Why celebrate? Why not celebrate!

Last Sunday was our friend’s birthday. Chester McMackin turned a youthful 84. So, Judi and I (and Lola in spirit!) decided to celebrate the occasion with our Facebook buddy – face to face rather than keyboard to keyboard. We got together at his favourite coffee spot in Hampton and shared stories, laughter and, of course, cake!

With twinkling eyes and the lilt of laughter in his voice, Chester regaled us with tales of his childhood and more. In other words, life in general.

His dramatic reading of the cleverly written (and dictated by Murphy the horse) tribute from Judi, accompanying the lovely framed portrait, had us and everyone else in the establishment in stitches!

And then the cake appeared – chocolate upon chocolate – causing the recipients (us) to ooohhh and aaahhhh appropriately in anticipation of the sweet delight – such are our peccadilloes.

Armed with a potentially lethal weapon, Chester divided the booty among us – and the party continued!

Not to be outdone by the ladies’ gifts to mark the occasion (framed photo from Judi, fresh homemade shortbread cookies from yours truly!), Chester presented each of us a treasure trove of fudge to take home. Who could resist?

Yep, it was a very good day. We wish our buddy “Chesterkins” a very Happy Birthday and hope we can all celebrate many, many more!


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  1. Doreen Pendgracs February 9, 2017 at 6:05 pm #

    Hi Ceci! How I wish I lived close enough to have joined in on that celebration! Chester looks and sounds like a great friend. And anyone who has a gift for his partygoers is tops in my book. Looks like there was plenty of sweets and treat to go around! Looking forward to seeing you soon.

    • Images by Ceci February 10, 2017 at 5:58 am #

      Thanks Doreen. Yes, Chester is a good friend and does make delectable fudge!

  2. Heather January 24, 2017 at 8:02 am #

    Ceci, your photos always gave me goosebumps, and now your lovely site is even lovelier! I will visit often with tea. Thank you .

    • Images by Ceci January 24, 2017 at 2:56 pm #

      Thank you Heather. High praise from you. Enjoy the tea!

  3. Judi Stiles January 17, 2017 at 4:38 pm #

    It was a wonderful morning with Chester on his best behaviour. We were on our best behaviour too because who would dare piss him off when he was wielding that giant carving knife and he knows how to use it! It’s a good thing we didn’t have a bigger cake because he probably would still have cut it into quarters and we each would have eaten one!!!
    Can you just imagine the stories that would flow if we lived close enough to join Chester every morning for Liars’ Club??!! Probably just as well we are at a safe (and ladylike) distance.
    So great to see my friends and celebrate a special milestone. However! as Chester said, it’s not whether we wake up in a good or a bad mood….it’s the fact that we wake up that makes every new day worth celebrating. Take care, dear friend❤😍

    • Images by Ceci January 17, 2017 at 5:32 pm #

      Thank you so much for your kind comments. So proud to call you my friend!

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