It's so handy having a blog when you want to check back on dates. It was just the other day that I was thinking it must be coming up to Mick's auntie and uncle's diamond wedding anniversary soon. I knew I'd blogged about their golden anniversary as the blog post I wrote about the Golden Wedding Hamper we'd made for them at the time has been my most popular post ever and still gets hits on a daily basis. I was quite surprised to discover that the anniversary is just a couple of weeks away, thank goodness that it had come to mind when it did otherwise I might have missed it.
I rang his auntie to ask if anyone had arranged for them to receive an anniversary message from The Queen, a tradition which goes back to 1917 whereby messages on behalf of The Queen are sent to those celebrating their 100th and 105th birthdays and every year thereafter, and those celebrating their diamond wedding (60th), 65th, 70th wedding anniversaries and every year thereafter. I believe the cards containing a personalised message and which come in a special envelope are sent automatically for birthdays but an application needs to be made by a friend or relative in advance of the special day for anniversaries. They have two sons but neither had made the application so I told her to leave it to me and it's now all organised. It would be such a shame for them not to receive this special card.
We haven't visited a garden centre since before Christmas but I wanted to see if our local one had any appropriate rose bushes in stock which we could buy for them as a gift for their anniversary so we had a quick trip yesterday. I was really impressed with all the plants they had on offer, they seem to have stocked up for the new gardening season, but especially so with their roses, quite an extensive choice and I managed to find the perfect rose, a pretty pink patio rose suitable for borders, pots and tubs called Diamond Wishes.
I just need to find a nice card for them now, which is easier said than done with all the card shops being closed in lockdown.