Our Bon Voyage party last night ended up being rather more low key than we had hoped, for a few reasons. The main one was that unfortunately Mark’s nan died on Friday night (his mum’s mum) and all the family that were attending were obviously affected by this. She’d been in hospital for about the past month, but before that, she was a 94 year old woman with her wits completely about her who managed to keep her own house with a bit of support from her daughters in general housekeeping. I hope at that age I am still managing to get dressed, get down the stairs, take care of myself, and go back up the stairs to bed again. She absolutely loved Oliver – her two great-grandchildren (him and Katie) really made her happy.
It’s all still quite fresh so we are not sure when the funeral will be. Of course it’s not nice that it happened at all, but I am glad that it happened while we were still here so that we can all be with Mark’s family at this time.
Also, a bunch of my family and friends didn’t rsvp (well some did just as it started) and didn’t turn up. Thanks!! How do I emphasis the sarcasm?
Anyway, some pics.
We also got people to leave us messages on our camcorder which we’ll watch when we move and are feeling nostalgic.
Mark, his step dad Ron, his mum Brenda, Oliver and me.
Mark’s Uncle Gerry and Aunt Iris:
Mark’s friend from uni John and his girlfriend Jane, who got us a wicked vintage Monopoly set with the proper British street names and utilities – excellent!
We also had the priviledge of Emma and Mark from Wales coming to the party and staying over, which made it an even better weekend (why don’t I have a photo of them?!). This morning, we all took the dog out for a walk and ate party food leftovers for lunch before they left. Also it forced us to clean the house, though post-party you’d never know it.
Oh, crap. It’s October already!