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In 1977 we hired our first narrowboat from Anglo Welsh at Market Harborough.From that moment our destiny was set. In 2006 we finally purchased our own brand new 57' narrowboat which we named 'Free Spirit'. Our aim is to travel the length and breadth of all the navigable rivers and canals of the UK. This will be our story as it unfolds.

Monday 22 October 2012

A great weekend

For weeks now emails had been sent backward and forward from various family members regarding Ian's surprise 60th birthday gift. We had contemplated a skydive, something Ian always wanted to do, but I was the one who put a stop to that sugestion. There were the usual boys toys adventure days but in the end we all agreed that go carting would be the most fun for Ian, as well as family members who wanted to have a go. So on Sunday morning we left Colin's  to go to the Daytona Go Cart center. Ian was thrilled with his surprise and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. I would have loved to have had a go but looking at the size of the go cart seats, decided that my bum was definitely to big to fit in!!! So I became official photographer instead.

From L to R:- Chris ( brother-in-law ) Kevin ( son-in-law ), Shelia ( sister ), Iwona ( daughter-in-law ), Colin ( son ) and finally Ian, ( birthday boy )

Helmet did'nt look to comfortable.

Ian in car No 5

Out of the 6 family members taking part, Ian came in 3rd. Kevin was 1st followed by Colin. Iwona 4th, Chris 5th and finally Mrs slow coach herself Shelia.
Also as a treat we took Ian to a Thai restaurant.  Unbeknown to us all, but arranged by Colin and Christine, a cake was presented to Ian after the meal. I couldn't believe the work that had gone into making the cake. You would have thought it had been made by a professional but everything you see was made by our daughter Christine. I didn't even know she could bake like that. I think she should have a career change and start baking instead.

Christine wanted to show in the cake decoration what dad had done throughout his life. The silver circles on the side depicts gas turbine blades ( Ian's job was in Gas turbines ) The tape measure and spanner to show how handy he is to have around, our boat as his retirement and the only thing missing from the man sitting on the cake, was the ball hanging out of his pocket  ( Ian walks round with the cork ball from the boat keys always protruding from his pocket. ) She said she had made one but it kept falling off, so the idea was abandoned

Me with my usual large glass of wine


KevinTOO said...

Belated Birthday Greetings Ian.
Looks like you had a great day :)
Best wishes,
Kevin & Harry

Bill Allsopp said...

Happy Birthday Ian!

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