Tuesday, 16 January 2018

BY INVITATION ..... UNITY ..........








This month, our By Invitation subject is Unity .....



For me, the first thought that came to mind was unifying around the table .....


I am lucky that our children and grandchildren live close enough for regular gatherings and, even though other members of my family are a little further afield, we do meet up and food is a major part of the proceedings !
Sitting around the table with the people you love the most has many physical and emotional benefits and, the added bonus is that it involves delicious food and drink !!
Unity around the table brings all ages together where we can share our news and emotions, catch up, relieve stress and keep our friendships strong. 


Sharing a meal is universal, allowing us to discuss how our day has been, sharing a bit of gossip over pasta and a glass of wine with friends ..... to break bread suggests communication and dialogue.
I admit that I am guilty of being lazy and not inviting our friends over enough so, let 2018 be the year of more dinner parties, get togethers and lunches with friends and family and to unite more with those closest to us.




Unity chez moi !!!





For more on our By Invitation January theme on Unity, pop over to Wolfie's blog Daily Plate of Crazy 

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image 1: via gottman, image 2: via jillcookshere, image 3: via bread and olives




Jackie




Monday, 8 January 2018

JOKING AROUND in the 1950's ! ..........




I found this photograph of me the other day. I've seen it before but have only just realised that I have my ' trick ' telescope in my hands !!!
You gave it to members of your family or friend's and, after they had looked through it, they were left with a black eye !!!
Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha !!!

 Every Saturday morning after our Dad had given us our pocket money, I would go to the toyshop and spend most of it on jokes and tricks ! Black face soap ...


itching powder  ..... I had that bird warbler thing but it was called a ventriloquist aid ... you put it on the roof of your mouth and it helped you throw your voice !




I also had the bloody thumb. the chocolate biscuit finger and the trick cigarettes to name but a few.....
I must have been a right pain !!

I wish I'd kept them !




This is the other half of the photograph of my Dad ..... I've also just noticed that his right eye { our left } looks very black ..... I obviously tricked him and that's why the photograph was taken ! My Dad was good at taking a joke.





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image 1: via me, image 2: via cosmetics4u, image 3: via ghosts of the doll, image 4: via curious objects

Jackie

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

A COMICALLY EXAGGERATED NEW YEARS EVE .....




We went to an amazing New Years Eve party ... there was a magician, a pianist, a few celebs, delicious food and drink, fabulous hosts and .....






..... a caricaturist  .....

That's us !!!


HAPPY 2018 ... make it one full of laughter.








Jackie

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

GIRLS will be GIRLS ... BOYS will be BOYS ..........



Christmas Presents .....




Martha was all about the make up and hair .....






Henry was all Star Wars and pulling out his front tooth !!!


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all photographs via me

Jackie

Sunday, 24 December 2017

MERRY CHRISTMAS .....






Merry Christmas everyone ...
Have a magical time.

XXXX





Jackie

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

BY INVITATION ...... THE FANTASY HOLIDAY COCKTAIL or DINNER PARTY ..........



Our By Invitation subject this month is The Fantasy Holiday Cocktail or Dinner Party  ... just right for this festive time of year .....



Our delightful hosts are waiting to greet you .....


... and to welcome you to their humble abode ... please make your way round to the rear of the house ...


... where you will see that the family have gone to great lengths to decorate with a delightful Christmas wreath.


As you enter the cosy hall ...


you will be greeted by the magnificent Christmas tree ...


... please make your way up to ...


... the welcoming salon ...


... where you will be able to partake in a variety of cocktails ...


... there will be dancing in the ballroom ...



... and drinks and canapes. 


... should you partake in one or two drinks too many, there are bedrooms available where you can sleep it off ! 


... and a luxurious bathroom where you can freshen up. As you can see, there is a bottle of wine provided for your refreshment whilst you are powdering your noses !!




All of your favourite, fun-loving friends will be here to make this party a night to remember, AND ...


... there will be a special gift for each and every one of you, expertly wrapped, no expense spared !!




Finally, here is a sneak preview of my outfit for the evening. Stunning, isn't it ?
I shall feel like a Christmas snowball ! 
Your outfit shall never reach the dizzy heights of fashion perfection that mine will but, try your hardest !!!

For more exciting and entertaining Cocktail Party fun, please visit Daily Plate of Crazy where you will find all of the links to the other Cocktail Parties { none of which will be anywhere near as sophisticated and classy as mine !!! } Hahahaha !!!

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image 1: via borene, image 2: via jessica jewett, images 3, 10 & 11: via pinterest, images 4, 7, 12 & 13: via niki feijen, image 5: via huffington post, image 6: via informative pictures, image 8: via xaxor, image 9: via the gifts of love, image 14: via the telegraph, image 15: via city limit, image 16: via testa motor club, image 17: via wedding services

Jackie
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Sunday, 10 December 2017

WINTER WONDERLAND ..........


Snow has descended, turning our little world into a Winter Wonderland. 






 I went out at 7.30 am and took these photographs of our house. 



We haven't had this much snow for a good few years so it's a bit of a novelty. I think that the whole of the UK is blanketed in snow......





the perfect time to dress the tree .....




Keep warm.



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all photographs via Me !

Jackie