So it is Chantelle’s 30th birthday today, not the best day of the week to celebrate one’s birthday I know, but hey, what can one do about it after all?

Originally, the plan was to go big – hire a spit braai king, fire up the music and have a proper party befitting a 30th celebration… which of course didn’t quite happen thanks to the rather unexpected events over these last couple of weeks.

Though, as the time has quickly passed since Jessie’s unexpected arrival 3 weeks ago, Chantelle’s recovery has been far quicker than what anyone could have imagined and so it was late last week that I suggested to her that we slap something together to celebrate her birthday on the weekend preceding the actual day after all, in lieu of the cancelled big bash.

Chantelle proudly standing in front of her handiwork!

Which of course translated to a Saturday of frantic ingredient shopping, loads of baking and of course, accelerated gardening and house spring cleaning.

But come Sunday we were ready, with a baked spread of eats to die for, waiting with bottle of wine in hand and the kettle on the boil for the family and friends who could make it to finally arrive.

And arrive they did and enjoy the visit we did – so thank you to everyone who joined in the celebrations marking the 3oth year that my beautiful wife has been alive and kicking on this planet with us! ;)

The Montgomery Clan taking over Casa de Lotter

Even the gran's got to enjoy some Gordon's Bay hospitality

Dad tries his hand at the devishly difficult "solve the block" puzzle

Damen and Michelle, safely tucked away in the corner in order to avoid being run over by the rush for the cake

Claire ensuring that she's the centre of conversation for a bit!