Monday, 10 September 2012

this, that and a bit of the other....

Well the good news is that my son has graduated from university and was conferred with his degree on Thursday.  We had a lovely day, the sun shone, there was plenty of laughter and quite a few tears too (well mostly me as I am always misty eyed during special moments) 


The weather has been beautiful over the last few days ♥  The farmers are busy at work and there is definitely a touch of Autumn in the air...


The begonias I planted last year gave me a welcome surprise when they popped 
their heads up a few weeks ago.  
They are flowering well and the colours are bright and cheerful.
and while out and abouut I saw these 
pretty  bird houses
I bought a couple and added have them around the garden to add a bit of colour
as my flowers are fading fast.

They were €1.49 each 
 hApPy dAyS




I also bought this floor length purple dress in the M&S sale - it was €19
I love purple and thought it would be perfect for my holidays

Do you like candles?

Well these scented ones are great  
they smell like vanilla and yet only cost €2.50 each in Penneys

Can you see the raindrops on the window in the photo above?
At first I thought it was my dirty windows showing but then realised that it had  been raining!

and I bought these owl cushions as they took my eye and at €8 each they wouldn't break the bank.


 I see that Mittens our cat has found a new bed
no wonder my plants are squished and squashed!


A tip from me...

I have often fancied a French manicure but it never looks right on my nails so I decided to buy some falsies and pop them on for the graduation - bad bad idea...

I ended up with my fingers stuck together, dropped the glue onto the dress I was planning to wear and the nails stuck to my knickers...
not a good look!!!

Wishing you alllovely happy week
full of
 sunshine, smiles and lovely things

49 comments:

oldthings said...

Dear Fiona
Congratulation to your son !You must be very proud
of him !I liked very much your bird houses and your begonias !Have a nice week !
Olympia

Lucinha said...

Fiona,

I liked the bird houses. Your cat has found a nice bed. Poor plant. Lol
Congratulations to your son!

Have a wonderful week.

val's alentejo blogspot.com said...

Dear Fiona..
Congratulations on your son's graduation. He is on into the big world now. Wishing him lots of luck.
A very nice post Fiona.
love the cup cake cadles and the cat ): he is clever.
I like the bird hatches.. they look so nice. The birds will have somewhere to nest in the winter.
What a laugh.. gluing the glue all over. Best not to try something new on special occasions.
love the dress
wishing you a good week.
val

✿ chica said...

Que lindas fotos e PARABÉNS pela formatura do filho. Isso é maravilhoso! beijos,linda semana,chica

Anne said...

Congrats to your son Fiona...what a beautiful day you had for it:) Love all your new colourful purchases! That dress is fab too:) Have a lovely week!
~Anne xx

Sandra said...

I love the shot of mittens curled up in the flower pot and couldn't help roaring with laughter at the false nails complications!!! You must have been proud of your son on his graduation!
Have a great week. Sandra

Jill said...

Congratulations to your son!

You found many treasures over the weekend.

I love the shot of your pretty kitty in the pot! :)

Chloe Grice said...

Congrats to your son! Is he off travelling the world or work now? Exciting time for him either way!
Glad to see lots of colour, brightens everything up doesn't it? Hope Mittens doesn't munch too many of your avian visitors.... :/ xx Have a lovely week, Chloe

Lynne said...

Congratulations to your son and to misty eyed mum . . .
I enjoyed your "this and that" and look forward to seeing you in your pretty gown one day soon . . .

flowers on my table said...

Hi Fiona, congratulations to your clever son, and to you, you must be bursting with pride. I really did lol at the talk of false nails, I too have such disasters and have given up with them. I like your little birdhouses but think I would want to eat the candles, cushions are cute too! Hope all is well with you, love Linda x

orchid said...

Dearest Fiona,
Congratulations to your son and I am sure you are a proud mother♡♡♡ And thank you vey much for the lovely pictures, I enjoyed very much(*^_^*)
Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Vicki @ lifeinmyemptynest said...

