My family was nearly complete this morning, shame Tim was travelling back from Doha. The sun warmed us up enough for plenty of time to play in the garden with the chickens, exploring and picking blackberries. Tim is back and sleeping on the sofa as I blog. The rest are all back safely in their homes. I miss them already.
We hit Piccadilly and along with Tom, (buggy carrier and guide), Harriet, Brett, Hetty and Arabella met Steve, Zoe, Fergus and Lizzie to celebrate Fergus' 18th birthday. Great choice of Zoe's to book The Rainforest Cafe which was packed and like a jungle theme park for children. A great lunch with much animal entertainment. Just off to collect Tom from Staplehurst who heroically stayed on to continue the birthday celebrations into the evening.
Tim and I have been working today. Then we did a bit of tidying the garden. After that we had a stroll. I was looking for misty landscapes for my art class - all a bit grey and uninteresting out there. I will try again tomorrow.
Ok for Breakfast?
Pen with Caran D'Ache Watercolour Pencils
I have and still having a lovely day. Tim served me tea in bed and I extricated myself at 9am. I did do a bit of work ironing and cleaning and rewarded myself by reading in the garden in the sun - how I fell alseep after such a late start just shows how old I am getting. The warm sun brought out many insects.
Tim and I have returned from a few drinks at the opening of The Milkhouse (looking very good) and another at The Three Chimneys.
Back home to watch Rebellion - will let you know how many stars.
I visited Canterbury today. Harriet, Hetty, Arabella and I went clothes shopping. I have a lovely new skirt from FatFace. I love their clothes very much. Harriet has tights and socks from M&S where we nearly lost Hetty among the knickers. We spent a lovely couple of hours drinking hot chocolate, coffee and tea with snacks of pitta bread, olives and humous and a very tasty lemon, almond and polenta cupcake. We were at the VegBox cafe reading books and playing with their toys.
I miss not being with the girls very much.
I am still practising by observational skills and trying out different papers.
Tom has again left us for Bradford but before he went we had lunch with Steve Adams who is here to check that Fergus is settling into uni life ok at Kings.
Back to work for me this afternoon...making cakes, hoovering, all that stuff.
Back to school for Sarah and I this evening. We are back at our art class with Caroline Clough in Tenterden. It looks like we have some interesting projects ahead of us. Bring it on. This evening we were doing detailed drawings which we could then take further with colour and shape.
I found the days little bit of sunshine and spent it potting up some rather sad looking aubretia that had been delivered to our greenhouse while we were away. Still wrapped in plastic and cardboard had done them very few favours. I am hoping for a few survivors.
I was collected by the Evans to go to Battle to view the Purearts Exhibition. The quality of the work was worth the trip.
Tim, Tom and I prepared a picnic lunch for The Dwyers Beach Party. It was transferred to Elizabeth and Keith's house due to uncertain weather.
It was good to see so many of the family. Dave and Josie with Lucy, Debi with her Mum and Dad, Dave and Gail, Uncle Bill along with Mark, George, Henry and Thomas, Harriet, Brett, Hetty and baby Arablella came too, as well as Susan and Roger. A very fine party we had. Thank you to Tom for driving his weary merry parents home.
Fuelled by wine I challenged Elizabeth to a game of Jenga - not a good plan in retrospect. The winner got to choose hotel venue for a night in London during the Country Living Christmas Fayre - the loser gets to pay.
My day was not how I planned. It has been very hot and sunny.
I have made some chutney with our surfeit of runner beans. I was unnecessarily attacked during production from the onions making me cry (but it has been a bit of a weepy day) to hot bubbling explosions from the preserving pan. It will be ready for Christmas - yummy with cold turkey and ham.
Violent Runner Beans
Quink Ink with Winsor & Newton Drawing Inks