Thursday, February 6, 2014

A big 70 bash in Australia

Talk about being busy as a bee. So many happenings,distractions included,since last Christmas.My apologies to friends out there who have visited my blog and found me quiet (of which I was not!). Thanks dear blogging friend, Ram for your concern. Thankfully, it had all good endings and now I present one that took us to Australia for 2 weeks over. It was a a big bash to celebrate my sis in law's 70th, bringing together rellies,young and old and her close friends, all 39 of us. The celebration will stay in our hearts for a long time. Age is just a number and we should celebrate each year, in your own way,as an accomplishment. So cheers to your good health and well-being too! For now, I share with you the wonderful time we had at Lennox Head where we gathered under a red tent to toast to a lovely lady, all of 70.

In Casino, NSW  - several days before the party  we  made a special trip a  up north to check on the house. Busied ourselves plucking  strawberry mangoes ( real yum!)  that dangled low and forlorn. Not anymore when we relished them daily.
All quiet  before the family members turned up. 
Up early for a morning farmers' market in Ballina . Brilliant heliconias to brighten the house for the birthday. 
The welcoming colour of red. Brawny and browned men  putting up the tent . Headland of Lennox Head is on the far right of picture.
Inviting and ready to greet guests
I liked the surprise. To start off the party at 6 pm  a couple of  Indian musicians  played on the grassy slopes  facing the sea, waves lapping as we sipped champagne . Later the DJ took over and a 'cook'  sang favourite songs for the birthday girl. Good ol' Pavarotti wasn't forgotten. 

Not exactly the Bollywood kind of pose but this will do! Ready to party when dusk set in.
A day after the party, all trouped into a bus chartered to take us on a carefree outing. The young and young at heart  braved the sun to indulge in  Dream World, Gold Coast. Forget your cares - get onto the gold rush , feel the rush of adrenaline as we swooped down  and screamed our lungs out! Great!
A majestic sight to behold. The Bengal tiger, Ravi with his trainer slurping all the milk goodness at Tiger World event. What strength - man and tiger! But tiger wins, of course.
A lovely picnic area set up another day after the party. Another wonderful day of great company and food.  
Enjoying good company with free flow of  wine to quench one's thirst!

A birthday gift by one of the grandchildren, aged 12. Lovely capture of the lawn , the clumps of trees that stand like sentinels and the blue sea and sky  beyond. We promise to come again, Lennox Head.


  1. Hi Keats, great holiday, it must be very nice to have picnic by the beach, love you are ready to party pic, you look good.

  2. You sure know how to party, Keats! How lovely to see all the bright, happy, loving faces! A good birthday celebration in the company of loved ones, for sure!

  3. Well well well ! That's one super fantastic birthday bash in Oz'Land ! Wonderful pictures. And welcome back to blogland :)

  4. Lovely photos....and that painting is beautiful.


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