Wednesday, 20 June 2012

thank goodness for Tuesday

I can't believe how busy my weekend turned out to be.
It was all fun but by Tuesday,
yep, I know that is not during the weekend,
I had to cancel a lunch date so I could have some
down time before I started work for the week.
All two days of it!

First off, Friday night I went to ten pin bowling
with the church youth group. Very energetic.
Followed by supper afterwards at Burger King.
We were joined by another group from out of town
 and they have now challenged
our kids to a table tennis match later in the year.
So we will travel to their place and join them
 for tea and an evening of fun,
most probably in the third term.

Then came Saturday. The morning was the usual housework and getting the washing out seeing as it was a fine day, sort of.
Saturday afternoon?
Well...the Sunday School was having a masterchef cook off.
And I'm a Sunday School mentor so down
I went and the kids arrived at 2pm.
So much fun. Three teams of three.
The youngest was 4 and the eldest 11.

The kids cooked up a storm.
First up was the cupcake challenge.
Everything made from scratch, and then decorated.
Lots of yummy things to put on top.

                            Then came the pizza challenge.
Once again they made the base from scratch
and then put on the toppings.
Popped it into the oven and 20 minutes later -
magic. Three delicious pizzas.

We had three judges, and the kids had
 to present their goodies to the judges, just like the real thing..
They just loved it, lots of excitement.
They all received a certificate for taking part
and the winning team received 
 the 'Golden Rolling Pin', our masterchef trophy,
and a white apron each.

Then on Sunday there was church and in the afternoon
 I filled in a shift at work.
Monday I took my little mother and a friend to a soup and sandwich lunch, really yummy,
 preceded by an interesting speaker.

So by the time Tuesday came all I really wanted
was to spend some quiet time at home.
So I did.

Enjoy your week, whatever you are doing.


Monday, 11 June 2012

...okay, okay, I confess...

...I'm a royalist at heart :D)

Queen Elizabeth 2nd on her Coronation

So needless to say I have spent a fair bit of time the past week in front of the telly watching the 60th jubilee celebrations.
Part of the time I was at work so my lovely
GKB recorded it for me.
I have seen bits and pieces and so will watch it
all properly at my leisure. Each programme was approximately 4 hours long but as winter has finally arrived with a vengeance I should have plenty of time.

I loved the 1000 boat flotilla on the Thames - quite amazing to watch. It must have been really awesome to have
 been on the embankment with the crowds.
That royal barge was something else!!
I laughed at the little boy who said he loved
seeing it and what was "really exciting was the queen standing at the front driving it." That made his day. :))
It was a shame it was so wet, I'm surprised more of the Royal Family didn't end up in hospital alongside Prince Phillip!

Union Jack

The inside of St. Paul's cathedral is really magnificent, I have added a visit to it to my bucket list, along with a visit to Holyrood House where the civic lunch was held (I think). The carved ceiling in that great hall was something to see.
edit 22/6/12:( I have discovered I have the wrong palace, in the wrong country as well. Oh dear. I meant Westminster, not Holyrood, sorry folks).
Visiting England one day is one of my daydreams.
The queen looked so tiny at the back of the procession into the cathedral for the service and it was such a shame Prince Phillip
couldn't be there with her. But lovely to see all the family there, including the 2 young princesses.

Queen Elizabeth, June 2012
We recorded the concert in the grounds of Buckingham Palace -  a lot of my residents sat up to watch it and were really
disappointed and went off to bed very quickly once it started.
They felt sorry for the queen,
 I think they were expecting something a bit more
formal and sedate.

This week a series on the royal palaces has started so I am hoping to record those for later viewing as well, as unfortunately,
 they play on nights I am working :((

New Zealand flag
Signing off with my national flag having
flown the Union Jack throughout this post.

Have a great week.

p.s. All of the photo's on this
post have been taken
from the internet.