Monday 5 August 2013


Hello, yes it's been a while...... I've been a bad blogger!
I can give lots of reasons, the main one being lack of va va voom due to an ongoing but not serious health problem. Slowly my mojo is coming back and I am eager to get back in the blogging saddle!

I would love to share some of the good times we have had as a family over the last few months, they have made all the horrible times a lot more bearable xxx 

Our Granddaughter, Soraya, turned 4 and we celebrated with a Cowgirl party complete with gorgeous little ponies!                                          

A lovely time was had by everyone!

A trip to Legoland, Windsor.....

Lego heaven for this little girl!
We spent two nights at the Legoland Hotel with our Granddaughter, staying in one of the Kingdom rooms. We had forgotten what energy 4 year olds have! We had a lovely time though, Papa ended up in a bunkbed whilst our Princess slept with me in the very regal big bed!

 A very proud day for our family. Our eldest son, Chris, received his Executive MBA from Emmanuel College, CambridgeThe ceremony was amazing, all in LatinSuch tradition dating back hundreds of years.Chris did exceptionally well, holding down a full time career and climbing the odd mountain now and then, as well as obtaining such an amazing degree. The sun also shone for us!
                                                                 Our boy!
                                                                Hallowed halls
                                                And the proof.........

May is a month of birthdays in our family and I certainly had a lovely one.

I was very spoilt indeed by my lovely family and friends

A lovely, restful holiday in Ireland

The view we woke up to every day. Lough Derg in Tipperary is so beautiful, I could never get tired of this view.

Beautiful sunsets

Gorgeous old churches. This one dates back to the 11th century and is still used for worship.

View from one of the many lovely restaurants we found.
No trip to Ireland would be complete for me without a trip to the Nicholas Mosse pottery shop, above is a piccie of the old mill at Bennetsbridge, Kilkenny. I could spend a fortune there, nearly did!
I am always sad to leave Ireland, leaving my Mum and Dad behind but I know I  will return soon.

Our baby girl turned 30!
She will always be my little girl!

A wonderful Mummy to her two little cutie pies but sometimes still a little girl!

30 stinks! 
(56 stinks even more)
We love you baby girl!

Our garden did get a little attention but not as much as usual...

we planted a few new rose bushes....

and the peonies were beautiful while they lasted.

Also managed to buy one or two new bits and bobs for the cottage.......

A pretty Spode dinner service bought at a local Charity shop, love it xx

Another gorgeous armoire to house my collection of Swarovski crystal bought for me by our eldest son, Chris, every year since he was 14. The pieces get larger every year as he climbs the career ladder and I wanted something special to show them in their true beauty. As with our other armoire it was painted and supplied by Lucretia at Village Chic. Love her furniture!

I have lots of reasons to be cheerful and grateful and I am thankful for them everyday.

This little rascal has given me lots of giggles and kisses, the best medicine of all!

Such fun, watching him grow.
I promise to be a better blogger from now on,




Lynne  – (5 August 2013 at 20:51)  

Thank you for your beautiful month to month post. I follow your 'little grands' through your daughters blog, and I think your blog too every once in awhile. I love your Spode find and in my Ireland trips, I too spend some coins on Nicholas Mosse pottery . . .

Thank you for visiting me today at Irish Garden House!

Angie Berry ~ Berry Homespun Primitives  – (5 August 2013 at 23:16)  

My goodness you've had a busy few months but what precious memories you are making. Congratulations to Chris!

Laurie  – (5 August 2013 at 23:45)  

It's so good to have you back Anne Marie, I missed you! I'm glad you are feeling better. I have to say, your synopsis of the last few months was amazing! What special memories to cherish forever. Happy belated birthday, and blessings to you.

Becca  – (6 August 2013 at 02:54)  

Beautiful daughter and grandaughter

Melinda  – (6 August 2013 at 16:34)  

Glad to see you back in blogland!
So sorry to hear that you have been under the weather.

Does look like you were able to have lots of fun though--good!

Take care.


Tracy  – (24 August 2013 at 23:13)  

Hi Anne Marie I just wanted to say hello and introduce myself as your partner for the Autumn swap. I'm looking forward to finding out more about you from your blog xx

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