Just spent the past ten days in Wales, celebrating the solstice and Philip's birthday. We had a few glorious days of warm, dry weather, when it was great to get out into the garden, strimming, weeding and cutting back the jungle which tends to take over if you take your eyes off it for a second, let alone a couple of weeks.
|After knocking the garden into shape - broad brush style|
However, the majority of the time we were there, it was just too wet and windy to be outside, which made us very twitchy about the party, as we wondered how everyone would fit into the house, without being able to spill out into the garden.
|Gazebo before the party|
|By the next morning the roof had collapsed in several places|
|Think you need a fleece to line the bottom of the tent, |
or at the very least, a very heavy-duty sleeping bag
Despite everything though, we all had a great time, in fact it was probably one of the best parties we've ever had. Great to catch up with people we hadn't seen for years, and we were so touched that so many people travelled to wild Wales to share the occasion.
|Sent to me by Norwegian friend Hilde, this painting is by the Danish artist,|
Kroeyer, who was also born in Norway. It's how Hilde imagined the party
and no doubt, the spirit it spot on, pity the sun didn't play ball.
|Love the little owls birthday card|
|Sandra's chocolate birthday cake|
So... Kate and I definitely had a head start, but were still up bright and early making the hummous, several spanakopita, many quiches, tabbouleh, plus green and tomato salads. Nibbles came out of bags and Kate, who spends much time in the Peloponnese, brought kilos of olives, feta and dolmades back from her village there. The vegetarian feast was eventually laid out on the table and there was just enough time left for us to get our party frocks on.
|I took photos later of Annalou's sketches - this is one of Paul...|
I think the dance lounge finally fizzled out at about 6.30am, maybe due to the, by then, unstable nature of the gazebo. Unabashed though, the younger element were out and about on the beach the next day with kite in tow, but frustratingly it was too windy to fly it!
|Lyra also joined in the music playing my earrings|
Last thing before lreaving we planted Mik and Sarah's birthday gift, a beautiful Meeches Quince. So looking forward to the wonderful scent of the fruit in the autumn in a couple of years.
I don't know how many of those who came to the party read my blog, but I'd like to say a big thank-you to each and every one of you for playing your own part in making Philip's party such a stupendously wonderful occasion. Cheers!
|Meeches Quince, planted so it s beautiful autumn foliage|
can be seen from the back terrace