Our Diamond Jubilee Picnic

4 Jun

I never got to the christening: although we Brits do pomp and pageantry extremely well – one thousand-boat flotilla, anyone? – we’re not so hot on public transport.  The earliest bus to get me to the church on time left on Saturday night.  I went to my church, instead; and to the picnic afterwards. 

One of our oldest members.

The service was nice; we finished by singing the national anthem.  I can’t remember the last time I sang it outside of my house – we Brits aren’t hot on national fervour; unless there’s a football involved. 

Our vicar!

And we’re definitely not hot on weather, unless you like your rain torrential.  We had to hold an indoor picnic.  The church needs new lighting and my camera is small, so the pics are not great, but you’ll get the flavour of the day.

Fancy dress was optional but most of us chose to wear red, white and blue.  I wore a white top under my red blouse but you can’t see it in the photos.  I raided my hair box for patriotic colours: 

I’m not big on style, but at least I’m enthusiastic.

Master of Ceremonies Mark and Arthur the Fox, who made the suit himself, were the sartorial winners of the day:

I made the mistake of stepping up when the call came out for volunteers.  It was a drinking contest.  This was church, however, so it was Adam’s Ale: we had to drink a bottle of water – from a baby’s bottle. 

That was some of the hardest work I’ve ever done – my jaw ached for an hour.  No wonder babies fall asleep when they feed; they’re exhausted. 

Photo Copyright Pam Robinson

I needed the drink after all the food:

 

 

 

 

 

 

And guess what?  I won!  Here’s my prize (from Google, because my picture was dreadful):

 After pass-the-parcel, we just had time for a natter before heading home. 

 I spent the afternoon watching the Thames Pageant on tv.  The Queen (86) and the Duke of Edinburgh (91 next Sunday) stood the whole time.  According to Wikipedia, Prince Philip is the United Kingdom’s longest-serving consort and the oldest serving spouse of a reigning British monarch.   I bet most of that service happened yesterday afternoon – 1000 boats take a long time to travel up the Thames. 

I recorded the end and intend to fast-forward through it this afternoon.  Diamond Jubilees are all very well, but I wanted my dinner.

65 Responses to “Our Diamond Jubilee Picnic”

  1. Tom (Aquatom1968) June 4, 2012 at 11:52 #

    Looks like you had a good day, Tilly!

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  2. jmgoyder June 4, 2012 at 11:53 #

    Wonderful and hilarious!

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  3. Debbie in London June 4, 2012 at 11:58 #

    Looks like you had a wonderful time! I wasn’t very interested when I was young – in particular I remember being mortified when my Mum decorated our front window for Charles and Diana’s wedding! – but now, the older I get the more patriotic I am becoming, I love it all. I woke my son’s girlfriend up yesterday morning by throwing union jack streamers all over the bed and saying ‘Happy Jubilee!’. She sat up, regarded me silently and said ‘Debbie, sometimes you are just so WEIRD.’

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    • Tilly Bud June 4, 2012 at 11:58 #

      Hehe I love it!

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    • siggiofmaine June 4, 2012 at 17:33 #

      Debbie…WEIRD…all caps of course…is a good way to be…that means you’ve made a lasting memory for someone to recall and retell for years to come. Thanks for sharing.
      Peace Siddi in Downeast Maine, USA

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  4. adinparadise June 4, 2012 at 12:25 #

    Love your hair decorations. 😉 What a good feast there! I think the British are wonderful at celebrating their royalty.

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    • Tilly Bud June 4, 2012 at 21:41 #

      We are famous for not seeming to care until the last minute, when the whole country suddenly remembers they like parties 🙂

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      • SammyDee June 8, 2012 at 11:06 #

        So true! And street parties are so much fun. I wish we’d bring out the red, white and blue more often.

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        • Tilly Bud June 8, 2012 at 11:09 #

          Roll on Euro 2012! And the Olympics!

          It’s a start 🙂

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  5. mairedubhtx June 4, 2012 at 12:35 #

    In our federally elected presidential system, we’ll never have a diamond jubilee, and for us, that’s actually a good thing because I can’t think of any one of our presidents we would have wanted to have around that long. Plus they have to be at least 42 to be elected so that would make them what, 102, at a diamond jubilee? But they can ony serve two terms so the point is moot. So we’ll just enjoy yours.

