Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Jubilee Celebrations..

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.


  1. Hello Jan:
    Your celebrations for the Jubilee really do seem to have been in the spirit of the 1950s and we are sure that you must all have enjoyed yourselves.

    We do trust that Mark will soon feel more himself.

  2. I'm impressed with your bunting, it looks fab. Sounds like you really got in to the jubilee spirit. Glad to hear that Mark's op has gone well. I didn't realise it would be a local anaesthetic, it must have been scary for him. I wish him a speedy recovery.

  3. What a lovely way to celebrate, your bunting really looks the part, I must copy that idea next time we need some!
    I'm pleased that Mark has had his surgery and I wish him a speedy recovery.

  4. Wishing your husband a quick recovery. How fun to celebrate with the Queen! I watched parts on TV from Utah.

  5. Thank you for your good wishes for Gizmo. I would like to return the good wishes to Mark and hope that he is feeling better very soon.

  6. Your bunting looks great and what a nice way to spend the afternoon. I missed your last post about your husband, I hope he is soon feeling better.

    And yes, we assumed that scarecrow was Sarah Ferguson too!

  7. Jan, Your bunting is wonderful. It is wonderful how everyone has embraced and put together their own celebrations in honor of the Queen's 60 anniversary. I love tradition.

    I hope your husband soon finds himself healed and back to normal soon. Bonnie

  8. I thought of all of you across the pond this past week...with your individual celebrations and the big one that we could watch from time to time on our TV. What a wonderful celebration and your treats look delicious.
    Hope your hubby gets along OK.Prayers for him.