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Monday, January 11, 2016

Happy 70th Birthday

We attended a very special birthday party in the weekend.  John is a member of our SLG and had reached the grand old age of 70.  (Gulp, it can’t be that old, didn’t I turn 70 a wee while ago?)  We joined John and Jan, their family, and lots of friends at the Summerset Village where they now reside, for a lovely afternoon.

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Birthday Cake

John’s birthday cake reflected his Scottish heritage and featured the Gunn clan motto - "Aut Pax Aut Bellum" which means "Either peace or war".  Incidentally, I am also part of the Gunn clan, as I discovered during a previous trip to Scotland.  John comes down the Jamieson line, while I am descended through the Wilson line.  Which really means that John and I are long lost cousins, I guess.  That’s what I tell him, anyway.

A few speeches were made, the birthday cake was cut, and photos taken.  So here is one of our SLG friends there to help John celebrate his birthday.  Almost a full house, with just one away with a previous commitment.

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Happy Birthday John, from your SLG friends

Platters of delicious nibbles kept arriving, sandwiches, savouries, tasty little meat balls, and lovely plates of sweet treats.  As we nibbled, and chattered, I recognised one of John’s friends in another part of the hall.  Who was he?  I was sure  I knew him from somewhere, but just couldn’t quite remember where.  Finally I approached him and we went through various scenarios, work places, clubs, neighbourhoods.  Finally we cracked it – he had worked for Post Office Headquarters in Wellington, as both Robin and I had, in our earlier working life.   I’m pleased we sorted that out.


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