A Family Event


This afternoon we attended the third family event in three days. This was Shelly’s birthday party.

Helen and Daphne

Here, Jackie’s sister Helen sits with Shelly’s mother-in-law Daphne.

Ray, Shelly, Malcolm

Father-in-law Ray smiles beside Shelly and Malcolm, probably checking the cricket score on his mobile.

Ron 1

Ron, here taking a break and joining in the conversation,

Ron and sausages

tended the barbecue, providing flavoursome sausages,

Ron tending barbecue

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.

Reflection and Helen

Reflected in the window behind Helen, is the father of

Immy 1Immy 2


Jackie (Ron's sister)

whose lithe grandmother, Jackie, is Ron’s sister.

David, Neil (Donna)

David, son of Helen and Bill, holding the can and Neil, brother of Anthony and Jane, are cousins.

David and Jenny

Here, probably wielding the same can, David stands with his wife, Jenny.

Pete and Tess

Friends Peter and Tess share a reflective moment.

Jackie's back

Jackie sports two pairs of glasses and a pearl necklace.

Neil, Donna, AnthonyDonna, Anthony, Neil

Shelly and Ron’s sons converse with Neil’s partner, Donna;Jane and Katie

Jane shares a tale with Immy’s mother, Katie;

Jane, Jackie, Bill

Jackie and Jane catch up with each other as Bill makes his way back to his chair;

David, Jenny, Helen, Bill

David and Jenny share a table with his parents, Helen and Bill.

Jackie, Jane, Tess, Anthony, Neil, Donna, Chris, RonJane, Tess, Anthony, Neil, Donna, Chris, RonAnthony, Neil, Chris, DonnaAs 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.

Neil, Donna, Chris, Tess, Shelly, Bill

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.



57 responses to “A Family Event”

  1. Looked like an American backyard picnic, except for the cricket of course. Got really confused in who’s who, but the sausage looked fantastic. What, no Buffalo wings?😉

  2. WEre the burnt bangers pork or beef? Anthony’s looks positively obscene.

    What no Kingfisher?

    My local W & S merchant stocks Kingfisher, i was skeptical about buying a six pack. It was cheaper than some of our local brews, and half the price of the German wheat beer I buy.

  3. Great event! It is always nice to meet family. Unfortunately, nowadays many families separated because of absolutely different style of modern life and globalization.
    It is funny, but I have the same short-sleeves shirt as Bill has. It looks like we make shopping in the same store. Ha-ha!

  4. There were some happy conversations and connections displayed in these festive photos, Derrick. I thoroughly enjoyed your notes throughout, while didn’t try to remember names. Immy was so sweet, as were the smiles on everyone’s pleasant faces. 😊

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