However you feel about the Jubilee weekend, the Fothergill family simply cannot resist an excuse for themed creativity, especially when there’s a party involved! We live in a tiny little Oxfordshire village, but thanks to its enthusiastic inhabitants, a big free party was organised for Sunday lunchtime! Not only did they provide food, fantastic music (a gypsy swing band? yippee!) and gazebos to protect us from the rain (which ended up having quite a cosy feel!) there was also a “hat competition” advertised on posters. Now, how could we resist such an invitation for silliness? As you can see above, Seb & me made a red-white-and-blue mini bobble crown, my mum a wonderful paper Blue Peter inspired cut & stick hat, and my dad… well here’s a better view…
This project, more specifically a Royal Britannia Ship 1:200 scale model on top of a hat, went down rather well, and won him a beautiful Emma Bridgewater tin of shortbread. Here are some close-ups of our other hats, which weren’t quite the three-day effort of dad’s, but fun nonetheless…
Making red, white & blue pompoms was fun, I haven’t made pompoms since I was little! Here is the evidence of how all of this nonsense started… my parents & I had been laughing at all the merchandise absolutely everywhere with Jubilee-themed colours, and we were threatening to do a themed supermarket shop just to be silly. So… we did.
I even asked if we could have one of the boxes that some kind of vegetable was packed it, to take our things home in. It was sort of the icing on the cake! Haha, madness!
I didn’t dedicate quite so much time to creative Jubilee efforts… and you’ll see what else I was up to in my next post. However I did find a moment to paint some little Union Jacks onto my nails!
I couldn’t show our picnic without giving a spotlight on my mum’s homemade bread. I will have to ask her nicely to do a breadmaking step-by-step post for Forages & Finds… she has the baker’s touch! This is a garlic & home-grown herb, tear-&-share bread. I can’t say it really mattered for us that it rained in the end. It felt like Christmas… perhaps due to a nice dog-walk afterwards in raincoats, and then an evening watching TV together by the fire. What a lovely weekend!