11 Jul 2015

A special celebration



Last weekend we celebrated our Golden Wedding Anniversary (which had been in mid June) with our family. It's rare these days that we can all be together because of work and distance so it was good that everyone could be with us. On the Saturday we went out for lunch at the Samuel Fox Country Inn in the village of Bradwell, in the Hope Valley, Derbyshire.
The above photos show the view across the road from the inn and the park. It's a village near Castleton that's associated with lead mining. Several hat makers worked in the community and the village is known for the 'Bradwell Beaver' hat, a special safety mining helmet.  The inn is named after Samuel Fox who lived in the village and together with an employee, Joseph Hayward, is credited with inventing the world's first collapsible light steel-framed umbrella, something we didn't need last weekend, although there had been heavy rainstorms during the Friday night.

After the lunch we went to our daughter's house for cake and Prosecco wine. Our daughter also made a lactose free cake and we continued to enjoy our time together with a BBQ the following day with more delicious food.



cakes and home grown strawberries

I've been writing about other gardens recently so here is our garden this season featuring the roses.   I'll do a roundup of what's been growing in our garden at the end of the month.



'Brother Cadfael'

'Joie de Vivre'

'Arthur Bell'


'Cardinal de Richelieu'


'White Star'

'Wedding Anniversary'


unknown varieties





The rose is my favourite Summer flower, but the sweet pea is another that I love almost as much so I just had to include a photo of a bunch that I picked to bring into the house. What's your favourite Summer flower?


I hope you're having a lovely weekend.
Linda :)

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  1. Dear Linda - big congratulations to you both, and wishing you both many more happy years together.
    It looks as if you had a wonderful celebration with all of the family and how delicious all the food looks.

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    1. Thank you Rosemary. It was wonderful to have our children, grandchildren and extended family with us for such a special occasion.

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  2. I am very happy for you! Such an achievement! Your roses are beautiful but I too have a very soft spot for sweet peas!x

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    1. Thank you Kezzie. Roses seem to grow well in our garden which is pleasing and this year the sweet peas are of various hues instead of just one colour. I love their fragrance.

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  3. Hi Linda, congratulations for cpmpleting 50 years!! All the pictures are beautiful and your roses are Exquisite and so are the sweet peaches! The cake is also beautiful!!!


    Sandra xx

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    1. Thank you Sandra. We're fortunate to have a garden and can grow beautiful flowers. The cake was delicious and made by our daughter's friend who has a cake making business. Our daughter's cake was also very tasty as an alternative for those of the family who cannot eat dairy products. It was fat free and similar to a carrot cake with apricots and raisins.

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  4. Congratulations Linda on your 50 years together. Love your photographs, what a beautiful celebration cake and foods - it all looks lovingly prepared by your daughter. How lovely to get together with family to celebrate such an achievement, x

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    1. Thank you Jan. It was a very special occasion to be with the family. Have a good day! L :)

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  5. Many congratulations to you both and I'm so glad you have had a wonderful time celebrating your 50 years together with all your family. All the food looks wonderful. You have some lovely roses and I love roses too but like you I also love sweet peas and lavender too:)

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    1. Thank you Rosie. Everything was perfect and having family with us to celebrate was special. Roses seem to do well in our garden and I'm slowly building up a collection. I do love lavender especially the English variety. It's a versatile plant and has a lovely perfume fresh or dried.

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  6. Congratualtions on your Golden anniversary!!! What an accomplishment these days and something to be very proud of. Your celebration looks lovely and the food yummy.
    Your roses are gorgeous. We're having English weather here this summer. Nothing but rain If we're lucky, we get 1-2 days of sun and then back to endless days of rain. It has put a cramp in accomplishing any of my outdoor summer projects. It does get old, but I try not to get depressed about it or complain since the whole west coast of the country is having a severe drought and numerous wild fires. If only the east part of the country could send the weather in reverse and give the west coast a much needed drink.
    Happy Sunday!
    Cindy

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    1. Thank you Cindy. It's good to hear from you, I'm sorry to hear that the rainy weather is making your summer outdoor projects difficult to accomplish. I wish you success in all you do.
      Linda :)

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  7. Many congratulations. How lovely to have your family together for such a wonderful occasion and to help you celebrate. You've got some beautiful roses in your garden, I never used to be fond of roses but I love them now and would like more for my own garden, I've currently got three.

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    1. Thank you Jo. I've started a tradition since moving to this present house of buying a rose each anniversary. The first was 'Arthur Bell', then 'Joie de Vivre' and this year Cardinal de Richelieu our daughter also bought 'Wedding Anniversary' so what with the cuttings from bought bunches of roses we're getting quite a collection!

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  8. Congratulations!!! It looks like a wonderful party, so great that you could all be together!! The cake is beautiful and looked delicious, as did all of the other food. The roses are stunning aren't they, I love your collage of them all together. I hope that you have many more happy years of marriage!!! xx

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    1. Thank your Amy. It was quite a party. There was some dancing (not my husband and I)! Even the boys got up and did some jigging around and waving of hands in the air. It was fun and a happy time.

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  9. Late, but Congratulations with your Golden Wedding Anniversary! It must have been a lovely celebration with a wonderful cake and delicious food. You have so many lovely roses, especially the 'Joie de vivre' is a beauty, I have never seen before. Roses and sweet peas are my favourites too, when I see the bouquet with sweet peas I almost smell the fragrance in my imagination.
    Wish you a lovely new week and enjoy your garden!

