Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Makeover and relaxation

The garden is providing an abundance of vegetables at the moment, 

the dwarf French beans are ready now and the courgettes are marrow sized and the round ones look like pumpkins. 

Mr. Margie planted potatoes with Chris and Lir, they will be ready for Christmas dinner. The carrots look so funny, like they are cuddling, as one of my Instagram followers commented. 

I can't keep up with the harvest at the moment. The meals I have are full of fresh produce.

Last week my mum, Sheila, my two aunts, Rosie and Essie, and my friend, Sandra, and I, all went to the Heritage Golf and Spa Resort. We all needed a little rest and relaxation, and boy did we get it. We spent a few hours in the Spa, relaxing and resting, our skin felt like silk after and we were all so refreshed and chilled. 

We retired to the lounge for afternoon tea, a selection of mouth watering sandwiches of egg, smoked salmon and chicken wraps, accompanied goats cheese tartlets, tapenade swirls and deep fried prawns, along with mango and passion fruit mousse, double chocolate cake and macaroons, and to top it all off there were scones, cream and jam, too much for us to finish. 

We went home smiling from ear to ear and so chilled and relaxed, promising to return again in a few weeks. 

While I was having chemotherapy I lay in bed looking at the bedroom furniture. The wardrobe, which came from Belgium over 25 years ago as part of a set, gave me the most grief.  It had been accidentally sprayed with metal cleaner a couple of years ago, and looked desperate. I kept thinking "when all this is over I am going to paint that wardrobe". 

I spent a week washing, rinsing, painting and waxing not only the wardrobe, but the bed, bedside lockers and the chest of drawers also. 

What was and still is a mix of furniture 

styles has now been unified using Annie Sloane chalk paint. The best thing about doing a bedroom project is the opportunity to have a lie down when the energy levels drop!

Thanks to Kay and Catherine at "Before and After" paint stockist in Carlow who were so excited to see the finished results, and impressed with the scale of the work too. 

I had a positive meeting with my surgeon last Friday. He said I could try drinking and eating at the same time and begin to introduce some different food and drink. I tried my first tea in eight months, it went down well but I paid for it later. I will try again in a few days. 

I was so happy to complete the project and to celebrate I baked chocolate end cherry jam cupcakes and a pear and plum dutch cake, for afternoon tea on Sunday.  

Mr Margie and I were joined by out dear friends Sandra and Des, who brought me beautiful roses. 

We drank tea and watched the rain from Hurricane Bertha pour down outside. 

Big hugs, 
Love Margie ❤️

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Steam rally and health update

Last Sunday Mr Margie and I went to the Stradbally Vintage Steam Rally with my Mam and Dad in my 1968 Morris Minor. 

We wanted to recreate a photo taken in 1966,

when all three of us posed in front of a steam engine. 

We gave our vintage party clothes another wear. 

I made a picnic lunch and brought my crochet project along.

I am currently trying out the 'V' stitch, 

the crochet community are all going wild over it, and I was eager to give it a try, it is easy to do, works up quickly, and looks so nice. 

Yesterday the garden at Chez Margie was in use again when some dear friends called by, a spot of afternoon tea, 

I baked some sugarless, dairy free chocolate and sugar free cherry jam cupcakes and a rose water and raspberry cake. 

Chats and some more crochet and knitting with them and Merino cat was just the perfect way to while away the hours. 

I visited the hospital again last week for blood tests, port flush and had a weigh in too. I am happy to report that I have put on two kilos since completing the chemo. I am meeting my surgeon on Friday and the next three month CT scan is scheduled for early September. 

I was sad to say goodbye to Isla, 

Esmé,Mel,and Chris this week but was glad that we got to spend time together

at the National Stud and the Japanese Gardens with our dear friend Bernie. 

I have also been nominated for an Irish blog award and am included in the long list under the personal blog category, not sure how it all works but I will keep you all posted. 

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read my blog. 

Big hugs, 
Love Margie ❤️

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

50th Birthday Tea Dance Party and celebrations

Mr Margie turned fifty on July 20th and I turned 50 on July 25th. We spent a lovely evening at the Belgian Ambassadors reception on the 18th celebrating Belgian National Day. 

Our nephews Cole and Lir joined us, along with Lir's girlfriend Aoife.

Considering that the last year has been a very difficult one for me and for all the family, I was determined to have a celebration to mark our birthdays. I was watching River Cottage on tv and saw the episode where Hugh attends a tea dance. That gave me the idea for our birthday celebration. 

Leiny came back to Ireland and took the 

Morris up to Dublin for a spin. 

I went to an Auction with my mum to look for birthday gifts for Mr Margie, 

thanks to Noelle for letting me know there was one on last week. I found a lovely vintage child's high chair, address stamps, shelving unit and cuff links for Mr Margie.

Mel, Chris, Isla and Esmé arrived on the Ferry, Rommeij and Rikki flew in and some of Mr Margie's family arrived from Belgium to help us celebrate. 

The garden at Chez Margie was put to good use and many happy hours were spent outdoors.

The tea dance party was at the local church hall in Athy and the dress code was 1930's- 1950's. Mr Margie and I welcomed our guests and they were asked to sign the guest book on arrival.

My cousin Alice had put together a play list of music on her lap top over the previous few weeks, she began the night by kicking off with the Tommy Dorsey Band playing Boogie Woogie. The guests mingled in the dance hall while the Tea room was set up. 

Mel, Lein, my nephews Cole, Lir and son in law Chris, along with cousin Alice and her partner Caroline,

set up the 1930-1950 vignettes, bunting, and stage in the main hall as well as tables and place settings, banner in the hall and more bunting in the tea room, while making up a batch of sandwiches to start the ball rolling for the waitresses.

Alice also brought along home made  Macaroons and a delicious chocolate cake. 

I changed my dress when the tea rooms closed. The guests retired from the tea room, full of sandwiches and cakes, back to the dance hall. 

Cole and Des put on a surprise entertainment old style show, which saw the audience singing along to the old classics such as "daisy, daisy, give me answer do..." and "it's a long way to Tipperary". 

The regailed us with witty stories and jokes as well as a magic trick. 

Then Des introduced the "Andrews sisters" who were Mel, Lein and Rommeij in full uniform, they sang along

to "don't sit under the apple tree" and "oh johnny", 

before joining the guests to dance for the following two hours. 

Both Mr Margie and I were so happy to welcome so many family members and 

friends from all across the world to our Tea Dance Party. My mums six sisters joined us.

Ciaran travelled from Canada, and Brooke came from New York. 

Maria and James came over from Ascot and Jess flew in as a surprise from London where she has just finished her training with the Police. 

Anthony came up from Cork.  

We had many apologies from loved ones who could not join us, 

and we appreciate the gifts from everyone near and far. It was the best birthday bash we ever had and a special thank you to everyone who went to the effort to come dressed for the occasion. 
Big hugs, 
 Love Margie ❤️