Thursday, 10 September 2009

There goes another one!

Yep! Another summer, another year, another button on the school blazer (they all 'jumped off' on the first day back at school?....)
The beautiful boy has turned 8... EIGHT?! Is it me or does that sound very grown up? We made a 'target cake'... do not try this at home - the baking process did not fix the colour paste so everyone went home looking most peculiar with red and blue lips!
This year's number cake was a bit of a 'throw-together' with all the goings on....
A very lovely best friend came for a fishing weekend with lots of poking about in ponds and rivers....
and a visit to the funfair...
I finally get to remove 'Star trekkin' and other favourites from my iPod playlists - Hurrah!
and the little man wanted to spend his big day at his favourite nature reserve where he spent his hard earned savings on his very own telescope!
So now, when we're in the hides it's less of him bothering us for our old binoculars and more of us wanting a go on his scope! But actually I just love watching the expressions required to keep one eye closed for any length of time!
It was a windy day so not too many birds about but the marshes were as breathtakingly beautiful as ever...
Sorry for the fuzzy photoes but silly mummy forgot the camera so these were all taken with the iPhone!
And now, just to show it is officially Autumn those scritchy socks are back with stiff, shiny and enormous new shoes!
I hope those of you with little ones saw a happy transition to their new classes in school. The beautiful boy has moved from Pre-Prep into Prep school this year which is a huge change... 4 days in and it is a bit of a struggle for him to cope with the early starts and long days... but he is delighted to be out of the top playground and down in the woods with the big boys so we have a happy little man. Phew!
The back field has finally been harvested - all the other fields have long since been taken in - so much earlier than last year.
The jams, chutneys and jellies are filling the store cupboard in the dining room.
and over the fireplace there is another harvest drying - but more of that another day.
Thank-you all for your lovely messages about my silly accident. My arm is on the mend. The rotary cutter is still a challenge - but if I keep trying to use my right hand I shall have no fingers left so I shall have to go slowly until my left is back on form!
I shall be back soon with more harvesting, exciting projects and news of fairs and events! Lots to tell! And I need to do a bit of catching up on you too! My Google Reader is telling me I have 546 posts to read - best get started then! t.xxx

28 comments:

clare's craftroom said...

What a ful and interesting post . I'm glad your arm is on the mend , the cushions below look fabulous !

KC'sCourt! said...

What a lovely time you all had on the birthday treat. You've been busy with the jams and chutneys. Glad your arm is getting better.

Sarah said...

Great photo's. I know what you mean about children growing up - I have 1 who will very soon be into double figures and it only seems yesterday he was a baby!
There's a good stock of chutney's and jams to keep you going. I'm seriously falling behind at the moment!

Menopausal musing said...

Love the picture of the boys poking in the pond! x

pinkfairygran said...

Sounds like we've both been in the wars, me with my strained ligaments in the left ankle meaning I hobble everywhere, and you with your arm.
Hope yours is improving faster than mine!!!
And I remember those new shoes days, when they looked enormous on stick-thin little boy legs, quite a sad look really.

twiggypeasticks said...

What a great day out. Twiglet started full time big school last week, he's only 4!! I'm still having to get used to my baby boy wearing a uniform, it looks huge on him!
Twiggy x

Bumble Bee Cottage said...

I’m glad to read that your arm is getting better. The cakes looked great and I bet the blue and red lips just added something extra special and memorable to the day; it will probably be the talk of the playground, ‘What colours did your lips turn? Red. Cool! Mine went blue!’ Have a great weekend.

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY BB!"
So glad he's settled into school again too...a relief for Mum!
And so impressed with all your jams and chutney...I thought I was good finding the time to make 8 jars, but once again there are so many other women out there more organised than moi!

Look after yourself T,
Niki xx

Cowboys and Custard said...

Oh ... darn it I missed it...Happy Belated 8th Birthday Beautiful Boy!! (lots of B's there!)
Love the cakes but love those knees more... could eat them up!!
Hope you had a truly scrumptious birthday..
Love from a belated friend
MXX

pennygj said...

Glad you are on the mend, Teena. Oh those socks, they bring back memories, not just of my three grown up offspring, but of my own itchy legs many moons ago! Youngest French grandson started school last week, he's just three. THREE! Very proud to go off with big brother tho'. Where does the time go?

Floss said...

It all looks great - thanks for sharing such a special time. Those school shoes are 'SO BREETEESH' as the French would say - our boys had some for a wedding last year and I cruelly made them wear them for school afterwards, which caused a bit of teasing... The little things you don't expect are always the biggest culture shocks!

Hope your arm gets better soon.

Country Cottage Chic said...

Happy birthday big boy!!

(Love the knees!)

Jayne

Pomona said...

Amazing cake! I like your preserve store, too - very satisfying!

Pomona x

Courtney said...

Aw, that looks like such a fun birthday!

Elyse said...

this post is so adorable, it's like reading a little story book. thanks for sharing. your blog is a treat.

xo

cocoa and blankets said...

I cant believe Polly is nearly thirteen, borrows my shoes and wear a bra! they grow up so quickly dont they....lovely post and super views...love and hugs H

The Curious Cat said...

Happy Birthday to your little boy! Those cakes look wicked fun and I loved all the photos and activities you got up to! Thanks for sharing with us and I hope he likes his telescope! xxx

comfortstitching said...

546!!! that is alot of catch up!
Happy Birthday to the beautiful boy!

Catherine said...

Looks like he had a wonderful time! I am envious of the store of jams and chutneys and am very intrigued with the "harvest drying"! Do tell!

Elise said...

Lovely post - and I really love your site. Thanks so much for sharing it ! Best wishes to you...

Catherine said...

I have just taken a tour of your kitchen on FlickR...all I can say is "WOW!!!". I love it! Everything I would want...especially your cream AGA. x

mise said...

What a colourful, jolly, and busy life! Hello, and I'm looking forward to reading more.

Kali said...

awww, how cute!!

Joyce said...

Love your blog!
Joyce

koralee said...

What a lovely blog you have...it is adorable ...love all the buttons on the wallpaper. Love your post today...off to read some more!

Lucey said...

Looks like your boy had a real good birthday with lots of fun. Wish my cupboard was full of home made preserves...one day I'll be organised!!! love Lucey x

Mom Wald said...

Sigh, the bittersweet passing of the years and changing of the seasons.

It's nice that you have a cupboard of summer to last all winter long.

claire Maraldo said...

Those cakes look wonderful but I bet they were all bouncing off the walls after the first one. Still - not your problem once they have all gone home. Hee, hee!

Your preserves cupboard has put me to shame. i have only managed a couple of jars of very set Damson jam. And the gin keeps getting drunk by someone before it even gets a sniff of the sloes or damsons.

strange isn't it?