Yesterday we met up with Kate, Micheal, Ben and some family for a little trip to Drayton Manor. As we booked last minute the Wonderland experience was already full, but the decorations, songs and performances certainly made it feel very festive. It even SNOWED!
Most of the main park was closed apart from Ben10, the carousel and a pirate boat type ride. Even 4 year old Lily braved Ben10 (although I think it was a bit too much for her, maybe next year.) Kate, Micheal and I went on Ben10 another 2 times because we’re a bit sad.
The day closed with a Winter Wonderland parade, which although wasn’t anything comparable with a Disney Parade, it was intimate and magical for the children. Father Christmas and Sir Topham Hatt (still the Fat Controller in my head) led the way to the lake, where the day closed with a fireworks display. For £15 each, it was a brilliant day, and we hardly stopped apart from lunch!
Anyway….it was the first time I’d seen Kate since the wedding. At the end of the day, she gave me a gift as a thank you for doing the wedding dress. I honestly didn’t expect anything, but I certainly didn’t expect what was inside.
I’ve never heard of Bean’s Charms before. They’re by Nick Hubbard, and they’re made in England. However, I am amazed at the level of intricacy in this minuscule charm, which I shall be popping on my Links of London chain today.
But there is more to this charm than meets the eye. See the crank handle? It ACTUALLY CRANKS, just like my Singer. And if you lift the sewing machine up, there’s a little storage compartment just like my singed. And inside there?
The teeniest tiniest needle, thread and scissors you have ever seen. Isn’t it amazing?!
It is SUCH a thoughtful gift, and I know some secret research was carried out by my mom for this (which I found out after I gushed to her how amazing this charm was, so I hope that made her smile!) so thank you Kate for something that I hope will last a lifetime.
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