Here in this beautiful villa in the village of St Jean de Marsacq I was priviledged to be part of a very special birthday celebration.
It is an amazing milestone when your first born child turns one year old and you want to be surrounded by those closest to you to celebrate. I was allowed to join into this very private celebration and spend time with some of my favourite people.
The day began with Hugh opening some presents and it was such fun to see his face light up with excitement at the tractor that Uncle Josh had given him...Hugh was happy for ages taking his new tractor off to work in the fields that were the dining room table!!!
He then got his very own Mr Potato Head as he had taken a shine to the one left in the villa for the visiting children.
We blew up balloons and admired the spectacular cake that Tristan had made over the last few days...shame it has to be eaten!!!
Hugh had been practicing clapping hands after singing "Happy Birthday" and was delighted to show us how well he was doing!
A lunchtime bbq seemed an appropriate way for a bunch of Aussies in France to say Happy Birthday to a very special little fellow.
Hugh managed once again to keep us all entertained and the cameras focused on him in paparrazzi mode for most of the day. Lunch was delicious as was the French Champagne that we used to toast the birthday boy in style.
Sadly we had to say goodbye to Quin and Melissa who had to head back to London for dreaded monday morning work...but the rest of us spent a quiet afternoon chilling out and chatting around the pool before we all shared a huge pot of Beef Bourguignon and Smashed Potatoes for dinner followed by more birthday cake and ice cream for dessert. We even had Gordon here with us via Skype for most of the day...amazing to be able to share this with him while he is working hard back in Sydney with everyone wishing he was here!