Our elderly garden table collapsed so we decided to get a new one as all the family were coming to a barbecue.
Contrary to our usual way of doing things we conducted extensive research (went to at least two shops) before winding up at B and Q. It duly arrived - in bits.
I tried to help by passing the bolts but as my hand is still not quite under my control I kept dropping them and was sent indoors to make the tea
Smudge was not much help - after making a good start by tearing at the packaging with tooth and claw he resumed his narcistic (the spell check offers no help with that word) gazing into the pond.
He has taken to doing this and we are not sure whether he has seen a newt or is just obsessed with his undoubted beauty.
Finally the base was finished and the time came to screw it to the table top. In true B and Q fashion three fitted perfectly. But the last one .......
When a new hole was drilled we were finally able to turn it the right way up. And have a cup of (stewed) tea.
We made a rather pathetic effort with a string of bunting and some flags before rent-a-crowd turned up to eat us out of house, home and garden.
I meant to take photos of everyone tucking in but, in true British fashion, the rain came down heavily. This resulted in a rush for the house in which several of the smaller grandchildren were all but trampled underfoot!
Actually we still had a lot of fun and the lack of photos was more likely due to the sudden advent of dry white wine. I've not had alchohol for ages as I've been dieting and food comes way before booze in my calorie priorities.
Spent yesterday getting over it and watching the pageant on TV. BBC coverage was poor, I thought - too many talking heads in the studio and not enough about the boats.
Great effort though - did you see the embroidered banners? Rachel de Thame's planting was wonderful too, and what can you say about HM? I bet she's shattered today and she still has Madness on her roof to look forward to tonight.
Patchacha; glad you are enjoying Lynda's free classes. She's a great tutor.
We are lucky, JP. We do have lots of textile stuff in our open studio weeks. I'm just sorry that it doesn't look as though we will get to any more of them.
I'm not sure about the bras either, Heather. If they were decorated it would look good but, as it was, it looked a bit like a convent washing line.