Deb's Digest
Debbie Atkinson’s family life column, as featured in the Southport Visiter.

Monday, 13 June 2011


Ever since we booked our 60th/65th barbeque for June 11th we'd been fretting about the weather. How would we cope with 70 muddy shoes on our new creamy-coloured carpet if it rained. All week it poured down and then two hours before the bbq team came to set up, the clouds parted and lo and behold, there was the sun. It kept shining in a pale blue sky for the rest of the day. The air temperature may have felt more like we're used to in February, but that was a small price to pay.

As people filed in they were saying "What a lovely picture of you both". I looked around the hall but couldn't make out what they were talking about. "outside on the garage" they said. Had they had a few before setting off? I went outside to humour them and there, on the garage door, was a huge banner......

And apart from being very proud parents/grandparents every second of every day, our hearts (as our neighbour put it) were prouding over! And if I'm honest, a big part of me was saying "YES!" when I noticed that there were no apostrophes to be seen!

Hugo was much admired

and managed to sleep through most of the racket.

We cut the beautiful cakes made by a very talented neighbour

And at the end of the day Oscar and Grandad had a lie down on the bouncy castle

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