I decorated the house with bunting and paper chains and prepared the table for a family lunch. And much to my Mum's surprise and delight I'd bought in traditional Pie and Mash with liquor. Now my son in law has never tried this and he looked a bit suspicious, but soon there were empty plates and much praising that I had come up with this idea.
Then, we made origami boats and floated these in an old tin bath. The bath belonged to my grandfather, in the days when some homes did not have a bathroom and the family bathed in front of the fire once a week. Some people hang on to family silver. Me... tin baths and memories.
And in her usual caring way, Summer made certificates for everyone. Some were for 'best floating boat', 'best design', and a special one for my Mum: 'Sorry you didn't win the race'.
After this we went to a local farm. The weather, as you might recall, had been wet, wet, wet. But being British we were not going to let that spoil the day. Our farmer rearranged the 'street party' in the barn, with long tables and wonderful music that was fitting for the occasion.
We sang, danced, and celebrated this wonderful occasion, and being with family and friends made it special and memorable. So I am ending this year on a high, with happy memories and hoping that 2013 will bring the same and more. Time with family and friends is precious and I wish you all good health, happiness and everything you for yourselves.
HERE'S TO A WONDERFUL 2013 !!!