What an amazing day.....such happiness....

....LOVED them driving off in this vintage Aston Martin....what a fun thing to do!

What an absolutely wonderful day!!

London was fantastic, I honestly could have burst with one does a wedding like our Royal Family with all the pomp and pageantry, it was amazing! A wonderful atmosphere and such great support from the crowds. Wedding fever was everywhere and London looked fabulous!!

Catherine's dress was stunning....elegant, stylish and perfect choice for her.
She looked radiant, happy and relaxed all day long, quite amazing.

Princes William and Harry looked so handsome in their tears started the second they left Clarence House and didn't stop all day! Tears of happiness though really, it was such a joyful occasion.

Philippa Middleton was the most stunning Maid of Honour...and the little flower girls, bridesmaids and pageboys were gorgeous.

Westminster Abbey was a beautiful setting and the service was perfect.

They really are a couple in love, it was so apparent, I can't wait to see what lies ahead of them and I think Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is going to be a huge asset to the Royal Family.

The British monarchy lost something when Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales divorced and they lost even more when she died. For me, yesterday that something came back and I think many felt a renewed love of and enthusiasm for the Royal Family. Long may it continue.

Happy Royal Wedding Day!

I don't mind admitting that I am excited for the Royal Wedding tomorrow....I think Prince William and Kate (or Catherine as I know we should be calling her now) Middleton seem like a very well suited couple who have known each other a long time and who are in love.

I clearly remember Prince Charles marrying Lady Diana seemed very exciting back then and there were street parties all over London and great anticipation. Things seem slightly more calm this time around....I have friends who are getting up in the early hours to go and find a spot to watch and take in the atmosphere in central London and I have friends who won't even bother to watch it....things change I guess.

I will be glued to the television from first thing tomorrow morning and cannot wait to see THE DRESS....I think Kate is a beautiful girl and I am sure she will look elegant, stylish and stunning.

I do like Princes William and Harry.....I won't ever forget those days after their mother's death and their faces at her funeral. I am sure she would be extremely proud of them and be so happy that they are so close as brothers and have found happiness in their lives right now.

Have a wonderful Friday!

Six Word Wednesday....

Birthday = Boat, Lunch, Shopping, Sunshine, Cake :)

One Year Older. One Year Happier.

Pretty Summer Toes. Pedicure Time Again.

Back to school. Summer Term Already.

Coffee and Catch-up With Friends.

Royal Wedding Excitement!! London Is Ready!!

Kate's Dress. Can't Wait To See!!

Where Has All The Sunshine Gone?!

Nigella's Chocolate Brownies. Total Comfort Food.

"Mummy, look at my first muscle!!"

Must Get to Bed. Need Sleep.

(this made me smile!)

Thank you so much for all the happy birthday wishes, I had an absolutely wonderful day :)

The rest of the week-end I spent mostly with my Dad.....last night when he had finished eating, I wiped his hands clean and he instinctively turned his head up towards me for me to wipe his face.....not that it needed it or that I have ever done that before, he just did it. So I wiped his face gently....and, for me, it felt as though some unspoken words passed between us - that small gesture said really does come full circle.

Happy Wednesday....

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....because on Saturday it is!!

I suppose really my Friday posts are always a collection of my personal favourites....but this one is definitely a bit of everything that would make up my perfect day, all the things that I love and that make up my life.

It's been another challenging week, my Dad is still very very ill so this week has been mostly made up of long hot treks across London to visit him in hospital, trying to extract information from medical staff, endless phone calls to compare notes and details with my brothers and keeping our spirits up.

So....on Saturday I plan to distract myself by having a special day of celebration - cos if there's one thing my children have learned from me, it's that you can never celebrate a birthday too much :)
There will be cake and presents (this much I know for sure because I had to give my children my own money to enable them to shop today!) , there will be a lovely lunch somewhere and possibly a trip along the River Thames. And Sunday will be Easter eggs, daffodils and an egg hunt.

My Dad always tells how it snowed in Wales on the day I was born.....this week-end it may be 80 degrees in London!!

Thank you all the lovely comments this week - have a wonderful Easter week-end!

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Thursday Giveaway - Shabby Apple Dress!!


I have long been an admirer of Shabby Apple 's beautiful dresses and was thrilled when they contacted me recently to see if I would like to do a Giveaway with them!! Yes please!!

Apart from having an excellent and very creative website with lots of ideas and a huge selection, they just have some of the prettiest and most stylish dresses I have seen for ages....their Vintage inspired "Roamin Holiday" dresses , the brilliantly named "Skyscraper" Boutique Collection and their very flattering and stylish "Amalfi Coast" Swimwear Collection , amongst others.

They also have a gorgeous selection of little girls dresses ....

I have picked out some of my many favourites in this post...but take a look for yourself.

I have selected the "Aloha" dress for my Giveaway (in pink at the top of the post).

To enter:
Be a follower of my blog.
Please follow Shabby Apple on Facebook here and/or Twitter and let me know you have done so.
For additional entries, twitter this Giveaway or blog about it - if you do both, you get 2 more entries - click on any dress that you (Facebook) "like" on their website.
Entry is open to US residents only (sorry everyone else!) and the winner will be announced in one week's time.

Shabby Apple are offering all readers (anywhere in the world!) of my blog 10% off any item on their site, just quote the code ironingbasket10off - this is valid for 30 days.
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