“Do not regret growing older, it is a privilege denied to many.”
Saturday was the day before my MiL’s 100th birthday, and in the morning there was great excitement, as the postman was due to deliver the 100th birthday congratulations card from the Queen. I was waiting at the bedroom window, to snap him as he came down the drive.
None of us had ever seen one before, so of course we couldn’t have breakfast until it was opened.
Family soon started to arrive, as we were all to have lunch at ‘The Barn @ Alfold’, in the next village. This restaurant is one of my MiL’s favourite places for eating out.
This historic building dates back to 1590. and the original oak beams are believed to have been fashioned from timber taken from the ships of the Spanish Armada. Ernest Hemingway frequented this establishment in the 1940′s, during the second world war, and is said to have spent many an afternoon enjoying the ‘cream teas’ at ‘Gibbs Hatch’ as it was then called. The party started off in the bar, where we all had a few glasses of excellent French champagne.
The main dining room was filled to capacity with many members of our family.
The food and service were absolutely wonderful, and the lady of the moment was looking absolutely sparkling. Here she is with her eldest granddaughter.
Sunday was the day of her actual birthday and she looked really stunning for her big party for 140 people at the local Village Hall.
We all had a great time, with lots of chatter and tasty tidbits to munch on.
It was wonderful to meet up again with family, some of whom we hadn’t seen for many years, and also absolutely amazing to see just how many really good friends had come along to congratulate her on this awesome milestone achievement.
She gave a marvellous and very interesting speech, followed by very complimentary ones from my husband and also our son and daughter.
Then it was time to cut the cake and propose a toast.
What a lot of fun we all had, with beautiful weather so that the little children were able to play outside on the grass and jungle-gym. At the end of the proceedings, our two youngest grandchildren just couldn’t wait to get their hands on some of the balloons.
My dear mom-in-law gave away a few of her secrets for longevity. She said, “Try not to worry, but take each day as it comes, and have a glass of red wine and a couple of chocolates every evening.” So now I’m thinking to myself, “If this is what 100-years-old looks like, with life still being full of happiness and fun, I’ll not be afraid of old age, but be looking forward to it. ” 🙂