Birthday Reflections

It is my first birthday 'alone' and without my Grandmother, who was born on the same day as I.  During times when we weren't geographically close I would phone her to say Happy Birthday and she would say the same thing back to me.  She was my fraternal 'twin' of sorts (see here also).

AMW in Hong Kong circa late 1940's by GAW

And so we had a little birthday coffee party, my small boys and I.  And we did it in style, using one of Gran's beautiful table cloths that she acquired whilst on her big adventure in lands very very far from her native Glasgow, Scotland.

Birthday Coffee, 12 January 2011, Cari-Jane Hakes
This cloth is a thing of beauty.  I think all the counted thread work and embroidery must have been done by hand.  I'm only sorry I couldn't starch it into crispness and flatness - the way Gran used to do.

Detail, tablecloth, Cari-Jane Hakes
My little boys amused me by finding faces and characters in the flowers - just like I used to do when I was little, gathered round a table, my Gran at one end, my Grandpa at the other.

Bon Anniversaire Mamie from another land far far from Glasgow.