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Married with one teenager. Love reading most genre, ok not scary stuff!!! Interested in genealogy. Have been tracing my family history since 1985. If you come across any errors or inconsistencies on this blog, please contact me so that I might look at correcting it or at least make a note that there are inconsistencies (which unfortunately happens)

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Dear Mum

Dear Mum :)

I saw you the other day as I was rushing from the kitchen to the back room. Standing so quietly that I nearly missed you.

I wondered if you came with my great grandmother Margaret? I can feel her presence sometimes and have woken and seen her as well. But this I think was your first time visiting?

I wish that I could hug you, smother you in kisses and just sit and have a chat over a cup of tea. It was not meant to be.

All those plans we talked about before Sarah came along. But our lives were going in a different direction.

At random times memories assault me - of being off school sick and you saying "stay in bed till your Dad goes to work." Then getting up if I was up to it, and helping you strip the bed's of their sheets. We chatted about so many things. I treasure the memory of those times.

I remember you trusting me to iron Dad's hankies and maybe the tea-towels! It wasn't till I was older that I was allowed to iron his shirts and trousers. Ironing... no wonder you let me do that job!!!

I told Sarah that I saw you.... she just looks at me and nods her head. She thinks it is 'creepy' when I talk about seeing people. But it's not just anyone.

I miss you xxoxoxox

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Milestone Birthdays


We have a busy year coming up, with our daughter celebrating her 21st Birthday in March - very soon!! My sister and then my husband will both be celebrating their 50th Birthday's in August and then in October.  


Image result for 21st birthday

We have been buying supplies for the last few months, a bit here and a bit there. Hopefully it all comes together and matches the image my daughter has in her mind.

She wants a sky filled with lights - so the pergola will hopefully be transformed with fairy lights. We have mason jars and candle jars and glasses with lots of different size candles to place in them which are being set around the party area - including some citronella to keep the mozzies away.

Then inside we are setting up a photo booth so people can take photos so we have a visual memory of the night.

A guest book has just been ordered - so we will set that up for people to sign and leave her a message.

The bain marie has been hired - now just have to buy the ingredients so we can cook the food!

As we are having a themed party - 1920's e.g. Great Gatsby - we just have to find the right outfit. Can't have the birthday girl out of costume!!!

+Addendum++24/06/2015
Well the 21st Birthday party has been and gone. The year is half way over.

The party went well. Costumes looked amazing, decorations were perfect, getting the food  organised was a huge rush but everyone enjoyed the end result.

The birthday girl had a great time and was lucky to receive some wonderful presents to celebrate the day.