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VE Day 75th Anniversary Celebrations

Yesterday saw the 75th Anniversary of VE Day and we joined in the celebrations with an 1940s inspired afternoon tea. We were due to attend a street party but due to the current situation our plans, along with many others, had to be changed.

Arrangements to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day which were due to take place included street parties, marches and the Royal family gathering on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with thousands joining then to watch a procession down the Mall.

For now, people are finding new ways to commemorate, remember and honour those who took part in WWII.

Our “at home” afternoon tea” included fruit scones, Bakewell slices, carrot cake and egg and cress sandwiches. We also played a CD of The Andrew Sisters to give it a true war time feel. In the evening we watched a concert filmed in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, acts included Katherine Jenkins and Alfie Boe singing to music played by military bands. It was incredibly well done, especially as they were all following the 2 metre safe distance rule.

I wore a floral tea dress from Marks and Spencer which I’ve had in my wardrobe for a couple of years and seemed perfect for the occasion. I accessorised with a pearl necklace and bracelet to give the look a vintage vibe.

On 8 May 1945, during a broadcast on the radio at 3 o’clock the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, made an announcement that everyone had been waiting for. The war in Europe was finally over following Germany’s surrender. In his speech Mr Churchill said “My dear friends, this is your hour.”

The Royal family have always been central to the British public on days like these. Here is a photo of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth along with Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret on one of many balcony appearances on Victory in Europe Day.

We brought out photos of some of our family who were around during the 1940s, I’d love to have spoken to them about their experiences during the war. It’s one thing to hear people’s account on the television of what it was like back then, but it would have been wonderful to listen to my Great Grandparents stories.

I will leave you with an image from Trafalgar Square on 8th May 1945 and what it must have been like for everyone there and in the rest of the country.

Did you celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day? What sort of thing did you do?

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How I Celebrated My Birthday

Birthday Celebrations

Another Birthday came round, who cares that I’m another year older? I certainly don’t, I still feel the same as I did at 11.59pm on the 4th January. Age is just a number after all, it’s how you choose to live your life that matters and who you choose to spend your time with. And for me it would involve plenty of cats, unicorns and the colour pink.

Birthday Celebrations

This year I decided not to have a birthday cake with candles, instead I chose to have iced doughnuts with multi coloured hundreds and thousands on top. I started off the day by having one (or two) with a huge mug of tea while still in my polar bear pjs, snuggled up in bed. With thoughts of “Oh this is the life” running through my head, I opened my birthday cards and presents from friends and family. It’s funny, every one of my cards was pink, I do believe people know me well.

Birthday Celebrations

I had very kindly received some money for my birthday and a few days before I’d gone shopping in the sales. There has to be one advantage of having a birthday so close to Christmas, quite a few of the items I’d had my eye on before had been reduced to half price. I’ve totally fallen in love with this faux fur biker style jacket from M&Co and would you believe I found these adorable pink gloves with a faux fur cuff on Amazon. The pink cord mini skirt was an absolute bargain at ¬£8 from Sainsbury’s clothing brand Tu and the roll neck jumper I picked up from River Island.

I wore this outfit with my burgundy knee high boots when I met up with a couple of friends for coffee and cake on the afternoon of my birthday. Even better, one of my cups of coffee was free from collecting my 15 stars on my Starbucks card, just in time for my birthday.

Birthday Celebrations

I’d already decided I didn’t want a big party this year, we’d both had a busy Christmas and I just wanted to spend the evening with Adrian.

We went out for pizza and then he took me to see The Greatest Showman at the cinema, if you love musicals and Hugh Jackman I’d definitely recommend watching it. Afterwards we came home and had a few glasses of Prosecco to finish off what was a wonderfully relaxed birthday.

How will you be celebrating your birthday this year?

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