September and October are months of celebration for my family with the birthdays of my nephew, his partner, my mother-in-law my two sons and their aunt Kate. Quite a list!

However, what fun to go out and celebrate big birthdays. It was my mother-in-law’s 88th birthday last Saturday, a real occasion. Where better to celebrate than Cheltenham’s iconic Art Deco restaurant, a former cinema?  Even the original motion picture projector is still there! After a quick tour of the place we had a lovely luncheon complete with brass band which even played ‘Happy Birthday’ to my mother-in-law, Ruby.

Great time, great food.

My characters in Waireka also have a number of celebrations across the years from weddings to the opening of new barns at the dairy. Why don’t you read the book to find out how people celebrated in the nineteenth century? Their clothes were certainly not as comfortable as ours today and probably more like the ones below.

About journojohnson

I qualified as a journalist in 2002 and after a period working as a freelance for Gloucester Media writing advertorials, interviews, articles and press releases I have gone on to write for lots of magazines and newspapers, both local and national. I write regularly for the Writers and Readers magazine but have also written for CPO's Inspire, the New Writer, Classic Ford, and Take a Break's My Favourite Recipes among many others. I published my first full-length historical novel. Waireka in 2018 and my romantic novella, Alpha Male in 2016. Both can be found on Amazon. Please follow the links on my book page.
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