A Special Day at Denbies

December 12, 2011

…..Saturday December 10th 2011…..

My Cousin Mark and his Girlfriend Katarina held their wedding at Denbies Wine Estate in Surrey.

It was a lovely cold frosty atmospheric December afternoon and a gathering of our extended family, most of whom we haven’t seen in four years. How nice to all be together again to celebrate a happy event.

The food was lovely, albeit lacking in meat!, and the wine certainly flowed. We were treated to a tour of the estate on a little train and a private wine tasting which was very fun.

The Bride and bridesmaids looked beautiful, and my cousin Mark and his Best Man, his Brother Peter both looked very dapper in their tails.

Anna-Bell had a lovely day at Kizzie’s cuddling up on the sofa with her and playing with Poppy.

We got back at 9pm after a fast frosty drive, and flopped in front of X Factor!

…..No doubt, my late Grandparents would have been looking down on us all at the event and smiling with pride at their lovely family……



Happy Thanksgiving!

November 24, 2011

…..Or more commonly known in this house as ‘Pumpkin Pie Day!…..

I had to rush around after school yesterday to get the items for our menu. This year it will just be a quiet version for Julian and I, oh, and Anna-Bell of course-she loves turkey.

I’m doing a Barefoot Contessa style menu, so our sides will be Parmsesan mashed potatoes, sprouts, red cabbage and carrot puree.

I am yet to decide whether I can get my act together to make the corn bread at 4pm after school, it will be ‘puff’ depending! And I think the Pumpkin Pie is getting missed out this year as it’s just the 2 of us, I’ll whip up a butterscotch dessert instead, but we are still celebrating as we have a lot to thank those Pilgrim Fathers for!

One of my friends, Sara has been FB-ing a daily Thank you in her ‘November of Thankfullness’, a brilliant idea. Another one of my friends, Patricia, uses her 365 photo to post a ‘Day of Gratitude’.

I think I should have  a year of gratitude-there is just so much to be thankful for. Family, Friends and in this time of recession, Financial Security. I might not have the best of health but I function with what I have got and I am eternally thankful for all the support and love I have received from such an incredible network of friends here.

I truly have the best partner and the best doggie daughter I could ever wish for: Yes, I am truly thankful this Thanksgiving.

…..So may your turkey be stuffed full and may your house smell delicious and may all your dreams and prayers be answered. Happy Thanksgiving….

Foggy Birthday Party!

November 21, 2011

…..Yesterday we had an incredible day of thick, cold fog…..

We went to visit my Sister in Esher as it was Oliver’s birthday, and I tried to take photos coming round the M25 whilst J was driving-but you could barely make out the dot matrix boards. The Christmas lights in Ruislip were seemingly invisible as the cloud was really down to ground level.

One of my dear friends, Michelle put this picture online a few days ago and I asked to borrow it.

It gives a really good indication of how fog can affect me. Although we did celebrate Oli-Will’s birthday and managed a very foggy walk around my Sister’s estate.

And then last night, as quickly as the fog had appeared, it went! When we went out again at 8pm to pick up some pizza express salads, it was largely gone. Not soon enough though, given the havoc it played with my lungs particularly in the late afternoon as darkness fell. But a bolus dose of Pred and the air con running on dehumidify all night long has now largely fixed things again for me!

…..And yes, sometimes it is ok to just sit and breathe, particularly if it is really foggy outside!…..



Bonfire Night/Guy Fawkes : November 5th

November 5, 2011

…..So tonight is November 5th. If your lungs are like mine, don’t breathe for a few days!…..

So who exactly was Guy Fawkes?

In 1605, thirteen young men planned to blow up
the Houses of Parliament. Their leader was 
Guy Fawkes, Britain’s most notorious traitor. 

On the very night that the Gunpowder Plot was foiled, on November 5th, 1605, bonfires were set alight to celebrate the safety of the King. Since then, November 5th has become known as Bonfire Night. The event is commemorated every year with fireworks and burning effigies of Guy Fawkes on a bonfire.


Personally, I loathe fireworks night. The noise, the cold, the damp, the smell of the gunpowder which lingers for days, and the mere fact that now we seem to have Fireworks Season rather than fireworks night. It all makes for a nasty time for those of us with bad lungs. Last night the weekend seemed to kick off with the first of the local displays. I mean, we’ve just suffered Armageddon aka Diwali, and Armageddon 2 aka Hallowe’en weekend, and now this :-/ I also have a panic stricken tiny doglet who is terrified of fireworks. The pair of us had to venture out into the great rocket filled unknown last night for her trips to the toilet-and every time, a rocket banged overhead and shot us both out of our skins. And every time I had to breathe in that musty damp smoky gunpowder, the air tainted with phosphorous and sulphur, I induced massive horrid coughing spasms. I gave up and passed the buck for Julian to take her out-plus, he being pack leader managed to coax a wee wee out of her!

I never really enjoyed fireworks as a kid. My memory is of being cold, tired and sitting on Daddy’s shoulders getting pins and needles in my feet! And now I’m a firework avoider with these lungs and a miniature doglet to protect.

Thankfully, Guy Fawkes failed and was hanged. I do however wonder what we are celebrating on November 5th? His hanging or his failure?

…..Whatever your take on tonight, just watch those lungs, and be safe…..

Celebrating Jonny’s Birthday

October 25, 2011

…..A great day was had by all on Sunday at  Elbury…..

We all gathered (a week late) to celebrate Jonny’s 27th birthday. My parents were fresh back from California and my sister and I were happy not to be worrying about school this week as we are now both on half term.

It was beautiful weather and we had lots of fun and a lovely walk over the common in the afternoon.

…..And everybody got a lovely cuddle with Anna-Bell!…..

Our Wiff Waff Day!

September 5, 2011

…..Do you Wiff Waff, or should I say, Ping Pong?…..

On Saturday we had a fun Family Day to celebrate my Sister’s husband, David’s birthday, and the arrival of their new outdoor Table Tennis Table.

It was a great afternoon, the sun shone and Oliver arranged a proper tournament that Alexander won, and everybody had a go at playing Wiff Waff, well, that is, except AB and Tiger. It seems hilarious that in my Father’s photo collage, AB seems to have appeared on everybody’s laps, except the cats.

Tiger is huge-more Maine Coon than Cat. She slept all afternoon and it was AB who spotted the mouse trotting across the patio and up the grape vine!

I was so stiff the next day-I need paracetamol to get my legs going again. Mum did her back in and Dad was, well, rather wiff-waffed out!

…..In my dear old Grandparents traditional of Family Fun Days, it looks like the Wiff Waff tournament is going to become an annual event!…..

Happy 1st Birthday, AB!

August 5, 2011

…..Today we wish our little doglet a Happy 1st Birthday…..

And yesterday we had a lovely get together with Mum, Dad, S-J and the boys coming for Pimms and nibbles and cupcakes.

Everybody was so kind spoiling AB rotten with new toys and birthday cards.

It’s unusual to be here at this time of the year so we decided to make it a fun Family occasion as on future birthdays we may well be in Palm Springs. Sadly though, Julian was at work and starts his night shift today, but of course we are all cool as cucumbers in this house now, which gave birthday doglet a chance to wear her pretty party dress yesterday!

…..Many Happy Returns, little doglet! We love you so much and thank you for all the joy you bring everybody…..