Mrs The Millbrooker celebrated her birthday on Thursday in style (if slightly damply) with all of the offspring joining us along with Dong and Shazzerooneypoos in a trip to Paignton and on to Dartmouth on the steam railway and Kingswear ferry.
She's seen above in a group-hug with the feminine side of the younger generation, Rob not being very into physical displays of familial harmony.
It was, without doubt, a grey day weather wise and occasionally we dodged a bit more of a downpour than might have been comfortable, but in true British style, we carried on and enjoyed ourselves anyway.
We spent a short time in Paignton in search of mindless tacky fun, and found it in abundance.
Here, you see Rob and yours truly racing ersatz motorbikes through cartoon mountain scenery - great fun. Rob won, but only just.
We all spent a happy hour wasting money and being very silly, Dong particularly enjoyed shooting some moose and wild turkeys as Shazzer looked on admiringly:
After being very silly in Paignton, we took the steam train to Kingswear and a lunch in The Royal Dart which could have been a bit more appetising if truth be told.
The Royal Dart is a welcoming and friendly place, but the chef didn't do a great job with our steaks at all: overcooked and barely warm! But the ale was good and we had a well sited table overlooking the river.
After lunch, we took the ferry to Dartmouth and enjoyed a wander around the alleyways and admired the lovely medieval architecture:
All too soon it was time to catch the return ferry - here's The Birthday Girl disembarking for the return to Paignton:
'Twas a grand day out; Cousin Dave was missed, but he had another engagement involving furthering his career as Plymouth's own contribution to modern artistry.
There's a more complete set of photos of the day out on the link at the top right of the blog - click there if you want to see more, and pass the mouse pointer over any photo to see the full caption.