Sunday, March 27, 2011

Mum's 80th :)

Hi all and I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend :) I wanted to do a quick post as this time last weekend I was in Sydney celebrating my mum's (that's mom's for most of you ;) 80th Birthday, we took a heap of shots but seeing I didn't get image releases signed by all family & friends (just kidding) I just wanted to share a couple of moments anyways... 
It really was a bit like Babette's Feast, we do not eat like this all the time believe me, more likely a home cooked meal or a fish & chip dinner wrapped in newspaper if it's take-out, but this was special, this was magic, My beautiful mother was an only child, well loved but never had an easy life, although I have never heard her complain, and she actually exudes peace & joy, she and the love of her life (my father Frank) had 5 children, and we lost my father and my younger sister Bernice when I was still in high school... it was devastating, mum kept our family together while the banks banged at the door and she keep us fed and well cared for sewing into the wee small hours to pay the bills with the support of her mother & a (very) small circle of friends. My mother is inspirational, she gives freely, is strong, doesn't sweat the small stuff, is humble, she knows how to party, she is a legend, adores her family & I love her!
We had high tea at Sydney Harbour with little sandwiches, petite cakes & champers... the Opera House was our backdrop & although I got there half hour early & I parked 3 minutes away, I have no sense of direction so mum & I arrived exhausted 45 minutes later after getting lost & met the rest of the gang!! We went for a drink in a 'pop' up organic restaurant & bar (made out of empty shipping containers) on the wharf after stuffing ourselves, it's all recycled, glasses are jam jars & check out the pic below to see what they serve the almonds in... 
Next day became a comedy of errors when my youngest brother Pauly (our designated driver for the day) took us to the wrong restaurant while the rest of the party waited on the other side of the city to say "Surprise" as mum walked in... mmm... I just assumed he knew where he was going, & brother Terry & sister Paulette assumed I had told Paul about the change of venue... we even took photos outside of the other restaurant before we were told there was no booking in any of the 8 names we gave them LOL, the queue was bunching behind us & Pauly was standing with the cake trying to give it to the maitre d'...
We laughed all the way to the next restaurant, yep 30 minutes of idiocy... man it was fun ;)




18 comments:

New End Studio said...

Sounds like a memorable weekend and birthday gathering! Happy Belated Birthday!

Felicity said...

Oh how wonderful Shelle.
Your Mum looks absolutely amazing and I love the photos of the two of you together.
The little snippet of David Bromley from the side of the shipping container made me smile almost as much as when I spied the delicious food that you (eventually) got to eat!

Reading this I now know why you are the wonderful person that you are and I hope that you enjoy many more years with your gorgeous Mum.

xx Felicity

jenny said...

Sounds like a wonderful weekend Shelle... gorgeous photos... you made me laugh out loud at your sense of direction.... sounds like someone I know....mmmm and then the other restaurant... how funny... happy birthday to your mum... she sounds like a very special lady :)))

Hugs
Jenny x

Marlene said...

Happy Birthday to your Mum, I only can hope I look that good when I am 80. She sounds like an amazing woman. The food looks delicious.

Linda in New Mexico said...

Happy Birthday to your Mum. Your story sounds unforgetable and looks like a good time was had by all. Golly what a lovely backdrop to a lovely if not "bouncing location" time. The Olde Bagg, Linda

Magic Love Crow said...

Shelle, your mom looks amazing! I love her smile! I am soooooooooo happy you guys had so much fun and so much adventure ;o) BIG HUGS!!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Shelle, your Mom sounds like a wonderful person who was blessed with a wonderful family! What a fun day you had--made all the more special with the little blips! I sure she, you and your siblings will treasure this day forever. Btw, tell your Mom "Happy Birthday" and she does not look 80!

Maggi said...

How fun, happy birthday to your mom! She is gorgeous!

Carolyn or Connee said...

Even with all the mix ups it sounds like you were having a wonderful time. Your Mom looks great hope we all age like she does...Happy Birthday...we were celebrating our Granddaughter's birthday on the 26th of this month...what fun.

tanglefrost said...

Sounds like you and your family had a truly wonderful (if at times crazy) time celebrating your precious Mum's 80th Birthday. All of it sounded truly amazing and so special too! What a fantastic way to celebrate the life of such an inspirational lady!!
Hugs xxxx

Purple Pony Art said...

Happy birthday to your mom! What a milestone and a great way to celebrate even if there was a hiccup! At least everyone and the cake arrived at the same place eventually :-) Have a good week Shelle!

Misty Boston said...

So VERY sweet!!!! I'm sure your mom had a blast! :D

Mina said...

Happy birthday to your beautiful mum! What a wonderful time.

Magaly Guerrero said...

A moment (or 30 minutes) of silliness is good for the soul. Your mom looks so happy!

Sunshineshelle said...

Thank you all for those wonderful comments :) I told mum & forwarded all your good thoughts sweet comments on (actually read each & every one over the phone to her) & she was thrilled especially when I mentioned how many people thought she was gorgeous!!! Mum's wrinkles only seem to enhance her beaming smile, she lives each day to the full, has given up swearing for lent (although I think 'bugger' is her strongest swear word, & if you don't say 'bugger' your not really Austrailian LOL) and the reason why is is so adored by those who know her is because she has always given her love, advice, support & time and never expected anything in return... but she got it anyway... our endless gratitude & love. I swear ;)

Janet Bocciardi said...

Isn't family great?! Love the "perfectness" of the celebration. : )

Thanks for stopping by earlier to remind me to ck in, too!

Sunshineshelle said...

Ha ha, perfect warts & all!! That weekend was pure gold, pleased you called by ;)

Mariette said...

Happy 80th + 5 weeks for you Mum! She looks indeed happy.
Thanks for your comment and I follow you...

Lots of love,

Mariette

PS My God daughter is in your area now... from The Netherlands, visiting.