Plans change and I like being able to go with the flow. We took the opportunity to take a break down in Dorset over the long weekend. A four day escape was too good to pass up, but it did mean that we missed the village Diamond Jubilee celebrations. A little sad, as we had been looking forward to joining in.
It … was …. good to get away. Weather wise we made a good choice. Less rain than other areas of the UK. Walks through ancient forts, searching for sea glass on beaches and discovering a dog friendly pub with really good food.
Dorset has a good share of the nation’s thatched cottages. Almost whole villages thatched. We love thatched cottages. Often the thatcher will leave his logo in the form of a bird or cat, made of the thatch, on the ridge of the roof. It’s a bit of a game with us to spot the local themes. Pheasants and owls are very popular. We were a bit surprised by this cottage.
A real live mallard and his duck. First time I’ve seen a pair of ducks on a thatched roof. Not permanent fixtures, but fun to see.
It was great exploring, but I still felt like we had missed all the celebrations. Driving around, we saw villages swathed in red, white and blue bunting and flags. Some villages had none. Maybe they had gone on holiday too.
When we got home, I was still feeling sorry for myself having missed out on all the celebrations. No bunting or flags on our house. Grump (although still buzzing after our holiday). As I put away and tidied up, I discovered this ladybird poppy had self seeded by our recycling bin. Bright and breezy. I love the centre. It looks just like a cake. Looking around the garden, I realised that even though I hadn’t put up a flag, the flowers had opened up to form a floral bunting.
The garden seems to have bloomed and grown in just four days. I had to join in, so out came the fabric and lots of snipping and sewing. I cut out triangles and flag bits. I’ve been wanting to make a scrappy flag for a while. I made red and blue cakes and we had our own celebrational tea party.
It’s a double sided flag. As my husband pointed out, helpfully, it is a week late, but I feel better about it. I made something for the Jubilee. We have a special project that is going to need this flag, but that can wait for a later post. I like to think that I am exceedingly early with the bunting. It will be perfect for the Olympics later on this summer.
I loved my husband’s idea of adding “Jubilee 2012” to the flag. I embroidered it on this morning. It is my souvenir of the weekend and reminds me that not all souvenirs have to be bought.
Some souvenirs can be made and others just turn up on their own.