wings and things

Anthony’s 78th birthday yesterday

on February 5, 2014

The photos are courtesy of my ma, Meg, and nieces, Jane and Ashtyn. It was all fairly low key because of Anthony’s inability to cope in a crowd (with Parkinson’s disease, it is very difficult to focus on more than one thing).

Ants, Ming and I spoiled each other with birthday gifts yesterday; mine was a ridiculous amount of cheese; Ming’s was a Scottish kilt; and Anthony’s was a shirt that he was not enthralled with. And the sprinkling of friends and relatives was perfect. Jane, as usual, gave us all presents, Ashtyn took a million photos and my ma did the tea and coffee stuff. Geoff, a wonderful guy who used to work here, brought a cake which was great because Julie (not me, my sil) was complaining about the lack of one haha!


Ming took Ants back to the nursing home at around 4.30pm because he was exhausted. I would have invited more people but it would have been too hard. I did invite a few more but they couldn’t come which was actually a relief because I couldn’t remember who I had invited! Plus Ming and I wanted to take Ants over the road to have a drink with his brother but, by 4pmish, we could see this would be impossible. It took three of us to even get Ants into the car to go back to the nursing home, but I didn’t cry for a change.

Small parties are the best! Happy birthday, Ants.

PS. Would anyone like some cheese?

25 responses to “Anthony’s 78th birthday yesterday

  1. Ming really suits that kilt. I love cheese too

  2. I like the kilt. I love the blue color and the pattern on it.

  3. ksbeth says:

    this sounds like the perfect gathering for all of you, and i love the kilt and the cheese, and love that you forgot just how many you invited. )

  4. Ming is rocking that kilt!! Happy Birthday Anthony! (And Ming and Julie!!!).

    I’ll have a little bit of the cheese for sure!!!!!! What a lovely party. 🙂

  5. Vicki (from Victoria A Photography) says:

    Cute knees peeping out from under that kilt.

    Looks like a very enjoyable Birthday – sometimes small gatherings are better for any of us ‘mature’ folk, let alone a PD sufferer.

    (now what does a Scot wear under a kilt? I’ve always wanted to know….even when I was travelling in Scotland in the 1970s).

  6. I prefer smaller parties too, as one is able to have more meaningful engagement with each person who attends. (Well that is the theory anyway).
    I am glad you had such fun 🙂

  7. artfulanxiety says:

    I have to say I love the kilt too. Hope the weather was pleasant 🙂

  8. K. A. Brace says:

    Happy Birthday Ants. >KB

  9. fgassette says:

    Looks like a great birthday party. Pass the cheese.


  10. I love cheese! Lovely pictures Julie. Happy Birthday to Ants!
    Diana xo

  11. Ming is very handsome in his kilt. 🙂 The pictures are wonderful, I can see that everyone had a great time just by their huge smiles. 😀

  12. Ming looks quite ‘dashing’….. in his kilt….. Diane

  13. Looks like a great time. Love Ming’s kilt. Will hafta share with my hubby, from Scottish descent (his middle name is Redpath = Scottish clansname). Tell Ming, we have great Scottish festivals here in Ventura County, So. Calif and he’d be right at home dressed like that. He looks so handsome. And, pink is a good color for you. 😉

  14. Happy Birthday!!! It all looks perfect. Cheese, kilt, loved ones. ♥

  15. tootlepedal says:

    The kilt looks great. Send the cheese over, you know where I live.

  16. Yeah I love my cheese, Ming looks cool in his kilt, should I ask what he had on under it………

  17. Lynda says:

    Small parties: Intimate.
    Big Cheeses: Delicious.
    Ming in a kilt: Priceless! He is so handsome, Julie.

    Glad the party was a success!

  18. susanpoozan says:

    Have just found your blog and will hope to follow it from now on. I have loved your comments on mine, thank you.

  19. Ingrid says:

    I bet you were all saying cheese when the photos were being taken!!

  20. Looks like you all had a lot of fun! That kilt is quite something, huh?

  21. tersiaburger says:

    You all look so happy!! Lovely photos Julie. Ants is looking good too.

  22. FlaHam says:

    Julie, I am sure the joy of the day, had a lot to do with why you didn’t cry. From the pictures, it looks like a good time was had by all. Please take care, Bill

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