HELLO GRANNY

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HELLO GRANNY. Here I am my dear ladies and occasional gentleman meeting my new granddaughter.

I can hear you all now “AAH, OOH, CUTE”

She is as you can see ADORABLE and Ronald and I are very lucky to add her to our existing PIGEON PAIR of grandchildren.

My dear friend HER MAJ has already sent a MINION from the Palace to ASPREYS for a little TRINKET as a gift.

The gift of grandchildren is a blessing.

Yours Cuddlingly

Celia

PHILIP’S PRINCELY MIXED GARDEN OF DELIGHTS

PHILIP’S PRINCELY MIXED GARDEN OF DELIGHTS
My dear friend HER MAJ telephoned yesterday, she had been ROYAL SILVER SURFING and catching up with my little ‘BLISS’. She was concerned bless her about Ronald’s RAISED VEGETABLE BED, as it reminded her of an incident with dear PHIIP.
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Apparently he had been planning a BIRTHDAY SURPRISE, how sweet and had decided to order some of her favourite FLOWERING PLANTS for her PRIVATE LADYGARDEN.

She tells me he is not terribly O FAY with the INTERNET but decided to place an order ONLINE using VOICE SPEAK.

The order duly arrived much quicker than dear PHILIP had expected and containing goods that he definitely WASN’T.

He had ordered a selection of one of HER MAJ’S favourite flowers the LUPIN. Choosing colours close to her heart:
32. COLONIES CREAM
19. SUNSET OVER SCOTLAND
23. ROYAL SCARLET
29. GORDON’S GREEN
36. ASCOT BLUE
16. CORGI CARAMEL
21. STAG’S HEAD HEATHER

Dear PHILIP was expecting the delivery in about 10 days, so imagine his SURPRISE when it turned up that evening on the back of a LAMBRETTA!
A number:

32. CRISPY AROMATIC DUCK
19. KUNG PAO CHICKEN
23. BEEF FRANK IN A BLACK BEAN SAUCE
29. MUSHROOM FOO YOUNG
36. A VEGETABLE SAMOSA
16. SOME SINGAPORE NOODLES
21. AND A BLACK FOREST GATEAU

HER MAJ discovered that he had called ‘LU-PIN’S GARDEN OF DELIGHTS’ CHINESE RESTAURANT instead of ‘LUPINS GARDEN OF DELIGHTS NURSERY’

Oh my dear ladies and occasional gentleman, how we LAUGHED, well I did, HER MAJ just TINKLED ROYALY.

Yours Chuckling

Celia

THE QUEEN & THE ECONOMIC PINCH

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THE QUEEN AND THE ECONOMIC PINCH worried me so…….

I became the LADY OF SHALLOTS and cooked some I grew last year and had stored in the shed. I am going to make a SPAGHETTI BOLOGNESE with them with some VEGGIE MINCE.

I hope the recipe turns out to be YUMMY AND TASTY as I am testing it out for my dear friend THE QUEEN.

I expect my dear ladies and occasional gentleman that you have seen in the PRESS that her Maj is feeling the ECONOMIC PINCH.

She rang me for advice and the first thing I said was, “stop buying those expensive PERSONALISED TOILET ROLLS with the CORGIS on!”.

The second was to cut down on some of her GROCERY expenses and suggested she tried replacing her PRIME SCOTCH BEEF MINCE with some VEGGIE MINCE.

“Maj ” I told her “you will all benefit from eating a little less MEAT”.

She said ” I CAN give up my SCOTCH MINCE but I will NOT give up my SAUSAGE!”

Yours Rebukedly

Celia

FATHER BROWN, REAL WOMEN, UPCYCLING & MY FRIEND THE QUEEN

FATHER BROWN, REAL WOMEN & UPCYCLING.

I am becoming addicted toTHE FATHER BROWN MYSTERIES! on BBC1. It is set in the late 1940’s with all of the POST-WAR GLAMOUR. The dresses and hats are marvelous. The dresses have the most interesting prints and are beautifuly tailoured. They were designed with REAL  women in mind, to enhance their womanly shape and celebrate the fact they have boobs, bums and hips!

I am a REAL WOMAN. I think I should wear more of this era of clothing.

Kirsty Allsopp adopts the 1940’s style of dresses, I think she should add hats to her vintage look. No doubt she would be able to make her own, after all she UPCYCLES everything. She would probably UPCYCLE one from an old LAURA ASHLEY cushion bought from the RED CROSS shop, unpicked with some of the stuffing taken out, a bit of RIC-RAC BRAIDING and a couple of silk flowers and FANNYS your aunt.

That my dear ladies and the occasional gentleman has given me an idea perhaps Veronica and I can actually make some new SPRING HATS using this idea and if we are really clever we could video it like those clever people do on YOU TUBE. Although I do struggle with the TECHNOLOGY  so I cannot promise anything.

