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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Visiting a Bristol Landmark

When my auntie and uncle from New Zealand visited I took them for a walk across Bristol's most iconic landmark Bristol Suspension Bridge.

It stretches across the Avon Gorge way above the river and always makes for an interesting walk.

We walked across from the Leigh Woods side.

Then on the Clifton side up to the Observatory. 

This gives a great view back down to the bridge. Note the shiny rock in the foreground of this picture, polished by many children's bottom sliding down.

My auntie added her mark before we descended fishing in her handbag for a small padlock to add to the railings.

A popular activity by the look of it.

Monday, 18 September 2017

On Goes the Partying

We have certainly made the most of the marquee over the weekend. Yesterday we held a surprise retirement party for a good friend and ex colleague.

I don't think I have ever told so many fibs in my life but it all paid off as she was completely suprised when she entered!

There were over 60 old friends, colleagues and family there for her which just shows what a popular person she is.

The catering was easy as everyone brought food and drink contributions including a variety of cupcakes.

There was the inevitable team photo.

What a busy weekend. Perhaps I shall be putting my feet up today..... Some hopes!

Sunday, 17 September 2017

The Detail

I thought I would share a little of the detail from the wedding. There was a definite agricultural theme throughout the day particularly of the dairy and hen theme.

The cake was made by her mum and iced and decorated by her sister.

The expresso martinis went down well! 

The fire pits certainly were welcome on a chilly September evening.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

The Wedding

The last two days have just flown by. The wedding went well and we were generally lucky with the weather. Brian's niece looked a picture. A good time was had by all. 
Here are a few moments of the day.

The wedding car was loaned by older daughter who had spent many hours cleaning and polishing it.

The rain held off for drinks and canap├ęs on the lawn.

There was celebrating and dancing well into the early hours of the following morning.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Dancing Shoes

The important day has arrived but yesterday there was a lot of action including the flower girls visiting and testing out the dance floor.
It's essential to try out the flip flops.

What an ideal place as well to try out your first steps!

Then of course to try the bridge.

Surely this transient rainbow has got to be a sign of good luck and there must be lots of treasure at the end of this one.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Take Three Thursday: More Preparation

Today I am joining Mary- Lou  with her Take Three Thursday. I am showing three pictures showing the continuing preparations.
Something is happening in the field now.

Things are definitely progressing.

It's getting quite exciting now.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Early Preparation

There is something big happening here soon and on Sunday morning some of the preparation began.

There is something going on down by the haha...

All will be revealed soon.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Saying Goodbye

Yesterday was a sad day for all the family. It was time to say goodbye to our wonderful dog Monty. He has been part of our family for the past 11 years throughout  the girls' teenage years.

He has always been loved by them and responded with gentle loyalty.

He always tolerated the cats antics around him.

And made a particularly good cushion.

It has also been a day of reflection and laughs at all his various antics. How he loved to wander off down the drive as soon as my back was turned. He had a reputation for jumping in visiting cars and pinching food, doughnuts, cakes, dog biscuits. This was particularly embarrassing when it was a customer! He had a smile for everyone that visited. 

He was the cheeky youngster who stole a remote control, a mobile phone, numerous hairbrushes and shoes from the house. All were taken down to his 'patch' under the apple tree to be chewed up if one of us didn't get there first. 
 More recently he has even had followers on my blog.

Over the weekend he received plenty of love from our many visitors.

I am pretty sure he will be remembered with great affection by not only us but by many visitors to the farm.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Gathering Together

There has been a lot of talk about having a get together of all of my mother's family and this weekend it finally happened. My auntie and uncle coming over from New Zealand for a holiday made an ideal time to meet up so on Saturday over 30 relatives descended on the farm.
My mother is the eldest of seven of which 5 were able to come. It was an ideal opportunity for some photos. These are taken by my younger daughter.
The five of the magnificent seven.

Then the whole gathering except two late comers. Monty was a little perplexed by the whole affair!

Then the youngsters went for a stroll around the farm.

Which of course included a little puddle splashing.

Some visitors stayed around for Sunday but now they have all left. Everything seems a little quiet without them all around.