Yes, it’s that time of the year again, when the Kirks’ annual picnic in Sutton Park was in full swing on a Saturday in June. Some of you probably remember that we enjoyed a fabulous outing in May last year, when I organised our first picnic at the very spot in our favourite park (Henry VIII used to hunt wild pigs and chase girls there once upon a time!) – we had some really lovely ladies from China, who were visiting BCU at the time. Now they have all gone back to different parts of China, but I hope that the memories of those fun moments have stayed with them:
Our 2016 summer picnic yesterday was bigger, with 18 adults and children, all having something to link them to BCU and the International Office. Again, I’d invited all the visiting academics from China to join us, including the newly arrived Professor Zhang and his wife, Professor You from Shenyang Normal University.
It was a great day out for family and friends. John and I were pleased to be the hosts for such a happy occasion. Several of us made hot and cold dishes to be enjoyed by everyone. Others brought drinks, fruit and snacks to be shared.
For the best part of the afternoon, it was cloudy but thankfully no rain, even though John had prepared to erect a gazebo for that eventuality.
Just like last year, we had a range of sporting activities and some of us took part, as you can see from the pictures below. Playing badminton was cool, but we had a great team building Frisbee session, involving more participants, even people outside our circle. Absolutely Fabulous!
As it happened, Boldmere was having a street music festival, so we headed there to get a taste of what it had to offer. John and I lived in Boldmere for ten years before we moved further north, so it was good to go back to the street I was so familiar with. It was packed.
There was music but we were too busy trying to find a place to sit down after our walk. Eventually we found a table in a crowded bar and had a chilled beer. It was a good wrap-up for an action and fun packed day.
It was a wonderful gathering, as you can see from all the various pictures taken by a number of friends at the party, and mostly by myself. I wish to thank my husband John for being an excellent co-host and first-rate organiser. I also wish to thank everyone who came to the party and make it such a memorable occasion.
Some of you will be pleased to know that I am already thinking about throwing another party in the not too distant future, and you never know, you could be invited to come along!