Sunday, 13 March 2011

It started with cake...

Good evening

How was your weekend??

Ours started Friday after school when the boys arrived home - hungry as normal. They were very pleased to find I'd been baking (and getting carried away with icing sugar again);

Chocolate buns with vivid red icing

In blue gingham cases - so cute and very tasty

The reason for cake - I was in a good mode - the day had been sunny and I'd finally been able to wear my favourite red Mary-Jane shoes;

Saturday was a very busy day. Little son and his school brass band were taking part in a concert at Snape Maltings concert hall. It is an annual event and it celebrates music within all schools in Suffolk. Schools have to apply and only about 45 are selected. There are 6 concerts and each night is a different group of schools - all ages and abilities. Everything from the County Youth Orchestra to a group of Y4's who'd only been playing their guitars since September!

A view of the concert hall across the marshes.

Little son had to be there at lunchtime for a technical rehearsal - it wasn't worth going home so Mr VV & I headed off for a walk along the river bank and a quick look around the shops;

This Barbara Hepworth sculpture is always popular with young visitors - it was unusual to find no-one peering through the holes ;)

Another sculpture - just can't remember who the artist was!!

Once rehearsals had finished it was time to come home, get sorted, shoes polished and smart & clean clothes put on (him not me) and he had to be back there for late afternoon. This time for a rehearsal for the final piece which involved all the children and teachers who had taken part.

Whenever any of my boys are involved in shows I get a tad nervous for them so I was relieved when we found out that their brass band were opening the evening. They played very well and we could hear the improvement in their playing since we last heard them last summer.

Little son is the 2nd white shirt from the right - next to him is his mate, T who is the son of my fellow blogger Dawn. From where us parents were sitting high up almost into the gods it was hard to get a photo - this is the best one out of the 7 or 8 I tried to snap - my little camera really isn't keen on dark/nighttime pics.

Today has been a very quiet one - little son didn't emerge from his bed until almost 11 o'clock. We've spent the day at home just pottering, gardening for some and sewing/knitting for me.  We managed to watch the rugby this afternoon - what an exciting match - well done to England :)

Right I'd best be off - I have a glass of red calling me and also some bloggy swap pressies which need wrapping ;)  Pene that's right, I'm finished and shall be (hopefully) getting your parcel off to you either tomorrow or Tuesday - shall be emailing you as well.

See you soon

xxx Vicki xxx

PS - Like most bloggers, I've been horrified with the scenes coming out of Japan over the weekend. I can't imagine what those people are going through and will be doing so for many months to come.


Scarlett Fontaine said...

yummy cakes and yummy shoes!! Well done for your son, Im looking forward to being a proud mummy too when my son is bigger and involved in activities :o) Scarlett x

mother of purl said...

Oooh- yummy looking cakes and fabulous shoes! I love a brass band xx

Pene said...

Oh bugger I'm not finished yet but should be soon, I promise you'll have it soon... well def before the end of week (i hope, god I really need to get organised!!)
Pene xx
By the way love your red mary jane shoes, red shoes are my favourite and I have quite a few pairs inc a pair of clarks mary jane red suede!!

Saphy said...

all the best weekend's start with cake!

Catherine said...

Sounds like a perfect weekend! Cx

crafts@home said...

Love the shoes, well done to your son, I always prefer my children going on 1st, you can then relax and enjoy the rest, Those cakes looked a bit rude (blush) in the thumbnail photo..... Lucky Penny to be on the receiving end of one of your swaps! Have a great week :)
Sue Xx

Magic Bean said...

Love that Barbara Hepworth. Hope your week is as good as the weekend... Ax

Bee happy said...

Love the red shoes! Sounds like you had a great weekend :)

Bee happy x
Have a delicious day!

Cybèle said...

I found the Scavenger hunt photo project through your blog (or was it Dawn's?) and decided to try and take part this month, and my two kids are keen to take part too. We've had great fun coming up with an interpretation of the lion and I've really enjoyed listening to the suggestions they come up with. Last night we ended up driving around to try and spot a fancy gate ;-)

Lisa said...

Just love those red shoes! You do seem to buy the nicest footwear.
Well done to your son (and his fellow band memebes) for taking part in the concert.
That horse sculpture reminded me of those ornaments that were so popular back in the 70's!
Lisa x

maryannlucy said...

What a lovely weekend....looks like a good time was had by all x

two bones and a bagle said...

Loving your Mary Jane's they look super comfy - can you remember the days when you bought shoes even if they killed, left you with sore toes and blisters. I can and I can't do it anymore its comfort all the way now for me.

delia hornbook said...

aaahhh i can imagin how proud you were watching your son i would have had a huge lump in my throat ;-)) Yummy cakes i love cupcakes its fun being able to go town its nice to see you use pink for your boys to ;-)) Have a lovely week, dee x

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Love those Mary Janes. And those cupcakes! My son plays orchestra too - proud mamas :) XoL

Victoria said...

Sounds an action packed weekend. Those cakes look scrummy and the shoes are fab. x

Floss said...

Thanks for your kind comment - I'm feeling a lot better now! I loved reading about your weekend too.

Amy (Blighty Boutique) said...

love the colour of your shoes and the horse sculpture's so lovely x