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    • Tilly Bud June 4, 2012 at 21:42 #

      The benefit of an unelected head of state 🙂

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  6. Paula June 4, 2012 at 12:40 #

    I like your hair do :), and your white top shows in the drinking contest photo 🙂

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  7. bluebee June 4, 2012 at 13:59 #

    I thought vicars like that only existed in television programs – what a hoot. Looks like Cool Brittania had a fine old time.

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    • Tilly Bud June 4, 2012 at 21:47 #

      We did, but I doubt any of us cold be called cool – we are Church of England, after all 🙂

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  8. Elaine June 4, 2012 at 14:32 #

    It looks like it was great fun, despite the weather. Shame about the christening.

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    • Tilly Bud June 4, 2012 at 21:54 #

      Yes. Sigh. It’s the second one I’ve had to miss.

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  9. viveka June 4, 2012 at 14:38 #

    There is no half measures for your Brits when it’s about your Royal Family – mad … all of you – but it’s wonderful mad. Lovely cheerful post – thank you so much *smile

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  10. restlessjo June 4, 2012 at 14:45 #

    I recorded the highlights programme to keep. They were stars, HRH and Pip, weren’t they? I liked Charles and Camilla at the tea party in Picadilly too.
    Glorious sunshine here today- you just can’t trust it, can you? Sorry about the christening. You’ll have to wait for the photos. I did wonder how all those people got home from London afterwards!

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    • Tilly Bud June 4, 2012 at 21:55 #

      Yes, there’s something to be said for watching it on telly 🙂

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  11. RoryBore June 4, 2012 at 14:55 #

    I would have loved every minute of it!! I am not sure what my fellow Canadians would say about that……but I have loved her every since I danced for her when I was a little girl. She was genuinely delighted and impressed to watch our little step dancing group perform. kept asking for another dance. While poor Prince Phillip was being “entertained” by my stepfather taking about their huge ship anchored out on Lake Ontario. (must be a Navy man thing. LOL)
    They were both such a delight – very engaging. Amazing and inspiring woman for sure.

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  12. laurieanichols June 4, 2012 at 15:44 #

    Tilly you looked lovely, red is a beautiful color on you and I liked your hair braided like that, simple with the colorful bows. God save the queen and your picnic. Despite all the rain, it seems that all of Great Britain enjoyed themselves immensely. I feel a little embarrassed by my complaining about my downpours this side of the Atlantic, I didn’t have a Diamond Jubilee to plan and celebrate. Silly me.

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  13. judithatwood June 4, 2012 at 15:52 #

    Hi, Tilly B. — thanks so much for the personal report — BBC got rather repetitious throughout the day. Hooray for Elizabeth II

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    • sanstorm June 4, 2012 at 21:36 #

      It sure did! I considered muting the TV to escape Raworth’s “AMAZING!”

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      • judithatwood June 4, 2012 at 21:42 #

        I’m an idiot — I never even thought of muting the TV. Duh!!!!!

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  14. gigihawaii June 4, 2012 at 17:15 #

    Happy Diamond Jubilee, Tilly. Looks like a fun event! Congratulations to the Queen.

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    • Tilly Bud June 4, 2012 at 22:03 #

      Thanks. I’ll pass on your good wishes 🙂

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  15. vivinfrance June 4, 2012 at 17:34 #

    It doesn’t look like Adam’s Ale.  Could you walk after it?  That pageant was special, but very long.  That pageant was very special, but my sympathy was with QE and Philip.  There’s no way I could stand even for half an hour, let alone 3!

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  16. siggiofmaine June 4, 2012 at 17:40 #

    I was so hoping you have a full report from what ever vantage point you were at…your church seemed to have a nice celebration. Your plate of food…..yummy. Hope it was.
    Loved your photos…so much fun to see how much a like but in different ways we all are.
    Peace,
    Siggi in Downeast Maine, USA

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    • Tilly Bud June 4, 2012 at 22:04 #

      That’s one of the things I love about blogging, discovering our differences and similarities 🙂

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    • Tilly Bud June 4, 2012 at 22:04 #

      That’s one of the things I love about blogging, discovering our differences and similarities 🙂

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    • Tilly Bud June 4, 2012 at 22:04 #

      That’s one of the things I love about blogging, discovering our differences and similarities 🙂

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  17. grannymar June 4, 2012 at 19:55 #

    Sounds like all that standing around was not good for Old Phil, he went into hospital this afternoon with a bladder infection. Hope he will be ok.

