BBQ 2019, Freya is 10!

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Best babe, dog of a lifetime.
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Gorgeous net lights.
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I loved this little remote pointy thing in Tesco. It made me a cost-knowing wizard.
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This corner of the garden was very Pinterest!
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Enjoying a birthday frozen Kong.
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The bubble machine!
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I try to go all-out when hosting so I put a little bowl of hand and screen wipes out.

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BBQ flames.
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A fabulous food umbrella.
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The speaker suspension works!
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Freya enjoying her birthday bone.
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Dan doing Dan things.

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My bra was TOO HIGH and my top was too low! Probably literally would have been better going braless.

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Will’s jalapeno creations for a 2nd year in a row.
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Smoking increases the risk of GENITAL HOLES.
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The fabulous blue cocktail that unfortunately makes Will very ill.
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I love this cooler and also our reusable ice cubes.
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Flamingo ring toss. I’m not sure this was ever actually properly played, but it was fun.
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I probably should have got the white-bulb version of this for effective lighting, but it was gorgeous anyway. I have no idea what Kadek was saying to me at the time.
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A useless sibling photo in the dark.

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This was just the funniest thing I could think of at the time.

The garden was a huge mess the next day! I think everyone got a bit more casual about it when Will had to go to bed early. This also happened at the BBQ before last; the link seems to be cocktails made from Blue Curaçao; I love it but unfortunately it seems to make Will violently ill! He generally doesn’t get along with spirits, but he reacts so badly to this one that I think he might even be allergic to it.

It felt a bit weird running a thing without Will being there, and of course some things got out of hand, but overall it wasn’t terrible and at least he didn’t vomit on the mattress this time!  I forgot to inflate the air mattress for the people sleeping downstairs though.

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Big mess!
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Looking much better now. Even though I reseeded the lawn, it seems that any amount of people standing on it for a day will bald it right up again anyway.
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I used electrical tape to caution people about the solar light stake tied to the gazebo. I also made a hideous electrical tape creation to put over the washing line base that people often trip over, Will had tidied it today before I got a photo though.
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I apparently lit a fire! I did forget to add sprigs of pruned rosemary to it though, which was something we though about doing to make a nice smell.
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These look like they might finally flower, but not in time for anyone to see them.
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Some snacks.
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The catering-sized Philadelphia that Will got in for his jalapeno creations.
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I tidied the bathroom shelves!
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I was spraying for a leafminer infestation on our buddleia plant, and I noticed I’d accidentally given a baby snail a faceful of pesticide. So I rushed him indoors, rinsed him thoroughly, and now I’ve got him in Joop’s baby tub with some lettuce and cuttlefish to make sure he’ll be OK.
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I’m meant to release him in a few days but I kind of love him.
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If he were an adult snail I would have given him a thorough rinsing and let him go again, but because he’s a TINY baby, about the size of a quarter of my fingertip, I want to monitor him for a bit.
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Freya loves my bra. To clarify this wasn’t at the barbecue, but from last week sometime.
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My beautiful baby.
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My other beautiful baby!

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Not sure what his flaps are doing there.
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Will brought me some flowers home the other day, they smell really nice and look gorgeous.

So aside from a couple of things going wrong, I had an absolutely amazing time as ever, I can’t wait to do it all again next year, and maybe even for a housewarming this year. Life is a bit all over the place at the moment but things are looking up.

 

We love you Freya

(even though I edited this video years ago I cannot watch it because I will cry buckets.)