Birthday Tales – keep scrolling!

Ode to Sarah at 50


Happy Birthday dear Sister for today is the day,

That you turn 50!  So we’d just like to say….

That although we’re in Lockdown and that can frustrate,

Next year, we’ll paint the town!  It’ll be worth the wait!

You are our role model, we’ve looked up to you,

Ever since we could toddle, your gorgeous siblings two,

Head Girl in School, always top of the class,

You never broke a rule, exams you’d always pass,

Although before this you rebelled, it has to be said,

From Nursery you were expelled!  Is your face turning red?

For what nobody knows perhaps you just thought F*** it!

“I’ll take off all my clothes and sit in a bucket”,

(Mum never liked laundry as such as though we hate to be rude –

We spent much of our childhood running around in the nude!)

The Vicar’s daughter’s friend as well, admirers in droves,

There was simply no end to the spell that you wove,

The best kid by far whom everyone wanted to know,

Leader of the orchestra with many strings to your bow,

Piano duets with Louise you led without a hitch,

(which is more than can be said for your ability to stitch…)

At Oxford High School, you met Debbie, your best mate,

Life was pretty cool as you started to date,

Beatz was your hangout – all music and noise,

But a great place to scout for (un)suitable boys,

Teens lose ‘thing’s to boyfriends (sorry to be uncouth),

But to one of your early flings, you lost a tooth!

Love didn’t last forever with that hockey playing chap,

You initially stayed together but he had to ‘Mind the Gap’!


It’s always an abomination when a hockey stick gets flighty,

So thought U.S Immigration who almost sent you back to Blighty,

When you travelled out to New Zealand after leaving school,

Determined to flout the ‘Dangerous Weapons’ rule,

You just had to take your beloved hockey stick with you,

It was a bit of a mistake but what’s a County player to do?

In New Zealand you had a blast and got the bug to travel more,

So you made your journey last with all of us in Singapore,

Tuk Tuks, street markets and noodles with the people you hold dear,

We had oodles to talk about as we caught up on your year,

Then off to University you went and what a crazy time you had,

With flatmates Heaven sent as you shacked up with three lads,

You’d drive far for a Sailing party – what a hoot!

Shame you put your car in a ditch en route…

But although you caused a dent in more than your pride,

You were content that an intact birthday cake was still inside,

As a student, proudly, your ‘observations’ you’d air,

In public and always loudly and seemingly without care,

Commenting on others for a variety of their sins,

A veritable ‘Big Brother’; “Look at that woman buying all those tins”,

A year in France was cool then back to the UK from afar,

To London and Bar School and to live with sister, Cara,

A pupillage meant you were broke for a while,

Though you were Hellbent on a salmon and Champagne lifestyle,

Income finally came when your first cheque was sent,

Though not in a frame but straight in the bank it went!

For Good Lord, a woman feels barely alive,

If she can’t afford to buy herself a French 75!

You really had it all, you were set for the next phase of life,

You’d met Mr Stephen Gage, eventually to become hie wife,

On your first date with Steve, he met Cara and me,

I think he thought ‘get one Sis and you get all three’!

He bought us each a toothbrush, cooked a breakfast that you wouldn’t believe,

No wonder you were in no rush to ever take your leave,

He’s not at all bad looking, does domestic chores without fuss,

He even does all the cooking – which has to be a plus,

The kitchen he does rule although I must announce,

While that sounds pretty cool, it’s you that rules the house!

You make each other’s heart sing and have done all your married days,

And you have two wonderful offspring who never cease to amaze,

There’s Tristram who oozes charm and loves a good debate,

With gorgeous Dawn on his arm, they make a couple that’s first rate,

Star pupil and more, now he’s finished his degree,

The world he’s off to explore – perhaps he’ll change it? We’ll see!

Then Adrian – don’t be fooled by his quiet manner,

He’s smart and he’s cool, the ultimate planner,

When it comes to playing golf, he’s got all the goods,

And everyone is saying he’ll be the next Tiger Woods,

As a Mum you have ascended, as your sons will attest,

As a Barrister you’re recommended as one of the best,

It’s a job that’s highly tactical so no wonder it does suit,

Because you’re ‘straight talking, astute and practical’ (and fabulous to boot!)

You have little fear, you epitomise Girl Power,

You even managed to engineer a working garden shower!

Along with your pal Debs – Oh what a pair!

Now you enjoy watery pleasure in the open air,

In any time that’s spare, you’ll be with Steve on the bike,

Or with friends that care for a long distance hike,

Going to the cinema or swimming – both you think are fab,

Or just staying where you are with Pip, your beautiful red Lab,

Relaxing weeks in the African sun and having us come to visit,

How we can’t wait for those days to come – Lockdown isn’t fun, is it?

So Happy, Happy Birthday Sarah, our amazing Mother Hen,

At looking out for us all you are a star and you score a perfect ten,

We wish we could all be together but we’ll have to wait till next year,

This ‘thing’ won’t last forever, we’d do anything to have you near,

What could be crazier than just packing you up in a trunk?

Just like you did in Malaysia when you were very…very…DRUNk!



Happy 50thSarah!


Love from Mel and the Gang

Ode to Ian’s 60th


Dear Ian, Happy Birthday!

We have all got word,

That you’re turning 60 or so they say,

(We got told by a little Bird…),

Well, we couldn’t find an invite,

(Though we did search high and low),

To a birthday party night,

As we’d be sure to go,

Where we’d celebrate your 60th year,

With a Cheers and a Hip Hip Hooray!

While drinking your gin, your wine and beers,

Cos we’re neighbourly that way,

And then we remembered but of course,

The state of our great nation,

The rules we must live by and enforce,

That keep us in isolation,

But we’ll raise a glass from down the street,

As Lockdown may go on for a while,

And when our confinement is complete,

We’ll come and celebrate in style!


