None of the celeb magazines made me an offer so I decided to publish myself!
The calm before the storm
The wedding of the year was a curious affair. Brenda’s son Iain drove us together to Pocklington Registery Office in his old car. The bride was not given away and there was no best man to safeguard the ring. Indeed there wasn’t a ring! Nor a bride with a hat nor any bridesmaids. To my consternation there was no promise to obey. (The reverse might have been appropriate). The bride did not even change her name.There was one trembling groom and a radiant bride
There were two lovely readings. Bibi read a few verses from Winnie the Pooh and Rufus read out the recipe for a happy marriage. It was all too soon over and after pictures we were on the way home. Brenda’s youngest grandchild three year old Sonny insisted on riding between us and talked all the way back to Boundary Cottage.
A Recipe for a Good Wedding Cake by Brenda Beeton
4lb of love
1/2lb of sweet temper
1lb of blindness of faults
1lb of pounded wit
1lb of good humour
2lbs of sweet argument
1 pint of rippling laughter
1 wine glass of common sense
A dash of modesty
Put the love, good looks and sweet temper into a well-furnished house.
Stir the pounded wit and good humour into sweet argument, then add rippling laughter and common sense.
Unfortunately the printed sheet in the order of ceremony missed out the last paragraph. Rufus, bless him, just winged it!
Brenda used to teach domestic science and is a wonderful cook. I think Rufus did not appreciate the humour in the author’s pseuonym.
Quotes of the day
I don’t feel any different
Love and happiness pervaded everywhere
I don’t mind the kids playing football
Parties like this cannot continue for ever
The pictures that ‘Hello' missed
|Billy Mills soccer superstar
|Unfortunately my suit could no longer be buttoned and my shirt was a little tight at the collar
|Sister Marilyn and Dave. You might have seen pictures of Dave's allotment
|Isobel and Mike with Annette hidden behind the Heliotrope. Not only did Isobel bring the table decorations she stripped her garden of roses to make the confetti
|Brenda’s grandson Sonny and Arthur my own grandson. The three year old boys had not met before but played together all weekend
|The Brook and Mills clans
|Gillian and Jeremy made the cupcakes, cake and stand. Dicentra spectabilis decorates the cake. Poppy our real lovebird who normally flies free in the house stayed at Cathi’s for the weekend
It was a relief that the sunshine shone all day and some could eat dinner outside.
|Three generations of girls
|Future Arsenal star Henry Brook takes a break
|Thank you Peter Williams for all the wonderful pictures. Sorry we could not hold the camera properly for you and cut out most of Julie
|Isobel brought with her twelve wonderful table decorations
|A rose amongst the thorns. All our five son’s wore identical ties. (none of them said “how nice” when they received them, they just pulled a face)
|Brenda’s sisters Angela and Joyce contemplate the world from the front of the garage. You might have read about Joyce, the Kirkwhelpington moth trapper!
|Helen spikes the lawn
“We took Joyce out for dinner last night”
“When we got home the dog had eaten the Wedding cupcakes”
“Mother’s panic did not help!”
|Peter’s trial pictures as he sighted a site for the group pictures.
|The first cut
The wedding cake tree
The food is just as much of a surprise to Roger as the guests
If Brenda is absolutely definite about something she might be wrong
If she prevaricates she is almost certainly right
Wise advice from Brother-in-law Gordon fifteen years ago
If you blog about this I will kill you
(I have just made that one up)
At the end of the day I was a gibbering wreck
A fabulous day I will never forget