The morning after the Christening we opened gifts and mum and dad had bought Poppy this personalised Steiff bear. It was the first thing in the world she has stretched out her arms and made grabby hands for so I had to let her have a cuddle. It may be expensive but mum and I agreed that there is nothing sadder than an eighty year old teddy bear in perfect condition and so like any other teddy this one will be cuddled and played with and careworn through the love of a child so one day Poppy can say this bear was her teddy rather than her ornament. I think she approved of this decision as she was so happy to be allowed it! 🙂 xxxx
Saying I love them doesn’t cover it… these are the people who stole my heart and made it bigger and fuller than it has ever been.
Never have I made a cake that so steadfastly refused to be what I wanted it to be! It took less time to give birth to Poppy than to make this thing (though as Poppy shot into the world in an hour and ten minutes I suppose that it not surprising really!) but I think I won in the end! 🙂 xxxx
Well this weekend was a long time coming and gone too soon but aside from being tiring it has been everything we could have hoped for! In chronological order rather than order of importance the first event was Friday when, bang on schedule, our duck Puddles’ nest sprang to life as six tiny ducklings hatched from their eggs. It is amazing how lively and quick they are right from the word go! It is also amazing how excited Darren was hehe! He made the discovery and literally bounded back into the house shouting “You have got to come and see this, she’s only bloody gone and done it!”. I must admit I couldn’t exactly say I demurely strolled out to see the root of the fuss, I didn’t even have time to grab my shoes before hurtling out after him to have a look! Anyone would have thought I half expected them to climb back into their shells if I took too long to get out there! The following morning we discovered another three had hatched, so nine ducklings in total to a very very proud mama duck.
The other event of the weekend (remember chronologically speaking and not in termsdof importance) was Poppy’s Christening and the Friday and Saturday were apent largely preparing for that. The cake was hideously cursed it seemed after the adornments I had made in advance were left looking sticky and runny following an unhealthy meeting with water and so I had to rethink everything. Then the icing I bought went two ways… the pink (not the shade I wanted but the shop was all out so it would have to do) was sticky and soft so it couldn’t be modelled – every touch left a finger print in it and attempts to make rose petals had to be peeled from my fingertips with great difficulty which left them looking a gooey mess… then by contrast the white had dried and hardened in the packet and was quick to crack as I tried manipulating it. Grr! Well in the end it turned out looking pretty good although I did have to complete the top tier at 4am the morning of the Christening. And in the end nobody ate the bloody thing anyway! (Well actually Poppy made a grab for it while she had her picture taken next to it and tried to gum down the top tier while putting her foot in the bottom one! Don’t think it counts as eating but at least she showed willing!).
My girls were beautiful as ever and the ceremony was lovely, a laid back vicar and the sound of a west Indian service taking place in the next room made it all feel pleasant rather than sombre and Izzy remained still and happy all the way through. Poppy was a star though not chuffed about being handed to the vicar but then neither would I be hehe! Then back to ours for a buffet in the garden and the bright (and quite hot) sunshine capped off our lovely day. I won’t lie and say I would do it again tomorrow as I am still quite worn out hehe but it made some wonderful memories to share with Poppy when she is older.
Next mission… packing for our holiday next week eeep! 🙂
Well after a good start followed by a reasonably long absence I have finally shifted the labrynthitis and can read unimpeded by dizziness… hallelujah!
We are now officially into the countdown for the Christening of baby Poppy… it is the day after tomorrow and (horror of horrors!) I still have yet to bake the cake! Actually it is even worse than that, I need to go and actually buy the ingredients for it so I am waaaay behind. Pretty much everything else is sorted but having to rethink the cake colours as Hobbycraft has continued on its losing streak and didn’t have the most basic pale pink colour I definitely wanted. Honestly am going to have to find a new place to buy my sugarpaste as this is not the first or even second time I have gone to find a very poor selection of colours. As it is I have had to buy several small packs of a fairly garish shade of pink, which, given that the theme colours are meant to be Beatrix Potter style watercolour shades, is a bit of a blow! Needless to say I will do all I can to make it work though. Starting stress now and from now until halfway through decorating I think I will wish it were not me making the cake at all! This opinion will no doubt only change as I near completion just as long as children are not screaming and I have more than ten minutes to spare!