A Highland Filly at 40

Dearest Lynne, you’ve now turned 40,

We’ve been friends since we were four,

You’re witty and caring and a little bit naughty,

As a bestie, I couldn’t ask for more,

You’re like a pure bred Highland mare,

A beautiful specimen with impressive hindquarters,

A native Scot with a tendency to swear,

The perfect Godmother to my two daughters!

Well turned out you always are.

It’s as if you have a personal groom,

None of us are in with a shout,

Once you walk in the room,

Lots of horsey adventures we have sampled,

Together we’ll go off for a while,

And even when we ended up being trampled,

We still both managed a smile,

We were each other’s bridesmaids when we became wives,

Oh what times together we’ve had,

We’ve laughed our way throughout our lives,

In situations good and bad,

As a wife and as a mother,

You’re the very best your boys could have had,

For George, I know there could not have been another….

Well…….perhaps a lady that was tractor mad!

You and I are not related by birth,

But I’d hate us to ever be apart,

And, for what it is worth,

You’ll always be my sister in my heart.,

So crack open the  fizz, you gorgeous filly,

Let’s gallop together towards middle age,

Today is for getting boozy and silly,

And the race is just at the first stage…….

Ode to Laura on her 18th birthday

18 years old!  You’ve come so very far,

From being conceived in Paris after a bit of ‘Ooh La La’,

A better daughter we could not have had,

Loving and caring and music mad,

Unless it’s first thing in the morning,

When you’re just out of bed and still busy yawning,

We don’t bother asking if you’re feeling well,

Because you’re likely to be grumpy as Hell!

Still craving shut eye, some extra kip,

In your bedroom – also known as ‘the tip’,

Even on a fabulous trip to New York,

The time difference made you omit to talk,

The Statue of Liberty failed to make you smile,

As you wanted your bed all of the while!

But, lovely Laura, you really come alive,

When you’re listening to your favourite band, The 1975,

At a Festival or concert you’ll stay up all night,

And still be smiling in the morning light,

Unless it’s Kasabian – when you won’t last long,

Passing out before the very last song!

Attempting to indulge your musical passion,

You learned to play the violin…of a fashion,

Across the strings you pulled that bow,

Your Mum and I would think ‘Oh, God no!.

As ‘Twinkle Twinkle’ from your fiddle trilled,

It sounded more like a cat had been killed!

Putting to the side that dreadful sound,

It’s happy memories that do abound,

Days spent in Majorca, Menorca, Turkey, Kos,

Always make me laugh because…

Any holiday story would be incomplete,

If I failed to mentioned that time in Crete,

When, with your parents to protect you from harm,

You fell into a cactus and scarred your arm,

You were only a baby so we felt quite sick,

The cactus wasn’t the only prick!

But you got your turn to gloat,

When in Turkey, I fell out of a speeding boat!

You need to avoid the water with me,

As together we both fell off a jet ski,

We were in the water for so long,

As we simply couldn’t get back on!,

Nursing my wounded pride,

I thought we might be safer on a camel ride,

After our exploits, it was somewhat staid,

But that doesn’t matter because I never paid!

They earn Turkish Lira for every bump,

I bet the owner still has the hump!

As parents we like to embarrass you,

With the things that we say or do,

A caravan holiday maybe wasn’t the most glamorous,

But it didn’t stop your Mum and I from feeling amorous,

Love in a wagon can be quite risky,

But what are you to do when you’re feeling frisky?

There we were – clothes off and all,

When we hear a banging on the wall,

Our passion sort of died away,

When you cried; “You’re ruining my holiday!”

Although it might be difficult to be believed,

It was in a tent that your sister was conceived,

You slept quite soundly with a little snore,

Even thought you were in the room next door!

You’re a dog loving girl who likes a crafty smoke,

I’m just a Dad who likes a little joke,

Like the first time I dropped you at a friend’s place,

You should have seen your little face,

When instead of your mate answering the door,

It was a little old man of 94!

You’d been well and truly had,

By none other than your good old Dad!

Dear Laura, our teenager wild,

You were such a doting child,

“10 Green Bottles” was your choice of song,

How you liked to sing along!

Though you never quite mastered the words,

And ’10 Green Grandma’s” could be heard!

We were there when you born, we have watched you grow.

Our love for you, you’ll never know.

You’ve seen us happy, we’ve shed some tears

We’ve never forgot these 18 years.

With you now a grown up and so mature,

We’re so proud of you and our love will always endure.


Mum and Dad x

Ode to Jules on her 21st birthday

Dearest family and friends, It’s the birthday of yours Truly,

A glorious 21 years of our gorgeous Julie,

We’ve gathered today to celebrate in style,

And talk a little about Jules – so it might take a while!

But first, it would be remiss if we were not to say,

A huge welcome to all who are here today,

May we ask that you wave your napkin in the air,

When you’re introduced – to show that you’re there!

Amazing godparents, Dave and Kim – Great to see you,

Lorna, Christie, Meghan– welcome too,

You’ll know immediately Jules’ Glasgow crowd,

Melanie, Vogue and Sandra– the ‘girls are loud’,

Jan and Laura are studying hard– heads down low,

For their Finals so they are in the final throes,

The Elstree girls can’t be at this event,

But from them, and Mike  too?, plenty of love is sent,

Thanks go to Richard and  Matt – for what would we do,

Without enlisting the help of the boyfriend crew?

Thanks to Chloe lastly but definitely not least,

For providing us all with such a magnificent feast,


Now, on to Jules, a cherished daughter, sister and friend,

A Griffin High School girl whose talents have no end,

She’s achieved so very much for her tender age,

Dancer, singer, flautist and star of West End stage,

She played a workhouse boy in ‘Oliver’ always begging for more,

That was before her chest size swelled to almost 34!

