Hello from Saturday night and Catherine’s home

August 25, 2013

Last night, as we were driving to Catherine’s, Robert said, “ten years ago, if someone were to say to you, in ten years time you will be hooning X Oxfordshire in a turbo Astra to go to a garden party in a garden you’ve designed, would you believe it?” I added, “with the man I love?” He said, “yes.” I said, “no.” and we laughed.

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Catherine’s house was all sparkly and shiny and completely set up for a lovely group of people to visit.


Andrew brought his beautiful white German Shepard called Cody. He was kept on a leash for a short time until he got used to the people.

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Will was in Catherine’s kitchen preparing some very delicious dishes. Will owns a beautiful organic cafe in Oxford in the vaults of St Mary’s Cathedral. The restaurant is called The Vaults and Garden Cafe.


I loved watching him cook.

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Will made brown rice with veggies, a lovely coconut curry, roasted potatoes and a slow cooked lamb. Out of this world delicious. Then for desert he made a huge Eaton Mess. Have you ever heard of Eaton Mess? So good! But he made it with tangy creme fraiche instead of whipped cream.


People started arriving and Cody was in his element as an organic door bell announcing everyone’s arrival.

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We loved that big boy.

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Soon it was twilight and a little too cool to stay outside and so we all went into the conservatory.

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I took way too many photos and so I made a little 12 second video to show you.

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We had such a lovely time in Catherine’s beautiful twinkly house with our friends and beautiful Cody at our feet.

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Took these photos with my iPhone. 🙂

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  • Reply Diane August 25, 2013 at 7:18 am

    what a beautiful evening with friends. xox

    • Reply Veronica August 25, 2013 at 10:37 am

      It was Diane; don’t you love that dog?

  • Reply marrianna. August 25, 2013 at 8:50 am

    I don’t know hoe you will be able to return to Vancouver. England and Oxford are is beautiful.

    • Reply Veronica August 25, 2013 at 10:38 am

      I know Marrianna! But Vancouver is beautiful too. And soon Robert will be there so it’s all good. 🙂

  • Reply Christie August 25, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    What a lovely evening….

    • Reply Veronica August 26, 2013 at 10:27 am

      So true Christine and, do you know what? It was a bit of a magical evening because it seemed to rain everywhere else in that area of OXON except here. 🙂

  • Reply Daryl August 26, 2013 at 5:35 am

    what a lovely welcoming home/garden … and i adore that pup!

    • Reply Veronica August 26, 2013 at 10:27 am

      Oh my gosh Daryl, don’t think we weren’t tempted to borrow him for a few years! 🙂

  • Reply Bryan W August 27, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    A great evening – a wonderful space – superb food and the guests weren’t bad either!

    Love from Bryan

    • Reply Veronica August 27, 2013 at 10:36 pm

      Hi Bryan, it was so lovely to meet you. 🙂

  • Reply Sara v August 27, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Veronica–So Gorgeous!! And that food–YUM. And that dog–what a love–actually reminds me of my husky mix–he’s strawberry blonde with golden eyes. Love all the twinkly fun–so happy you had a delightful evening 🙂

    • Reply Veronica August 27, 2013 at 10:35 pm

      Oh Sara, I remember seeing pics of your dog. He does, doesn’t he? I love big dogs the most, (probably because I’ve always only had big dogs, malamutes), but there is one small dog, Chloe’s boyfriend’s little Yorkie, who I love to pieces. She’s such a ham. 🙂

  • Reply dawnsrays August 28, 2013 at 1:53 am

    Looks like a very magical evening! with good food and wonderful people.
    Every time I see someone with a white German Shepherd it makes me miss my Timber 🙁 he was a white one, too and I had him for 12 years. They are absolutely great dogs.
    Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos.

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