Private viewing

Last night I held a ‘private viewing’ of the C3 for the small group of people who contributed resources, brawn, time and (in the case of my immediate neighbours) encouragement over the fence! Ian and his wife Kate were just returned from a few days away and little knew the treat in store! Everyone turned up between 8.00 and 8.30. The C3 was lit by candle lantern and Christmas lights. More candles in pots were liberally scattered around the area and the wine and glasses awaited us on a side table, ready to toast the work and the workers!
I watched every weather report yesterday, viewing with consternation the low pressure blob fast approaching the south west and trying to deduce whether or not the rain would hit before we had time to admire the C3.
I needn’t have worried. The wind dropped, the clouds threatened but didn’t drip until late into the evening – sending us scurrying indoors for coffee and an hour of village reminiscence and anecdote.
Ian was overcome with embarassment when properly thanked – some people find it hard to receive – they just like giving.
The C3 is not finished – inside still requires painting and there is still a bit of exterior work to be done. The ‘garden’ around it needs developing (ie digging, weeding, clipping back and planting up) but yesterday seemed the right time to celebrate the ‘story so far’ and to say thank you.
I have a friend (if you are reading this you’d be amazed how often this is quoted appreciatively) who is a great believer in the ‘Admiration’. This takes the form of viewing the results of the (usually outdoor)labours of the day and commenting (positively) on their value – preferably with a glass of something in your hand. The effect of this practice, on the labourers, is to make them feel affirmed and valued and encourage them in their work. Last night was the C3 version of this – it even had a special C3 cake!
Enjoy the pictures.

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About apthomas

I love books, reading, writing, baking, chocolate, painting, sewing, people and fairtrade - not necessarily in that order. I am a lazy gardener - who loves the garden, and a lazy housewife who likes the place to be warm and welcoming. I live in beautiful Somerset. I am enslaved by Sherpa-the-cat. Saturday mornings find me 'playing shop' in the Honey Pot - a second hand bookshop, run from my garage, where along with the books you'll find fun, friendship and refreshments - all in a good cause.
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4 Responses to Private viewing

  1. Susan in TX says:

    I love it! The Christmas lights add a very nice effect up around the curtains. (By all means take the rug in. 🙂 ) What a cozy place to be curled up during a rain shower. And the cake! The cake is the perfect touch to celebrate the caravan – Toad would be proud. A wonderful way to celebrate all of the hard work that you all have put into the C3. Maybe next spring you won’t have as much rain and be able to do the garden around it – that will give you the whole fall/winter to plan it. (Would be my dh’s dream – he landscapes our yard in stages for stress relief; the front is as done as seasonal things ever are – tweaked with each season, but the backyard is an ongoing project with one beautiful corner and a lot of “potential” for next year. 😉 )
    I’m going to have to borrow the idea of an “Admiration” party. Thanks for sharing all the pics with us!

  2. Susan in TX says:

    Oh, my! A starting point indeed. I know exactly where I’d put one – wonder what dh would think if I put one of these on my Christmas list?!? 😉

  3. MARGARET STEDMAN says:

    C3 is wonderful. I live in an upstairs apartment so my envious longings may never be realised 😉

    Happy Birthday to you. Have a great day.

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