Day 68 - he returns
Saturday, 06 November 2010
It's been precisely 19 days since I last blogged which is, I'm ashamed to say, pretty poor form. I've got a smattering of feeble excuses:
- We were on holiday last week and I had to write a blog for the BBC gardening website (I get paid for that one so it has to take priority). Take a look and leave a comment if you fancy.
- The house is still upside down after the radiator fiasco and I've been busy getting it up to scratch.
- I attempted to make a Christmas cake while the radiator was being replaced. It was a success, although I'm still finding dried fruit in interesting places.
- We got a puppy on Friday. We took the puppy back on Monday. I won't ever blog about this as it was extremely upsetting.
Anyway, I'm here now and it seems there's a bit of catching up to do. After my last blog Stacy asked me to write about Maddie May's Christening and Henri requested more info on Gemma's vintage dress and my container shoot. So, let's deal with these first...
Maddie May (Gemma's cousin's baby) was Christened on 17 October. It was a lovely service, Maddie and her parents (Stacy and Andy) looked great and there was a nice knees up in the pub afterward. Gemma, Ida and me managed to dress in matching clothes by TOTAL accident (promise), which caused quite a bit of laughter from the rest of the family. Here we all are:
My autumn container shoot for BBC Gardeners' World magazine
was a great success. Sarah Cuttle
did a brill job of the photographs and we managed to shoot loads before the light faded. It was really nice to make the most of the garden
, too and I was pleasantly surprised by how good it looked in photographs. I'm afraid I can't really say any more. Gardeners' World own the copyright to the pictures (so I can't show you any of the containers) and I suspect they want to keep the material secret until publication next autumn. Don't worry though, I'll be sure to tell you when the projects are in print. You'll have to buy a copy of the magazine then. Here's Sarah's camera in my garden to prove she was there and it's not all an elaborate tale:
Okay, last but not least, Gemma's vintage dress. As many of you may know it's my 21st birthday at the beginning of December and I'm having a spectacularly extravagant dinner and dance to celebrate. There's been all sorts of excitable dress buying from my female friends and, I must say, I'm thrilled with the effort they're all making. Gemma, being the first lady of the night, wants to make an impression although has very specific criteria for her frock:
- Long sleeves
- Empire line
- Makes the most of her er assets
Have you spotted any dresses with these specifications recently? I doubt it. In the end we looked to an entirely different decade to find something to fit the bill and, would you believe it, the 1970s came up trumps. We're keeping the source of the frock an absolute secret and there's not a chance I'm going to post a picture of it - you'll have to wait until December for that.
Okay, that's the requests dealt with. What else have I got to tell you about this week? Not much, I'm afraid. Ida and me have both had colds of epic proportions, I decorated my office, bought a second-hand filing cabinet, titivated in the garden and made some sloe gin
. I've had a little breather from work, which has been lovely as I know I've got some really big projects just 'round the corner. Here's the gin:
I'm feeling a bit guilty about not writing more about the garden although, if I'm honest, I haven't been outside much recently. I've planted my bulbs, the borders are neat and tidy, all my tender stuff is away for the winter (although I don't know why I bothered because it's been scorchio here the last couple of days) and there's not much else to do. I'll soon be onto full-on Christmas-project mode, so expect endless tales of holly, ivy and craft shortly.
Sorry if this is a bit of a dull post. I need another good domestic disaster to spice things up a bit.
Until next time...
Ooh, it's our choir's
studio recording tomorrow! Gemma and me are very excited and I'll paste a link of us singing our little hearts out sometime soon.