Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Zia Christina's Surprise Birthday Party!

Edited 25/03: I've deleted the photos from the party, as I didn't want to keep them up for too long (not having asked everyones permission if it was OK to have photos of them on the net!)

My mum's auntie (zia Christina) turned 80 on 25 February. We had a surprise birthday party for her at The Lodge in Loch Lomond. Just about everything went according to plan in the end ;-) and everyone had a lovely time. :)

So, mostly for anyone we know who reads this blog (relatives in Italy mainly), here are a few photos I took. Though I'm sure Fede & Aldo's pictures will be much better, whenever they get around to developing them. :)

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Zia C was surprised enough as it was when she arrived just with the few relatives she spotted first: but look at the expression on her face when she notices everyone else at the back, including her son who she thought was still in Italy. Aldo had actually called her (on my mobile!) just before she left, to wish her a happy birthday and to express how sorry he was that he couldn't be with her on her 80th b'day. She bought it. ;-)

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Lots of (happy) tears! Shame these two photos didn't come out -- hopefully Federica's will have come out better (she's in front of me snapping away). :)

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Even zia C's best friend and neighbour in Italy, Angelina, (on the left) made it!

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The only photo of Loch Lomond I ended up taking! The weather was really lovely all day - no rain at all.

I came across this one the other day of zia C, my mum and nonna, in Filignano circa 1950-51. I love these old photos. :)


Redwitch said...

Awww, lovely photos, it looks like a great family gathering :)(Love both Italy and Loch Lomond, so great post for me!)

Anonymous said...

Looks like you all had a wonderful time Tina! Thanks for sharing the photos :)

Garden of Life looks lovely too - congratulations!

Nicki said...

What a great time it looks - how lovely for her. Thanks for sharing! :)

Eleni said...

Tina!!!! I'm glad it all went to WELL and that your aunt was truly surprised ... congratulations on th finish as well!!! :D

stitcherw said...

Great pictures, it looks like everyone had a wonderful time. I'm so glad that it worked out as planned.

Viviana said...

What a great day! E augurissimi alla zia Cristina!

Laura said...

I noticed all your pictures show people sitting around a big table and smiling...so it is true Italians love to have their legs under a table with good wine and nice food...you are lucky to have such a nice family!!!

elenamac said...

I'm arrive too late for see the pics but i'm sure your Zia was so happy about your surprise party!!!
We done one from my Nonna last november and she was so happy to have her birthday celebrate with all the family ( a part of it)