Recently I celebrated my 60th Birthday on board The "Victoria Star", a refurbished Sydney ferry boat -see http://www.melbournestarcruises.com.au/history.html
The pictures are of myself and wife and above our daughter Rachael who provided the entertainment. Originally we had scheduled the cruise for 1pm in the afternoon but because of the forecast 44C (110 F) we rescheduled to 6.30pm in the evening, necessitating a large number of hasty telephone calls.
It was a sensational night of good food and fun cruising the waters of the City docklands and Yarra River mouth. A cool change early in the evening was a welcome addition as my daughter’s songs entertained us against the backdrop of the harbour lights. My eldest 2 daughters also had their young babies with them, so the cooler change was more comfortable for them.
It was a very pleasant surprise to discover my 3 daughters had prepared a CD, with a great deal of help from their husbands, rather than a speech. We were all treated with funny photos, stories from each of them and from my wife.
Despite gusts of 40-60 knots the Ferry Captain guided us expertly amongst the Docklands area, so that we scarcely noticed the outside weather.
On the invitations I sent I included a note NO PRESENTS ...but you’re welcome to make a donation to the Malawi Support Group. I was surprised by folk’s generosity as nearly $2,000 was donated.