Max's boss has taught Max many things, one of them being to appreciate single malt scotch. Whenever Pops comes for a visit Max is always pleased to have a comrade to join him in this new appreciation.
Monty has a way of calculating the cocktail hour by checking the time of loved ones near and afar. As luck would have it, London is 9 hours ahead of California time. It was always cocktail hour. :)
After the guys got back from a bike ride, the bottles started opening. Before too much scotch had warmed their bellies, I conducted a blind taste test. They ranked their favorites and described them. Jeanette described one of the scotches as I would describe all scotch, "Razor blades with a hint of nails." :)
One of the highlights for the kids are snail races. They just love hunting for their snail, picking a number and marking the shell and watching them "race." This was as ritualistic as the scotch tasting over the week.
There is really nothing cooler than having your backyard open to water! We were able to go kayaking and canoeing whenever the tide was in.
We took a little birthday boating trip.
Hank was in his element. He could be outside playing as much as he wanted.
I think Pops and Gramma Nette should consider renaming the Villa the Garden of Eden. It is so lovely, beautiful and magical.
Paella was the perfect ending to a great day.
Anna had the funniest sign made for Pops. It reads, Go Gro or Go Home. If you know Pops, then you know about his tendency to go Aggro or getting a little aggravated with a splash of aggression tossed in during stressful times. Before big trips, or if things don't go as planned, or when time is running tight, Pops can be found racing around. He tends to bang things and in general have a wee bit of a freak out. We like to tease him that it is an adult temper tantrum. The sign will be a nice asset to his office that I am sure his fellow employees will appreciate.
Pops is such an important guy in our lives. We love him dearly and are so thankful for his 60 years.