June: Jubilations and jollies
I found the Diamond Jubilee flotilla absolutely fascinating. The royal barge was decked out in red and gold, festooned with swathes of flowers and even a knot garden. The assortment of boats included gondolas, coal tugs, fire boats and the Dunkirk little ships (so worthy of their presence) manned by sea cadets to Olympic rowers. Crowds lined the River Thames waving flags, cheering and singing from apartment balconies, bridges and banks as the boats made their way past all the famous landmarks of old and new London. One boat carried bellringers, another a choir and a third an orchestra which all added to the atmosphere as well as the blowing of foghorns and whistles. Further entertainment was provided by the War Horse going through its paces at the National Theatre, a display of semaphore and the costumes and salutes of the sailors as the sailed by the Queen.
Our Jubilee Celebrations
|all decked out|
|A bouquet of red, white and (just) blue wild flowers|
|the moon shining on the sea|