Sunday, 10 January 2010

From the Inuits, with love x

On Saturday morning, perhaps energised by his recent birthday celebrations, Mr Teacakes got out of bed very early and began marking out an igloo that would dominate almost our entire patio. Tipping Lego from its plastic boxes, we tore downstairs to join him and began making bricks, using the boxes as moulds. By the time we had begun the second layer we were freezingly aware of how over-ambitious Mr Teacakes may have been in terms of size....by the third layer he too was wondering what may have possessed him to aim so large. And so gradually his team of helpers drifted inside, occasionally knocking on the window to shout encouragement or ask him if it was nearly finished, occasionally venturing outside to help again for an hour or two. When it was nearly dark and the snow was pelting down and Mr Teacakes hands had been practically frozen onto a Lego brick box I remember looking through the window and laughing out loud at how adorably spirited he can be once he's decided to do something. While I would have cried and given up when one side of the doorway collapsed just as he was about to come in for the evening, he stayed out for another two hours re-building it and introducing a system of vertical struts to reinforce the walls.

And finally this evening it was finished. It is big enough for all four of us to sit in and is one of the most beautiful things that I've ever seen. He filled it with candles before we went in and they lit up the little alcoves that the struts created and made it glow and sparkle.

So wonderfully romantic, my first thought on going inside was that it would make the most wonderful wedding venue...what an absolute bugger that we're already married.

The littlest Teacakes were beside themselves with happiness. As we all sat in there I said how sad it was that it would only be here for such a short time. Mr Teacakes said he thought that made it all the more magical and the moment he'd said it I realised that that's completely true. It's the fact that you can't really possess an igloo that makes it so lovely.

Despite the fact that he is now lying on the bed barely able to move, he is thinking that if we did ever get this much snow again then he would like to attempt one with more rooms...I'm just feeling grateful that he hasn't suggested remodelling the igloo form entirely and making it something other than a bungalow.

So here I am in our igloo enjoying perhaps our only evening in it, and also enjoying the fact that the snow has unexpectedly turned my hair from straight into large corkscrew curls. Hurrah!

I hope you've had a wonderful weekend whether you've been cosy indoors or out having snow-filled fun.
Florence x

43 comments:

  1. wow, what a stunningly beautiful snow creation. and what a husband! :) lovely, thank you so much for sharing.

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  2. That is totally wonderful - as is Mr Teacakes to make such a valiant effort! I hope he recovers soon. Is he going to stay overnight, just like the ice hotel?

    Pomona x

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  3. That is soooo awesome! Love the candles!

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  4. Ah-mazing! I'm from Canada and I've never been able to make one that big. Good on your hubby

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  5. How delightful!!! What a magical example for the Little Teacakes as well.

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  6. How beautiful. I always wanted to go inside an igloo, though must confess I would want it built for me. Brilliant work Mr Teacakes. I think it would take something of a mirracle for anything to ever turn my absolutely rigidly straight hair into curls so I now have curl envy too Florence! x

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  7. What a wonderful creation, I had the idea to build an igloo, but that's all it stayed...an idea.

    Well done to Mr Teacakes on his achievement. It's gorgeous and looks wonderful lit with the tealights and candles.

    Enjoy it while it lasts.

    Sue xx

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  8. Oh how magical it all looks, what a result

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  9. What a wonderful creation,top marks to Mr Teacake.


    Sue

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  10. Wow! That looks so amazing. Enjoy it while it lasts!

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  11. How magical, and what a brilliant structure making supports. Well done Mr Teacakes for persevering. Hope its stays intact for the rest of the week so you can admire your hard work!

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  12. sensational - first to have the idea to make an igloo and second to actually make it - 100 out of ten for that one - really really beautiful!

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  13. Absolutely brilliant! What a clever team you are and the igloo is lovely. We spent a year in Canada with our boys and they built an igloo in the front garden. We thought it was quite impressive - but quite honestly it was nothing remotely like your igloo! Your husband is a real gem.

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  14. this is genius, and very magical. Well done Mr!

    x

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  15. Hello Florence,

    I've just popped over from Pipany and wanted to say how wonderful and magical and awesome your igloo (and Mr Teacakes) is.

    I love that he would like to add another room if it snowed shed loads again!

    take care and have a wonderful day,

    Nina xxx

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  16. Creativity and flair is obviously shared by Mr and Mrs Teacakes. Beautiful and magical, in so many ways. You look to be having such fun, long may it continue - lovely pictures of you both. How fantastic for the children to have their very own igloo, so exciting! - what special memories you have created; surely one to be treasured!
    Siobhan

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  17. Oh, that is just lovely. Clever Mr Teacakes. Husband here has just struggled in from clearing a patch to feed the birds on the patio and is absolutely shattered, so can't imagine how much energy it took.
    Going back to flanelette, by the way, Anne Maria Horner has just released a collection http://www.annamariahorner.com/productfabric.html.

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  18. Wow, that is amazing. What a wonderful husband you have! xx

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  19. So wonderful!
    I remember my own father building my brother and I an igloo (in one of those snowy winters of bygone days). It was huge and, although from memory no way near as perfectly formed as yours, we were estatic upon it's completion, so proud of our dad, and utterly the envy of all the local children. It's such memories that you treasure well past your childhood.

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  20. Oh, what fabulous fun...magical indeed!

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  21. Wow, what an amazing thing to have created! Really beautiful and special :o) I popped over from Pipany and very glad I did!

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  22. Absolutely the very best snowy blog post I have ever seen! Fantastic job, Mr Teacakes :)

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  23. How amazing! What a fantastic husband you have. My other half is very impressed as he wanted to build one too. Enjoy!

    Natasha x

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  24. Oh woweee - this is what life is all about - romance, magic, family - what a memory ! How lucky you are!


    Fleur
    xx

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  25. Lordy - I'm bowled over by the igloo love, as is a proud Mr Teacakes. Thank you so much for all your lovely comments!

    Jane - I too have seen the flanelette and am desperate to get my hands on some - I haven't seen it anywhere in the UK yet though, so will have to wait a while longer.

    Hello to all the lovelies who have come over from Pipany's blog - so nice to meet you. x

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  26. Wow, that is absolutely stunning!

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  27. very romantic!!! Heidi Klum talk all the time that Seal proposed to her inside and igloo...

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  28. How magical. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the candlelit interior!

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  29. That is so amazing.Your Little Teacakes will remember that Igloo for the rest of thier lives.What a lovely thing .

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  30. Thank you so much for this. So inspirational

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Florence x