Friday, 19 August 2011

To Fill You In....

My poor poor neglected blog. I am sorry you haven't been "fed or watered" recently, it's been madness (and fun) here this past week, with a houseful of family here to help celebrate my birthday last weekend, and ultimately to pay us one last visit in Denmark.

We packed a lot in whilst you have been ignored though, including a trip to Kronborg Slot last Thursday to see the Royal Shakespeare Company perform Hamlet (of course!) brilliantly. That particular evening there was indeed "something rotten in the state of Denmark" - the freezing cold temperatures and pouring rain. It is very dangerous to wear plastic bags on your heads you know, but quite obviously necessary judging by some of those around us as the evening progressed. The actors did a valiant job given the conditions, and watching it at "Elsinore" itself was quite special and very atmospheric! It's performed here every August by the way, should you be interested. The year we arrived, Hamlet was played by Jude Law!

On Friday the last of our guests arrived, and we spent the first evening manically preparing for a get together on the Saturday evening, where we subjected several guests to an evening of English food, starting off with Cheat's Pimms, followed by an amuse bouche of Yorkshire pudding stuffed with beef, horseradish and watercress, then a starter of Britain's most popular dish (no really!) - Chicken Tikka Masala, the main course of homemade Bangers and Mash with onion gravy, and then it was time for two of Britain's best pudds, Sticky Toffee pudding and Eton Mess to finish, followed by English cheeses. I forgot the pickled onions however, but our guests may well have been pleased by that... I hope we managed to help dispel the myth that all English food is bad, but if we didn't, hopefully the Cheat's Pimms will mean they don't remember much about it anyway!

Sunday was my birthday, a day for relaxing, present opening, walks in the countryside, followed by general lazing, gorging on birthday cake and gradually recovering from slightly sore heads all round (not helped by my four year old waking me up far too early by smashing me over the noggin with a hefty bag of jelly beans - his birthday present to me!)...

We filled the rest of our guests few days with final trips into town, shopping trips for Danish things they have become partial to, final walks around the lake and visits to favourite restaurants.

The last of the guests, my sister and my baby nephew left last night. It feels very quiet today! The house is a tip, and even though both the larder and fridge are empty, and my jeans are now far too tight, but my heart is full (and if that doesn't sound like one of those revoltingly saccharine Hallmark greetings cards, I don't know what does!)...

Situation normal returns. For now....


  1. Ah what a fabulous description of such a happy time for you. Hamlet, mini yorky-puds and a loving family - doesn't get better than that even on a greetings card.

  2. Thanks Trish! Welcome back! Can't wait to read all about your trip now I have a bit of time to catch up on some blogs! Emma :) xx

  3. Belated Happy Birthday, Emma!! I'm now craving a yorkshire pudding ; )

  4. Sounds like a great family get together,fantastic idea to do CTM as a starter, would never have thought of that...

  5. Thank you Kitty! I am always craving Yorkshire Pudding! :)

    Thanks Frankie, it was a great few days! Made a great starter, complete with obligatory popadoms, raita and mango chutney!!

  6. Kelloggsville says (damn you blogger not letting me comment properly): The CTM sounds so bizarrely out of place in that menu. Bet it was lovely but I can hear the blokes voice from 'Come Dine With Me' commenting on it! I NEED those yorkshire puddings NOW!

    PS Happy Birthday Mwah x

  7. It sounds like you had a gorgeous birthday! x

  8. @Kellogsville - I knew something was missing... Dave Lamb!! Thank you! xx

    @Ohabbyreally - I really did, thank you :)

  9. Happy Birthday! sounds like you had a great time! When do you move? x

  10. you got any jelly beans left???!!! sounds BUSY with you....!! happy birthday (belated) btw, glad you had a lovely relaxing day, at least you got some time out!! despite the too early head smashing by your own kid and on your birthday incident....

    have a SUPER weekend,

    tamsyn xxxx

  11. @Emma - thank you! We move in around 6-8 weeks time!! Not long now! Hope you are well! xx

    @Tamsyn, birthday cake only just gone so plenty of jelly beans left (at the moment!!)... Thank you, you have a great weekend too! :) xx


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