This is the house of Emma and Charles,
who live near us here in SW France,
and this is where we are today.....
..... and here are Emma and Charles.....
...... and this is part of their garden....
...... which is where you find me and Lester, and lots of other people too...
(I am wearing a red frock and Lester is sitting beside me...)
..... and here we are again, me playing the accordion and Lester playing his guitar...
....and we are playing background music while the guests mix and mingle...
... then it is a merry sing song from a local French / English choir
to whom Emma used to belong,
which was in another time,
when she was well....
and then 'Happy Birthday' is joyously sung,
and a chocolate cake is presented to her,
with candles on top, of course,
for her to blow out,
which she does...
and now it is time for the 'eats', which is a 'bring and share' meal.
Everyone has excelled themselves.
It is a very special occasion.
Emma is sixty today,
and we are helping her share the years she has lived.
Full of food and wine, and after more music from Emma's cousins,
Lester and I finish off the afternoon with a few songs.
It was a lovely birthday party,
full of shared laughter.
Emma has MND.