Saturday, 17 July 2010

Jo's 40th

Aren't I a lucky bunny? More parties to go to! We met Jo and her husband Rabbah at NCT antenatal classes when we were both expecting for the first time. They now have three boys to their name. Mel thinks it is great to spend time with a gang of boys, as he is somewhat outnumbered at home.

We drove up to the community hall, where Jo had put on a fantastic spread. It was lovely to see everyone again. There was a bouncy castle in the garden for the kids, which they instantly gravitated towards.
We tied the dog up outside with the kids, which worked for a while.


We did a lot of mingling, eating, making friends and chatting, followed by most of the washing-up while Jo wasn't looking. There was cake and singing. Jo's dad hobbled round on his walking stick, looking the spitting image of Jo, just 20 years older. The kids ran in and out. Pal got bored and chewed through his lead, in about three minutes flat, so he had to go and sit in the car. This is why we need to buy chain-link leads, and not rope-based or leather ones. He's got very sharp teeth.

There were a lot of kids there, and at some point they must have decided to get silly. Kids do that. Mel announced that someone had thrown his shoe into the bushes. Nick searched in vain for it, even going out onto the road outside. Eventually, he mentioned it had been thrown into the tall trees making up the hedge.... from the top of the bouncy castle slide. Looking up... there, stuck in the trees a good 20 feet up, was Mel's shoe.

They say necessity is the mother of invention. Well, we cobbled together a shoe-retrieval-device made from parcel-tape, two skylight-hooks, a walking pole and Jo's dad's walking stick.

Being creative with parcel tape.

We used a golfing umbrella as a shoe catcher to stop said shoe falling into the undergrowth and disappearing into the ditch below. Finally, we balanced 6'4" Nick on a box and made him stretch to poke the footwear out of the tree.

The Mark II worked well.

The Mark II (with an extra skylight-hook attached) worked perfectly, and the shoe plopped neatly into the up-turned umbrella. How cool are we?

Catching the shoe.

We celebrated with all the adults having a go on the bouncy castle.

Jo on the slide.

Nick managed to split his trousers, but fortunately they were loose ones and no-one noticed. He does have a hole the size of the USA in them, and I suspect they are beyond repair.

And a good time was had by all!

Nick on the slide.

1 comment:

  1. It was wonderful to have you come up for the day - I had a great time. Thank you... and also for sneekily doing the washing up. The shoe saga was most entertaining and, no I certainly didn't notice Nick's hole in the trousers. Perhaps he hasn't got a huge friction burn the size of his entire bottom like me... Clearly, a floaty summer dress is not the thing to wear when bouncing down an inflatable slide!


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