Sunday, 11 July 2010

18 today....and a rare stroke of genius

...on the part of yours truly.

Youngest child's 18th has been fast approaching , no party was required, she was planning a full day out with friends, beach during the day, clubbing at night. All that was required of me was some drinks and nibbles in between.
Then last Thursday all her friends dropped out of the day trip, all good reasons, she was so disappointed but putting on a brave face.......I suggested a family lunch during the day but was hoping to find something better........then a little play on the net and ting the light went on....a day spa....and as luck would have it there is a lovely place 30 minutes away. Even better it was doing a pamper day two for 1, so she and eldest were driven there yesterday early. She was very surprised and looked a bit nervous but at 6pm when she came back she had had a brilliant time. It was a raving success! Meanwhile I had made a cake, food, decorated and mixed cocktails.
Her friends arrived laden with gifts, beautiful flowers and champagne to get ready. Fed and watered off they trotted in those belts they call skirts and 6 inch heels. Herbs face was a treat.

We then settled outside with the remains of the food and cocktails, pina colada for me, sex on the beach for him ha ha and ruminated on where the last 18 years had gone.....a very successful day(until about 3.45 this morning when they tumbled out of the cabs and up the stairs, that was me fully awake and no sleep since-still managed to finish another cushion front)

Eldest came back from uni last week.....with a years worth of clothes that needed to washed, I kid you wasn't that they were all dirty but they smelt of the halls, and it was not pleasant. Before we left we visited the house she will share with 7 others in October. Granted her room is twice the size of halls and lighter but that's it really, not marvellous. Still they are all really thrilled and consider themselves lucky to have found such a great place. Who are we to argue.

However we have had to fork out £900 rent for the summer when of course the house will stand empty.....if anyone has some spare cash, with interest rates so low, you could do worse than buy a house to rent to students in a uni town. The landlord is getting about £30k a year for not a lot of effort. Not bad eh?

University blanket came back in one piece and just needed a good airing.....

redundancy announcements probably this of joys x


  1. That was a great trick you pulled out of the hat Mum!! Well done!! Wow that is steep rent!! Trouble with York is that it is not only student ville, but touristy too - you ought to take up residency over the summer with family and friends - get your moneys worth!!! Fingers crossed for you next week. xxxx

  2. Happy 18 th birthday for your daughter. That seems like a terrific day she spent. My eldest daughter leaves for Greece ( first time by herself) today. Youngest daughter at horse camp for a week. What should we ( hubby and i do :)))). Is it bad i'm not suffering from an empty nest syndrom? Oh and the cash thing, i feel for you. With BB ( Beautiful boy, eldest son) at University we have the same problem here. Have a nice sunday! XX

  3. What a great way to spend an 18th - or any birthday for that matter. My lovely boy will be 18 in August with no idea how he wants to spend the day. I don't think a spa will be appreciated somehow, do you?
    Don't get me started on the topic of student houses - my lovely girl was at Durham and it cost us all a fortune. The landlords are on to a very good thing!
    Hope all goes well for the week ahead.
    Love Kathy xxx

  4. Ooh, you have proper grown up children! It'll be ages for us until we have to face this, will I be making cocktails for them or making them for myself? Hopefully both....

  5. What a lovely Mum you are and I have to say I have giggled all the way through your post. Good luck this week!

  6. Many happy (belated) birthday wishes to your daughter. Well done you for coming up with such a fab alternative day for her. A special one to treasure. Those cocktail glasses look very inviting!
    Love the colours on your cushion.
    Lisa x

  7. Bonjour Elsy,
    What a great birthday celebration you planned for you daughter. Thank you for coming by and following my blog. Forgive me for not stopping by sooner, computer crashed, and have gotten way behind. I'm a new follower and will be back soon.
    Bon week'-end,

  8. Sorry to post again, cannot seem to get the follower button to work. Will try again later.

  9. You did her proud - what a lovely day ! Shame you didn't get to the Spa too ! I took a friend after her mother had died after searching my head for something to do.
    I have all this to face in December !

  10. I have been drooling over your "university blanket" ever since you first started on it; the colors scheme is absolutely lovely. I have very similar colors in my limited little stash and am longing to start my own blanket - I hope you wont mind if I shamelessly copy your idea. If my blanket turns out ok and I ever have the courage to post it on Ravelry, I would make sure that all credit goes rightfully to you. I hope this is ok with you. From a faithful folloower of your blog.

  11. thank you for lovely comments....of course i have no prob with anyone copying something i have made as i have, in the past done the same thing myself! just come back and let me know how youre getting on x