medicinal chocolate has been necessary

It became vital to send out for industrial supplies of Fruit and Nut earlier on, as our household becomes cleaner, tidier, shinier and festooned with bunting, and I become more and more frazzled and wonder how everything is going to get done in time. The fridge is groaning with food and the oven is baking more and more and more quiches. Bottles are clinking and lining every empty surface, plates and cups and cutlery are being washed and polished, cushions plumped. The garden has been mowed and swept and raked.

I don't know what I was thinking when I agreed to host and cater for fifty-plus friends and family tomorrow, but then again it is a special birthday, one of these actually:

There's still masses to do, but I'm just having a quick tea-break before I go and start on the next round of chores and as I got my new camera yesterday and have been trying it out, I thought I'd post a few snaps of my new tidy and clean shelves...

Years and years of collecting, inheriting and acquiring have produced an eclectic assortment...

I shall be back with more news very soon but for now, it's back to the scary list...

11 comments:

Karen L R said...

Who's turning 50? Your place looks ready to party...have a blast!

Diva Kreszl said...

Oh being a hostess can so frazzle the nerves if you let it! Remember that no one will notice all the little things you think you forgot to do...they will all be enjoying each other's company and yours too! Don't forget to enjoy yourself!

Jackie said...

I know it will make you feel better but I bet no one will notice if there's a bit of dust. We did exactly the same for a 60th in january and it was the best party we ever had. I was frazzled but it was worth it.
Have fun.

Frances said...

Hello Sue, I think that Diva K is on to something. The party will sort of take on a life of its own.

Meanwhile. The new camera looks to be able to join up with your true eye to make beautiful picures.

Hoping that you will be able to find time for a bit of a relaxation. Enjoy the party. Wish I could sample those quiche or is it quiches?

Bunting looks grand. xo

Hollace said...

Have fun and forget about everything else but the people now! have fun!!

Madelief said...

Congratulations and good luck with your party tomorrow! I hope the weather will be fine. I like the pictures you made with your new camera. I am saving for a new camera at the moment and am very much interested in your experience with the camera you just bought.

Kind regards, Madelief

Chrissie said...

Hope everyone has a fab party, even you! Your shelves look great, made me smile lots.

Tina ♥ said...

Remind me never to browse blogland without copious supplies of choc in the house...that choccie pic caused me to send dear hubby out in search of cocoa solids. He has returned with a snickers bar which had melted in the car and has reformed in the coolness of the garage...hey...I live in the middle of nowhere...better than no chocs at all! :)

cocoa and blankets said...

...those shelves look very very clean and tidy...you can write your name and doodle on mine there is so much dust...hope Rory has a lovely party...and you have time to enjoy it too...say happy birthday to him from us...love H

Gilly said...

I can say with great authority, having been to the party, that it was beautifully clean and neat, the food was fantastic, everything seemed organised and we all had a great time!

Pomona said...

I have always asserted that chocolate is completely medicinal, and after many years of marriage my husband has begun to agree! Hope the party went well.

Pomona x