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    1. Thank you Janneke. We much appreciated family being able to come to stay and enjoy the special time with us. You have so many beautiful roses in your own garden. Seeing them gives me an idea that I would like more. I like the way many of them especially the pink/apricot varieties change colour and become paler as they open, which is the case with Joie de Vivre.

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  10. Congratulations on reaching your 50th wedding anniversary, Linda!!! I dearly hope that Terry and I make ours, but we married late, so ...! It looks like you had a lovely celebration. I enjoyed your garden photos, even more so since Terry and I just spent the day in the Butchart Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia, Your sweet peas were gorgeous! How could I possibly pick a favorite summer flower? There are so many lovely ones! I'm actually fond of weeds: Queen Anne's Lace and wild Nova Scotian roses! Take care!

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    1. Thank you Louise. We had a lovely weekend with the family. Flowers that some might consider weeds are just as beautiful as others we welcome in our gardens. I was just looking at our garden this morning and appreciating a plant that is beginning to flower in between the roses. It has tiny daisy like-flowers and although it can spread too much it gives the impression of a bridal bouquet and, therefore, gives me pleasure to see.

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  11. I add my congratulation with all your family and friends on 50 years of matrimony. It takes great commitment and sacrificial love to make it through, especially in the world we live in today. And what a precious joy to be able to spend it with all your family. Your daughter's cake was truly lovely and looked delicious. I love sweet peas. My mother used to plant them every summer when I was a little girl and my grandfather before her. Perhaps I need to carry on the tradition.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. Mr. P. and I are like 'chalk and cheese' and Mr. P. is a saint to put up with me! Seriously, like everyone we've had our difficult times. For us it's been the need to work out family commitments in two countries, wanting to fulfill our hopes and dreams, but having to be realistic. We have a lovely family in both countries, our faith and now try to make the best of each day together in our retirement.
      I'm really pleased that the sweet peas have been a success this year. I love cottage type flowers.

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  12. Many congratulations to you both and wishing you years and years of happy married life together. Your celebrations look wonderful and the food and cake looked delicious. I love your flowers they are stunning. Px

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    1. Thank you Patricia. It's good to hear from you and I've missed your blogging, but know that you've been enjoying life to the full and making the most of each day, which is what's really important. L :)

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  13. Oh....what a MARVELOUS celebration, how lovely to have all the family together. I enjoyed the pic of you both, here's to another 50 years!What a wonderful selection of roses. you have all the colours of the rainbow...xxx

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    1. Thank you Dina for your good wishes. Yes, it's a multi-coloured garden at the moment. I hope you're having a good week and look forward to hearing your news.

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  14. How marvelous to celebrate your wedding anniversary in such a picturesque place surrounded by your family. The cake looks lovely and was so interested that it was lactose free. Congratulations again Linda :)

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    1. Thank you Denise. It was a lovely, quiet place to have a celebration lunch as we love that area of Derbyshire. The chef devised a lactose free menu with vegetarian options which was a great success. The celebration cake was an ordinary sponge with soft fondant icing and lemon flavoured piping and the lactose free cake was equally delicious.

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  15. I also meant to say how gorgeous your flowers are. Your garden must be a beautiful sight.

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    1. The garden is small, but we manage to fit in some favourite flowers. The rose is a good choice because of the long flowering season.

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  16. What a lovely anniversary celebrations. Thanks for sharing the roses in your garden. We actually have one of the same, the Cardinal de Richelieu. So good to hear your family was able to come together to celebrate.

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    1. The flower of the rose, Cardinal de Richelieu, is an unusual colour and I have planted it near other mauve/purple flowering plants.

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  17. hello
    j'aime tellement toutes les fleurs que je ne saurai laquelle choisir
    j'adore les " pois de senteur pour leur belles couleurs tendres
    cette année j'ai enfin des " lupins"
    j'aime bien aussi les fleurs d'arrière saisons comme les comos pour leurs feuillages très fin
    je te souhaite beaucoup de bonheur pour les futurs années
    as-tu eu des beaux cadeaux en OR
    toute ma tendresse

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    1. Thank you Edith (Iris). Cosmos is a pretty flower with lovely feathery leaves. I have memories of cosmos in my grandmother's garden. I'm glad that your lupins have flowered this year :)

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  18. Such a pretty 50th anniversary weekend in terms of food!!! Congratulations on 50 years! We celebrated our 50th anniversary last July. My daughter entertained our families with dinner at her golf & country club. One grandson and his dad were missing because of baseball schedules that just can't be worked around. Everyone is so busy that there is never a good time for EVERYONE! Congratulations on that score, too, Linda!

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    1. Thank you Becky. We were pleased that everyone could be with us for such a special occasion such as one grandson who is now back from a time abroad.

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  19. Happy Belated Anniversary! The meal and cake look delicious. Quite a few places set at that long table!
    Your flowers are gorgeous. My favorite summertime flower is the rose.
    We're celebrating 17 years together today.

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    1. Thank you Beth. Happy anniversary! Thinking of you today!

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  20. Many congratulations! What a wonderful milestone to reach - one my parents will celebrate in October. Your daughter made a beautiful cake. Lovely photos of the roses too - I'd love to grow them but they really sulk in my heavy clay. x

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    1. Thank you Julie and all the best to your parents too.
      It's such a pity that it's difficult to grow roses because of your soil conditions. Have a good week!

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