Wednesday, May 20, 2020

A Significant Day....


Today is my Mother-In-Laws 90th birthday.....  we were supposed to be on holiday in UK to celebrate with her but of course all these plans have been delayed..

Now I have to admit I hit the jackpot with my in laws.... both lovely people who accepted me straight away and have always, always been so supportive

Here they are on me and Hubz' wedding day... looking very smart


Dad passed away in 1994, a very painful cancer but Mum kept him at home and cared for him there right to the end.... 


loyal, faithful, stoic

Mum was born and bred in Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe but after both her sons and families had left the country due to the economic changes etc she moved to UK.... a huge move for someone who never wanted to leave her homeland

This is her wedding day.... 1952


This is just before I married in 1979.....


.. and here is Mom and Dad with my 4 children.... 1988


Mom lives independently in units, where she runs the Bingo and also cares for a number of the other 'elderly' residents.  Covid has meant she has to restrict her walks down to the shops, where she has her hair done each week, and visits the greengrocer etc as well a stroll by the sea.  But she keeps up with folk through the phone. 


Technology has changed so much but mum has made the effort to use it so that we can keep in touch.  We will be doing a group video later in the day to link up Aus and UK families.

It's a real pity that she can't even have tea and cake with her son and DIL who live nearby today.... but of course we will celebrate together as soon as we can....

Of course I made a quilt.... I will show you in the next post!

Righto, Gotto Go.... wine to be chilled .....


19 comments:

WoolenSails said...

What wonderful photos of you MIL and so hard with birthdays and holidays we couldn't celebrate together. We are able to see the boys again, the kids need a break so we take them out to give them time to relax and we avoid hugging and kissing, as much as I miss their hugs.

Debbie

Cheryll said...

Neither your MIL or you Fiona... have changed very much over the years.
Lovely tribute to her birthday & life so far...xox

loulee said...

Lovely photos. How nice that you get on. I must admit, I get on well with my MiL too.
Hope you enjoy your catch up later and a real life catch up very soon.

Jennifer said...

Best wishes you your lovely mum-in-law, Fiona! Hopefully it won't be too long until she can celebrate her milestone day the way it should be celebrated.

Karen's Korner said...

A lovely tribute to your MIL. Wishing her a very happy 90th.

Maria said...

Enjoyed seeing your lovely post to celebrate your MILs 90th birthday... a great lady....

Julie said...

A lovely tribute post to your Mum in law Fiona. Happy Birthday to her - she sounds like a great lady. 90 is very special xx

White Rose said...

Hi Fiona what a lovely post about your MIL,Dave looks so much like her I loved the pics especially her wedding day pic,such a beautiful couple. Oh Fiona you look so young to young to be getting married lol,Thankyou for sharing your special photos and memories with us ,stay safe and take care my friend xx

Lin said...

How lovely! And so sad that you can not be with her. But I hope that she had a Happy Birthday. Great post. xx

Karen S said...

She sounds like a delightful lady. It is a shame you cannot be with her, but everyone understands that. Enjoy your group chat.

Chrissie said...

Birthday wishes to your MiL, wonderful that she enjoys her outings. So sad that plans have to be changed but we too have a weekly family skype chat with Mum, not the same but next best thing. Enjoy your chat xcx

The Joyful Quilter said...

Happy birthday to your Mum!!

Chantal said...

Happy birthday to your MIL. I hope I'll still be that smart when I reach that age. Wow. ;^)

Janice said...

A wonderful milestone for your MIL to reach. She sounds like a great lady. I’m sure you will all make the best of being together through technology. It will be a birthday celebration you will all remember.

kiwikid said...

You have a lovely collection of photos of your mother in law Fiona. It sounds like she is a compassionate lovely lady. Hopefully you can all get together safely in the future. Reaching 90 is a wonderful milestone.

Sue SA said...

Sad for you that your missing out on a lovely chance to see family and friends overseas, but glad that modern technology offers a alternative option.

Louise said...

I'm so glad you have such a wonderful relationship with your MIL! She sounds smart, capable and loving. Happy birthday, Ma'am!

Raewyn said...

A lovely post for your MIL Fiona. It sounds like she is very special lady. How heartbreaking you aren't on your trip to visit but we're so luck with modern communications. Hopefully the day comes that you can visit in the near-ish future?

Michelle Ridgway said...

Those are wonderful photos! Such courage to leave a home you love at her age. I think you are also so courageous to have done it. I love the beautiful wedding photo and the one of the very young you....Gorgeous! I am very late commenting.....and the quilt you made was beautiful!

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