Beautiful, clever, kind and an awful lot of fun,

She’s hilarious, Fleabag funny and good at getting things done,

Always the baby sister even when she’d grown a bit,

We can’t believe you’re at Uni now and studying English Lit,

We now ask you for YOUR view, you’re the girl in the know,

Living the Scottish high life with just one more year to go,

A glamour girl who’s enthusiastic for all the things she likes,

(let’s not mention Himalayan trekking or the subject of bikes),

An adventurer up for almost anything if it involves cookies and cake,

You’ve explored Kenya, Morocco, NYC but you’ve plenty more journeys to make,

You’re happy on a pair of skis, you’re happy on a beach,

You’re happy driving your Mini to places within reach,

A cool girl in a red car playing beats to uplift,

You think you’re really out there but you listen to Taylor Swift!

It seems like yesterday you were born but now you’re fully grown,

Frequenting coffee shops and making life your own,


Now we’ve spoken for long enough, you must all have a thirst,

It’s almost time to raise a glass and toast Jules’ 21st,

But first I wanted you to know how proud your Dad would be today,

That dimple in your left cheek means he’s never far away,

If he was here with a glass of red, it’d make our day complete,

Although we all know if he were around, he’d be searching for some meat!

So here’s to our marvelous Julie Johanna, now we can raise a glass,

We all love you so very much – a young woman who is truly first class.

Ode to Donna at 50

Dear sister, it’s hard to believe,

You’ve reached the grand age of fifty,

Your youthfulness really does deceive,

Still oh so fit and rather nifty,

With kids and dogs and hitting the town,

You live life in a rush,

But now you’ll have to slow it down

For the occasional hot flush!

You were fabulous at forty,

the Belle of your charity ball,

Raising money through all things sporty,

You never, ever do things small!

You’ve abseiled, you’ve sashayed down the catwalk,

Persuaded men to have a wax,

It’s time for the bubbly to uncork

And time for you to relax,

Around the globe you and Gav have been trotting,

Celebrating your birthday in style,

No doubt some celebrity spotting,

It’s good to have you home for a while,

Cos while Spain, Italy and NYC

Were no doubt affa fine,

You canna beat time with family,

A Scottish Barbie and plenty of wine!

So let’s raise a glass to delightful Donna,

We wish you happiness in all you do,

You’ve never grown old and good on ya!

Because we really don’t want you to!


Ode to Mum on her 80thBirthday

 Mum, we are so delighted to all be here today.

To celebrate your 80thbirthday in such a special way,

So everyone, pray silence, open up your ears

Let me talk about the lady who’s been our rock throughout the years,

A wonderful and special Mother to the Meldrum three,

Brother Neil, sister Rona and not forgetting me!

You moved to the Granite City when I was only one,

When your love affair with Cults had only just begun,

Abbotshall Crescent was such a happy place,

A family hub where you would always find a sunny, smiling face,

It became the Meldrum home for over forty years,

It saw our baby steps, it saw our teenage tears,

But far too big for one once we all flew the nest,

You’ve settled in Denhead and consider it quite the best,

The perfect spot for sitting and watching the world go by,

Knitting fisherman’s hats, and having a Gin and Tonic on the sly,

But you never stay still for long, Mum, being the active sort,

Whether you’re swinging your golf club or playing on a tennis court,

Or you might be at church or out playing cards,

life at nearly 80 doesn’t sound so very hard!

A Ladies Circle meeting, a jigsaw to complete,

You’re one lady of a certain age that is rushed right off of her feet!

And though you would admit that you prefer to keep those feet on the ground,

Thanks to lovely Rona – you’ve certainly been around!

You’re a well travelled woman courtesy of BA,

New York, South Africa, Hong Kong and first class all the way!

You said you were a nervous passenger which would have explained,

Why those glasses of whisky and brandy were so very quickly drained!

Having a daughter in an airline certainly had the glamour factor,

Sadly all she can offer now is a lift on Peter’s tractor!

And although not quite so prestigious, you come to Darlington by train,

Are you perhaps suffering from nervous passenger syndrome again?

Because even though the train stays grounded on the track,

Gin and Tonic in a water bottle seems to be your favourite snack!

You’d think that over five hours, you’d need the loo to use,

But piddle on public transport? You steadfastly refuse!

But Mum, you deserve to travel anywhere in style,

I remember a certain holiday, even though it’s been a while,

When on your own with your children, you couldn’t face a train or taxi

So cases, kids and camping gear were bundled in our old blue Maxi,

And off you drove to France you did, and there we all went camping,

Don’t know how on earth you coped as it certainly wasn;t Glamping!

But cope you did and we had such fun even though it was quite an endeavour,

It remains fondly in our memories as probably the best holiday ever,

You are an amazing Mum and Gran – not Granny, Nan or Nana,

To Kya, Misha, Amber, Tegan, Rachel, Rory and Anna,

Seven gorgeous grandkids but only ever one wedding,

I’m afraid a fancy hat shop is not where you should be heading!

Don’t wait for a daughter to wed – it just might just take a while,

I expect that one of your grandchildren will beat us up the aisle!

But, at least you donned your chapeau once for the marriage of Alison and Neil,

Let’s hope when you dust it off again, it’ll be in fashion still!

So happy birthday from us all, and also from sister Jill,

And though you might be 80, you are far from over the hill,

In fact might I suggest, if I may be so bold

That if you look at the tins in your cupboard, you’ll find things that are just as old!,

So Mum we all sincerely hope you have a wonderful birthday weekend,

Our love, kisses and hugs – to you, we all send,

However, there was one gift for you that I dearly wanted to wrap,

And present to you today – to sit upon your lap,

Alas, it proved impossible but let me give you a clue,

It’s Yorkshire’s finest product – something you’re quite partial to…

It’s something you’d unwrap slowly, because you’d like to linger,

You’d begin to feel the ‘Groundforce’ and maybe spot a green finger…..

But oh, although I tried – Alan Titchmarsh is tied up

By his wife who steadfastly refused to let him travel up!

We’d hoped that you two could take the floor for a Strictly sexy Rhumba,

Cos just like Colin’s Porsche, you’re a sporty little number!

So here’s to the star of our show, let’s raise every glass in this room,

Happy Birthday to Anne Meldrum – a truly magnificent bloom!

