Anne is not embarrassed by her age so I guess I can mention that the dinner I shouted last night at the New Sing Sing Chinese restaurant in Buranda was a 70th birthday celebration for her.
She arrived in a black dress adorned by a big red stole and with her hair fresh from the hairdresser. She brought her sister Merle and Merle's husband Ralph with her. Both are in poor health so drive only locally. Sister June was also there despite an attack of shingles. All three of Anne's sons turned up with partners and Byron of course brought along his two delightful little sons. I like to see children at a family gathering.
I ordered Dim Sims all round to get us started and everyone chose for themselves thereafter. I also supplied 3 bottles of champagne for toasting purposes and they all eventually went down. Everyone seemed pleased with their dinner. I had BBQ pork with plum sauce and vegetables. Anne had some prawn dish. Her daughter in law Bonnie brought along a chocolate birthday cake to the restaurant which we enjoyed in the usual way.
I gave Anne her presents the night before and also made her -- at her request -- a Martini, which she liked. I don't like them at all but I can make them -- stirred, not shaken. One of the presents I gave her was a Japanese lady's insulated shopping bag. She immediately thought of good uses for it.