Pageant Day dawned as you would expect of the British weather: damp and misty – it did blow away down here, being on the south coast ... the weather gets sent inland – and yesterday it did - on and up to London.
I had been invited to a Jubilee Picnic with some friends at their house, and as they live in a Close – it was a street party with a difference ... marquees and gazebos erected to fit the garden spaces, tables and chairs risking the weather ... everyone bringing a range of food – lots of selections, lots of – too!
|I made three of these - someone else made|
the delicious jelly one little boy thought so!
|Savoury buffet selection|
Savouries, salads, cold meats, crisps and nuts, desserts, cupcakes, home-made coffee cake = delicious: I had two slices!, cheese board, chocolates and everything in between!
|I had to buy the 'rubber band'! - quite|
pretty and for a very good cause:
"Help for Heroes". Ces and Teresa's
son is out in Afghanistan.
Last year for the Royal Wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge the Close raised money for St Wilfrid’s Hospice ... this year Help for Heroes was at the forefront ... for fund raising – at one stage over £720 ...
|Tv Big Screen, Prizes and booze 'tent'|
with lots of chat going on ... notice the
Union Jack coloured paper chains
|JJ one of our nurses,|
and Perla (see post)
... Terry had phoned his aunt from his narrow boat on their Pageant Journey ... his narrow boat had flowers on ...
|Narrow Boats docked pre Royal Flotilla|
and Pageant day ahead
Still it was good of him to ring the Nursing Centre, so Shelagh could have a ‘quick’ word ...
Also to hear his news will be so interesting ... being a part of the flotilla itself.
|China and Glass stacked in Dresser|
for a non-picnic day!
... repeat process (systems do repeat themselves don’t they?!) .... this time ready to wrap – noooo fountain appears, mop up, wipe down, ready to wrap .... noooo back to the beginning again ....
|Looking down the room from buffet area|
across the crisps, nuts and chocolate
... this time they did get him wrapped up and ready to roll for the rest of his merry life ... dear William I hope you appreciate these tender remembrances ... welcome to this world! By the way William ... your parents did authorise this retelling ....?!
|The woodburner between the sofas|
My mother on Saturday had had a happy time watching Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez and Susan Sarandon - in "Shall We Dance" ... it had plenty of glitz and fun.
|Union Jack cake stand|
There is still so much going on – so much to tell you ... I’m going into Past, Present and Future 2012 tales ...
Til then – any thoughts you have on the parts of the Pageant your broadcasters might have scheduled for you ... my thoughts and remembrances to follow ...
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