Ode to KCK

She’s a gun toting mama,
She’s a trigger happy baby.
Ask her if she wants to shoot,
she’s never gonna say ‘maybe’.
Cos this gal wan’t happy
till she found herself a gun,
a partnership made in paradise,
her 12 bore is ‘the one’.
Cheek against the barrel,
one shot always slays.
Pheasant, partridge, geese and teal
or minuscule orange clays.
You’ll find her early morning
in a cold and frosty hide
but this girl isn’t yawning
with a shotgun by her side.
She’s everyone’s favourite lady.
At Kinker, she gets lots of loving
(Tho she hasn’t quite worked out
that they want to know what’s in her oven!)
Because Ms Bowie isn’t only
a pretty damn good shot
She’s Kemnay’s super baker
with goodies piping hot.
So to my best shooting buddy
I’d really like to say
you’re a truly lovely lady
who deserves a special day.
Looking forward to an excursion
to Seals’ Cove by the sea
And for your birthday present
lunch will be on me!


Our Baby Girl, Florence, Florrie, Flo

 It was the 21stApril 2016,

A special day for us and the birthday of the Queen.

We never expected to have a little princess of our own,

Six months on and My, how you have grown.


For nine whole months, I carried you warm and safe,

21 hours to arrive – didn’t want to leave that cosy place!

Finally you appeared, your little pink face a scrunch,

I got my beautiful baby!…And Daddy got a punch!


We love our baby hippo from the bottom of our heart,

You were cute and oh so lovable right from the very start,

You smelled of heat and newborn but how could something so very dear

be snuggled in my arms with poop inside each ear?!


Away you were whisked to the sanctity of ICU,

It’s tough being a baby with an earful of poo!

We worried about you so, although there was no need,

One look at a boobie and you knew just how to feed!


So now you’re growing up, no more milkspots on your nose,

A little Welsh leek that was born an English rose.

But when you’re a teenager with your own hopes and fears,

Will you listen to us or claim still to have poop in both ears?


You’re always be our little one with hiccups and dribbles,

We’ll treasure your laughter when you get tummy nibbles,

You’ll be the centre of our world however old you grow,

Our Florence, our Florrie, our precious baby Flo.

Ode to the Finzean Diva

She’s the Deeside Diva

who gets Finzean in a fever

when she shakes her thang on stage.

Sexier than Shakira,

Beyonce doesn’t get near her

and now she’s reached a certain age.


It was 1976;

flares and paisley wearing chicks.

The world was on the up.

Little Miss Totten was born

and, despite England’s scorn

Scotland beat them for the Calcutta cup!


Miss T blossomed at twenty,

admirers she had plenty.

At thirty, she was flirty and fun.

But now the quine is forty,

still flamboyant and rather naughty…

(She’s had a birthday, not turned into a nun!)


Though born in Glasgow City,

she soon moved to somewhere pretty

and life would never be the same.

From one woman and a cat

to marriage, kids and all that.

She met Kev and took the Christie name.


Now Dad was quite delighted

and got overly excited

at having ‘Julie Christie’ in the fold.

But Dr Zhivago is a step too far,

our JC is more ‘Oom Pah Pah’

and, like Nancy, has a heart of gold.


Before the wedding day,

Julie Totten went out to play,

a rip roaring hennie was all planned.

But declining any booze

due to ‘expectant’ news

meant that rumours were bound to be fanned….


Now she’s a red hot mama

who loves a bit of drama,

but gentlemen, you’d better be warned –

Don’t ever have the nerve

to cast your eye over her curves

because your advances will be absolutely scorned.


Though her Kev is often away

and this ‘mouse’ loves to play,

she has friends and family a plenty.

A girls nights in

with a bottle or wine or gin,

and her nights will not be empty……..(neither will her glass!)


So Happy Birthday, it’s your 40th year.

Revel in the love of those you hold dear

Keep that joyfulness forever in your heart.

You’re the sweetest siren in heels so high,

feet on the ground but head in the sky.

Life begins, so let life’s party start!

An 80th Birthday Ode – to our Mum, Gran and Sister

What a very special day,

Nan is 80 today!

and we’ve gathered to celebrate in style.

You’re looking in the pink

so have yourself a drink,

You can even stop ironing for a while!


It was back in 1936,

Oh, how the hand of time ticks,

You were born – the very first baby Black.

Then they added ten more

(after that, they couldn’t keep score!).

They had no need of an aprodisiac!


But you were a fast learner,

who then became a Turner,

Very soon, three little ones came along.

They are now all fully grown

and children – they have their own.

To all seven, you’re a gran that is hands on.


You’re SuperNan, that’s what you are,

Still toodling around in your wee car,

running errands, cutting grass and weeding borders.

You’re the salt of the earth,

more than your weight in gold you’re worth,

But tonight, just relax, and that’s an order!


Mary Berry has nothing on you,

when it comes to cakes, you’re a baking guru.

As for knitting, you’re really quite a Wow.

How Carole loved her outfit red and cream,

To be a Butlins redcoat was her dream,

Could you make another that would fit her now?


But even you, Nan, can make a mistake.

Remember when you left a ‘lake’

in the toilet – the one that did not flush!

Next time before you begin,

Make sure the lavvy is plumbed in!

Yes, we knew that verse would make you blush!


Now, we know that come sunshine or rain,

you and your sisters will be on the Airdrie train,

Not really caring to which destination it goes.

Edinburgh? Helensburgh? Who gives a stuff?

Newsing with your siblings is pleasure enough

and you’ll end up wherever the wind blows.


For kids and grandkids, you’re always there.

We know you love us. We know you care.

And we know you would do anything for us.

But tonight, just stand at ease,

Nothing to organise, no-one to please.

For once, over you, we want to fuss.


One fat lady and a great big zero,

You’re a Bingo-tastic 80 and still our hero,

You deserve to be spoiled with chocolates and flowers.

