Sunday 10 June 2012


Last weekend we celebrated the Diamond Jubilee of our Queen, Elizabeth IISixty 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!

                                                    Fancy Bloomers......

                                                 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.



yaya  – (11 June 2012 at 00:55)  

Congrats on the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. It was televised here in the US and I think most of us are still fascinated by the royal family. Your decorations are beautiful. The window displays are great and I have to laugh to think my childhood items are antiques now! Your ideas for decorating in red/white&blue go perfectly with our summer celebrations of July 4th..hope you don't mind if I borrow some of your ideas! The wreaths really caught my eye. Enjoy the Olympics..we'll be watching too!

Melinda  – (11 June 2012 at 03:47)  

Looks like a fun celebration!
Love your windows, they are so cute.
Looking forward to the Olympics.


jill  – (12 June 2012 at 10:42)  

Your windows look lovely and the dollies pram is beautiful I had one very much the same when I had my babys (an adult one lol ) and a tiny tears dolly when I was a child,lovely memories you have brought back to me thank you.Love Jill xx

Lottie  – (24 June 2012 at 18:05)  

What lovely windows! I also love the picture of the beads on your granddaughter! Glad to see you visited my blog. I too, love old houses! Hope you have a great week ahead!


Jan  – (3 July 2012 at 00:28)  

Your display is so patriotic and the vintage items are lovely. Congratulations on such a wonderful celebration!

Carol Lee  – (5 July 2012 at 05:15)  

A nice tribute to Queen, Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee. The vintage pieces by the way are lovely. People who has a lot of them for sure are good in
wealth management.

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