I know - it's been ages - but the harsh reality is that my life spun out of control the week Taylor came to town
Miss HH and I went alongside 40000 others - and it was FANTASTIC! What a great role model Taylor Swift is for young girls.
So now that I have apologised for being so long gone- just imagine you are reading this back in early December - you will never know!
Life started to spiral when Hanworth hosted that beautiful surprise birthday I told you about in the last post - what with all the party preparation and Tay Tay being in town, apparently I acted unfairly in that I ignored HH's resident celebrity, Superstar Tea Cosy
So she came out of the closet and decided to reassert herself. While the party preparation was in full swing, Superstar Tea Cosy busied herself
checking out the newly re-installed kitchen
Yes, I know as well as you, that she is not wearing a tea cosy at all but a beanie. However, it is a special beanie. Remember beautiful sister-in-law HH? The one who is facing a big battle with an even bigger enthusiasm?
I spent one of her chemo sessions with her and in the oncology unit is a knitted baskets of beanies just begging for a nice home - well, Hanworth is fast becoming quite a nice home
so our resident Superstar decided to take a beanie and give it a nice home - She decided they were destined to be together (since it was Hanworth purple in colour - fate!) She took it everywhere and introduced it to the newly painted skirting
She took beanie to join the plasterer boys
showed Beanie around the ballroom with its new joinery
They created havoc for the brickies
But they did, to their credit, offer to help!
They relentlessly pursued the poor floor sander
But were finally ordered outside by the workmen
But don't worry, they were not downtrodden for long - the found the marquee where the party was being set up and settled in for an afternoon of primping for the big event
Despite the lack of an invitation - Superstar turned up anyway - after first stripping herself bare
She appeared resplendent in a new outfit (after having heard on the grapevine that pineapples were quite the flavour at present)
and when the giver on her outfit arrived (known on this blog as Forever Friend HH) - even Fleur had a moment when she thought STC looked ridiculously cute
Miss HH agreed
All this attention simply fuelled Superstar's enthusiasm and confidence so she cosied herself into the thick of the Elvis themed surprise party - She greeted the guests
Surveyed the Elvis themed decor
Sauntered into the kitchen to sample the savoury line up
Headed to the champagne table (sometimes I think she really is my second daughter!)
Insisted on grilling the DJ on his song selection
I tried to give her away by placing her on the gift table (but even the birthday girl opted to leave her behind!)
The effervescent Juliette gave her way too much attention!
and then Superstar felt that she really could not bear to be outshone by the abundance of Elvis guests so went on the ensure that her esteemed presence was well understood by all
She was not content to just mingle with the dancers
But simply had to be ever-present for the speeches as well
All in all, Hanworth did us proud. It was the first official function it had hosted since the fire
It looked grand sitting behind the marquee and made me enormously proud
The side verandah was used a stage when we realised a storm was brewing
it worked out perfectly as everyone crammed into the marquee as it hit