Wednesday, 4 May 2011

One weekend, two celebrations



In 1201 King John granted a charter for a fair in our village. During the last week of April every year the fairground rides arrive on the village green ready for May Day. This year the helter skelter was built right outside our sitting room window. Excitement was at fever pitch.



Combine that with a Royal wedding garden party with free rides on Friday afternoon and it was almost too much.



We even had a Royal line up.



See if you can spot:

1) Our cottage (it's pink)
2) Me having a greedy moment on the far left.

34 comments:

dottycookie said...

What on earth were you scarfing? I can see your house!

I thought of you at the fair this weekend as we were freezing our backsides off on the beach - was it windy here too? I seem to remember you having to hold down your gazebo last year ...

Magic Bean said...

GORGEOUS
Wasn't that just a perfect weekend? BigBean biked up to Reach the other day and was very excited about fair preparations.
Something about bunting and eating outside which makes such an occasion. And of course being graced by HRH makes it all the more so... Ax

Jenny said...

Oooh looks like a great day out -there's just something about fairs which bring on a trememdous amount of excitement! and you didn't even have to drive home - even better! hehe x

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Teresa, love your pictures, looks like so much fun. Can't find the cottage or you!!!!! I looked and looked but my picture would not zoom. Take care, xoRobin❤

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Emma, oops!!! sorry I called you Teresa. But the post was for you! silly me, xoRobin❤

Magic Cochin said...

Nom nom nom Mrs P! Caught on camera :-D

I forgot all about your big Fair, we were walking in Wales.

Looks like Reach had a grand time - you wouldn't know a Royal Wedding had happened over in our village. I was even telephoned at 10.45am to discuss the design of the fete poster.

Celia
xx

Thimbleanna said...

Hahaha -- LOVE that greedy moment. And how fun to have such fun right out your front door (even if Prince Harry does look a little sinister!)

greenrabbitdesigns said...

What fun and it couldn't get any more exciting than having a helter skelter right outside your sitting room window. Lovely too that something that was started over 800 years ago is still taking place. With such a busy weekend for the Royals it was great that they could turn up at your fair. :)
Vivienne x

Ali said...

Now that's what I call a celebration! And yes, I see you munching!

Helen Philipps said...

I loved this post - so English, both old and new! I love the historic tradition of the old fairs still going on today. I spied both your lovely pink cottage and you enjoying something yummy...!
Helen x

Pomona said...

A very greedy moment! Glad you liked the article - I am always heartened that other people think the same way.

Pomona x

Bobo Bun said...

Just looks perfect. Love that you got caught daintily eating a wee morsel.

X

Floss said...

Love the last photo! There's one of me like that at our wedding, which I find really annoying...

This is just a great event. We ahve to wait until the end of August/beginning of September for our town fair, but you've whetted my appetite!

Gina said...

What a fabulous looking fair... and two very happy looking little girls. I spotted you munching!

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

That looks like such fun - with everyone clearly enjoying themselves. The weather was good too. x

periwinkle said...

It's nice to see that somewhere in England still actually celebrates May day, most people just think of it as a day off work . Gorgeous smiley face in the first pic .

by Teresa said...

You are so lucky to have a fair in your front yard! What fun! Loved your photos.. who's the little darling in the first picture? Thanks for sharing with us... Teresa in Oregon USA

Lynn said...

There is a small child over here who is now LIVID that those rides and attractions were not parked outside HIS house. This might just permanently mar his friendship with the young lady in the first photo. And I had such hopes of being a co-mother-in-law with you...

(Papa S. and I are still chortling over your greedy moment. Do tell what the substance was.)

Naturally Carol said...

Prince William looks cute in a necklace..those royals are getting around everywhere these days! It's amazing to see a whole village/town sitting down to afternoon tea like that..great photos..I spied out you and your house..too funny, lol.

julie said...

What a super may day celebration - the fair looks lovely and old-fashioned, I love those wooden swing boats. I see you - adpoting the time honored pose of lady eating something drippable while wanting to keep her pretty skirt clean!

Tara said...

I see you and that is too funny. I like your skirt. I love that in England even your fairs have such a history to them. So much cooler than setting up in a shopping mall parking lot.

kristina said...

Oh those first two pictures are just lovely. And yes--I see you!

K xx

Rachel said...

And a good time was had by all, clearly!

Pity it's turned chill again...

Poppy said...

I'm sure it was something healthy you were eating! ;)

Lou xxx

Handmade in Israel said...

How fabulous and utterly English! What a wonderful weekend you must ahve had.

The Coffee Lady said...

Lynn is such a TART with her children's hand in marriage. She has promised that boy to at least two children now to my knowledge.

Jackie said...

I enjoyed that. I imagined you lived in a totally pink village...oh well.
If you can't find your blogging voice you could do more of these 'spot the..'
I like a challenge.

Planet Penny said...

Looks like it was REALLY delicious Emma, candid camera indeed!
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Jenevieve said...

Lovely pics, it looks like a fantastic day! :) x

Lola Nova said...

Oh my goodness! I think my girl would have escaped out her window at night to have a whirl.
Looks like a gorgeous time!

Thank you for your sweet comments on my blog :)

Cowboys and Custard said...

O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!' What fun .. I love these oh so British occasions.
Michele xx

mrspao said...

Looks wonderful!

Locket Pocket said...

What a fabulous looking fair! It's one of the things that I really miss from my childhood when the village fete was the high point of the year! The little Pebbles look adorable! Lucy xx

jus said...

Oooh, just like where's wally... love it! Whatever it is you're stuffing it must have been good. I also spotted a demonic looking Harry, mwah ha ha ha!