Ninety not out

Today we visited Crawley to see my Auntie Alma on her 90th birthday. Her and my Mum’s brother Joe were married in 1952 and Alma is originally from Liverpool.

Family had travelled far and wide including her eldest son from America, and family from all over the UK.

We were awaiting the birthday girl’s entrance and as she came through the doors we all began to sign Happy Birthday. Unfortunately, her skirt fell to her ankles, which was heralded by much laughter and an underskirt covered her modesty! Later in the afternoon Auntie Alma said it was because she wanted to show off her legs 😂😂

There were photo albums and photos strewn over many tables with memories aplenty for those that remember loved ones no longer with us. Many an eye had a tear, some with fond memories, some with sadness, but also laughter.

To see this writing in an album from over 30 years ago brought so many happy memories of my childhood flooding back! The picture above that has Alma in the shop and the mirror I am having restored in clear view

One particular favourite was of my grandma, Valentina, probably taken in her early twenties.

A women who had warmth, a wicked sense of humour and also not opposed to cheating at cards!

We all had a great day, Jo, John and Mike did Alma proud and her grandchildren and great grandchildren were there too. How fortunate we were to be invited, and able to attend.

💕💕💕💕💕

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