Well I’m all tea’d out! The back of the Advent Calendar says to steep tea bags for 5 minutes. Too strong for my liking and so I’ve been able to ‘re-cycle’ them a couple of times before the days out. It’s a Chai day today! So in this time of Advent there have been 3 crafty events his week: a couple of crafty afternoons with paper folding and decoupage to make decorations. Mum came too and so we both got our fingers caked. In glue that is…Also Marion and I went to a wreath making evening at Shaw House with a florist where I made a round red themed table decoration. We don’t have a door knocker to hang a wreath from…. All great fun!
Staying Christmassy, Julia and I went to a snowy Stonor House to see the interior decorations which we very tastefully done by the owners. We heard that ‘’the short silver birch saplings were cut down in October still with their leaves and the base dunked in Milton’’. Then they were put in a terracotta pot of plaster of paris to set before being decorated. The long gallery look quite magical with these decorated saplings running down one side. Here we are with our coffee and I had a slice of coffee and walnut cake. There’s a tree behind with kitchen themed decorations. Just hope they left something in the drawers for the chef to stir the soup with..
Also this week Julia, Jenny and I met to see the Turner exhibition in the Basingstoke museum and here we are having a coffee and a natter. I chose a Victoria Sponge and a very nice one it was too. It was bedlam in town and I was disappointed to see that Vitality health food shop’s gone. Without a ‘move to…’ sign I assume then that their finances weren’t healthy!
Well the non-cake highlight was our Concorde Champagne Day where we sat on board the Brooklands Concorde with a fluted glass full listening to Carole one of the stewardesses spilling the beans. Mike Bannister the Chief Pilot and last to fly Concorde to Filton was there too and we sat in the cockpit with him. After our 3 course lunch (taken from a menu in 1989) we had an interesting presentation including unseen footage taken by Mike from the cockpit on the Golden Jubilee flyby. A great day and made memorable by the beautiful autumn sun and cloudless blue sky. Catch the second part to a programme on Concorde on ITV Monday at 9pm.
Cheers to a peaceful and safe Advent in this spell of cold and icing weather….