The Diamond Jubilee celebrations started early for us as last Tuesday, Eleanor was in a concert at school. She performed three songs with her music class, one of them being something she'd co-written with a boy in her class. Later in the concert she sang as part of a choir which she attends after school.
On Saturday, we headed off to Temple Newsam, a place we visit often and one which I've mentioned quite a few times previously on the blog. I will tell you more about Saturday's visit in my next post.
My mum and dad came for dinner on Sunday and we had a lovely lazy day, sitting and chatting and watching the river pageant on tv. Dinner was traditional British fare, roast beef and Yorkshire puddings, and it was delicious if I do say so myself. We don't often have a roast on a Sunday, we usually have it on a Monday instead, so it made a real change. I think we chose the right day to stay indoors as it absolutely poured down all day, and watching the river pageant on tv, we could see that many people got drenched.
Haworth was our destination on Monday. It's somewhere we have a couple of trips to each year, strolling up and down the main street and looking what the little shops have to offer. The street was decorated with bunting and looked very festive.
Some houses were decked out in red, white and blue. I thought this house looked particularly pretty with lots of plants in pots outside.
We called in at Coldspring Mill at Cullingworth on the way home, where I stocked up on some yarn, some for knitting and some for crochet, but more of that another day.
On Monday night, we headed to Barwick In Elmet which is the next village to us. It comprises the buried remains of an Iron Age hillfort and a twelfth century motte and bailey castle. Hall Tower Hill is West Yorkshire's largest Motte, and this was the location for one of the Jubilee beacons.
Daniel and Eleanor headed to the top, but as we had Archie with us, Mick and I stayed at the bottom and watched from there. After the beacon had been lit, there was a rousing rendition of God Save The Queen.
We had another lazy day yesterday. The crochet hook came out and I joined a few more squares of my granny square blanket before putting it aside and getting out the knitting.
Mick's back at work today, but I could really get used to these long weekends.