Friday, 22 July 2016

A Golden Day for our Anniversary

We didn't want a fuss but we wanted to mark a very special day as yesterday was our Golden Wedding Anniversary. Yes, 50 years married to my very special husband and every year is a year I value and treasure. Two wonderful daughters, four beautiful grandchildren and their lovely fathers make up our family.  
We couldn't have all been together but we will do that very soon for the wedding of one of my daughters, so we enjoyed a meal, just the two of us, as high as we could venture in Liverpool, 34 floors up in the Panoramic Restaurant. One of the highest restaurants in England with fantastic views of the city and over the River Mersey to Wales. Well worth  a visit if you ever get to Liverpool.
Having insisted that we did not want gifts from anyone, our daughters hatched up an unexpected surprise for us by arranging with the restaurant to pay for us. The food and the service was fantastic and can be highly recommended and we had such a special time there.
They also wrote to the Mayor of Liverpool and he sent us a really personal letter of congratulations.
After a morning of rain falling like stair rods, the weather changed dramatically into beautiful sunshine especially for us, and it was once again the hottest day of the year, just as it had been for our wedding day all those years ago.

Here we are up on high showing what 50 years has done to us and we certainly look a lot different but Yes! I can honestly say that we are still happy together.

1966, when England's football team won the World Cup and some of the games were played right on our doorstep and the local streets were buzzing with crowds, cars, and all the excitement of an international event as we departed for the church to be married. 
Here we are, two youngsters at the start of a new life together and not knowing what the future held. 

Views from the restaurant looking over the famous Liver Birds, on top of the Liver Buildings, far below.

We watched the Multi Coloured Dazzle Ferry wending it's way back and forth across the River.... click on the link to see the colours of Peter Blake's design as the ship's colours don't show up very well with the bright light.You can just about spot the "thrill ride" on the waterfront where the seats spin scarily and travel up and down the centre pole.Across the river the huge warehouse type of building on the edge of the water is the famous Cammell Laird ship yard where so many ships have been built since 1828. They built the first all steel hulled ship , "Ma Roberts" for Doctor Livingstone's famous Zambesi expedition. the Css Alabama for the Confederates in the American Civil War, the Mauretania and the Ark Royal.

A couple of our lovely neighbours kindly brought around these gorgeous flowers even though we had requested no gifts.
I haven't managed to leave a Friday Smile for Annie's Blog for a couple of weeks so this one is a big bouquet of smiles from me from a very special day.


Robyn Oliver said...

And a very happy 50th anniversary blessing to you both, great when you're married to your best friend. Great photos...ENJOY. Cheers Robyn

Lisca Meijer said...

Well, happy (belated) anniversary! Fifty years is a lifetime! What a lovely place to celebrate. The views are truly stunning. you were lucky with the weather. How nice of your daughters to pay for you.
Thank you for showing your wedding photo. I bet it seems like yesterday.
I looked at the link and read all about the dazzle ferry and about dazzle camouflage. Interesting.
The roses are stunning. You have lovely neighbours.
Also I've just realized that I never commented on you quilt post, so busy and fascinated I was reading and looking. They are fantastic! What beautiful work!
Have a smiley week to come,

Annie said...

What a special celebration. Many many congrats to two special people. We really hope you can enjoy many many more wonderful years together. Thanks for sharing it with us Jo.
Huge hugs,
Annie x

Lee said...

Hi Jo. WOW,you certainly look as if you are both enjoying your Anniversary.Great pics.Huggles xxx

Angela Radford said...

Hi Jo, what a fantastic day and your photos are lovely. Gorgeous flowers too. I have to admit that the sports club is actually nice and cool so the exercise is actually a pleasure at the moment and they have pool too so I'm not as good as you make me out to be but thanks for the compliment anyway. Have a great weekend, Angela x

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Congrats to you both on your anniversary - that's a special one for sure! I love your wedding day pic, you both looked happy then and still ar now 💖💖
Hugs LLJ xxxx

Kyla said...

Congratulations, it sounds like you had a wonderful celebration and some amazing views from the restaurant too (I used to work in the Liver Building many years ago).

Helen said...

Many, many congratulations on such a wonderful milestone! A fabulous view for lunch, and what a nice surprise not to have to pay! I'm hoping to see a little of Liverpool when I got to the Port Sunlight show at the end of September, but don't think there'll be more than a couple of hours to look round before our train home!

Helen said...

meant to say, what a wonderful dress in your wedding photo, you look fabulous. (and still do!)

tilly said...

Congratulations on your 50th anniversary and wishing you many more years together....what stunning views and wonderful weather you had!
two lovely special people
Tilly xx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Oh how special, Jo. I teared up when I read how happy you still were, something you don't always see these days.

You are as lovely now as you were the day you were married. That's a testament to happy living, too. I think that's truly worthy of a special smile and a HUGE congratulations. Keep those years rolling happily away.

You couldn't have picked a better spot for lunch. The views are stunning. And to receive a special letter from the Mayor of Liverpool might have been one of the best gifts you could have received. Other than the luncheon gift paid for by your daughters.

Hope the weekend is just as happy now that you are working on anniversary 51.

Lynn Holland said...

Awh congratulations Jo, a good marriage is a wonderful thing. I know as we have one too.
Lovely flowers and celebrations and you look fabulous
Lynn xxx

CarlavdM said...

Congratulations from me tooo Jo.
What a super place to have a diner for two with an gorgeous view.

Mariëtte said...

Congratulations on this lovely milestone! Wish you both many years of happiness together!

Anne Williams said...

Congratulations! Your wedding photograph is lovely. Looks like you had a super day. Great photos from high up as well! Anne x

Twiglet said...

Oh Jo that's a beautiful post - lovely, lovely photos of the two of you. What a milestone and how blessed you both are to have such a wonderful 50 years of happy marriage! Congratulations and lots of love. xx Jo

Neet said...

Oh Jo - I wrote down the dater and have not a clue where I wrote it so I have obviously missed it. I can confirm what a wonderful couple you two are - I have never heard a cross word between you and you always seem so happy together.
So BIG Hearty Congratulations from me (and Chas) on your wonderful 50 years achievement.
Hugs, Neet xx

lisa said...

Hi Jo

Thank you so much for popping by my blog earlier. I've been very remiss with keeping up with all my dear blogging friends lately but now I've popped over to see you look what I've missed.
Many Many Congratulations on your 50 Years. They are beautiful photos and you certainly do look very happy together. You certainly celebrated in style and I'm sure you'll celebrate again when you get together with your beautiful family. I hope they are all doing well.
I promise I will not leave it so long before I visit again.
Take care my friend
Hugs Lisax

Angela Radford said...

Hi Jo, just called to say thanks for the visit to mine today. Stan says he believes he is top dog but Maisie says she know differently! Hope your day is good, Angela x

Carola Bartz said...

Happy anniversary! 50 years together is a long time, and the two of you look lovely. I also like your wedding photo. It seems that you spent a lovely day and your daughters certainly were very thoughtful!

sandra de said...

A very belated congrats. Beautiful pics of you and the city of Liverpool. :O

Hettie said...

i saw this on your posts line up and had to visit. Congratulations to you both. Something else momentous happened in 1966....Yep!!!! Little old me was born just a month before your wedding :-)

pearshapedcrafting said...

I hope it's not too late to wish you Happy 50th Anniversary! Looks like a great day out ! How thoughtful of your daughters! Hugs, Chrisx

krishna said...

aww.. Happy 50th anniversary.. stay happy, stay blessed..

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