I mentioned last week that my friends Emma and Ben were getting married. It was a wonderful day. The weather held, thankfully! It started off at East Budleigh church. East Budleigh is a little village about a half an hours drive from Exeter. It is famous for being the birthplace of the famous explorer Sir Walter Raleigh. He was instrumental in the colonisation of North America amongst other things.
Emma arrived on time at the church and the ceremony was conducted by the Reverand Ann Charlton. We sang hymns along side the church choir amongst the beautiful setting of the church. Can I mention the flowers.. They were stunning. Emma’s mum Sue comes from a long line of florists so she was in charge. She did an amazing job.. I have never seen so many flowers at a wedding service before.
After the service and photos we headed back to Emma’s mum and dads farm. They had erected a big marquee in one of their fields. The marquee was again filled with wonderful flowers. All of the tables were named after animals. Ben and Emma are both animal lovers and had placed Steve and I on the ‘Kitten’ table which I thought was very apt!
There were three desserts on offer. Banoffie pie, chocolate terrine with a raspberry sauce and strawberries and raspberries with merengue and clotted cream. I have to say that I couldn’t choose so I had a small bit of everything!! Eek!
Once the meal and speeches were done it was time to hit the dance floor and burn off some of that dessert! We had a great time dancing up a storm. It really was a truely beautiful traditional English country wedding. Congratulations to Emma and Ben. I hope you have a long and wonderful marriage.
On Sunday afternoon I managed to squeeze in a cheeky afternoon tea with my friend Emma. Out came the vintage China and into the garden we went. It was a little chilly but we braved the elements!
Steve and I went down to Exmouth on the train on Sunday evening to meet his parents. ( Exmouth is a seaside town about twenty minutes on the train from Exeter. The train journey there is amazing.. It’s right along the estuary with amazing views. ) They had booked a weekend away from Somerset to celebrate Father’s Day and Steve’s mums birthday. This picture was at Exeter Central Station waiting for our train!
One of my students taking her ballet exam made me these lovely shortbread biscuits decorated so beautifully. I can safely say that foodie gifts are always a winner with me!!
My ‘FWF’ friends and I spent an evening at The Northcott Theatre watching a Stage by Stage production of Grease. It was their opening night so a few small hitches here or there but on the whole not too bad. I am not a massive musical theatre lover really.. Ballet productions are more my thing but we decided to go because we all love the movie. It was nice to catch up with the girls twice in one week regardless. It will be a few more weeks until we catch up again..
Walking past Cakeldoodledoo on Wednesday evening I saw that they had put a new joke up in their window. I thought it was very apt considering I had been to Emma and Ben’s wedding this week.
Some of my students from Exeter Academy of Dance took their Royal Academy of Dance ballet examinations this week. It was a long old day.. I left home at 7am and got home just after 6pm. My feet were aching I can tell you. I spent the day preparing the girls and boys for their exams by doing their hair and practicing with them before they went in to show Miss Richards their exercises and dances. Everyone came out happy and smiling which was a relief. We have to wait six to eight weeks for the results to come through now! Fingers crossed.
I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead. I really hope that the good weather lasts!