Saturday, 2 June 2012

messing about on the river and other things

The Queen may be having her River Thames pageant tomorrow as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, but we had the most wonderful evening out on the same river but further upstream, last Monday to celebrate the birthday of our friend, Ruth.  

If only every teatime could be spent wafting along on a balmy summer evening in good company, nibbling sandwiches and cakes and drinking tea....or wine... you slip passed cows and horses coming down to the riverbank for a drink, and other more energetic people slip past you rowing smoothly.  Wonderfully civilized and a great way to celebrate a special occasion.  

Thank you Ian for organising the event and inviting us along!

Later in the week there was a another trip over the water for me for a couple of days work in Guernsey, followed by more socialising yesterday when Geoff and Irene, friends going back to our student days, joined us for lunch before going on to a meeting of the Doric Club for a get-together with other graduates of the School of Architecture at Oxford Brookes University, where we both studied. However, this was one occasion when Steve preferred to stay at home, not surprisingly.....the School of Architecture seems to be the most likely source of Steve's exposure to asbestos dust, when he worked there as a student one vacation knocking down internal walls to create an open plan studio. Enough of the negative thoughts!

The Jubilee weekend has started well.  Steve's horse in the Derby came third so he got his money back and a bit more! One of my photographs was published in today's Guardian Weekend Magazine under the theme "Purple", so I'm a happy bunny. If you have read the blog about our Ruby wedding anniversary trip to Marrakech, it might look familiar!  

And there's more socialising to look forward to in the next few days, come rain or shine.  For those of you who are fit and well, whatever you are doing, I hope you have a wonderful long weekend of celebrations!  

For those of you who are having a difficult time, may your pain ease, may you find relief and the strength to stay positive, and may you be surrounded and cocooned by love and support.  

1 comment:

  1. wonderful time on the river, beautiful photo and some lovely words
    enjoy the Jubilee