But on this, your special birthday,

To you we’d really like to say,

We’ve got the ‘winning Full House’- because you are ours.

Ode to Viki at 50


She’s sporty, she’s sassy,

She’s a big breasted lassie,

And she’s going to be ‘in the Club’!

Cos while at tennis, she’s still nifty,

This gal’s turning 50!

Oh dear, we’d better head to the pub!


She’ll have her last Highland Fling,

As a 49 year old ‘young thing’,

It’s guaranteed that she’ll drink like a fish,

Cos she is more than able,

Of drinking anyone under the table,

The Prosecco she can certainly sink!


And though fizz I like to sup,

I really can’t keep up!

Though I do really try my best to please,

But the memories haven’t faded,

Of a night out that left me jaded,

When I crawled out of the taxi on my knees!


Business mentor, tennis superstar,

A mover and shaker in sports PR,

Viki Mendelssohn – you really rock!

A sense of humour that is crazy mad,

Your Scottish language can be very bad,

Through your overuse of the words ‘Fuck’ and ‘Cock’!


She’s been a friend for twenty years,

We’ve shared laughter and some tears,

She’s the sort of mate that you just need,

Protective, loyal, good to have about,

When she wants a vodka, her tongue hangs out,

Bit like a Vizsla – she’s a  classy breed!


So, Viki, have an amazing day,

All that is left to say,

Is that you’re the most fabulous 50 year old I know,

You’re a winning woman that has it all,

So kick those heels up and have a ball,

I hope your double D cups overflow!


Love always,

Lynn xx


Ode to Donald Moyer on his 21st Birthday


So Donald Charles Moyer, you are 21,

What a super young man you have now become,

Studying in Cork for your Chemistry degree,

Well groomed – and, some would say, your Dad’s ‘Mini Me’,

Born in England but now back on Irish ground,

It’s no wonder how much like a ‘Culchie’ you sound!

In Cork, you love drinking beer and going out,

It got me reminiscing of our drama loving scout,

Who took his Bilbo Baggins role so seriously to his heart,

Even letting your hair grow longer to look just like the part,

Roll time on then for a fair few years,

And a birthday gift to you of a pair of sparkling shears,

It’s true that you didn’t feel inclined to pay the hefty price,

Of a London haircut however stylish and nice,

But you could have been kinder because doing it alone,

Meant you ended up with a ‘Peaky Blinder’ – freshly mown!

Resembling trendsetter Tommy Shelby you thought was all right,

And a darn sight better than a ‘Walter White’!

To Theatre Summer School, it was clear you should go,

The youngest there for three years in a row,

Your performance skills, we think, benefitted from being here,

We do know you learned to drink! First coffee and then beer,

We hope they taught you not to ‘corpse’ on stage as you did before,

When you really didn’t ought in ‘Oh What a Lovely War’,

You’ve no problem recalling lines, at learning you are fast,

In next to no time, you knew those of all of The Hobbit cast,

You’re really quite a master of the spoken word,

And your skills are even vaster as you’re a rapper or so we’ve heard!

No-one could pick up language any faster,

Now you’ve set your sights on German to master,

An authority on dinosaurs at the tender age of three,

You could identity a plesiosaurus and more, which was a surprise to me!

You’re fascinated by wildlife, you even filmed a deer at large,

On the very rare occasion that your phone had any charge!

Because if it’s not low on battery, it’s off or in airplane mode,

Anyone wanting to know your whereabouts may as well use Morse code!

To drive, you’re not yearning – afraid of ‘designated driver’ status you are,

But it shouldn’t stop you learning, as you don’t even have a car!

During Lockdown, you were home but (and I don’t mean to be rude),

We only ever saw you roam out of your room for food!

Spaghetti Bolognese is still your favourite meal – oh dear,

When you were five you had the will to eat it every day for a year!

When it came to Christmas dinner, I finally said; “Enough!”,

It’s time for turkey and trimmings and all of that festive stuff,

A Cadbury’s Golden Crisp is the chocolate that you adore,

It really would be impossible to love it any more,

You love comedy and Netflix and fantasy fiction,

Your Yankee Daddy, me, your sister (although there is a certain friction),

To run and weight train, you are uber keen,

The Duke of Edinburgh Gold you did attain in 2017,

You don’t tend to break the rules so no need for chastising,

Tho’ you did think it was cool to indulge in Lock down socialising…

So all that’s left to say (and we’re not taking the Mick),

Is that we love you in every way and ‘Wir sind sehr stolz auf dich’!


Happy 21st Donald!


To a much loved Mum – on your 70th Birthday


Happy, happy 70th Birthday Mum,

Have an extra special day,

You’ve made me the woman I’ve become,

And there’s a few things I’d like to say,

Your positivity shines a light,

When the outlook appears to be dark,

You always make everything all right,

With your happy, vibrant spark,

When tears of sadness have been shed,

You’ve shown how much you care,

The supportive things you’ve done and said,

And just by being there,

Growing up, there was so much laughter,

It was just us ‘sisters’ three,

Living happily ever after,

You, Louise and me,

The holidays we spent together,

Our weekends by the sea,

Made memories to last forever,

I know you will agree,

It must have been tough, parenting as one,

Through the loss of our Dad,

You worked so hard to make life fun,

And fun was what we had,

Now your daughters are Mums in their own right,

But we still get our kicks,

With you, at the movies, on a Saturday night,

With your £10 of Pick and Mix,


You’ve been an amazing Grandmother,

Our  kids you do adore,

They love you like no other,

Joseph, Rhiannon, Vaughan, Morgan – our four,

Off we go to Butlins every year,

We’ve been going Since 2007,

It has a place in our hearts that we hold dear,

And the kids are in absolute heaven,

You definitely get your ‘two penn’orth’ worth.

Out of those gaming machines,

At least it doesn’t cost the Earth,

And keeps the kids alert and keen,

When it comes to our own families,

On you, we’ve always relied,

Taking the children to their hobbies,

Always by their side,

Dishing out the best advice,

The type that we can all use,

Baking Welsh cakes that are oh-so-nice!

