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Farewell Fred

Oh my Goody Goodness!!!

If you ever want an Afternoon Tea EXPERIENCE go to the Mirror Room at the Rosewood Hotel, Holborn, London.

I have to thank Julie of Balzer Designs for discovering this place.

Fred and I went there for our last date. With my sister, we met my son and granddaughter, Big Sis. We entered the imposingly huge and very grand Hotel and went into the Mirror Room. Have you ever seen such tall lilies!

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the tea started with a variety of dainty sandwichesHomepride Fred, Rosewood Hotel

The green bread has taragon in it and makes a chicken sandwich – I can’t describe how delicious that was, then beef and horseradish and the third delicate salmon pate, there were others as well.

The tea –  Oolong.

My only disappointment was that there was only one type of  Japanese tea, the rest were China teas.

But the cakes! That is what you go to the Mirror Room for!

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They are all in the style of famous artists: Pollock, Koonsberg, Banksi ……

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My photos are hopeless as the room was so dimly lit. I have had to lighten these on the computer, but go to the website to see them beautifully photographed.

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Fred had his eye on the Banksi

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the walls of the cake were made of solid chocolate and inside was a heavenly mix of deliciousness with salted caramelIMG_0247

Sugar Rush!!!!!!!!

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Each cake took ages eat so as to savour the flavours. We were able to send a doggy bag home to my d-i-l and Twig and TwigletIMG_0283

Amazing. The hotel is full of sculpture and art – I will be back!

All too soon the weekend was at an end and I had to say a fond farewell to Fred

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Bye bye!

Until the next time…..

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A Silly Saturday with Fred

Homepreide Fred goes Kahlo

Let me introduce you to Fred, my perfect date for my Birthday Weekend.

The photo above shows him getting ready for the Frida Kahlo party.

Do you all remember or know about Homepride Fred?

My sister has a thing for Fred! She has been collecting Homepride Freds in all their many and various forms for years. Earlier in the year she started photographing him at events she went to – I just loved the silliness of this, it obviously runs in the family. She took him to Chelsea Flower Show, The Dorchester Hotel, Royal Ascot …. and others – they had a fun summer together! But Fred had been back on the shelf for far too long, so I invited him to join me as we pranced around London in flowery headdresses.

Our first date: dinner on Friday night …

Homepride Fred, dinner date

Then the next morning  … looking to me like the Milk Tray ad ….. “and all because the lady loves ……..” (another one) arriving on his horse, he presented me with a birthday cake.

The gorgeous horse was made by ceramicist Jane Muir.

Jane Muir, Homepride Fred, Milk Tray ad

Then off we went to the Battersea Arts Centre to meet up with my daughter and niece.

My daughter had made me this fab card with a perfect quote she had found, written inside

Battersea Arts Centre, Homepride Fred, Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo Quote

After an afternoon nap, whilst we had fun spreading smiles and sunshine meandering along the Northcote Road, Fred was ready for a bit of drum practice before hitting London’s Jazz Scene

Homepride Fred plays drums

Each November London holds a Jazz Festival right across the city. Homepride Fred at the 606 club

We were off to the 606 Club, what a place – it is like stepping back in time. As you let yourself in through the black metal grill and scaled the steep bare wooden steps down to the tunnel corridor below, you could be entering an illicit 1950’s/60’s crime den, it felt like being in a film.

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After a fabulous meal and an evening of virtuoso jazz performances Fred met Trisha Clowes, acclaimed saxophonist, at the bar.saxophonistI don’t think she had a clue who Fred was but she played along and joined in the fun!

Fred had a great night

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and as you can see the partying continued as we danced to old 60s and 70s cool and groovy hits playing on the Juke Box.

 

 

Fred was a bit the worse for wear the next morning

Homepride Fred with a hangover

But after a couple of Paracetemol he was ready to go to Covent Garden where they seem to be taking inspiration from the Tate Modern and suspending large shiny spheres overhead

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and then time for a walk in the park before meeting up with friends for tea

more of Fred’s deliciously arty tea on another Silly Saturday …….

Are you doing anything silly this weekend?

Photo Challenge Round-Up: October

Week 40 RUST

Cathy at Nanacathy

Denis at Haiku Hound

Postcard from Gibraltar

Murtagh’s Meadow

Gillyflower

Sandra at Wild Daffodil

Week 41 REGAL

Cathy at Nanacathy

Denis at Haiku Hound

Kathy at Sewing Etc.

Postcard from Gibraltar

Gillyflower

Sandra at Wild Daffodil

Week 42 MUDDLE

Cathy at Nanacathy

Jane at Rainbow Junkie

Murtagh’s Meadow

Denis at Haiku Hound

Postcard from Gibraltar

Sandra at Wild Daffodil

Week 43 PAINT

Cathy at Nanacathy

Jane at Rainbow Junkie

Murtagh’s Meadow

Denis at Haiku Hound

Postcard from Gibraltar

Sandra at Wild Daffodil

Week 44 SHOP

Cathy at Nanacathy

Jane at Rainbow Junkie

 

Postcard from Gibraltar

 

Sandra at Wild Daffodil

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Did I miss anybody? Please let me know if I did.

