it’s all red, white and blue around here…

It’s the Diamond Jubilee weekend and I’ve been quite pleasantly surprised at the magnitude and enthusiasm of the displays of patriotism around and about.  You don’t have to look far to see Union Jack bunting or flags.  There seems to be lots of picnics and parties organised to celebrate as well.  Good effort!  My personal efforts include making these cookies to celebrate….

Here’s what else we’ve been up to:

On Friday night we went down to Birkenhead Park to see the Olympic Torch passing through on it’s journey around the country pre London 2012.  The park was full of eager torch watchers who created a great atmosphere .  The occasion made me remember the first time I saw the torch in 1988 as it passed through Alliston on it’s way to Calgary.  We went down with the school and I remember us older students had to “buddy” up with someone in a younger grade as we walked the few blocks from the school to the main street.  I think I thought it was pretty neat that time too.

On Saturday, we headed to Delamere Forest for some camping .  Paul cycled and Stella and I walked around the forest park in the afternoon and then we had a yummy bbq at the van.  After we had settled down for the evening the rain started.  It didn’t stop – so Sunday midday after the family picnic got cancelled we decided to come home.  Although we were both disappointed we didn’t get to do a bit more walking and cycling, it was nice to be home and dry and we enjoyed the surprise “free” day on Monday.

 

(There we are trying to keep dry in the van squeezed onto half of the seat, while Stella takes up the other half .  Who are the suckers here I wonder? 😉 )

Monday night we went to the wedding of Dan and Inneka – I work with Dan.  It was a good opportunity to talk to people from work *not* in work and it was nice to see such a happy, relaxed couple.   Today after a trip to Moreton shore with Stella, I managed to do some gardening in the front of the house which was starting to look like it desperately needed it.

And I just have to share this story that tickled me:

Vote due on link between village of Dull and US town of Boringhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-18322606

Happy Jubilee, everyone!