Why so miserable?
My younger sister and I are all togged up in our fancy dress outfits for the Coronation Day Party at RAF Marham, Norfolk. The weather is already looking pretty dull and indeed it soon poured down and the afternoon family sports had to be postponed. We did enjoy the children's party though. I didn't win anything - in fact I had to keep explaining what I was supposed to be, much to my mother's chagrin as she was very proud of her dressmaking skills.
I didn't score on the special coronation gifts given out either. Because of my foreign name I was mistakenly marked down for a boy 's gift ( an exciting penknife) but my father later returned it and it was replaced by a really awful gilt brooch with a photo portrait of the new queen. I soon 'lost' it. And though I've seen many similar Coronation penknives for sale on vintage sites, I never seen another queenie brooch so perhaps all the other girls of my age also quickly disposed of theirs.
( Can you guess what I'm supposed to be - I'm the taller girl. It might be helpful to bear in mind that my hair was actually much lighter - mousey blond/brown and not as dark as it looks here.)
Back to 2012 and there is a great mood of celebration around here. It really lifts the spirits, even if you're not a monarchist. My local town and all the villages about are festooned in union jack bunting and flags. The doors and windows of every shop and business whether large multinationals or small independents are decorated in celebratory colours and displays - even the Co-op funeral directors.
We're not doing anything special for the Jubilee this weekend, though we may go along and join in the town celebrations on Sunday as there's a whole programme of events. Number One son and friends who live in London, are planning to walk over to Battersea to watch the River Pageant as they think it is a once in a lifetime spectacular not to be missed. Though sadly heavy rain is forecast locally - mmmn sounds familiar! But we'll watch on our HD digital TV; rather a better view than the 'snowy' flickering black and white picture I saw on a neighbour's tiny screen in 1953.
What are you planning for the four day Jubilee weekend?