Congratulations to your son and I know you were beaming with pride :-)

Heidi said...

Hello Fiona,
Congrats to your son, you can be very proud of him...I love your birdhouses and all your other bargains. And your pics are very beautiful. Have a great week ahead. Enjoy!
Heidi

Susan said...

Hi Fiona, I'm slowing down a bit so there's a bit of time between my visits... but I get there eventually :D)
Lovely to read all your interesting doings - most importantly your Son's graduation. How proud you must be, I don't blame you for tearing up. Well done to him.
You had a nice spend up too - beautiful dress and I think the owl cushions are sweet.
I had a little chuckle at your cat's sleeping spot - so typical isn't it, they love those sunny warm nesty places.
Cheerio for now :D)

Crafty Gardener said...

Congratulations on your son's graduation. Had a chuckle at your false nails story. Hope it all worked out in the end. So glad you are getting some nicer weather.

Jen said...

What a happy post! Congratulations to your son (and to you,Mom!) Beautiful pictures!

a breath of fresh air said...

Congratulations to your son and to you :-) thanks for the cheerful pics, its been a grey and cloudy weekend here, nice to see some sunshine. Annie

Marissa @Life On Our Mountain said...

Whet a wonderful achievement for your son - congratulations!

I LOVE those owl pillows! You found some nice goodies on your shopping trip. One cannot have enough cute, sweet smelling candles, can they? :)

jabblog said...

Many congratulations to your son - a very good reason to celebrate and buy some pretty things:-)

Evi @ sexta-feira said...

Congratulations to your son!
I'm really jealous of ypur new candles and cushions and I feel the same way about French manicure. Although I like it a lot on other women, when I got one last year I thought it looked kind of...cheap. I hope the glue didn't ruin your dress forever.
Enjoy the new week Fiona! :)

TexWisGirl said...

laughing at your fake nail fiasco! congratulations to your son! love the kitty cat in the pot, too.

Chatty Crone said...

Congrats to you and your son!

thisisme said...

Hi Fiona. I did smile at the last part of this post, with you and your nails!! Many congratulations to your son. Well done indeed. I can imagine that you are a very proud mum!! You certainly got some bargains there. I love the little bird houses and the photo of Mittens curled up. Bless!!

inge said...

Hi Fiona Well done to your son on his graduation.

I love the bird boxes so cute

Claudia Moser said...

A lovely post for a Monday evening!

Ellie said...

Oh Fiona what a lovely bright and cheery post today - just what I needed :))
Congratulations to your son - you must be feeling really proud of him. My youngest daughter just started Glasgow Caledonian university today - she had a great day and raring to go on it. Always a good sign :))
I am feeling a bid sad today as our Laura has moved away - trying not to think to deeply on it though. Sometimes it is hard being a mum isn't it? :)

Maple Lane said...

Congrats to your son!
I love where kitty decided to sleep!
You share such lovely photos on your blog
Always a delight to visit.

Kat said...

Huge congratulations to your son!! Love the photo too. I love the cupcake candles and the shaped owl cushion, fantastic. So bight and colourful. I'm sorry but I laughed at the ending of your post. You have my sympathy as this is exactly the sort of thing that happens to me!!

Thank you for all your wonderful comments on my blog too. I don't seem to get as much blog time to visit everyone these days xx

DIMI said...

Congrats for your son Fiona!All the best i wish for him!Lovely birdhouse!Amazing dress!Love them all!!Have a great week!
Dimi..

eileeninmd said...

Hello Fiona, Congrats to you son, you must be very proud. The begonias are very pretty and the birdhouses are my favorite, LOVE THEM! Great deal on the dress! The owl pillows are cute too, great puchases. Wishing you a happy week ahead.

Half Acre Wilderness said...

Congrats to you're son. you are one very proud mum I can tell. I love looking at all your photo;s. The tip at the end made me laugh. I don't like the way french manicures look on my nails either by the way. Sounds as though you got yourself in a bit of a pickle. I would have done the same thing. LOL!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

You made me laugh at your fake nails story! I also smiled at the Mitten's new bed.
Congratulations to your son on his graduation!
Have a wonderful week!

