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Just fresh back from a whirlwind trip from rural Hampshire to rainy Sydney, and back, via 24 hours in Singapore for four days...crazy I know, but I so wanted to be there for my special brother’s 60th birthday and I was then also able to take in another friend’s 60th celebrations on the way home on a Singapore stop-over - very handily!

My arrival in a rather cold and very wet Sydney was a total surprise for my brother and was the most wonderful joy for us both. We spent the happiest of days together with his family and I was there for his fab party on the tall Sail Training ship The James Craig, with close family and old and dear friends, many of whom I have known for most of my life.  b2ap3_thumbnail_James-Craig-Launched-1874.pngHaving the luxury of spending those hours together, we got talking about all the memories, the childhood stories, school days, university education, houses and countries we have lived in, cars we saved up for and holidays enjoyed - all the rich mosaic of memories which stitch together to form our shared past. All the family had managed to gather together a load of old photos covering all his sixty years and these brought back so many memories, many of which I had thought forgotten. Seeing photos which one hasn’t looked at for thirty years jogs the old brain cells into activity again and the memories come flooding back.


I am incredibly lucky to enjoy an especially close bond with my family and milestone occasions such as these remind one of just how important these relationships are in anchoring one’s life. The unconditional love of family and old friends really does support one through the topsy turvy twists and turns of life. Everyone needs a helping hand occasionally and the mutual support of a close family bond is of immeasurable importance.


Back home now with all the excitement settled and back to reality (sigh!) - I have my photos from the trip to keep those memories alive. So next time you’ve got a rainy Sunday and no plans, I would so recommend getting out those old shoe boxes and albums and having a good rifle through. You will have such fun and jog so many old memories. And if you’ve got a big birthday or anniversary coming up in the family, get those key photos out and send them to us and we will create a celebration collage with the most special memories which can go up on the wall to be enjoyed for years to come. What better gift can you give those you love? And if you haven’t spoken to your brother, sister or cousin for a while, go on, pick up the ‘ won’t regret it.


Just send us your pics, call us on 01420 562208 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - we would love to hear from you! Happy sorting!


July 2015

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Even though I am not exactly young any more (well OK, definitely well past middle age!), I still love and get excited by birthdays! So I am thrilled to tell you that we have nearly reached The Collage Company’s 4th birthday - yippee and nearly Happy Birthday to Us!!!

As ever, the last year seems to have flown past and we have achieved a lot both in developing the brand and building sales - so a massive thank you to all our clients past and present. We love getting feedback from our clients and hearing wonderful comments such as “ I can’t tell you how thrilled I am”...or “the product was just fantastic” is just brilliant! Please keep them coming!

Thoughts of birthdays led me to wondering what celebrations we should plan (more of this later) and to exploring a few of the weird and wonderful ways in which people around the globe celebrate their birthdays, other than the obvious balloons, bunting, streamers and cakes!

For instance, only in America (I think?!) does the latest craze seem to be ‘smash-cakes’ - cakes smothered in  icing and decoration  purely for the toddler to destroy and make as much mess as they wish??? Other rather odd (well, to me anyway!) customs include being soaked to the skin and having flour thrown all over you (Jamaica why??), birthday nose-greasing (Canada - weird!!) and having your face pushed into your cake (Venezuela)  which strikes me as a tragic waste of rather yummy birthday cake! In Vietnam New Year’s Day is everybody’s birthday and children celebrate the year and the lunar symbol under which they were born - certainly wouldn’t feel like your special day would it?!

b2ap3_thumbnail_usa-smash-cakeweb.jpgCaribbean Flour faceVenezuelan Cake Plunge!

And what about presents? I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I do get rather excited about presents on my birthday - and surprises are definitely the best type! But I would definitely have a sense of humour failure if I were to receive the gift that one friend’s brother-in law received from his wife for his birthday - a plot in a graveyard!! Other odd gifts I have come across included an urn with relative’s ashes in it (?!!), an ironing board (do you think he is still alive?!) and a case of Spam...definitely NOT the thought that counts!

Luckily, the next time you are stuck for what to buy for that difficult person who has everything or the elderly relation who doesn’t want more ‘things‘ - think unique photo collage and your job is done! Our beautiful montages are the most personal of presents and will bring a smile to the face of just about anyone!

Just send us your pics, call us on 01420 562208 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. -and the job is done - we would love to hear from you!

PS. Why not follow us on Pinterest?!! and on Twitter @CollageCompany 

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