Because this little cutie turns 70 today!
And, apparently, I’m not the only one who thinks he’s cute …
His little girl cousin was quick to sneak in a cuddle, I think possibly when he was on his way to the outhouse!
Who is this adorable child?
It’s my Dad – known on this blog as The Male Giver!
HAPPY 70th BIRTHDAY DAD!!
I hope you have the most fabulous day today at our small family lunch at one of our favourite restaurants by the sea.
But, first, I’m trying to find a common theme in these next pictures:
Dad feeding some calves on the farm,
Dad hugging a cat and patting a dog at the same time,
Dad hugging another dog,
Dad being the “Lone Ranger” on a gorgeous horse,
Dad patting a fluffy black dog next to his cousin, with his Dad (my Grandpa) poking his head out of the lovely old car’s window.
Now where were we?
Oh, yes, a theme.
Need a few more clues?
How about Dad, a little older, hugging a lamb and a calf,
Or Dad posing with a lamb, his Mum (my Nanny) and his younger brother (my uncle).
Yes, you guessed it!
Dad thinks animals are the best!
He has always believed that all animals are to be loved and respected – and rescued!
Another of Dad’s great loves?
And, apparently, his Dad’s clothes …
No, only joking, Dad … I’m sure this was the height of fashion back in the day!
Anyway, life marches along, doesn’t it?
All too soon, Dad was off the farm and earning a name for himself in high school as a highly regarded “Head Prefect”.
He particularly excelled in English at school and went on to have a distinguished career in journalism.
Ever humble, Dad won’t have talk that he was revered as a journalist by his peers, but I saw it first hand.
Everybody at work loved him and greatly admired his talent – and I annoy him all the time by telling stories to his grandchildren about those days.
For all his incredible skill and many great achievements in his working life as a journalist, deep down I think Dad would love to have stayed on the farm and cared for animals.
But, meeting the love of his life kind of made up for all that … and, boy, was he happy!!
And the rest, as they say, is history …
Here’s Dad and Mum on their wedding day with my Australian grandparents and my Scottish grandparents – a kinder, more loving bunch of people you couldn’t find!
Awwwwww! So romantic … and just look at my cute cousins at the front.
Then there were road trips with their dog (of course, there was a dog!)
This particular road trip looks like a precursor to our many and varied camping trips around Australia when we were kids – minus the macaroni hanging from the tent roof after a particularly bad storm!
Then there were children – first my sister (so cute!) …
Then little ‘ol me!
Then, there was a house to be built – and family to invite … (that’s Dad younger sister, second from the left)
(How’s the amazing get up on the lady in the centre of the picture? Ahhh! the Seventies!!)
Here’s what my Nanny (in the blue and white chequered coat above) wrote to my Dad on the back of this picture:
But, goodness, did Mum and Dad eventually finish it. Their mutual love of gardening kicked in and the garden at that house, my first family home, became the most amazing, original Oasis!
So, in conclusion, Dad, as you stand here with your two beloved older brothers and your proud Dad, thanks for absolutely everything! And may you have a well-deserved, hard-earned 70th birthday celebration like no other!
I know you are not really one for mushiness, but you know there’s no avoiding it – so here goes – The Female Giver, The Crazy Dog Lady, The Ambo, The Beautiful, Brainy Bomber, The Musician/Gardener Extraordinaire!, The Mad Cat Woman, The Committee, Teddy, Tottie, Mullen, Hamish, Meg, Fergus, Paddy, Jet, Slinky, Dee Dee, Casper, Tigger, Oscar and the fish all love you very much and are sooooo grateful to have you in their lives!
There, you go, mushy done. (It wasn’t so bad!)
And, now, it’s time to settle back, relax and have a great day!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HERBIE (as your brothers would say)!!!