So what do you do when you find you have been friends with a family for fifteen years ... why have a barbecue of course. We met the Ridley Birks family in August of 1996 at the Education Otherwise group that used to meet at what was the Parrs Wood Rural Studies Centre, and because we found that we lived just around the corner from each other we took to sharing tea (though I spilt mine on her living room floor on my first visit) and letting the kids run wild together. A year later we moved away but somehow the friendship stuck, through visits and camps and EO gatherings. The rest, as they say, is history. We had a bit of a nostalgia session on Sunday having dug out a collection of old photographs of us doing silly stuff together. It was a pity not to have the big kids there too, for the 25th we'll have to make it a more formal event I think, proper planning and invitations.
Obligatory Silly Faces
And Worn Out By All the Excitement (except the Babe that is:-)