I'll be honest I didn't know whether or not Debbie Greenwood's birthday/anniversary party was common knowledge until I read both hers and Julia's blogs, so as to not to appear churlish – and in response to your lovely comments this last week – here are a few more photographs of a fantastic night!
It's best to look at them in time order… less dishevelled, earlier on… and also to see those who clearly were not up for a late or energetic night! To be honest the fact that any of us could even move after sampling so many fabulous Thai dishes was a miracle!
But we polished Debbie's parquet flooring up a treat, and although there is no photographic evidence, I do remember belting out "I will survive" through a microphone (a la karaoke stylee) to all those who couldn't run and hide. Pippa – as you can see – did her best, but even she wasn't safe.
Actually to go back to the parquet flooring, if I may, I personally feel this – and this alone – made possible Julia's extraordinarily energetic version of the splits, where she literally threw herself to the ground in an incredible scissor movement at a rate of knotts seldom seen indoors, with the exception maybe of hurling events!
There was a nanno second when I was concerned for her health, but she sprang up in no time (with no carpet burns thanks to the flooring) and carried on with our conga! Amazing Woman :)
Of course I wasn't the only person making photographic memories of the night. Debbie's husband Paul spent several hours trying to separate his zoom from his image stabiliser (as seen here) and Claire's Dan and Colin spent some time trying to decide who should tell him to take the lens cap off first. Of course, he only had to ask Anthony!
It's sad but true that because of our shifts at QVC Towers, we rarely get together socially, and although quite a number were unable to make it on the night, it was an absolute treat for those who could – as I think the rest of the photos show I'd love a caption for the finger pointing photo please… can't quite remember what was going on there!!! Roll on Christmas I say! Everyone round to mine!!
Actually if they do come, I doubt by then this somewhat unseasonal occurance will still be standing in my garden, but I beg the question… when did you last see a Delphinium blooming in November?? Richard Jackson's Flower Power is truly magical! Oh, and whilst on a horticultural theme, anyone know when I should trim my clematis? Answers below please
Have a cracking weekend, and do join me and Tova on Saturday if you can, and again on Sunday! It's going to be an fabulously fragrant and festive I'm sure.
Lots of love,