Wednesday, 17 January 2018

The Wedding.

On Friday we set off for Cornwall to the wonderful wedding venue Trevenna Barns near Bodmin.  

The weather wasn't brilliant and on the Saturday the wedding day, it rained all day although it didn't manage to dampen anyone's spirits and an amazing and fantastic day was had by all who attended.  I don't think I have ever had such fun in a very long time.  So much laughter, dancing and enjoyment of the whole time we were down there.

Sunday morning was a complete contrast, a beautiful blue sky.  It was a real shame it wasn't like this on the Saturday as no outside photos were able to be taken due to the constant rain, but hopefully once we get the photos we won't be disappointed.  If the engagement photos were anything to go by, the wedding photos should be equally as brilliant.

I didn't take any photos while I was there, so am relying on a few photos taken by other family members.  


The reception was held here.






The ceremony was held in the room to the side, an intimate setting, and a beautiful ceremony, personally written by both the bride and groom.


The very delicious wedding cake and yes that is a Lego topper!

Sunday morning pictures of the venue.  As you will see, it is very picturesque and tranquil.

(Actually I did take these photos)









We bought home one of the table flowers and our wedding favours, name cards (not in this photo) and glass decoration toppers.


I am so very proud of my son who organised it all himself.  Both him and his bride make a wonderful couple and we wish them much happiness in their future life together.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

A Wedding Garter

Yesterday I got out my lace and ribbons, and made the garter for my future daughter in law to wear at her wedding.  I think the lace is possibly vintage as it was in my grandmother's 'stash' so this might be the 'Something Old'  covered as well as the 'Something New', although of course her wedding dress is also new so that is well catered for.




Wednesday, 3 January 2018

A Wedding Ring Cushion


I spent all day sewing today...planning, drawing, tracing, practising, painting, handsewing, more hand sewing, some machine sewing and more hand sewing and finished the ring cushion.  It is not as perfect as I would have liked, but it is done and the bride and groom are happy with it, which is the main thing.  I wanted to make it earlier enough (okay so only 10 days away from the wedding) that if they didn't like it they could buy one.  Fortunately they do like it.


The little ribbon tag on the side says 'Mr and Mrs' 

Trying to get a decent photo at 4 pm in the afternoon is virtually impossible, the light is so poor.


My trusty Featherweight 222K did well on the few machine sewn parts.


Tuesday, 2 January 2018

First Posting 2018!

Happy New Year to all!

I had planned to write this yesterday, but well best laid plans and all that....I'm full of good intentions and making plans, but don't always (often?) manage to follow through on them.



Each morning, once I have been up a while, had breakfast, cups of tea etc., I embark on my numerous exercises given to me by the physiotherapist.  There are now 19 to work through and I think it takes me about 40 minutes to complete them all.  I have been putting on a couple of old Shirley Bassey records I was given while I do them...one side takes me about half way through.  I need to dig out the rest of my records, they are tucked away in a cupboard somewhere...no good there, I can't listen to them hidden away!

The guinea pigs were cleaned out and had their nails clipped New Year's Eve, and the two rather 'long term' boarders have finally gone home to live with my son and his fiancee.  We took them up there late yesterday afternoon.  We enjoyed a nice evening with them and had a meal.    Seems strange to think that my eldest son will now no longer live at home.  Although I cleared his room back in June when he went back on board ship, the reality didn't really set in until late November when he arrived home and moved into his house.  Back to the guinea pigs though...I want to change the Caviary (aka shed) around this week, so will perhaps start that today perhaps tomorrow now.




I bought us a money jar at Sainsbury's last week, it was in the sales.  I actually bought two and gave one to my son and future dil for Christmas.  In hindsight I wish I'd bought three as I suddenly thought of another use for one after reading something on a blog, while I was 'cruising round blogisphere'.  Anyway our jar is going to be sealed and used for loose change and any extra we feel like putting in it over the course of the year and will be opened either just before Christmas or at the end of the year.  Not sure exactly when yet.  It will be interesting to see how much we manage to save.

