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dance me to the wedding now…

… dance me on and on
Dance me very tenderly and dance me very long
We’re both of us beneath our love, we’re both of us above
Dance me to the end of love

  Leonard Cohen

What a beautiful day we had on Saturday to celebrate the marriage between my niece and her Indian partner which took place in India in February (although sadly her better half could not be here due to a delay with his Visa!)

It was a very relaxed and casual affair in the village hall at Wytham in Oxfordshire which was decorated inside and out with colourful bunting.

The weather did not disappoint – and as it was a beautifully warm and sunny day we could spill over outside to enjoy the barbecue…

and picnic on the grass…

and after lunch we went for a wander around the pretty village…

peeking in gateways…

and admiring the cute cottages.

I especially like this one with the bins either side of the gate!  Perhaps wheelie bins are the new Bay trees in Oxford.

We were entertained by cousin Poppy who I am sure is going to be a big star one day…

and the dancing troupe from Oxfam (where my niece and partner met) who reformed and performed a number of Indian Bollywood style dances for the party…

and finally as dusk begins to settle…

the Brits just had to challenge the Indians to a game of cricket (given that no one was too sober at this point it is a wonder anyone could play) you can probably guess the outcome!!

A little more chatting and a bit of dancing – a perfect end to a perfect day and a jar or two of homemade wedding jam to take away.

The only disappointing part of the day was the Travel Lodge at Pear Tree roundabout just outside Oxford.  It is not a patch on the one we stayed in at Shrewsbury and I just had to take a few pictures to remind me why I may never stay in one again.  I know they are basic but this one is in serious need of a complete refurb.

I thought at first these pictures were some kind of First Aid notice! …and yes the frame on the left is falling apart and paint is coming off the walls.

The lampshades were dirty and the room generally shabby…

mmmm…and the bath taps just looked like they needed a good clean with some Mr Sparkle.

Come on Travel Lodge I know you can do better – a room can be old but still clean and well maintained – elbow grease and attention to detail does not cost a lot.

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Thoughtful Thursday…

“This must be Thursday,’ said Arthur to himself, sinking low over his beer. ‘I never could get the hang of Thursdays.”

Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

I have spent the whole week at work steadily reducing my pile of files and getting rid of some of those ‘hangers on’ you know the ones I mean – the problem files – the difficult matters – the ones people pass to you to sort and suddenly there in the corner they breed overnight.  Well I have achieved a small victory – probably short-lived – but one worth noting.  Each problem dealt with is another tick off the list and nothing feels better than crossing off those items one by one.

Tomorrow is my day off and chance to start on my domestic To Do list with just as many problems to sort.  This weekend we will be going to my nieces wedding celebration party in Oxford – the snag is – the groom is unable to attend – yes very unusual I know and it is a long story but there you go.  It will be a very casual affair in a picturesque little village hall with barbecue and dancing.  I have to put together a suitably coordinated outfit to pack tomorrow from a rather uncoordinated selection.  I have some nice tops and even some nice bottoms but the nice tops don’t necessarily go with the nice bottoms!

We will be staying in Oxford overnight on Saturday and although I would have liked to try the much acclaimed Malmaison hotel, converted from an old prison, there were no deals going and anyway the converted cells might feel a bit too claustrophobic for me.  So we have booked into the local Travel Lodge (practical and very predictable) but fine for what we need.

Beautiful conversion of the Old Oxford Prison ...

I am hoping for good weather as I intend to pack as if it will be good weather with only a standby jumper and umbrella thrown in just in case. I haven’t checked yet but I am presuming my toiletries bag is still all ready to go from my weekend away at my sisters wedding.

First thing on Friday morning I need to make a list and already it looks like my Friday Fling and Fiscal Friday may have to wait yet another week as I will be lucky to even attempt the quickest of Tidy Friday’s.  Oh how I long for a weekend at home, two in a row would be even better but that might be asking a bit much!