Each time I attend a family birthday tea, I can't help noticing, that as a family, we are increasing in size. My dear cousin Sarah has been adding to the numbers with her adorable children, my little cousins are not so little and now have partners. Other families, due to the partners, have been joining us, and now it seems all pets are welcome too.
It was my aunts birthday tea at the weekend, and two dogs and a cat joined the equation. A Bull Mastiff, a black cat and an eleven stone St Bernard were all there to wish my aunt a happy birthday. Animals and humans took over my aunts lounge, kitchen, garden and the shed. The dogs were placed in the shed after we'd said hello to them, as an eleven stone St Bernard is quite intimidating for a four year old, a two year old and an eight month old baby. Not to mention the fact they could be very easily squashed if the dog became too excitable.
"Is he a dog or a donkey?" was my mothers reaction to Joe, the rather large St Bernard. "And how much food does he get through? He must cost a fortune." My ever practical mum.
And talking of food, my aunts birthday spread was delicious. Pates, cheeses, sausages, salads, potatoes, sea food, it was all there for us to point at, nibble on, compliment and help ourselves to more of. Next came the desserts. Always a very popular part of the evening. Raspberries, strawberries, meringues, chocolate cheesecake, toffee pie, and a birthday cake in the shape of a caterpillar, smothered in chocolate and smarties. "For the kids benefit," my aunt insisted. But let's face it, a family birthday tea wouldn't be the same without a birthday cake. Especially one smothered in chocolate and smarties.
Picture of the day:
Meet the two newest additions to the family.