Erika's Birthday Party
Saturday 7th September 2013
The main event!
Erika's Birthday Party
Erika in the kitchen in the morning. I thought the tweed cap was appropriate given the setting.
I fed Erika her breakfast on the antique high chair, whilst watching CBeebies on the kitchen telly.
Dad put together a sort of improvised flower vase.
Erika likes drawer handles.
Erika in her party dress with Grandma, who looked after her for a lot of the morning while me and Chie were busy cooking.
Breakfast was a somewhat elongated affair!
The back of the house, gives a good impression of the scale of the place.
After Vera arrived, Dad giving her a bit of a tour.
Erika having some beauty sleep before the party.
Dad, Daniel and Vera on the sofa.
The table before we all sat down.
People milling about before we started eating.
...and now we're underway - me and Vera down one end of the table.
Katie sitting at the head of the table here, with Robin about to take a picture.
The other end of the table - Katie seems to have moved there now!
Picture of most people at the table (no Erika yet though - she was still sleeping!).
Vera eating some sushi.
...and finally Erika has made her entrance! Although it took her a little while to warm up after her nap.
She looks in more of a party mood now.
...and here's Jessica too! Nice to have all three of Vera's granddaughters in the shot.
Time for dessert!
Erika's birthday cake.
Love this picture of me and Erika blowing out her birthday candles.
Very nice picture of Vera.
Chie having some meringue (or is it birthday cake?).
Vera by the Aga.
Erika, her Gandad, and lots of balloons.
Jessica looking as if to say "yes I remember the crawling phase".
Dad having a bit of peace and quiet in the room at the end.
Vera still by the Aga.
All the girls!
Erika and Jessica playing with balloons.
Some of the grown-ups in the sitting room at the end.
Vera, Erika and Chie.
Mums and babies.
Time to open some birthday presents!
...although I think Erika enjoyed the labels more than the actual presents!
Erika in her new tweed coat Dad and Janie had made specially for her.
A bit big still - really looking forward to her growing into this!
Time for some group shots outside...
I think this might be the nicest of the three.
Me, Erika, Adrian and Mum. Not sure why she's crouching down here!
Daniel having a run around the garden. I think this is the only time the kids went outside all weekend!
Erika and Grandad as he was about to leave.
Some of the gents plus Erika, as we were waving Dad off.
...and some of the ladies. Very nicely framed.
William nd Katie playing with Erika and her new toys.
Erika in the garden.
Out for a walk around the surrounding area - here's the porch of the little church.
Not very good shot of the church.
Me in my tweed jacket, Erika sleeping, and the orchards.
Just above the river Wye here, although we couldn't get down to it.
On Monnington Walk.
On Monnington Walk in the other direction.
Not very well framed picture of me and Erika.
Erika wolfing down spaghetti at dinner.
Dinner with Adrian, Liz and the kids.
Erika getting ready for bed.