friends Peter and Tess share a reflective moment.
Jackie sports two pairs of glasses and a pearl necklace.
Jane shares a tale with Immy’s mother, Katie;
Jackie and Jane catch up with each other as Bill makes his way back to his chair;
David and Jenny share a table with his parents, Helen and Bill.
As the sun lowered its way to the horizon the last few guests enjoyed coffee together. Anthony and Neil are always sure to produce a cricket bat and ball on these occasions. They had earlier enjoyed a few overs on the grass behind them.
Chris, with the longer beard, is Jane’s partner. Shelly stands between Tess and Bill.
In addition to the plentiful barbecued meats, various ladies had produced excellent salads, trifles, meringues, and cakes. My choice of beverage was Marston’s Amber Ale. We toasted the birthday girl with champagne.
As can be seen this was an enjoyable close family event.