Emilie's daughter said...

Congrats to your son! Really fantastic - no wonder you had tears in your eyes - I am emotional too! Lovely to see some photos from your garden and the shopping you did! On my French manicure looks not natural at all and I am absolutely disgusted by those artificial nails and I am not surprised that you had difficulties to live with them! Now you are healed - go back to your own Fiona nails as all that is Fiona is brilliant! Bye, Christa

SweetMarie said...

Oh Fiona, I know you're so proud of your son! Congrats to him!!! I will be showing my son this post later today. :) You always buy such lovely dresses! That dress will be so beautiful for the holiday! When I get a manicure I ask for an American manicure, it just seems to look more natural and most of the time I get my nails squared a little. I need one now badly!
The candles and owls are adorable, but your Mittens in the pot is a hoot!
Hope you're having a great week!
Hugs,
Marie

Vee said...

Such happy times for your family with a son so recently graduated! Congratulations all around!

Your posts are always so bright and cheery. They truly make me smile.

Thank you for your kind prayers on my nation's behalf and all those who lost loved ones from so many different countries.

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

OH! Congrats to your dear son! QUITE the accomplishment!
All the photos are bright and cheery as usual! I love how Mittens found such a lovely and sunny spot to nap. Cats are SO GOOD at that.

I should like to have a couple fo those bird houses here at The Glen! They are wonderful and FULL of personality!

GardenofDaisies said...

Congratulations to your son! I cry when I'm happy, too. I love the owl cushions. Really cute. Last, but not least, thank you for all your kind words of support.

Jacquelineand.... said...

Congratulations to your son (and you as the proud Mom!) I hope he is off to a fruitful and happy life. All your finds are adorable, such a cheery garden you have.

Thanks so much for your kind words Fiona, they were much appreciated.

Nancy said...

Your nail disaster made me giggle, Fiona. Sounds like something that would happen to me. Congratulations on your son's achievement. The photos of your garden are so vibrant. I love the cat in the flower pot and the birdhouses are so cute. Love your owl pillows, too. Looks like you've been having a lot of fun.

Mary said...

Congratulations for your son's completion of goal (you deserve some of that!) Those are fun celebration pics...and I love the cup cakes. Thank you for thinking of us, sweetie, Mary

Renae said...

Thank you Fiona for your well wishes. Times are different without my brother but acceptance is an ok step. I see Mary has responded to, (above). Your post is so full of variety. You brightened my mood.

demie said...

Congratulations on your son's graduaton dear Fiona!
You have found lots of wonderful stuff. Love the dress!

Lisa said...

Doesn't your kitty get dirty in there? Cats find the strangest places to sleep!

me (maria) said...

Congratulation to your son!!
I really enjoyed your post!!

Daphne Bryson said...

Hello Fiona, Congratulations on your son's graduation. It's a mother's right to be misty eyed on occasions like these. I loved the photo of your cat wrapped around the plant pot....priceless. You are a good bargain
hunter.....it's great fun isn't it. Best Wishes Daphne

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Warmest congratulations to your son on his graduation.

Ellie said...

Hi Fiona,
How remiss of me, I meant to come and say thank you for passing on the award to me and I totally forgot. So I have come today to say thank you - I really appreciated it.
Have a wonderful friday :))
Ellie

schoolgatestyle said...

Oh you are SO funny...I'm laughing at the nails stuck to your knickers, even though I know I shouldn't! Hope you got sorted with something else to wear - can't imagine how you would get that awful glue off clothes. Congrats to your son - proud day for you. Loving all the other photos - esp your new dress! You have a great eye for a bargain. Avril x

The Shiny Pebble said...

You are hilarious! Thanks for stopping by the other day. Looking through your blog made me miss Europe. Congratulations to your big boy!

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