Friday, 27 February 2015

And back to normal...

Well, kind of. It seems to be weird, time passes so slowly but we are gradually getting back to our normal routine! We found out from E., on Wednesday, that she went down with Norovirus on Friday after we had been walking with her on Wednesday. She thinks she picked it up on Thursday! Wow, how lucky were we not to go down with that for the wedding!!

On a cold, dark and blustery winter day, we needed cheering up so I made us some gorgeous yellow spicy sweetcorn soup:
Then for tea we had a low calorie macaroni cheese (gee, glad we only eat in season, these tomatoes were truly awful!):
The rest of it though was very nice.

The sun is out today, for the morning only, so I feel a need to stroll around the gardens, front and back, taking note on how things are doing. Our snowdrops are fully up at last, although not as tall as this variety we found whilst out on a walk:
The miniature daffodils are just 1" tall so a long way for them to go yet. However, one job we need to do in the next week or so is to lay some rocks to help define our inner front circle of plants. We have been given these by E., and have been waiting for both the snowdrops and little daffodils to show where they are so as not to squash them under a rock.

It looks like some of our Spring bulbs will have to be lifted and moved to create way but that is fine, everything was beginning to move outwards and lose it shape as well as infringing on the path area.

That is it for this week folks, batten down the hatches for some very wet and windy weather in the next few days. Have a lovely weekend.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Wedding pictures

Here are just a few - we are not on this picture as I was taking it! This was the bride (and groom) with some of her family - in relaxed mode when they thought no-one was watching:
Although it was a sunny day, there was a biting wind and for the most part, we had to be out of the sun to get the light right for the photographer. That is why the bride and bridesmaids are wearing pashmina's. The rest of us froze and had to keep nipping indoors when we could to thaw out!

The dogs came to have their pictures taken and were then taken away again (Little Miss M raring to go) as usual and no, they are not still on photo-shopped out leads, they were told to sit and stay and they did:
After the breakfast, we all relaxed, some went back to their rooms for a rest. DS and DDL stayed in their wedding outfits to greet the evening guests. DS, DB and the best man all stayed in their suits for the dancing, whereas the bride changed into a lovely evening dress. Unfortunately I didn't manage to grab a picture.

You'll have to excuse the next pictures, trying to take photographs in a darkened room with lots of quick moving people was hard work. The mid-evening excellent band was called Contraband, you can read about them here:
The band for the barn dance was called Rufus Return and were excellent - highly recommended. You can read more about them here:
Herewith the swirling masses:

Again we are not on any of them although I hope we will be on some of the official ones!

We drove home on the Sunday, through 5 hours of driving rain and high winds! We both slept like logs all the night and are at last, beginning to relax. This wonderful wedding has occupied our brains for 18 months or so and now it doesn't - what will we do with our time!

The wedding breakfast room set up

The side room where seating plan, basket for cards and a lidded basket full of disposable camera's:
As you entered the room, looking towards the top:
The the bottom where we all came in, each guest table had a sheaf of dried wheat on it with the table name, all game bird based:
Top table above with the biggest dried flower display:

Here is the wedding cake - the maker has captured their dogs wonderfully:

Little Miss M on the left, Master L in the middle and Miss S on the right, resting after they have chased through the woods (hence the leaves), sitting by the shotgun! The bottom picture was after the base layer had been eaten during the breakfast and even buffet.

So, what did we have to eat. The sample menu is below, on the day, the main course was a lot more dapper with mini cubes of vegetables rather than the big ones plonked on the plate shown here:

To start - Venison and Parma ham terrine with MiL's home made onion marmalade rather than the pink stuff shown here, olive oil crisps and salad:
Main was duck confit with bubble and squeak, piperade of winter vegetables (tiny cubes!) and a Rosemary au jus - the below sample menu picture looked awful but on the day, it was top restaurant style serving:
Finally the dessert, Passion fruit sorbet and parfait with a white chocolate sauce:
I have now updated the menu tab above to reflect the meals and cost of the meat for the relevant week.