And Papa's birthday and the start of the school holiday were a just the opportunities our family needed to plan a party.
The children, busy with exams last week, chose yesterday as party day and they organised all the fun and games to make it very special indeed for their beloved Papa.
They bobbed for apples, danced and tucked into delicious birthday cake once they had all joined in singing Happy Birthday to Papa Dave.
A highlight of the celebration was a tug of war between the male and female staff.
Everyone cheered their loudest as the competition took place. It was a hard fought battle, but the final outcome was that the women triumphed.