Here R is helping the BBQ man by backing his machine onto the cobble stones with our tractor.
People were very understanding about the weather knowing it was beyond our control.
A friend had set up his big gazebo around the front deck but the high winds made rain beat in the sides . 2 tables were set up there and some brave souls ate their meal there.
This is how it looked the day we put it up.
The garden had been looking quite bright and tidy but got a bit trashed.
R wasn't fussed about having a Birthday cake so I made lots of bliss balls and son arranged them and some marshmallows around the candles. R had a good time with all his friends and family around. I think the final tally was 46.( all managed to fit inside the house! )
Something I have learnt. There is no such thing as enough savoury eggs when you have lots of guests!
If there had been double this number they would have disappeared.
The young ones were a great help with the preparations and we just improvised as problems arose with mats by doors so folk wouldn't slip. I had never had hail bouncing in onto the lounge carpet before!
Today's weather is even worse .The wind is gale force. But we are lucky we have power. Lots of homes up in Auckland have been without power for 2 days.
As soon as it is fine again we will go back to work, as we have done all the tidying up except I have washing outstanding but that will keep.
Thank you to the bloggy friends who sent R birthday greetings.