The wedding is next week, the plans are done, and all are exhausted, especially Cissie and Thelma. Queenie is still busy decorating her flat. Jason and Shannon want to do something good for their ‘oldies’, so they book a long weekend at a wellness hotel in a little village in central Denmark, Ærøskøbing. The kids bring them to Heathrow in the car. They once again have enough luggage for weeks – ‘You never know what the weather will be like!’, and a hamper of food for the journey. ‘That stuff they offer you on the plane is not enough to fill a hollow tooth!’ says Cissie, while Thelma nods, causing all her chins to wobble like Jell-O. Jason and Shannon pay for the extra baggage without wincing. ‘What the f***!’ says Jason, ‘We ain’t gonna change them in this life!’
Thelma and Cissie waddle off happily, looking from the rear like Mummy Bear and Mummy Bear disguised in summer dresses, although Thelma, with her freshly bleached hair could pass for a cross between Goldilocks and Mother Bear. Jason and Shannon drive happily home, looking forward to a blissful weekend with no supervision. Wonder what they will find to do?
In Copenhagen Cissie and Thelma get collected by a shuttle service, and enjoy the long ride to their hotel – they have enough to eat and drink to sustain them!
The little village of Ærøskøbing is a jewel – it looks like a blast from the past. You almost expect Hans Christian Andersen to come out of one of those houses.....
(Photos courtesy of Wikipedia Commons)
The houses are small, the streets are narrow, and it is beautifully kept. Their hotel is situated on the main square, and more than exceeds Cissie’s and Thelma’s expectations. They have a wonderful room, with a view of the sea, and the food is good. There are also enough cafés nearby to guarantee them sufficient calories for the hours between meals. They enjoy swimming, massage, facial treatments, manicure and pedicure. The masseur whispers to his colleague ‘It’s like oiling a white whale!’ They enjoy smørrebrød, flæskesteg and kogt torsk, to name just a few of the delicious specialities, and of course, the wonderful Danish lager beers. In the cafés they fill up on Danish pastries, cream cakes and tea, and feel strengthened to undertake the journey home on Monday, ready to tackle the big wedding.
Here is the postcard they send home:
Don't forget to come back next week to read about the Wedding of the Year!
For Paint Party Friday I have re-used two canvases. I stripped them and gave them a coat of gesso, before painting the backgrounds with metallic green, blue and silver. I used a template to add 'my' heads, spraying them with a mix of green, blue and purple Adirondack inks, and adding a little glitter - which is hard to see - for a bit of sparkle. I have called them 'Positive and Negative', really original, as always!
Before (I must say I love this grungy look!)....
So, here's wishing you all a great day, take care, and thanks for visiting!