Well, this has been the weekend of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the world (well, the UK) has gone Union Jack crazy!
Our local town is decked out in thousands of flags, but not only because of the Jubilee, but also because last week the Olympic Torch relay came through the town.
We spent an enjoyable afternoon “following the torch”, as did hundreds of people in our town – it was something hubby and I probably wouldn’t have bothered with if it wasn’t for the children, but as it turned out it was a really nice occasion with a lovely community atmosphere.
There aren’t many times in life when you leave the house to walk to something, and all the neighbours are pouring out of their houses doing the same thing. And when we got to the road down which the torch was going to travel, it was lined with people of all ages – from a local Guide group doing cheerleading to some elderly people sitting on fold out chairs waving their flags and wearing their Union Jack hats!
We had to wait a little while before anything happened and the children did start to get a little bit bored – but they had a flag each to wave (even Eve – although I may have borrowed hers to use myself!)
But soon the convoy of vehicles started to pass and then we got our first glimpse of the torch
And then we all waved and cheered as it passed
After all that excitement, we walked up to the local pub which was holding a fun day and Lilly had a little ride on the fairground before we came home.
All in all we really enjoyed the occasion, it was something a bit different to see and experience, and it is good that we’ll be able to tell the girls when they’re older – “you were there”.
As for the Diamond Jubilee, we have been a little busy with Tony’s birthday this weekend, but we did make a Union Jack cake and watch some of the boats on the Thames over the weekend on TV. Oh, and of course the Peppa Pig special!