Happy belated 50th birthday Carole! I tried to upload the photos on the day of the barbecue but for some reason they didn't work but now all of a sudden it is. Here are some of the others ...
Rob and Lesley - aka Stu's parents - in charger of the burgers - shortly before the fire brigade arrived (joke)
Spencer - I'm not sure what this face was for ...
It seems to be contagious (sorry Laura)
Jake being roped into making a volcano for Noel and April (and yes that is Stu's other landrover in the background - I think its known as work in progress....)
Hermione having a cuddle with her Grandad - he has been in Singapore for 5 weeks.
I can't show the photo of Stu as its not fit for the younger viewers (he's not the only one in our house who uses sign language...)
On to other things, I am so pleased that the plasterer rang tonight, he is coming on Thursday and Friday to plaster our stairs and landing, once that is out of the way we are going to go for the big one - we are having the dining room treated for damp and plastered. No more mouldy walls for us soon! We are also having some french windows put in to make it a bit lighter and eventually once the garden is done (at some point when funds allow we'd like to lay a nice patio and finally do something about the front garden) we will be able to open them out and enjoy the British sunshine on the one day a year it makes an appearance.
Talking of our patio, it currently looks like this!! My next door neighbour has had a gas boiler put in and he asked me if I would like some anthracite to burn on our fire. I usually only use wood but he had no need for it so it seemed a shame to waste it. He thought there were perhaps a few boxes full - I think he underestimated! There must be at least 3 tonnes of it, currently sitting next to my patio table. Mum and Dad have given me a large bin which you can see my happy miners filling for me and I have 6 big boxes full stacked up next to the wendy house but I still have a lot left to find a home for. I am really grateful and he's a lovely chap, but being the fuss bag I am, I can't wait to get it all tidied out of the way.
After a hard days graft (or rather 20 minutes filling the bin and covering themselves in coal dust) it was time for tea. Quorn bolognaise, grated carrot, cheese and a tortilla which we usually put into a wrap but by way of a change Noel decided to make his into a face first.
I hope there are lots of smiles where you are xx