Family Times, Making Memories

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It has been awhile since our last blog, the past month or two have been hectic and blogging is the one thing we just do not get to do much off. This is, unbelievably, the first opportunity we have had to sit down since the last weekend in March to put fingers to the keyboard and type!

We are in Spring here in the UK, so far the seasons weather has been kind to us, with some lovely sunny days here in Wales. The sun has been shining and rain is not forecast until next week. We love reminiscing, and we have been promising several of our Instagram readers a blog since we posted this picture of a gorgeous cottage where we visited for a family 18th Birthday celebration.


This is the Fox and Hounds, in Wolvesnewton, located between Cheptsow and Usk in South East Wales.  The last week in March, was Mr and Mrs S's eldest grandsons (and of course my nephews) 18th Birthday.




18th Birthday Celebrations

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An 18th Birthday brings with it many mixed emotions. I have watched my nephew grow from baby, toddler, to the fine young man he is today.  Spending many of the school summer holidays with both him and his younger brother, making memories that will last us all a lifetime.  We may be biased, but he is awesome, they both are!



The eldest, and whose birthday we celebrated is getting ready to sit his A-Levels this summer and has several offers for University placements.  We have everything crossed for him, and truly hope he gets the grades and University place he deserves.  Without a doubt, he has worked incredibly hard to get where he is today.  Sharing his 18th birthday celebrations with him, was an absolute pleasure and a day our family will not forget.  A day full of happy memories, we love family times.



The Fox and Hounds Cottage


We promised to share some details on the cottage, it is gorgeous inside and out.  It is set in a secluded spot, with the owners living in the Old Rectory close by.  It has been renovated, in a modern country style, sympathetic to the cottage and features.

The entrance opens into a flagstone floor an beamed ceiling dining room, with the original staircase in situ and an open fireplace with stove.




A cosy living room, with a wood burning stove, kitchen with a view of the surrounding fields and a sizable bathroom also on the ground floor. 



The upstairs has two bedrooms, one with an en-suite shower room and the second with two single beds and original cast iron fireplace.



Without a doubt, the property is tastefully decorated, in keeping with the style of the property.  The walls are curved, sash windows, iron door latches and hinges, gorgeous leather chairs to name but a few details.  Add the 18th birthday decorations and a beautiful sunny spring day into the mix, and our celebrations began. 

An enjoyable day, gorgeous surroundings, tasty food and great company.  A day of celebrations making family memories.

The following day, Sunday, was Mother's Day here in the UK.  A few treats for Mrs S, including a roast pork dinner cooked and served by me!  On the Monday, she celebrated her 77th birthday.   Three days of celebrating!! Her birthday was a quiet day after the weekend, but lots more treats and presents for her.  Including a tiramisu birthday cake, this is here favorite and always reminds her of sitting in St Marks Square, Venice.  A daily ritual of ours on our Venice holidays is eating Tiramisu in the Square and watching the world go by - yum!

Mrs S means the world to her three children, and we love her more than she will ever know.  We were her full time job, and have amazing happy memories of our childhood and growing up.  As I have grown up she has become my best friend, craft buddy and so much more.  Mrs S has instilled in all three of here children strong family values that make us who we are today.  And I for one (and know my brother and sister feel the same) are grateful for all the time she has invested in us to make us the adults we are today.


Hello Spring


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We love spring, it is our favorite time of the year, we have started clearing the garden and planning ahead for this year.  Making the most of the sunny days, as our weather is so unpredictable here in the UK.  The cherry blossom is in full bloom, along with the magnolia.

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The garden is in it's blue phase, full of forget-me-nots and bluebells.  The first of the clematis buds have burst open and the lily of the valley are close to opening.  Excited to share pictures soon.

Looking forward to a relaxing weekend.  Further details of the Fox and Hounds Cottage can be located on the holiday cottages website link here

Serendipity Loves x

All photographs of the Fox and Hounds Cottage are taken from the Holiday Cottages website, who own the rights.


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