CSaturday 2 May 2015
Earl insisted that I make a guacamole so he went off early to get me the avos. Before breakfast I prepared the crudités. We had fried eggs and bacon for breakfast.
Lauren, Shannon and I got to Ann’s at 12:30 to set up our part of the eats. Lauren had been there helping all yesterday afternoon.
Ann’s house is the perfect venue for al fresco. She has a large semi enclosed stoop and a huge lawn. Table and chairs with umbrellas were set up and everything looked beautiful. There was a slight breeze blowing and it was overcast but not too cold. It was better than having an boiling hot day!
There were over 80 guests and everyone fitted in very well. It was a hugely successful party. I managed to stick to the banting as there were plenty of the right foods to eat. What fun we had catching up with old friends and family that we haven’t seen for ages.
Each of Andrew’s five children gave a speech. This is the first time that I have ever heard them speak at any of their parents’ celebrations. And they were fantastic. Glynis couldn’t make it so she asked Lauren to read hers. I set up a Skype connection so that she and Barbara’s sister Diane could watch the proceedings. .
Others also gave brief speeches and we were all in fits of laughter at what some had to say about Andrew’s early days.
I have known Andrew for over 30 years and thought I knew everything about him. He was a farmer and the pastor of his church but I did not realise how many charities he was and still is involved in. He has affected so many lives.
People started leaving from about 4 onwards but Barbara asked us to stay for soup – delicious butternut soup which ended the day of feasting well.
Everybody helped to provide the eats for the party but Ann, the youngest of Andrew’s children hosted us at her home. I could see that she was anxious that everything went well and but she needn’t have worried – everything was perfect and she was an amazing hostess. Thanks Ann for making sure we had an unforgettable celebration of Andrews truly wonderful eighty years.