That Joseph can never refuse,

He’s glad that you live up the street,

And not too far away,

He knows where to go for his favourite sweet,

When it’s  ‘Visiting Nan’ day,

Now recently you’ve been confined to bed,

Which is something you just don’t do,

But maybe there is something to be said,

For having others look after you!

Bowling with friends, Aerobics in the pool,

Became a thing of the past,

As activities you had to stall,

But we know recovery will be fast!

At  least your arm you didn’t break,

And you will still be able,

To raise a glass and eat Birthday cake,

With your family round the table,

We’re so lucky to have someone like you,

You mean the world to us all,

We appreciate every single thing that you do,

So on your 70th – Have a ball!


With much love from Claire and family xxxx

Ode to my wife, Louise, on her 40thBirthday

My ‘Pretty Woman’ with red hair, my Belfast beauty Louise,

A lady who loves her shoes – every pair! And enjoys her G and Ts,

As your birthday celebrations start, I just wanted to say,

That I love you with all of my heart, a little more every day,

Our time together I treasure, I love the moments that we share,

Eating out ‘a deux’ is a pleasure, I’d be happy with you anywhere,

But when we next go on holiday, I do have a small request,

(I hope you don’t mind that I say, as I think it’s for the best),

Perhaps you could limit your shoes to just a couple of pairs,

There’s packing space we lose due to your penchant for footwear!

Heels low and flat, tall and thin – fancy enough to wear on a stage,

Or even on a pub table to sing as you did at a tender age,

You’re a first class Executive Assistant – you know how to organise,

To those that have seen the tins in our kitchen, that won’t come as a huge surprise,

The kids wouldn’t dare to cause you pain by leaving the labels facing in and not out,

‘See if you do that again!’ are the words you’d be prone to shout,

But you’re a loving and caring Mother to Austin and Isobel,

Adored by your sisters and brother and your Mum and I as well,

Your beloved Uncle Paddy truly loved you too,

Though no longer with us sadly, he would be so proud of you,

‘Never Forget’ our Winnie dog, she’s always on the prowl,

The limelight she like to hog with a ‘Happy Birthday” howl,

So many happy returns Louise, I have so much to thank you for,

Always ‘Stand by Me’ even when we’re 90 or more,

And although Robbie and ‘Take That” Take may be the men of your dreams,

You wouldn’t get my chat nor my ‘Love Supreme’,

They say ‘Life begins at 40’ you know but I think we’ve had a head start,

Because life began 16 years ago – the day you stole my heart.


Richard xx


Ode to Yvonne at 60

‘General with the long hair’

aka my darling wife,

You are one of a kind, a breed that is rare,

And you totally light up my life,

Looking so, so good at sixty,

Vintage rather than antique,

Your bodywork is still rather nifty,

Like a top of the range 4×4 Jeep,

Happiest in the garden or maybe

going for a walk,

My blonde Barbie baby,

Who trained a Cockatiel to talk!

A dedicated Sunday school scholar,

Your religious apprenticeship,

Not bothered about the man in the ‘dog collar’,

But you and Shona enjoyed the trips!

Your career has been diverse along the way,

Owned your own fish shop no less,

Worked in Frasers and a sports café,

And now a Manager in the good old NHS,

Maybe soon you’ll come up with a cure,

For an affliction from which you suffer….

Releasing ‘air’ that’s not so pure,

Then blaming hubby as the public ‘fluffer’!

You’re super intelligent, I couldn’t ask for more,

But common sense you definitely lack,

You still send all deliveries to the house next door,

Before we get them back!

But you’re our Maspolomas sun in a Glasgow sky,

And this ditty is just to say,

Megan, Sophie, Jonny and I,

Wish you the most wonderful day!

Ode to Alistair’s 21st

So here we are, living it up, at this amazing lunch,

Family members, our great friends –all together an awesome bunch,

My heightened sense of elation is not just from too much wine,

For this is a momentous celebration, a truly special time,

Not only are we marking Sharon’s 60thyear,

But this lady is positively sparkling as her much loved son is here,

We all cannot quite believe that our Al has turned 21,

So grateful that the Navy granted leave, to my favourite and only) God son,

The baby of a WREN, christened on HMS Ocean,

I guess we knew right then of your seagoing devotion,

But I remember a little boy of no more than two years old,

Dressed as a Prince for a birthday party and sporting a crown of gold,

From that tiny lad, a Naval Officer sprang,

Resplendent at the wheel of your beloved Ford Mustang,

You’re now an all Australian man and is it any wonder?

Sunshine, beaches, golden sand – a lovely life down under,

You love to sail, you love to dive and to play your beloved guitar,

Your talents are really off the scale and we knew that you’d go far,

Now a Sub-lieutenant in the RAN – ready for your first full posting,

From the South Pacific to Japan – who knows where you will be coasting?

You’ll be happy wherever you roam, talking world affairs on the Bridge,

Dreaming of your special girl back home and a few beers in the fridge,

Like the finest Scottish single malt, may your days be full of flavour,

May every adventure be like a wee dram that you’ll always want to savour,

And now, folks, it’s time to raise your glass – (you’ll all have a raging thirst),

To a young man who really is first class – to Alistair on his 21st.

Ode to Charlie

Oh Charlie, you’re my darling,

I think it’s fair to say,

I know I’ve found my soulmate,

in every single way,

You light up my life,

I know I illuminate yours,

as you’re always switching the lights off,

every time that we’re indoors,

You think I’m sweet enough,

Without extra sugar in my tea,

Though while watching telly, you’re gruff,

You’re still the man for me,

You only leave me a sliver of the bed,

You’re a big time duvet hogger,

But you’re always forgiven,

Cos you’re my favourite bedtime snogger,

So Happy Birthday Charlie!

I wouldn’t change a thing,

We may not be Meghan and Harry,

But you certainly are my king!


