Friday, 6 May 2022

Friday's Fave Five - 6/5/22

Is it Friday again already?  And May as well.  Time seems to be flying by.  But Friday is the day when we take a breath and look back on the week to find 5 things to be grateful for.  Then it's over to Susanne's site here to share with other like minded bloggers.

Here are mine for this week.

1)  A family party.  One of hubby's nieces had organised a surprise party for her partner who turned 50 last Saturday.  We were dithering about going but so glad we did.  The guest of honour was very surprised to find so many people waiting for him when he arrived home.  The weather was lovely and although we were the only ones there from our generation it was good to catch up with some of the younger generation.  

2)  Decorating finished (for now!) and rooms are back to normal.

I still need to get curtains for the second room but they're now on order.  We had a good outing to IKEA this week and picked up the bedside tables you can see in the picture above plus the lamps in the other room and of course a few more bits and pieces we weren't even looking for!  We also managed to move one of the units out of the bigger bedroom and have put it out in the garden room.  This meant that the storage unit we had out there that was very similar to this one:

 is now redundant.  It was taking up a lot of floor space so that will be going out in the yard sale we're doing on Sunday.  It was very satisfying getting everything straight and doing some organising and decluttering at the same time.

3)  Cygnets on the lake.

Hard to see the cygnets in these photos as they were in quite a sheltered area of the lake and I couldn't get very close but there are 4 cygnets.

4)  Lots of things sorted out with internet shopping:  for example our iron needed a new flex - it's got very twisted in places and Hubby was concerned that the coating on the wires might wear away and cause a hazard.  Of course he left it to me to actually resolve the problem.  Likewise with a shelf front in our freezer.  Hubby managed to break it a few weeks ago but I managed to order a replacement this week.  I love him dearly but he's not good at practical things like that.  (It will probably be me that fixes both of these when the parts arrive lol.)

5)  Another productive shopping trip today - I didn't get the curtains for the bedroom as the store didn't have the right size but I picked up a few other bits and pieces plus plants and compost for the garden.  I then spent time this afternoon potting everything up.  There are no flower beds in the garden but we do now have some pots on the patio with plants that will hopefully add some colour when things bloom.

As mentioned above we're doing a yard sale on Sunday so we'll be busy tomorrow getting everything sorted and ready to put out and we also have overnight visitors tomorrow - Hubby's sister and her husband are over from France.   It's been an age since we've seen them so looking forward to that.

Have a good weekend all.


  1. What a beautiful area the cygnets are in. How nice to have the decorating done and everything in place. The party sounds fun. Thankfully, my husband fixes most things--I'd be stuck, otherwise. It's so nice to be able to find so many parts online these days, as well as videos about how to install them.Glad you had a productive errand day. Wow, a yard sale and company the same day! Hope all goes well with the sale and you have a good time with your guests.

    1. Thanks Barbara. Thankfully our guests are not the sort that require the red carpet rolling out.

  2. Good luck with the yard sale! So nice that you are getting your home all decorated just the way you want it. All of your pictures of your home show how comfy and cozy home is. We love Ikea too. Enjoy your visit with your hubby's sister and her husband. See you again soon!

    1. Thanks Deb. I love Ikea too but unfortunately our local one is closing down by the end of the year :(

  3. Yard sale. Oh, I wish you good luck. Just thinking about yard sale makes me shiver. LOL I hope I never have to do another one! Our swans are still nesting here. We will have cygnets soon. Happy weekend, Wendy!

    1. Thanks Terri. It's been a while since we did a yard sale but the weather forecast looks good.

  4. I am curious about your lake--is it the Serpentine?
    It is fun to hang out with the younger generation sometimes. Sounds like a good party.
    Enjoy your visit with your sister in law and brother in law.
    Do I dare say enjoy the yard sale? It is a lot of work but having the things gone and the money in your pocket is nice.

  5. Those cygnets are so cute! I enlarged the picture so I could see them better :) I hope your sale was successful!


  6. That's nice that you finished your decoration ! I looked at your beds, my goodness they are small, just like in France ! In Germany that would count for a one bed person. Double beds are anyway two single beds put together with each a separate mattress. In Belgium the younger generation copy them now. My friend in Eastbourne had the King size bed with two mattresses fortunately she was quite big and he rather skinny so he was always rolling on her. So when they moved they changed. My son has a special bed made for him because he needed more then 2 m long and also rather large ! my poor DIL 1.65 like Toby gets lost in this bed !

  7. I wish I could come to your yard sale. ;-) I do enjoy going to them every now and then.

    I hope it went well.

  8. Sweet pics of the cygnets. Your home is looking great. Hope your yard sale went well. They are a lot of work for sure!


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