Lots of people have a 'word for the year' and mine is going to be HEALING.  I really am determined to heal this year.  In many ways pain has dictated my life for far too long and has damaged me in more ways than one.  I am hoping that all the treatments I have been having and the exercises I do at home will eventually start to have a noticeable and definite effect.  So far the jury is still out, as I am still in a lot of pain most of the time, more so in the mornings, during the night and in the evenings.  Of course this has been a 'goal' of mine for the last almost ten years, but whilst there is still hope and all that jazz!



It is looking pretty grey, dull and dreary outside today. Actually it has been very wet ALL day today.  I might  did venture over to Hobbycraft to get some things I need to make my son a ring cushion for his wedding day which is in gasp, 11 days!  How did it come round so quickly?  He is organised, but am I?  I don't even have anything to wear, having put on weight over the course of last year due to increased inactivity because of the extra pains etc that have gone on over the last year.  I know I won't lose enough before the wedding, so have decided not to worry too much about it, as hopefully when I can increase my walking and mobility, the weight will return to what it should be. I loath to buy an outfit that I will only wear once though, so need to try and work out what to get that will get used again.


I faffed a little today with the coffee table display...

How is it 4 pm already??  I need to get a roast on so better get cracking with the preparations.  I also want to get in a practice session on my clarinet today and am fast running out of time.  It took me a lot longer to go to Hobbycraft today than I was expecting.  The traffic was terrible, and here I was thinking that the wet weather would keep people in!  

Well that was rather a rambling, disjointed post...I will try better next time!







Sunday, 31 December 2017

New Year's Eve

A few photos to round off the year...



I forgot to show the Santa 'Russian' dolls...so here they are.

A few days before Christmas (on 21st December) my husband and I celebrated our 20th Wedding Anniversary.  I say 'celebrated' a bit tongue in cheek as unfortunately I had to go to the funeral of one of our friends, who was actually at our wedding 20 years ago.  Not only that the power went off at 10.30 am and didn't get fixed until almost midnight!



My husband bought me 12 yellow roses as he knows how much I adore yellow roses, and I think he buys these for me most years.



As I had to return the orchids I had been looking after for the last six months to my son who has returned home from sea for a while and is now living in his own house, I asked if I could have some orchids for our anniversary.  So my husband bought me three!


This more unusual one.


Plus a lovely pink/purple orchid



and a beautiful white orchid.


I hope these do as well as the Sailor's did in this spot.

Today I just caught up on a few jobs around the house.  


Fresh clean bedding


New duvet covers that were bought during the Black Friday Sales. 



A quiet evening in with a roast for dinner - I ate too much!  

Wishing everyone a safe New Year's Eve, however you choose to celebrate it and all the best for a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Christmas Decorations

We didn't have many decorations out this year and didn't even have a tree.  It took me almost until Christmas Eve to get into the Festive frame of mind.  Decorating/renovating just before Christmas is not always such a good idea, as you have such a lot of clearing up and sorting to do afterwards!


The decorations started out simple, some fairy lights, poinsettia, an angle and a reindeer. 


Ten days before Christmas, Santa was spotted walking up the road, perhaps he was checking who had good?


His Sleigh was out playing music and very prettily lit up.


I thought I better start making a bit more effort so donned some Christmas leggings the Sailor had brought home for me from his travels.


The little unit in the hallway gathered a few more decorations.


This year's new Christmas Tree ornament (without the tree!)  We buy a new ornament each year.


My favourite decoration for this year was this little group of houses and church, I just love this and it fits on the little shelf below the fireplace just perfectly.


Some of my dolls eventually got dressed in some Christmas finery Christmas Eve.  


Christmas Eve we took the dogs for a walk and admired the colourful array of decorations that people had put up outside.  One house in particular had gone to a lot of effort.




On the other side of their driveway were also a colourful selection of candy canes.  It looked ever so pretty.

Lastly, my son went all out and his tree is decorated beautifully!


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Since this morning, when I started writing this post,  we ventured out and discovered that one of the local garden centres we visit had all Christmas decorations half price, so we bought some candy canes and some more little houses!


Looking out our front door...



A close up of one of our snowmen - I think we bought them last year, or the year before last.


I have a lovely little village now for when I have a proper fireplace mantel!