On Saturday afternoon I settled down in the conservatory to make 14 metres of bunting. I used some coloured paper (courtesy of school!) and a few sheets of wrapping paper with a design on both sides. Once I'd created a template the cutting out process was relatively straightforward. Next I stapled the triangles to the ribbon.
I was extremely pleased with the over-all effect when the bunting was in place..
I had enough paper left over to make some napkin rings. I was really pleased with the way that my china and Mum's china mixed together for that '1952 look'!
Here's the family together at Sunday tea-time. (My brother-in-law and Mark are just out of picture.) I frequently use the conservatory for family gatherings because it's lots bigger than our dining-room. We had a traditional 'high tea' - with the addition of 'Coronation Chicken'. Everyone dressed in 1950s style clothes or red, white and blue.
Here are all the puddings.. I made strawberry blancmage and rasberry jelly. There's also battenburg cake and fruit cake on a two tier cake stand near my Mum. My family normally go for the healthy option so I also prepared loads of fresh strawberries. I was amazed that they were completely ignored on Sunday while everyone wanted second helpings of jelly and blancmange...
On Monday we took Mark's Mum and my parents out for the day to Chepstow. We went in 'BJ' (the Discovery). Everyone was very impressed with the space, comfort and visibility.... and her ability to act as a picnic venue in a cold wind! In the evening we went up to Hanbury churchyard to watch the beacons. This is the view to the Malvern Hills, looking across most of north-east Worcestershire.
Today Mark has had his operation. It seems to have gone OK, but 50 minutes is a long time to have your face operated on under local anathestic. We've been back home a couple of hours and I think he's still in shock. I'm trying to be a good nurse (but get very queasy when blood is involved!)
I hope that you all had a fabulous Bank Holidays.