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Christening Day and all is in ready.............???

Today is my grandson's Christening Day. Because his mother is in the Navy, he's to be Christened aboard on of Her Majesty's Canadian Ships, in the ship's bell. I've never been to such a Christening, and am looking forward to all the tradition of the ceremony.
The Great Dane and I are hosting lunch here for 20 after the ceremony, and I think I'll be ready (what am I doing on this site when I have so much to do??) Meat is roasted, desserts sliced, the parts of the Christening Cake that didn't collapse out of the pan are disguised with icing and resting nobly on the sideboard. The balloons have been blown up by yours truly to be hung at the end of the drive so that the townies (already traumatized at having to drive out here) will find the house. The ducklings are in the downstairs WC (yes, you read right - we, of course, had to pick up ducklings yesterday, no other day would do, and it is freezing out) and the Tibetan Prayer Flags have been carefully hung where anyone visiting the house can see them fluttering (weirdly) from the cedars around the pond. These are not my idea of appropriate Pacific Northwest garden ornamentation, but they were a gift from Lillypad's boyfriend who has just returned from a trip and thought they'd be the ideal gift. I got out in time yesterday to stop them from hanging the flags as bunting on the gazebo. The wind is whistling in through the unfinished addition and I am as calm as a person on mood-altering drugs!
So, if you have time today, raise a glass to wee Declan, who is too big to fit into the family christening gown, and who may be in denim overalls, and to his grandparents who love him and his mummy and daddy dearly!

Posted at 6th Apr 2008 - 03:35PM   Posted by Pondside   Christening Day and all is in ready.............??? Comments: 13

Westerwitch's Avatar WHOOP WHOOP . . .oh Pondside I know you are up to your eyes in it - but thank you so much for letting us know cause now we can join in . . . rushes off to find a dusty, rarely used wine glass and an equally dusty bottle of wine . . . just kidding . . but HS and I will raise a glass to Declan and to you all. Congratulations . . .

What a wonderful Christening it is going to be as well and different from the norm. . . thinking of you on this special day . . .

See now I have being christened in the ship's bell envy . . .that can't be right . . .

Posted by: Westerwitch on 6th Apr 2008 at 03:43PM

Ivy's Avatar May he have a long and happy life. Sounds lovely your description of the ship christening. Hope your weather is better than ours. Am getting seriously worried as it is my daughter's confirmation next week and it's freezing and the two of us have silk dresses for the occasion and our house is far too small if not at least half of the guests can sit outside in the sun.

Posted by: Ivy on 6th Apr 2008 at 03:54PM

Mountainear's Avatar What a memorable ceremony it's going to be and quite a priviledge too.

Glass raised as we speak (or type). Long life and much happiness to young Declan and his family. x

Posted by: Mountainear on 6th Apr 2008 at 03:55PM

Have a very happy day with your family on this special occasion. xx

Posted by: ZoŽ on 6th Apr 2008 at 04:00PM

Withy Brook's Avatar My glass will be raised shortly Pondside. It seems to be not unusual for babies to be too big for the family christening gown these days - parents wait longer for the ceremony or larger young babies? The former, I think.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 6th Apr 2008 at 04:38PM

Bayou's Avatar You can be sure that I'll raise my glass as well and congratulations for the guest's (or is it even future son in law?) gift! We need a picture of the unusual bunting, as well, please.

Posted by: Bayou on 6th Apr 2008 at 04:51PM

Hope you are have a lovely day, I would be delighted to raise a glass to Declan.

Posted by: Fern on 6th Apr 2008 at 04:55PM

Camilla's Avatar A very special day indeed, enjoy the day with your family Pondside. I shall be raising my glass tonight to Declan on his Christening.


Posted by: Camilla on 6th Apr 2008 at 06:02PM

Pipany's Avatar Oh I have been making baby things all day and am already feeling as broody as a broody hen! No more please!!!

Seriously I hope it has been a lovely day for you all Pondside xxx

Posted by: Pipany on 6th Apr 2008 at 06:29PM

SallysChateau's Avatar Hope you have a lovely and memorable day Pondside xx

Posted by: SallysChateau on 6th Apr 2008 at 07:01PM

Snailbeachshepherdess's Avatar Wow ...but how does one get christened in a ship's bell I wonder...with dungarees ...heck Pondside....we will need loadsa pics! Have a wonderful day!

Posted by: Snailbeachshepherdess on 6th Apr 2008 at 08:10PM

Elizabethd's Avatar Glass duly raised in the small hotel en route....which just happens to have WIFI, internet connection!

Posted by: Elizabethd on 6th Apr 2008 at 08:34PM

Frances's Avatar Glass has been raised in New York to the robust Declan, and to this incredible grandparents, too.

Posted by: Frances on 7th Apr 2008 at 12:13AM

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