{pretty, happy, funny, real}

-capturing the context of contentment in everyday life-

I’m joining in, at long last, with Like Mother, Like Daughter’s {phfr} Thursdays!


All our wedding cards arrayed to full effect on the windowledge.  I have no intention of taking them down any time soon, although I know I have to, or they’ll fade.



The sewing machine we received as a present from my new mother-in-law.  Still in the box!  I can’t wait to play…



My growing collection of housekeeping volumes.  The Mrs. Beeton was a gift from my new husband for my birthday about four years ago.  You see, he cunningly began to train up his wife long before we were engaged.  And my attempts to run the home smoothly are, at the moment, pretty funny.  Bread that doesn’t rise (and I’m used to making bread.  Why now???), cookies overbaked (distractions, distractions), last-minute shopping lists…  I’m blaming it on work pressures [she says, nodding sagely].  But practice makes perfect!



There are so many people to thank.  It is not a chore, it is a privilege to write these notes, because it reminds us just how many wonderful friends and relations we have.  Thank you to everyone who gave their time, energy and talents to make it such a beautiful day!

Have a good weekend everyone!




About jafion

I am a child of the earth, a daughter and a new bride. I am a writer and an archaeologist, 27 years old. I am married to a wonderful man - a scientist, a gardener, a musician - and I'm learning how to run a home, care for a family (just the two of us so far!), as well as keeping up my creative hobbies and working full time.
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5 Responses to {pretty, happy, funny, real}

  1. Kristen says:

    I know the feeling about the cards. And they do look so beautifully arranged!

  2. Mrs. Fordyce says:

    Congratulations! Your collection of homemaking books looks fun- I would love to peruse some of those, there is such wisdom in their pages! I also loved writing thank you notes, it is pleasant to spend a few hours being grateful! Have fun with the new machine.

  3. Kate says:

    Lovely pictures! Enjoy the sewing machine 🙂

  4. Lisa G. says:

    Congratulations on your marriage! Is that really your house? What a beautiful place! Enjoy your new sewing machine – I just got a new one, too

  5. jafion says:

    Thanks everyone!

    Lisa G., no, that’s not my house – it’s the one I wished I lived in! My husband and I stumbled across it in the middle of an area of common ground in Buckinghamshire (England), on the weekend holiday when he proposed! And I think it was used in the recent BBC adaptation of Oliver Twist: I think it’s the cottage that Sophia Myles stands outside in a flashback – I can’t be more specific, because I didn’t watch the whole thing – I flicked on the tv and saw the actress outside the house and yelled, “That’s the house! That’s MY house! And it’s on tv!”

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