Just thought I would send greetings to all my dear followers and hope you are having a peaceful time doing something special whether you are alone or with family and or friends. Be happy, wherever you are. We have had a houseful for two days (two of our three children and their respective partners, and children - six beloved grandchildren ranging in age from 4 to 15). The photo shows us enjoying a family lunch yesterday, which coincided with Dominic's 8th birthday (the birthday boy is at the head of the table), so a very muddy football match on the village green was enjoyed prior to eating.
Today has been damp and remarkably quiet in the village, but chilly. So no gardening but a book by the fire for Raymond, whilst I experimented with fabric and glue, tissue-paper, muslin, scrim and jute, to create blank pages that will become an illustrated 'Memory Book' of this old house, which we acquired forty years ago this June. I will post details of it from time to time as I work my way through old photos, old notes and all manner of odd bits and pieces that I want to incorporate. It will be a sort of 'thankyou' to Raymond for all that we have achieved here between us, (with the constant help of our three children when they still lived at home). 'Cotswold Farmhouse Memories' will be my summer-and-autumn creative project whenever I have a spare moment. I actually found time to prep some fabric before breakfast yesterday whilst the family were still asleep. Little by little, the pages will grow.
Meanwhile, you can see the house as it was in 1969, and read a little bit about how we came to buy it, if you visit my website and click on 'Garden Notes' - and then scroll down to page two. I am ashamed that the website is not as professional as I would wish, and also that it badly needs updating. There are just never enough hours in the day to do everything that needs doing here. I hope it will be enjoyed by anyone who reads it, nevertheless.