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  18. SchmidleysScribbling June 4, 2012 at 20:28 #

    Wow, I love this post, especially the cake and your blue mug. We are celebrating here too. Virginia is named for the first Elizabeth. Our local public television station opened a new channel called WETA UK. We love the Queen and we love Brits until it comes to football. We steer clear of the lager lads. Dianne

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    • Tilly Bud June 4, 2012 at 22:07 #

      We do, too! I actually knew that about Virginia, being both an ardent royalist and a bodice ripper fan (they are always set in the colonies). 🙂

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  19. kiwidutch June 4, 2012 at 20:43 #

    I’m not into royalty on principle (because they are not democratically elected) and despite having two passports with a Queen as head of state on each but am up for celebrating a long marriage any day (yes I know this is for her rein and not her marriage)

    Glad YOU enjoyed her party and I suppose that celebrating that we live in a democracy and not a dictatorship is another reason to party too.

    Shame the weather wasn’t better… if I could I would have sent you some sunshine from here but sadly last weekend i couldn’t find any as it was raining here too.

    Looks like great fun! You scored recipes from some of the goodies on the table I hope?

    (I read somewhere that drinking from a babies bottle.is easier than you don’t actually process any teeth LOL) so someone older who might have been able to remove theirs might have done rather well in this challenge !

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    • Tilly Bud June 4, 2012 at 22:13 #

      The monarchy has survived in this country because they have always adapted; caring about what the people want from them and acting upon it. A constitutional monarchy is not a bad thing, especially these days, given the worldwide loathing of politicians. And it brings in the tourists!

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    • Tilly Bud June 4, 2012 at 22:13 #

      The monarchy has survived in this country because they have always adapted; caring about what the people want from them and acting upon it. A constitutional monarchy is not a bad thing, especially these days, given the worldwide loathing of politicians. And it brings in the tourists!

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  20. sanstorm June 4, 2012 at 21:38 #

    And the union jacks will come in handy for the olympics too 🙂

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  21. robincoyle June 4, 2012 at 21:48 #

    Tell me you didn’t tie your hair with a white shoelace to mark the occasion.

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    • Tilly Bud June 4, 2012 at 22:22 #

      If only I’d thought of that! But you’re not far off – it’s one of those ribbons that come in clothing, to put them on coat hangers. I find them annoying and always cut them out. I live and breathe recycling 🙂

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      • robincoyle June 4, 2012 at 22:25 #

        That is recycling to the max. Saving the planet one clothing ribbon at a time.

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  22. kateshrewsday June 4, 2012 at 22:21 #

    Looks a lovely event, Tilly. I do love those union jack cocktail flags!!

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    • Tilly Bud June 4, 2012 at 22:24 #

      Great, aren’t they? I should have brought one home for my notebook. But I did remember a napkin.

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  23. barb19 June 4, 2012 at 22:59 #

    Fantastic post Tilly! I love all the pomp and ceremony – we Brits do it so well! Looks like a good time was had by all and your pics were great.
    We will have to make do with watching the whole thing on TV, but there are some street parties around – after all, we are part of the Commonwealth and Liz is still our Queen! Nothing will be a patch on what goes on in Britain though – wish I was there to see it all firsthand.

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    • Tilly Bud June 4, 2012 at 23:03 #

      I was reading your comment as the news showed your PM lighting the beacon – so you and I have shared a Jubilee moment 🙂

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  24. Pseu June 4, 2012 at 23:55 #

    I keep wondering if Philip’s OK and if his ‘bladder infection’ is anything more serious.

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    • Tilly Bud June 5, 2012 at 11:44 #

      I know; but a bladder infection is kind of personal, so it’s probably true.

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  25. eof737 June 13, 2012 at 06:08 #

    Why all indoors? Was it raining? Looks like fun anyway. 😉

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