Dear Ruaridh,

This is a special pressie

For Christmas and your birthday combined,

A Harris tweed jacket of your choosing

Fully tailored and fully lined.

All you need to is choose your pattern,

Any one that you desire,

Go get measured up,

And a unique jacket you will acquire.

And if you’re unsure about design.

You need only consult your sister,

She’ll have you looking good

Cos she’s a Fashionista!


Happy Christmas & Birthday Ruaridh!

Dad & Liz xx


So here we are at Gleneagles;

For an event bigger than the Ryder Cup.

The night is young (though Willie’s not) but things are looking up.

For ‘oor Wullie’ is 50! It can hardly be true!

Let proceedings commence, without further ado.

Now we’ve friends here from childhood, we’ve colleagues and neighbours,

to help our Willie enjoy the fruits of his labours,

But before we get merry, with speech slurred and slow,

Let’s learn a little more about the man we THINK we know;

Born in Turriff, the son of a grocer,

Where he quickly learned how to say ‘Yes Sir’ and ‘No Sir’,

The spirit of entrepreneurship was quick to instill,

Even when perched on a crate at the till,

From Rennies of Foggie to the main man of ICR,

Young Willie Rennie has certainly come far!

For he was never destined to be a dud,

A strong work ethic was in his blood.

According to Mama Rennie, Willie was never ‘bad’;

He was just what she referred to as ‘a passionate lad’,

That passion for trying out things that were new

Could sometimes land Willie in a bit of a stew…

As Willie, being a helpful little chap,

Filled the car’s petrol tank with sugar – and screwed on the cap,

So that his Mother and Father could drive in style

to Turriff – powered by Tate and Lyle,

And although with good intent this gesture was loaded,

They weren’t so impressed when their engine exploded,

Still the car was very soon back in action

(though Mum was in shock and Dad was in traction),

and young Willie, keen to make amends,

and with his parents be best of friends,

clambered proudly into the driver’s seat,

hands on the wheel and dangling feet,

Found himself the handbrake too,

Thinks to himself “What does this do?’

Any previous warnings he did not heed

As he headed backwards down the hill at speed,

He certainly found his va va vooom

When he ended up in someone else’s front room!

Enough of childish, silly mistakes,

The sort that any of us could make,

While, as a lad he was rather frantic,

He matured into a teenager and a New Romantic,

Frilly shirt, white jeans, mascara?…a smattering..

Went out in Banff and got a battering!

But lets recount a happier time in Willie’s life,

Went to RGIT to study..and met his future wife,

The lovely Yvonne was to become Willie’s passion,

Along with golf, gadgets, ski-ing and New Romantic fashion,

But if he thought this ‘birdie’ would be a hole in one,

His intentions were about to be well and truly undone,

Because Willie, oh Willie, What on earth were you thinking?

You canna woo a lady when you have been drinking!

You asked her to a disco, you had your chance,

When you were to walk her home from that very same dance,

But it’s hard to feel romantic, to walk hand in hand,

With a would-be suitor when he can hardly stand,

In the end, she propped you against a wall,

And a taxi had to call,

What makes this story even worse

(and this is no exaggeration for the purposes of verse!)

is that when you saw this lovely lady the very next day,

and ‘sorry’ you had the chance to say,

You walked right by her without a care,

Poor girl could only stop and stare,

You remembered nothing of the night before,

Yvonne thought “OK, So we are at war”

And just to make that perfectly clear,

She studiously ignore you for the rest of the year.

Willie partied on with the friends that he had,

Like Susan and Mo and other influences bad,

By now, Gav too was in the mix

Being envious of Willie with all his ‘hot chicks’,

But our Willie, he has got style

And was soon taking Yvonne right up the aisle,

After they bumped into each other at a supermarket store,

She wanted eggs and milk, he wanted much more…

Even ice maiden, Yvonne, had to admit

That his in smart work suit, Willie looked rather fit,

Cos there’s one thing about Willie that you will all have seen,

He always looks smart and uber pristine,

And we ladies can forgive almost any vice

For a man who dresses well and smells rather nice,

We don’t want to sound pedantic or too overkeen,

But its all because the lady loves…a Willie that is clean!

So that’s the story of Mr and Mrs Rennie, it was job done,

Got together in ’86 and engaged by ’91,

Being married to Willie was never to be a bore,

She just wishes someone had warned her by sometimes yelling’ Fore’!

To prepare her for episodes that would occur in married life,

That would test her to the limits of being a good wife,

Like the time they independently hit ‘the Deen’,

On works nights out, you can picture the scene,

When Yvonne realises that she has no keys,

So the opportunity she did seize

To head on home with Gavin and Susan

(cos to be locked out would not be amusing!)

So from there, she gives her husband a phone,

Only to be met with a dull, faint groan,

Her mind goes into overdrive,

“Oh no, my poor Willie is barely alive!”

And so a plan is quickly hatched

To get a Police unit despatched

To save Willie from that which had befallen,

“Willie, Oh Willie” Yvonne was calling.

Up the stairs the Police did go,

Instructing Yvonne to ‘Stay below’,

(This, of course, was not before

they had broken in through the front door),

From a vision terrible they had to protect

Poor Yvonne – with immediate effect,

When they burst in the bedroom, the scene that they saw

Nearly knocked those boys in blue right to the floor

For here was Willie lying proudly

In shirt, tie and boxers..and snoring loudly..

No need to call in the Forensic Lab,

There were only the remains…of a Shish kebab!

Now Willie is a helpful man,

Always wanting to do things when he can,

Making plans so tactical,

But not so good at anything practical,

Which is a point that’s rather sore

When you have a builder for a Father in Law,

So one day, prowess keen to show

He offers his help laying a patio,

(Willie is in Oil you see

an industry where safety is key)

One should always know where one’s safety boots are,

Although they are better on your feet than in the car..

