Glad to know that some of you have also been away exploring the far flung reaches of the globe and that (in and amongst weddings, birthdays, and sporting events) we’ve had a few new members of the family too – exciting times!
It’s five weeks today since we returned from the States and I think it’s been our busiest summer yet!
Isn’t it a joy though when you can rely on the weather, so that days to the seaside, BBQs, birthdays, and weddings all go according to plan, with no need to bring an umbrella or cardigan?!
My mum’s birthday was on the 3rd July and so we drove over to see her and take her out for dinner. There is a fabulous little Italian restaurant local to her, and we motored our way through some delicious pasta with a glass of chianti!
I bought her the cook’s essentials Soup Maker as she and Joe have an allotment. Last year, she was almost buried under a mountain of courgettes and green beans so I thought this might ease her soup-making burden.
It was great to be a part of the celebrations and gave Colin and I a chance to spend some time with Simon’s mum, dad, and his sister’s family too.
The fabulous weather has meant I’ve spent a lot more time in the garden and I’m really proud of my pots this year. Of course, Richard Jackson’s Flower Power is mainly responsible for this display.
For the first time in years, I am also growing vegetables in the trug Colin built for me :). I have potatoes, courgettes, and tomatoes. Oh, and the fig tree mum bought me for Christmas has 12 figs on it, I’m thrilled!
We also took delivery of a fire pit. We’d had several cracking evenings in America gathered around these open fires.
So Colin ordered one online and, although the delivery man muttered something under his breath about hernias, we’ve had nothing but pleasure from it. Oh, and a slightly singed lawn :).
We inherited a massive BBQ when we bought this house, and it’s really come into its own this year. Mitch and Ali spent an evening with us and their lamb koftas were the talk of the village – probably because of the the orange glow in the sky – they were a little flammable!
Infact, we decided to try out more local produce when Ros and Chris came to stay – the joys of living in a rural environment eh?!
Rob (on the right) was one of the first friends Sam made when we moved from the Midlands in 1995. They still live in the same village – well Rob is away at Uni and about to begin a PhD – but the reason for the trip is because of Edd.
He is representing Great Britain in the World Unicycling Championships in Montreal.
A little unusual I know, but he is really is quite incredible on just the one tyre! They will stay there for a fortnight, then drive into America, and continue their trip across four States. It’s the longest time Sam has been away and he has been struggling just recently with his leg, but he was determined to go, so I will keep you in touch with his progress.
As you can see, we have certainly had our fair share of BBQs and birthdays, but there was also a very special wedding that we attended just last week.
Colin and I had met him a while ago, and it was obvious how happy they made each other. They were married just over a week ago at a beautiful old church in Straford-upon-Avon. The sun shone, the bells rang, the children played, and we all had the best of times.
It wouldn’t really have mattered if the rain had fallen, as predicted, but it was an absolute bonus that it didn’t! I have to say it made both Colin and I even more excited about our forthcoming nuptials, and we think we may well have found the perfect venue too! Watch this space – I’ll let you know as soon as I do.
Talking of watching, I thought you might like to see this little bit of an introduction to my August Jewellery Pick – yes of course it’s Diamonique, and a truly, stylish yet simple design. Based around the ever popular linear look, its clean lines make it really easy to wear – so I hope you’ll like it as much as I do.
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Finally, as promised, I have been working on a new competition – Ali’s Audio – which if successful, will hopefully become a regular feature on the blog.
All you have to do is guess what this ‘seasonal sound’ is and leave a comment below.
The competition closes at midnight on the 15th August – find the terms and conditions here.
A little clue to help you… the noise is linked to an insect, seen at this time of the year! I will look forward very much to reading your guesses :).
I hope you have a great week and will have a few moments to let me know how you’re getting on.
With my love, Ali xx