Prettiest Wedding

July 19, 2010

The school grounds lend themselves perfectly for many an occasion and this year I am delighted we were the chosen venue for the prettiest wedding party.  There will be more photos to come, but have a look at these gorgeous flowers and simple table decorations…perfect summer wedding!

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Summer Reading

July 18, 2010

Book Club started earlier this year and has been a great success.  It’s early days still but the simple winning formula is working…a lovely bunch of mums (still waiting for a dad to join up!) and lots of laughs over drinks and nibbles.  Currently working my way through Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel with the rest of the Summer Reading List on the shelf in waiting…The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, Small Wars by Sadie Jones, Brooklyn by Colm Toibin and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer…I read this one last year and absolutely loved it, so much so I bought a few extra copies to share with friends and family!

 

I do love to prepare for an occasion and in this instance baking something worthy of a place in the exhibition marquee at our local village summer fete was top on my list of to dos…how thrilled was I to receive 1st prize!  It just happened to be my birthday too, and I could never have imagined a birthday present like this would have such a tremendous feel good factor.  At risk of over-analysing the confidence boost is terrific and the many smiles my prize has brought is a joy.

Gosh, lucky me!  But the cakes were not so lucky…darling HM was ever so helpful packing the car after a long and hot day at the fete and dropped the tray of cakes in the process!  Oh well, there was still the banana bread to enjoy (2nd prize if you are interested and only a little bit squashed in the back of the car) and of course I had some extra cakes in the fridge at the house waiting to be eaten.

Note:  The rather battered but gorgeous tin plate was a carboot sale find and I will post how-tos for the sweet strawberries, HMWxx