Sunday, 10 June 2012
Last weekend we celebrated the Diamond Jubilee of our Queen, Elizabeth II. Sixty years of dedicated service to her country is an amazing feat, a lifetime devoted to her role in life. Whether you are a staunch royalist or not, this Lady must be admired for her un-changing determination and grace throughout her reign. Never again will we see a Monarch like her, never putting a foot wrong and maintaining that very British 'aloofness' that sets us apart from the rest of the world (coupled with a very dry sense of humour!).
Throughout the country we celebrated with street parties, miles of bunting, a breathtaking flotilla on the Thames, a fab concert in front of Buckingham Palace and an amazing fly past by all our great planes including the Red Arrows! This plus a four day weekend!
Here at the cottage, I decided to decorate my windows with memorabilia from the 50's, 60's and some 70's. It was such fun getting all the things together, some bought and some borrowed from friends and family. It was really great to hear the conversations of locals looking in the windows, "I had one of those" or "My Mum had one of those"! I really wanted them to be a talking point and they certainly were. It is so difficult to take photos of these windows, so I hope you manage to spot something you may remember from the 'good old days'.
Kitchenalia, I love the Cow & Gate Baby Milk tin,"'the food of Royal Babies", they certainly wouldn't be able to state that now in an advert, I don't think the National Childbirth Trust would approve! The tea trolley is from the 1950's, the large jar of sherbert lemons is present day but was a very popular sweetie choice in the sixties. The hand mixer is from the 60's and still works really well!
Toys and books! Paddington Bear, Sindy doll(unfortunately she has fallen over), a toy mangle(wringer) from the 50's, a Brownie doll, school milk bottles, Champion the Wonder Horse book, Ladybird books, Enid Blyton books, PG Tips card collectors book, Pin the Tail on the Donkey game and a doggy on wheels!
Retro Techno or Techno Retro! The Murphy record player is from the sixties, as is the Olympia typewriter (the quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog, its all coming back to me now!). Two cameras, one from the 50's, one from the 60's and of course, the Union Jack telephone, such fun!
The front door wreath, I ended up making three!
Tiny Tears in her pram....
Triang scooter from the early 1960's
Our very own Jubilee Princess, ready for her Street party!
The headress was made by her clever Mama.
It was great fun decorating for the Jubilee and the great thing is that the decorations can stay up for the Olympics!! I hope you have enjoyed a little of the celebrations with me.
TTFN ANNEMARIE xxxx