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Rafferty's 2nd birthday party...   Download times...
Rafferty had his second birthday party, once again held in our back garden. The weather was beautiful and the lawn filled with our family, friends and the laughter of herds of small children. Luckily I had hired a bouncy castle which kept them all amused while the grown-ups managed to drink a little wine and relax. Vanessa was very heavily pregnant at this stage, because Monty would arrive less than a week after this party. We had two new faces as well in that Ruth & Nathan had just had their daughter Juliet, and Michelle's son Alex had just been born.   Please note that in order to present large, high-quality pictures, this page may take almost a minute to download completely. The first few pictures will be visible quickly, but please have patience with the rest!

A hot summer's day in our back garden was the setting for Rafferty's 2nd birthday party - just a few days before his brother Monty was due to be born. We had a lovely barbeque, a bouncy castle, and lots of family and friends to share it with.

Raffy loved playing on his bouncy castle, but quickly grew tired of the safe parts inside, and preferred to crawl along the wall instead.
Was that one egg or two, sir?

The men of the family relax in the ball pool.

Eddie and my dad Mike relax on the patio.
A view up the garden showing the gathered crowds enjoying themselves.

The Clarkes - Zanna, Terry and Sue, with Vanessa. Note the large bump that is Monty waiting to come out.

Dan holds Raffy over the edge of the wall and drops him into the bouncy castle. Of course then they all wanted a go!
Emily sits in the doorway.

Cathy Brogan, Cathy Simmonds, Vanessa and Gail.

Brenda McCluskey with large bump containing Cara; and Michelle Hardman with no bump because Alex has arrived...
Nathan gives a very young Juliet a bottle.

Nathan, Vanessa, Juliet and Ruth under the marquis.

A view of the garden with our friends; note the children jostling to get into the paddling pool...