But first a quick look back (with pictures) on what seems to have been a very busy 4 weeks.Nina's early birth being the start. She's out of hospital, weighing in at a heavy 5lb 12oz - not bad to say she was 4lb 6oz only 4 weeks ago. The tube is out, so no feeding through that any more, which meant she could be taken for a night away in Dartmouth and to the Hidden Hut feast night on Thursday. Below is my favourite picture of her taken at about 8 days. I am so looking forward to seeing her again in a couple of days.
In between the hospital visits at Spring Bank we had lots of fun with family and friends down in Cornwall. Packing this year seem to be a mammoth task as it included taking this rather large box of alcohol down for Becky and Tom who had a static van on the site
our hallway looked like this at one point
and the car and caravan loaded with not just our stuff but things for Charlotte and Angus and camping gear for Jonathan and Fran
But we made it, and our usual pitch was waiting for us although the sea fret/fog was so bad you couldn't see over the hedge 15 meters away.
We had our usual 'French Sunday lunch on a Saturday' catering for 14 this year. The last car to arrive were Jonathan, Fran, Becky and Tom who had been on the road for 9 hours having driven down from Stafford and getting caught in some of the worse traffic for a long time.
We still managed all our usual activities, going on the beach
watching the sun set over Trevose Head
Breakfast at Jamie Oliver's 15, Watergate Bay
More picnics on the beach and swimming in the sea
Coffee and cake at Scott and Babs at Retorrick Mill, St Mawgan
An evening walk on Constantine beach with Charlotte who had come home for the night.
and a couple of hours in Padstow before we left
Looking back at all the pictures we did managed to pack a lot in.
On returning, life didn't slow down as I was now chief 'final preparation person' for Becky's hen weekend at Garden Cottage Appleton Roebuck near York. It had been Charlotte's task to organised Becky's hen weekend which she had done, but of course could now not go to. 4 x A4 sheets of notes were passed on to me which included food and drink list, contact numbers for activities, money for various payments and a full itinerary complete with times for the weekend. Our hall again was full of stuff to take and the car loaded nearly to the roof for the second time in two weeks, and yes there did seem rather a lot of alcohol as the cool box was full too!
It all ran very smoothly. The cottage slept 13 and was lovely especially after being trimmed up
the bride arrived
so almost a full team
a photo booth was set up providing much hilarity
the belly dancing class was greeted with enthusiasm.
afternoon tea at the Cedar Court Grand Hotel in York was - well take a look for yourselves
It was after that, that I left them to it, returning later on Sunday with David, his brother and sister in law where we took over the house for the final night after they had all gone and enjoyed a very pleasant evening.
Life still remained busy even after all that as we were on duty again at the sailing club so more food needed preparing for that. I've been working extra at the clinic covering for colleagues away on holiday. Becky and Tom's wedding is now getting closer so I am getting my head round all that needs to be done for that. This was this weeks job - planting buckets up so they'll be in full bloom and look lovely outside at the venue.
So there you are, all up to date - well apart from my elderflower cordial making but that will keep for another day as by now you're probably loosing the will to live!!
Till the next time xxx