Friday, June 15, 2012

A Reflection of UK Jubilee Celebrations

A beautiful view of the countryside of Norwich.

I was curious to know what a typical English Jubilee was like so I asked my friend Nick to share with me and us what one was like. Nick and I have been friends for over ten years and my husband and I are the proud godparents to his two children-Shane and Charmanee. He is also the godfather of our youngest son. Needless to say we are a part of one another's family.

So without further adieu here is Nick's guest post. Thank you Nick for sharing your day with us and these awesome photos! You're the best!!!

My godson Shane running around while the ladies set up the tables.

I had the priviledge of being invited with my family to a Jubliee block party in the east English countryside last week. Set in the large grassy front yard of someone's cottage, a white gazebo-like tent was erected and the area lightly decorated with Engilsh flags, a rare but then obvious sign of patriotism by the locals.

Nick chatting it up with the older folks!

Local folks were invited from the nearby village. About thirty turned up, most bringing their own chairs and foodstuffs to contribute to the party. Living in a town myself, it amazed me how different the rural culture was, with some folks speaking with that 'Narfulk' accent unique to the county.

My cutie pie godchildren!

The whole affair was primarily one of people mingering among and talking with each other while eating various dishes, with a barbeque on the go nearby. This continued throughout the late sunny afternoon until the atmosphere settled into one of those remaining sitting around a mini bonfire as the sun slowly went down, when the subject matter became one of a neighbor asking for advice on how to appease a local farmer who was suddenly accusing her of having shifted the property boundary a yard into his field next to her property!

Crowing the King and Queen!

The highlight of the social event was when my two young children were invited to 'crown' the eldest couple (see fotos) as the honorary monarchs for the day. Shane definitely took it in his stride when he presented the queen with a stick to knight him with! This naturally prompted much laughter from the masses! Margaret and Russell had lived most of their lives in this very village. The former herself was born just houses away, had never left, and had seldom left Norfolk county but to visit Scotland during her long life. She is yet to fly in an airplane!

My godson is such a ham! I love it!


1 comment:

  1. What a fun, festive guest post. I've always fancied myself as something of anglophile, and have been completely smitten with all things UK related this months thanks to the Jubilee. If only I could pop over to the UK and get in on the fun in person there myself, too. Posts like this are the next best thing for sure though! :)

    Wishing you a sunny, fantastic weekend!
    ♥ Jessica


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