Nick and I hadn't really been planning anything particular for his birthday which is tomorrow, but I decided somewhat spontaneously to have a gathering this evening - just a casual 'bring a plate' (which means, bring a plate with food on it as we South Africans had to learn). The party expanded to 14 adults and 11 kids...quite a houseful but what fun. After tea we drifted into the lounge for some music and singing - we were missing a few instruments (ahem, flautist and trombonist - note to take instruments to Clevelys always) but made a joyful noise with three guitars, the violin, and a few percussion bits including The Spoons which Liz is mastering.
It was good to have Kelsi and James with us - Kelsi is Aaron's teacher as of Term 4, and Kelsi brought two amazing chocolate birthday cakes. Pity that the weather turned a little chilly after a sunny afternoon, but the kids didn't seem to mind and played touch rugby until it got dark.