Hi again, everyone. Here is my post for sidey’s weekend challenge, ‘Contrasts.
Yesterday was my darling Mom’s 87th birthday, and we took her and her very best friend, out to lunch at a lovely restaurant called “The Pot & Kettle,” which is situated high up, overlooking the beautiful “Valley of a Thousand Hills.”
When we arrived at her cottage, she was looking really lovely, dressed all in various shades of her favourite colour, which is mauve. She had received a gorgeous bouquet of flowers from my daughter in Johannesburg, the previous day, and told me that she’d been inundated with phone calls since early morning. One of her men friends had thoughtfully woken her up at 6-15 am, so that he could be the first to wish her a happy birthday. As she heard our car arrive, she was busy ushering her next door neighbour out of the back door, and he was gone before we walked in the front.;) We collected her friend Marg, and set off for lunch. I could hear the two of them, chattering and giggling like two excited school girls, in the back of the car. They get on so well together, and Marg informed me that my mom has at least 8 male ‘admirers’ that she knows of. I’m not at all surprised, as mom is still quite vivacious and sparkly eyed, even at her advanced age. 😆
We were shown into a lovely dining room, from where we had a gorgeous view of the garden and the hills beyond.
The decor was really festive and bright, and for a while there were no other people there but ourselves.
Mom had just remarked on how tranquil it was, when a large family arrived with three small children, and thus, in a split second, the peace was shattered, but not for long. After they’d ordered their food, the granny took the baby for a walk in the stroller, and when she returned, he was fast asleep. The two small children, after having a good look around and examining absolutely everything in the room, settled down to enjoy their lunch, and were very well-behaved.
We spent a couple of hours, eating our delicious meal whilst chatting, joking, and reminiscing about the years gone by. Such lovely memories of my childhood came to light, and we had a laugh about my mom trying to keep a straight face whilst chasing her naughty little daughter around the table, shouting, “Just you wait till your dad gets home, and I tell him what you did!” Neither of us could remember what it was that I’d actually done, to warrant this dire threat, but it certainly gave us a laugh.
In contrast to this 87th birthday celebration, our lovely little granddaughter in New Jersey, had her 3rd birthday party, also yesterday. Here she is, blowing out her candles on the “Dora” cake that her mom made.
I know that their house was full of friends, who all have small children of their own, so I’m sure there was no peace and quiet there, for the duration. 😉
So from one end of the spectrum to the other, were two girls of sharply contrasting ages, one old but still young at heart, the other so young in every way, and both very dear to me, celebrating their birthdays on the same date. It just goes to show that we’re never too old or too young to have fun with friends and family.
Hope you’re all having a splendid weekend.Chat again soon.
The contrast in age is big, your mum is a most sprightly great grandmother, but I suspect they are similar in interest and fun
My mom has never met her little great granddaughter, but I’m sure they would have fun together. 😉
Lovely post AD! Wishing them and you many more happy days 😉
Thanks so much, Madhu. 😉
We visited a hotel with a similar view; one of the best days of my life 🙂
Glad I brought back a good memory for you, Tilly. I presume it was in SA?
Yes; The Valley of a Thousand Hills 🙂
It might have been the Chantecler Hotel which is also on Bothas Hill. It’s beautiful there.
Lovely post AD….and stunning photos.
Thanks granny. 😉 xxx
what a wonderful post and a really lovely photo of your little granddaughter.
Thanks, Ruth. She is a little darling, (some of the time). 😉
Happy b day to both the ladies in question AD 😉
What a lovely place to have lunch at!!
Maybe, one day, I’ll be taken to somewhere other than bloody Spur for my b day!!
😉 Thanks, for the good wishes. It is beautiful there, and I hope you do get to eat at somewhere equally as picturesque for your next birthday. xxx
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUR MOM AND GRANDDAUGHTER ! ! ! Praying for many more.
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
Thanks so much, Francine. 😉
Many happies to both!
The cot and petal does have nice views, but I’ve always said the 1000 hills bit is false advertising!
Thanks, Col. Well, never having counted those hills, I wouldn’t know. 😉
Yes,happy belated from here as well! Looks like they enjoyed it 😀
Thanks so much, DC. Yes they did. 😉
Happy belated birthday to both your mom and granddaughter 🙂
Thanks so much, matron. 🙂 I hope you’ve had an enjoyable weekend too.
I just caught up on your last four posts! Birthday blessings to the great granny and granddaughter. Awesome that your envelope arrived! And any ice cream on a hot day is the best one ever 🙂
Thanks for the catch up, Tandy, and for the birthday wishes. 😉 xxx
Hi AD, happy days 🙂
Yes, most days are happy for me. 😉
WOW! This is amazing post dear AD, 1) Happy Birthday this young and beautiful lady who is your mother… She is amazing. Blessing and Happiness to her… 2) Happy Birthday to your lovely Dora.. Blessing her too 3) What an amazing view… Fascinated me. I can almost feel myself there, you did great shots… 4) You are so beautiful too, 🙂 5) I loved this restaurant, I wished to go there and also the Birthday cake is so beautiful too… 6) Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful moments with us, I loved and enjoyed. Love you, nia
Thanks so much, dear nia, for all your good wishes. It was quite a hazy day,or the shots of those mountains would have been even better. 😉 My granddaughter’s name is Taylor. Her favourite TV cartoon character is called Dora. 😀
Your mom sounds like quite a character. Happy birthday to both your girls!
Thanks, Naomi. Yes, my mom is very popular with all her friends, and of course her family. 😉
Happy birthday to both ad. I couldn’t help noticing the Dora cake, I also have a Dora fan here 🙂
Dora is so popular, Hopestar. I’m not sure why, but she keeps the kids quiet and entertained. 😉 Hugs xx
I sure both birthday girls enjoyed their special days!
Yes, they did, SC. Your comment ended up in my spam! ;(