Friday, May 16, 2008

Happy Birthday Mum!

Today is mum's 90th birthday! She has survived the Blitz, having lived in Clapham during the WW2 where she worked as a clippie on the London buses, often leading them with a lamp during pea-soupers. She also had one of the "missing believed killed in action" letters, and believed herself to be a widow for some two years before eventually being notified that dad was a P.O.W. in Italy.

She has also survived two husbands, five heart attacks and diabetes, and although she has Alzheimers seems to be in a much more gentle decline than MIL, being able still to live in her own home albeit with support. Long may it continue.

What else can I tell you about her? She was from a large family ( 3 boys, 10 girls ) and on Sunday her seven surviving sisters and two brothers are all getting together for Sunday Lunch. Can you imagine seven sisters, all octogenarians, the tales they tell are amazing and I am so looking forward to being with them all.

She loves her garden. And she has absolutely no sense of humour whatsoever!!!!!

Here are a few photos over the years.

Mum and Dad September 29th 1938

With Grandad in the background, bridesmaid and best man. Auntie Betsy will be there Sunday.

Mum and I circa 1960 at Swallow Falls

Mum at our wedding in 1981

Mum and dad's Golden Wedding in 1988 with my brother and SIL, DD and DS1

Mum's second wedding in 1991. They were very happy together for five years.

Mum's 80th birthday

Mum wearing a Colinette Tagliatelle cardigan. We chose the pattern and yarn together on her 88th birthday at the Colinette Mill Shop.

And finally one of my favourite photos, mum with DD in her garden last September.

Mum loves her garden. My brother and I are taking her out quietly for lunch today, I do hope it stops raining soon. I just have flowers and balloon to collect before I leave.

Happy Birthday mum!


Auntie Noo said...

Happy Birthday to you Mum - the photos are wonderful. :)

Auntie Noo said...

ooops - that'd be YOUR mum! tee hee

Jacky said...

What a lovely post, so many fantastic photos, wishing your mum a lovely birthday and that you all have a great day.

LadybirdLinz (:i:) said...

A really lovely post about an equally lovely lady. :D
Here's to your Mum and a very Happy 90th Birthday.

Queen of the froggers said...

Have a lovely day. I did like to see the old photos. Happy birthday to your Mum.

ambermoggie said...

here's wishing your mum a very happy birthday:)

pictish said...

What a fantastic story Joy!!! She is an amazing woman. And lovely to see those pics of her.

Hope she has a great day today!!!!

kathryn said...

Happy Birthday to your Mum! I hope you have a lovely day together.

They're lovely photos and a lovely story.

gilraen said...

Happy birthday to MummyJoy!! :)

Have a wonderful time Joy I know you will treasure every moment :)

Janice said...

Happy Birthday to your mum :-D Hope you all had a lovely day today. And thank you Joy for shring your photos of your lovely mum.

Janice xx

Linda said...

Happy Birthday to your mum, Joy! She's a remarkable woman. :0) I love the photographs you've posted and I bet the lunch on Sunday will be very interesting - I'd like to be a fly on the wall to hear the stories they'll be exchanging. :0)

Hope you all have a wonderful time - and give your mum a hug from me. x

dreamcatcher said...

A very happy birthday to your mum! What amazing photos, I bet the get-together will be quite something. Hope you all have had a lovely day! And glad you are feeling better too.