Friday, 5 October 2012

The Big 4-0 Part Three....

I've been a bit slack on posting of late and it suddenly dawned on me that I didn't tell you about the rest of my birthday weekend.

On Sunday we had sort of planned to see if we could find a couple of flea markets in London - however, whilst doing a bit of Googling I realised that Sunday was the day of The Festival of Vintage at Epsom which was kind of on the way home.

We awoke Sunday to a grey day and soon it began to rain so the prospect of an indoor vintage festival was a lot more attractive than traipsing round the capital in the hopes of finding a good market.

So it was we bid farewell to London and headed back south.

By the time we arrived at the racecourse it was bucketing it down, and there were several beautifully clad, victory rolled ladies trying to remain immaculate as they dashed to the entrance.

Inside was an Aladdins cave of all things vintage:

Close up of the lovely dress:

I want a frock like this and I shall wear it to Asda....

Lots of people were dressed the part and looked splendid:

Naturally I couldn't resist buying some of the lovely vintage fabric that was on offer:

I also joined in a little workshop to make a cute pincushion:
After a lovely couple of hours we headed home and had a snooze (which we really needed after the wonderful but hectic weekend); Grandma and Granddad brought the boys back and soon it was time to head to my Mum's for a birthday tea.
Now this was meant to be a surprise but unfortunately Mr G's Mum let it slip the week before *rollseyes* - so along with sister-in-law letting slip London was our destination Mr G says he is not telling his family any secrets in future!!
Mum had done an amazing spread - you can always rely on a northern woman to over cater:

My sister had made a fabulous cake, complete with icing Cath Kidston tag:

Although it was the day before my birthday Mum insisted I open at least her presents as she wanted to be there when I did.

My first present was a gorgeous bangle:

I love it....

A cute little sparkly mirror compact which Mum had had engraved on the back:

And then the gift that made me cry - a beautiful Irish linen tablecloth Mum had handmade and covered in hand embroidered motifs - it had taken her two years:

It was the signature and date that made me blub most!!

Mum had been embroidering napkins on our holiday in Zakynthos this summer, telling me they were for a friend when all the time they were for me!!

So, all these treats and we still haven't come to my actual birthday yet!! I have been so spoilt by my lovely family.

I was going to squeeze it all in this post but I think I've gone on enough for now so will have to do the final installment another day....

Thanks for reading!!


S x



  1. Aww that cloth made me fill up too, you keep making me cry! :0) Love your gifts x

  2. Looks like a great birthday and gorgeous goodies especially off your mum xxx

  3. Oh my what a wonderful weekend!!!!Thanks so much for sharing all of your almost there, birthday. You Mom is a secret keeper extradonaire! The food lookes so yummie, miss all that, we lived in the Midlands for 3 too short years, and then in the near Dublin for 2 more. I miss everyone and everything so MUCH!!!!! Happy Birthday

  4. You had ONE birthday. How wonderful is the tablecloth. The stitching is grand. I teared up as well. My late Mother made quilts and I treasure them. Happy birthday. Regena in TN.

  5. What a wonderful time you have had and more to come. Your mum is a treasure and the embroidery is beautiful.

  6. Happy Birthday!! Wow, how very lucky you are!! Your mum has amazing embroidery skills!! What a beautiful cloth - no wonder she wanted to be present to see you open it!! J9 x

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  8. what a special birthday gift tablecloth made by your mum! :)


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