Only a few weeks left of 2017. It has been a fun year hasn’t it – thank you so much to everyone who has joined Cathy and me. Keep your entries coming, we love to see all the different interpretations of the theme.

Weekly Photo Challenge 2017

 

Sandra’s Silly Saturday

Frida Kahlo themed clothes

Last Saturday, the 11th day of the 11th month was my birthday.

Happy Birthday to me!

Not sure where the idea to dress in the style of Frida Kahlo came from but …….I trawled my wardrobe for florals……

…… found the right candles from Divine Excesss

and set off for a Palooza (new word – thank you Laurie!) of a weekend!

Joining Nadia’s Photo Challenge – Jewel Colours.

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…. I left on Friday and stayed with my sister who lives in London. On Saturday we met up with my daughter, A who, thanks to her sister-in-law looking after her 3 little ones, was able to meet us for the day. Hurray! My niece was able to meet us as well! …. at the Battersea Art Centre, a truly amazing building full of quirky features and faded grandeur.

This is the mosaic floor that greets you in the entrance hall.

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I just loved the faded flaking paint in the atmospheric corridors.

Joining in with the Daily Post today.

Battersea Arts Centre

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the perfect place for a Kahlo themed party don’t you think!

I loved the way we all entered into the silliness of it and my daughter even sported a rather amazing monobrow!

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I didn’t go quite that far!

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The Arts Centre has a restaurant which even had chilled Prosecco at the Bar and a most delicious Mexican style chicken and cous cous for lunch.

The grand staircase was the perfect setting for more photos

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There were African crafts for sale in the hall, all adding to a sense of being transported somewhere else

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we had time to try a few things on

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and then my niece spotted the perfect setting for a photo of me and my sister

One of my favourite photos of the day

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Later A found the caption to go with it:

“If you are not embarassing your children you are obviously not having enough fun”

A huge thank you to my lovely family for joining me in Kahlo-land and brightening up a grey November day, spreading sunshine and smiles as we all walked through SW London after lunch in full regalia. Our headgear promoted the most wonderful conversations and there was a little bubble of magic surrounding the whole day.

I hope to be able to tell you more about it soon …. it is taking me ages to sort through all the photos and for most of this week I have been looking after a poorly Little Bro (5) who has the most horrible cough, cold and temperature.

Itching to tell you about my visit to the Tate Modern, Tate Britain and the most spectacularly arty tea London has to offer ….. not forgetting my perfect date for the whole weekend … ….

Must go now and administer Cough Mixture.

In a Vase on Monday: 4th Anniversary

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A really quickly put together entry for Cathy’s ‘In a Vase on Monday’ 4th Aniversary Challenge.

Firstly I must congratulate Cathy on this wonderful meme and the fact that she has popped items, from her garden, in a vase and posted every Monday for 4 years.

HURRAY!

Well done Cathy – amazing. I absolutely love this weekly international garden party even though I don’t get to participate each week, I love it when I have the time to visit all the entries. I have learnt so much and enjoyed the vases. Not just the vases – but the props and stories that go with them – a richness and abundance of joy.

Try Google images ‘In a Vase on Monday’ if you want to lift your spirits!

Cathy has asked us to post an unusual container this week.

I would have loved to be able to give this a bit more thought bu tI have been away and had a very exciting and busy few days – I’m exhausted – happily knackered – but I did so want to join in.

So my offering is 4 containers for 4 years – not cut flowers as it was dark when I got home – cuttings of succulents in a spice pot and wine glass and succulents that live on my doorstep in walking boots that were on my feet when I trekked in the Himalaya in 1994.

 

A Silly Titty Birthday Ditty

Shell Assemblage Art, shell art, fairy

A beautiful fairy one day

Flew into Scallop Shell Bay

To visit her friends

Where fun never ends

And now she has decided to stay.

She is as cute as she is pretty

Smart, funny and witty

Titania Tinkershell by name

But she loves it the same

If you just refer to her as ‘Titty!’

 

poem by Judy E. Martin

shell art by  Sandra Dorey

 

If you would like to read more of Judy’s poems, you are in luck! She has published a book – which, by the way, makes a great present! Click here to buy it.

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You can also pop along to her blog, full of wit and wisdom, by clicking on her name below the poem.

Thanks so much to everyone who contributed to finding Titania Tinkershell’s name and confirming that she is indeed a fairy. You wonderful comments and imaginations have sparked several other ideas for future Silly Saturdays.

Some are available as cards in my Etsy shop or contact me direct for a discount.

Have a very Silly Saturday! I know I will! It’s my birthday!

Silent October Sunday Afternoon

october afternoon

River Cerne

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Macha Latte

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