So when the slabs a- tumbling did go,

There was no protection for Willie’s big toe

Which is why, it has to be said,

He found himself lying in a hospital bed,

But while between the sheets at The Albyn,

He decided that life was ‘affa fine’;

The Dunhill Cup was on TV,

And an A la Carte menu had choices for tea,

So despite his throbbing, bloodied toe

It wasn’t so bad as things would go,

He prepared himself for his little op,

His contacts lenses out, he did pop,

And although all around was a blur

He knew he had no need to stir,

Just as he laid his sleepy head down,

There came a nurse with pants and gown,

“Now Mr Rennie, put these on

and we’ll be in theatre before too long”

So Willie prepares himself for pre=med

With paper pants perched on his head,

Cos when your optical prescription is minus six

It’s hard to tell your hat from your knicks!

Willie…I think I’ve said enough

(You can blame your wife for all this stuff!)

But the truth is that your really are

A greay guy, who is never below par,

You love to party, you love to sing,

You’ve got style and you’ve got swing,

You could give those younger many tips,

May you never get the putting yips,

And today, you have reached the age of 50,

Still looking good and rather nifty,

Tonight you can go on a bender

Before you embark on life’s next agenda

For you’ve proved that as a business man, you’re astute,

A good family man as well to boot,

And what a first class family you’ve got:

In Yvonne and your offspring, Phoebe and Scott.

Have you anything left to still achieve?

Or will you quietly retire and take your leave?

Will we find you in the Alps on skis?

Or on a golf course, as you please?

But we hear there is a vacant post

One that would truly suit you most,

One where you can use your life skills,

One that will give you licence for thrills,

Yes, Yes, Yes I hear you say!

Let me call the P and J!

It’s a recipe that was made in Heaven,

The boy from Foggie – the next 007.

Ode to Meg at 60

What is bubbly, sparkly, loved by all

And always all the rage?

A lovely lady who is Belle of the Ball,

Like fine wine, she gets better with age.

Yes, Meg has turned Six Zero,

She’s Vintage!  A collectable!

She’ll always be our hero,

Thoughtful, fun and quite delectable.

Now as the saying goes,

You’re as young as the man you feel….

And Meg is one who shows

That she’s definitely not over the hill,

This lady likes the thrill

Of a sporty, younger man,

One with a certain ball skill,

And a sexy Portuguese tan,

But a gorgeous cardboard cut-out,

just cannot compete,

With a real-life, handsome husband,

To make her life complete.

Yes, Davie is just smashing,

When she’s with him, she is in heaven,

Tall and rather dashing,

And maybe the next 007?

Together they love to globe trot,

They’re a partnership for keeps,

Like dash goes with dot,

Like haggis goes with neeps.

They love exotic places,

Discovering far off lands,

Socialising with familiar faces,

With new people, shaking hands.

They’ve two sons who are fortunate,

To each be a fine and bonny lad,

Would they be anything but,

With Meg and Davie for Mum and Dad?

You’re a super wife and Mum,

And we’re really rather proud,

To have you as a chum,

And be part of the ‘holiday’ crowd,

So Happy Birthday to dear Meg,

And sorry this ditty is late,

But just you keep on celebrating,

Till you’re at least one hundred and eight!

A 21st Birthday Ode to our boy, Brandon Boyle

On this special celebration,

it is with so much elation

that we send you a hug and a kiss.

Your big moment is now

so we hope you’ll allow

the ‘rents’ a chance to reminisce.


Brandon, you’re 21,

A wonderful son.

You’re still our handsome prince.

Born in Aberdeen’s Matty,

you were wee and rather natty,

no more than a ‘tuppence o’ mince’!


First born before two daughters,

weighing 6lb, 14 and three quarters,

a beautiful blue eyed boy.

Colicky baby up all night,

followed by scrapes that gave us a fright,

but didn’t stop bringing us joy.


You were charming as soon as you could talk,

‘Posing’ as soon as you could walk,

usually in only your wee pants!

No wonder you’re a ‘model’ son

loved by just about everyone,

especially in your Spiderman stance!


Today wouldn’t be complete

without telling all about our boy so sweet

with stories that will make him blush!

Thomas the Tank was his favourite guy,

Free Willie always made him cry!

And we’ve more….so don’t tell me to hush!


There was that day by the Coast

when you saw more of Grandma than most…

Her boobs came out of her cozzie at full throttle!

It was an event that could traumatise

or give a young boy two black eyes!

No wonder you hit the Blue Wicked bottle!


Just like any little lad,

you looked up to your Dad –

A role model to protect you from harm.

So when off the skateboard you fell,

And ‘Woose!” you heard your Dad yell,

You got back up…with a broken arm!


Maybe that explains the call

we received from your primary school

because you’d told them your Dad had died!

Yes, you little rotter,

You also told them you were called Harry Potter!

If I’d a fiver for every time you’d lied!


So you’ve grown to be a ladies’ man,

lacquered hair and a super tan.

Oh, how can the girls resist?

Maybe Dad will tell them when you’re about to score,

about you sleeping in the bathroom with vomit on the floor!

Somehow, you ain’t quite so attractive when you’re pissed!


And there’s one thing I should say,

to any potential girlfriend coming your way,

as I know how to win over your heart.

Forget the expensive love potion,

just clean behind his ears with baby lotion,

before moving on to any other part….


Should she run her fingers through your hair

they’ll be stuck there so beware!

I swear you use a can of hairspray for every strand!

But that’s the price of looking hot,

Even Taylor says you’re’a mink’, you’re NOT!

when you look like you should be in a boyband.


But when you finally meet that someone who

lights up your world and makes you feel brand new,

don’t forget the other lady who adores you very much.

The one that supported you through good and bad,

Who was better at homework than your Dad

and even taught you your accelerator from your clutch!


So concludes the story of Brandon Boyle,

from tiny baby to man in oil.

We’re here to celebrate your coming of age.

Family and friends will all unite

to say ‘Happy Birthday, you good looking wee shite”!

Good luck as you turn a new page.