August 6th, 2013

Wanaka tree


I can't believe how long it's been since I last posted here. Where does the time go? I suppose it's a symptom of getting older, but it just seems to fly by. We're in August already and it feels like January was only a few days ago.

Having said that, I've been very busy - at least, when I've wanted to be. Settling into a, sort of, new job hasn't been very easy. I'm doing a lot of what I did before, but with more of an emphasis on certain parts of it - web. That in itself is fine, but new surroundings and working in a new team has its pressures. But being able to work from home at least one day each week has definite advantages. There's a lot going on  and I fear that when that all kicks in I'll have even less time. Never mind.

Much of my summer so far has been about leading up to a particular event, and that event happened on Thursday of last week. My parents had a very special wedding anniversary, their sixtieth! They had a blessing thingy in the village church, where they were married, and afterwards a garden party at home. Luckily, as anyone who's visited will know, it's quite a big garden, because there were about 90 people there.

As you can imagine, there was a lot of preparation leading up to Thursday, people arriving from all over, beds to be found if we couldn't put them up ourselves, and all the other stuff it takes to make something like that run smoothly. There were one or two hiccups along the way, like the garden marquee that decided to move to a different postcode area on the day before, but the great thing about an event like that is that it just happens, people get on with it and everything is fine. But, there are a few things I don't want to see again in a hurry - stacking chairs, gateaux and wasps!

But lots of things went right - the congratulatory message from the queen arrived bang on time, the weather was perfect, the bubbly was cold, the food and drink went down well, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

Clearing up after was almost as heavy a task as the preparation but could be done in a more leisurely way.

It was a great day, and most importantly, my parents enjoyed it. Whatever she may say, my mother loves being the centre of attention and that worked out a treat.

On a different note, I have lots of photos to post from the other things I've been doing during the summer, visits and trips out, and I don't know when I'll get round to that - soon, I hope.