I don’t know about you but I’ve found the last 105* weeks of lockdown not always relaxing (ok, understatement), so when a weekend comes up, where we can raise a glass or two, I’m more than ready for it.

*rough estimate, I’ve lost count

Last weekend was our 22nd wedding anniversary. A good excuse to break open my elderflower champagne. To be honest, I’m not entirely sure how to take the fact that Mr TTC had chilled a bottle of something shop bought and sparkly, as well. I’m presuming that he didn’t trust my homemade hooch. I’ve no idea why. Fortunately, Mr TTC is a wise man and he has learnt a few things over our 27 years together, so, after a bit of to-ing and fro-ing, he popped open the elderflower and poured it.

It was good. The floral really came through, but it was more potent than its 7.65 (yes, he had calculated it) might have suggested. A head spinner. I’m putting it down to the bubbles.

We also raised a glass to the summer Solstice and Father’s day. We missed heading to Stonehenge or Glastonbury to watch the sunrise. This year, as Stonehenge was shut, they streamed the sunrise. It was overcast.

To celebrate, we went for a walk at Westhay nature reserve, on the Somerset Levels. Caught sight of a Great White Egret with its enormous wings flapping and crooked neck. Also reed buntings.

Final veg plot has been dug and planted. When I announced this one lunch, there was a few rumbles and incredulous snorts. I don’t think they believed me. Apparently, they are waiting for me to find another space in the garden to dig. Anyway. It is the last one for this year. A cause for celebration.

If you follow me over on Instagram, you may have seen this picture already. This is Middle teen’s competition entry. She came second, which she is very pleased with. Another moment of celebration.

Other moments:

One of our evening walks, watching a young fawn run in big circles around its mother. Absolute joy.

Finding a robin, in the kitchen, sitting on the folded laundry on the Aga with a beak full of flying ants. It came back at least three more times. (Yes, we had another invasion of flying ants. Also tiny toads.)

Finally playing Qwirkle with Youngest. He’s pretty good at it too! We’ve reached the stage of being more strategic.

Eldest teen deciding, at last, what she wants to study at university. This is progress. I’m glad she took her time. Next step is to work out where.

We have more celebrations coming up, including our first lockdown birthday, in the coming week. Hopefully it should be a good one.

Joining in with Anne’s word of the week linky.


Word of the Week linky

14 thoughts on “Celebrate

  • Saturday 27 June, 2020 at 12:16 pm

    Happy Anniversary! Your elderflower sparkle sounds delicious ๐Ÿ™‚ I watched the live stream from Stonehenge too, I enjoyed it.

    • Saturday 27 June, 2020 at 6:01 pm

      Thank you. It was good.

  • Saturday 27 June, 2020 at 11:58 pm

    Happy anniversary! Elderflower champagne sounds lovely and much nicer than shop-bought champagne. I saw a bit of the Stonehenge stream โ€“ it was a shame it was overcast. Well done to Middle Teen on coming second with her competition entry โ€“ I love the picture. Qwirkle looks like a fun game. Good luck to your eldest with deciding where she wants to go to university. #WotW

    • Saturday 4 July, 2020 at 6:23 pm

      Qwirkle is fun. It suits a wide range of ages too. It was good to see Stonehenge without the early start in the car.

  • Sunday 28 June, 2020 at 8:26 am

    Happy Anniversary x I love the sound of Elderflower champagne, I’m glad it worked out well. Middle teens picture is amazing, well done to her. I’ve yet to try Qwirkle, I think it looks like a game we would enjoy. #wotw

    • Saturday 4 July, 2020 at 6:24 pm

      Yes, you should give it a go.

  • Sunday 28 June, 2020 at 12:04 pm

    Happy anniversary to you and your hubby! The elderflower champagne sounds so good.
    It sounds like you’ve had a lot to celebrate.

    • Saturday 4 July, 2020 at 6:24 pm

      Always good to have a reason to celebrate

  • Sunday 28 June, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    Ahhhh congratulations on your anniversary! The elderflower champagne sounds delicious, I’m so glad it came out well ๐Ÿ™‚ #wotw

    • Saturday 4 July, 2020 at 6:25 pm

      Me too!

  • Tuesday 30 June, 2020 at 2:02 pm

    I’m so glad you found things to celebrate! Cheers to all the good news! Anniversary! Second place finish! Garden being done! Off to college! But what really hit home with me? The bugs. Ours have been ants too. We have sugar ants, carpenter ants. Ants, ants, ants! I wish I had a robin to fly in and take away our ants! I would love to see that though. Seriously.

    • Saturday 4 July, 2020 at 6:26 pm

      The robin continues to use our door and window to perch on. I suspect it has a quick look in to see if there are any tasty treats. I sspect your ants are more bothersome, judging by the names alone!

      • Tuesday 7 July, 2020 at 1:33 pm

        Ah! I figured out the issue (I think) with the ants. I have hummingbird feeders hanging on the front porch. Drats! There goes that! I removed them last night and we’ll see if that helps. I’m ready to call in the exterminator though. It’s that bad.

        • Friday 10 July, 2020 at 8:33 am

          Ants don’t miss a thing. Hope they lose interest soon once the feeders are moved.

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