Sunday, October 21, 2018

Lazy Sunday in France, Ed's 18th birthday

French Village Diaries #LazySundayinFrance 18th birthday Martin O'Neill
The birthday boy

The last time I posted a Lazy Sunday in France post, it was September and my birthday. I can’t believe how quickly the last five weeks have gone, now it’s October and we’ve celebrated Ed’s birthday too. In fact, I can’t believe where the last 18 years have gone, but here are a few pictures from Ed’s 18thbirthday bash on Friday night. Happy Birthday Ed. 

French Village Diaries #LazySundayinFrance 18th birthday Martin O'Neill
Birthday beer

Things to include for a French village style 18thbirthday celebration:

Food and drink – it was in the bar, so there was no risk of us running out of drink and they put together a tasty selection of apero nibbles too.

French Village Diaries #LazySundayinFrance 18th birthday Martin O'Neill
The speech

Embarrassing photos and speech – well, it wouldn’t be a Brown event without a slide show presentation and what better way to mark 18 years than lots of cute baby photos, funny dressing-up photos, the annual back to school pictures and plenty of cool guitar pictures too. Also important were a few words from Mum and Dad about how proud we are, valiantly read out in French by Adrian, to the awe (and amusement of our French friends).

French Village Diaries #LazySundayinFrance 18th birthday Martin O'Neill
Music

Music – I’m guessing not everyone is the entertainment for their own birthday party, but with a bit of help from Adrian, and a lively karaoke session too, we certainly had good music.

French Village Diaries #LazySundayinFrance 18th birthday Martin O'Neill
The cake

Cake with candles – expertly made by me and decorated by Adrian. This shot really does show it in its best light.

French Village Diaries #LazySundayinFrance 18th birthday Martin O'Neill
Karaoke

Friends – oh yes! The translation of the name of our village bar is ‘between mates’ and we were lucky to gather together some good friends from the village to help us celebrate, many of whom have watched Ed grow up over the last fourteen years.

As we said on Friday, whatever you do in the future Ed, and wherever life takes you, we hope that you won’t be afraid of taking risks, that you’ll be happy and that you will never forget growing up in our quirky little French village.

Photos thanks to village photographer Martin O’Neill, always out and about with his camera slung over his shoulder, but equally happy to do family photo shoots in his studio and host photography workshops from his gîte. For more information see his website here.