Bubbles was napping through the first part of dinner, and we got to listen to really heartwarming and hilarious speeches. 2 speeches were emailed over from New Zealand, from her siblings who couldn't join us at the celebration. One of them gave clear instructions about how the speech should be read - which parts should be emphasised etc. We all had a good laugh and I (and perhaps some of the other younger ones too) had a glimpse into the life of this aunt and the close relationship she shares with her siblings.
Her own children gave her a lovely bunch of flowers, with lush roses.
70 sounds like a really big number. If I do live to that age, I hope that I'll have touched lives the way this aunt obviously has!