Our village is small, but the village green is large; it is tucked away from sight, right in the middle of the triangle of roads which form the village. Houses back on to it and encircle it, which is slightly different to most village greens where houses look out on to the green.
In the centre of the green is a small pavillion around which families and friends gathered. Tables and chairs were brought from the village hall and, despite the cold wind and the threatening rain picnic food was shared and enjoyed...washed down by the odd jug or two of Pimms.
I wore patriotic red, white, and blue clothing and I was pleased to see that quite a number of other people did too. Check out these patriotic shoes worn by Annie!
The green was festooned with lots of bunting and there was a real celebratory air as food was shared and friends caught up with one another.
We were fortunate because we only had one short spell of rain - there was a flurry of activity as food was wrapped and tables cleared, coats were hastily pulled on and we prepared to make the 200 yard dash to the village hall....but it proved unnecessary. The sun broke through and the games began!
There were Egg and Spoon races, Wheelbarrow Races (with one person being the wheelbarrow, the other 'pushing'), Boules, Gymnastics Displays, games of Rounders...
everyone participated in some way; we were forced into it by Annie..she did a brilliant job and really got the party going.
There were special Jubilee mugs for the children and hand knitted celebratory teddy bears, which were so cute we all wanted one.
This is the beacon on the green, it is used on special occasions. It may have been lit last night, I don't honestly know because by that time I had moved on to another party.....
It was held here, at a beautiful cottage which has the most wonderful English country cottage gardens, with superb views across the meadows and the dovecote, and food it was well worth giving up the diet for.
I'll post about this party later, once I sort through the photographs.
I hope Her Majesty has had as much fun as we, her subjects, have enjoyed.