It has been a busy few weeks gadding around, and I managed to eke my big birthday out over this period culminating in a small (but select) Garden Party on Saturday.
I had put down a start time as 2.30pm thinking that nobody would turn up until 3pm.... I was wrong! Within fifteen minutes a number of friends and family arrived with garden chairs and bottles in hand, and nabbed choice places. Therefore, I was hot-and-bothered before it had already started trying to locate the practical things like kitchen-foil, ice-bags and serving spoons! Thank goodness, I have very talented friends who concocted dips and nibbles, and baked fairy-cakes, rice-crispy cakes, Brownies and biscuits.... thank you (and YUMMY!).
Paul and I had spent hours over the previous weekcutting the grass, strimming and weeding, watering and dead-heading, so we thought we were pretty organised, but there is always something isn't there? The weather was good - warm but with some cloud cover, which was actually of benefit because there is no real shade to be had. Paul had complied a 'play-list' - so the chink of glasses accompanied the strains of Mozart, Vivaldi and Elgar.... you see, we're all "growed-up" now!?!
It was so lovely to have so many guests (35) and to be able to enjoy the garden - which less than 18 months ago was a complete jungle. I have to admit we have been in "show-off" mode as it has definitely come together pretty well since the spring. Naturally a number of people helpfully informed me of the provenance of quite a few weeds on view - but hey, I can cope with that!
Needless to say, I started numerous conversations but didn't actually manage to finish many of them; this is the problem of hosting any kind of get-together, but I am very grateful to everyone who came, and a big "thank you" again for the lovely cards and gifts.