Veronica is the QUEEN of foraging so when I am planning a foray into the CHARITY SHOPS I nearly always go with her.

Although thinking about the QUEEN it is about this time of the year dear Elizabeth casts her knowing eyes over her SPRING WARDROBE and BLESS HER, she often sends a lackey with an outfit she thinks will suit me that has appeared on too many STATE VISITS.

Yours Creatively

Celia

 

SISTERS, STRING-VESTS & SHOP-BOUGHT BATTENBURG

SISTERS, STRING-VESTS & SHOP-BOUGHT BATTENBURG you may ask.

How bold am I this afternoon? As you will see I have attached a video for your perusal. Now I want you to keep it to yourselves as it is a video of my dear sister Joan. I am only showing you because she is off with her new husband PACO, who wears immaculate white linen suits and treats her like a GODDESS, on a jolly to the MALDIVES.

Sadly her first husband was a dissappointment and she didn’t discover his STRING-VEST until the HONEYMOON. Being a lady the first time she saw him undressed was on their wedding night. Oh he was a trial, how my dear sister put up with it I don’t know, she was a MARTYR.

She would lay out her LADYLIKE TEA of an afternoon, the same as I’m sure you my dear ladies and the occasional gentleman do; A pot of tea, cucumber sandwiches with the crusts cut off and a lovely VICTORIA SPONGE. Occasionaly she would make some super EGG sandwiches from a recipe that our dear QUEEN slipped me after a MAUNDAY THURSDAY service. But not a bite would pass HIS LIPS, HE WOULD DEMAND FISH-PASTE DOORSTEP sandwiches and a piece of SHOP-BOUGHT BATTENBERG, with a 2 litre bottle of CIDER. How could any lady put up with that for long and I am not even going to mention his personal habits!

Anyway that is all in the past and I am still fretting about what to serve Veronica for lunch tomorrow!

Yours Frettingly

Celia

WHAT FUN! ROYAL GODPARENTS

WHAT FUN! ROYAL GODPARENTS

How thrilled Ronald and I were to be asked to be Godparents to the Little Prince George and pleased that they had chosen to name him after Ronald’s middle name. And how excited I was to be e-mailed by the Queen, making sure that we didn’t wear the same colour outfit.

Ronald decided to wear his white linen suit because he had heard that it was going to be an informal affair but I’m not sure the JOHN TRAVOLTA look was quite right. Of course it was such short notice that I didn’t have the time to buy a new hat. So I whipped out my number 8 needles and my WOMENS WEEKLY 1937 KNITTING BOOK ‘HATS FOR ALL OCCASIONS’ and luckily I had some PEA-GREEN, ORGANIC, BAMBOO, CASHMILLON, HANDSPUN, CHUNKY RAFFIA DOUBLE WOOL, that I had put by. So I settled down with a large GIN & TONIC and created.

If you look at the pictures you will just see me and the hat to the left of THE QUEEN, you cannot see poor Ronald as he was trapped behind the COUNTESS CAMILLA. The Duke was so funny, he asked me if he could TICKLE MY FANCY with my hat feather, what larks.

The food could have been better, I don’t think CORNBEEF & PICKLE VOL-AU-VENTS are suitable for the Queen, And the SCOTCH EGGS with the little cross of St George flags in were just common.

Of course PIPPA PARTYPLANNER had organised the food, so say no more!

THE QUEEN has promised to send me some photographs and I have promised to send her the hat pattern.

Yours Royaly

Celia

LITHE MEDITERRANEAN TART

It wasn’t quite the same as our dear QUEENS but so similar it was difficult to spot the difference at Annabelle & Sebastian’s garden party. Unfortunately the sunny weather that we had been enjoying had deserted us, the wind was whistling at about 30 miles an hour and the rain was rattling through the gazebos. I was wearing my WELLINGTONS at Ronald’s insistence ( I thought he was over that phase) and my dogging coat. Gwendoline, Teresa and Juliet were huddled under a fleece-lined waterproof blanket. SUMMER IN ENGLAND.

We had only been there 5 minutes when Cora decided that she had had enough of sitting in a wobbly chair with wind and wanted to leave. Ronald ever the gentleman offered to give her a lift, “not with your back” was my first thought until I realised he meant in the car. They were just about to leave when Lydia jumped up startling Veronica who was attempting to eat some of my MEDITERRANEAN tart. Unfortunately Veronica also had a fistful of fudge and attempted to juggle flaky pastry, garlic, onions, mozzarella and fudge; the whole came together in a sloppy gloop. We all looked away as she dove in head first. Veronica thinks she might have a sugar addiction. Lydia wanted Ronald to take her home too.

As he walked away Ronald was explaining that he only had my Fiat and someone would have to go in the back, we just heard Lydia’s “It’s ok Ronald I’m very LITHE” as they disappeared up the path.

Ronald returned dazed and wobbly some time later. I’m hoping it was the WINE he had Imbibed.

Yours shiveringly

Celia

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