Thank you everyone for all your lovely comments and good wishes for Colin's birthday. Here is the birthday boy himself taken on Saturday evening.
We had a good day my brother and I. We went to the local pub where many an hour had been passed over the years. We did the traditional thing – 'put the world to rights', talked the hind leg off a donkey, all that sort of stuff. Back to his place for food and wine and watched the seriously funny Rikki Fulton dvd of The Reverend I.M.Jolly and friends. If you were not lucky enough to be brought up in Scotland during late 70s and 80s you might just have missed out on the great Mr Fulton and this amazingly funny Reverend who used to come on TV at New Year as a gentle mocking of the late call programme that was on television at the time.
We couldn't have thought of a better way to end our day of reminiscences and laughs. We were together, we were the kids who had stayed up late to watch that tv show all those years ago, it was like a bolt from the past. the strange thing was, we had popped into a charity shop en route to the pub and found this dvd for a couple of pounds.
We parted with hugs and smiles, and of course tears on my part, cause that's just me really.
I move on to see my friend Madge. This is a VERY special lady indeed. Madge used to live next door to me when I grew up. She had two daughters who were just a year of so younger than me. While I was friends with the girls, Madge was my hero. Madge was my Mum really in many respects. She was rock of my teenage years, the one I went to for help, advice, friendship and laughs. She was always there for me whatever happened, and that love has never faded over all the years. We are still as close as ever and catch up where we left off whenever we see each other.
Well this time I had the whole night at Madge's, I had a sleepover just like Idgy and her friends were doing over in Ayrshire. It was the most perfect night of catch up. Even the early start in the morning, gotta get up at 7.30am to have an hour and a half more chat before driving back to collect Idgy from her party.
Drive home in the brightening sunshine, and yes I did have to stop at Tesco to buy bacon and rolls etc, for only some things help a well-worth-the-effort hangover – a bacon roll and a mug of tea!