|The Spirit of Chartwell|
|London Bridge aglow with England's colors|
Immediately after the Queen's departure, Henry leaves for 5 days to attend his school's "residential" camp on Hayling Island. He wasn't able to go due to our late arrival in the year, but this week there was an opening and he is so excited, especially since he missed Sunny Hill's 5th grade camp a couple of weeks ago! So while my mum is here, we will be busy getting him organized to be gone for 5 days!
The last two weeks of June will be BUSY with Royal Ascot and the Royal Henley Regatta on consecutive weekends. The Royal Ascot is the BIG week-long horse races that the Queen attends daily. Think fancy dress and HATS GALORE! We are going to go on a Saturday with the Grimsteads and we will take the kids! Pictures of course will be posted of all of us in our fine and posh attire! The next weekend is the Royal Regatta in Henley, which is right next door to us. Similar to Ascot but think rowing, cute teams of rowers, preppy, stripey ties, Top-Siders, more HATS, and dress hemlines must be past the knee. This is an adults only day as I believe the champagne and Pimms will be flowing.
A quick recap of the month of May! We have stuck around and explored the area of where we are living outside of London. This past weekend was gloriously sunny and hot so on Saturday we hit the River Thames with a walkabout in Henley on the Thames. It is only a 10 minute drive and I go there quite a bit during the week to walk with a group of gals, grocery shop and explore. The kids scootered and we walked along the river, watching the rowers and all the beautiful wooden boats. They are setting up for the Regatta and all the crew boats were out practicing!
On Sunday, we went to the cute little village of Hurley on my friend Suzanne's recommendation. Suzanne was the previous tenant in our house and has been soooo helpful with everything! We stopped in at the Ye Olde Bell pub...quaint old pub with a big grassy area and gardens. You plop on the grass or at a picnic bench and they bring you a picnic basket with supplies and you order your Sunday lunch. Delightful newspaper reading, Frisbee and some American football goes well with a pint (Pete) and a Pimms (Jen). After lunch we walked down to the Hurley lock to check out all the boating action and white Brits (well now all sunburned actually) picnicking. Luckily we found an ice cream boat...that guy has a great job. Shirt off and serving ice cream on the river!
|Practice boys-they were young!|
|Great trail for the kids to scooter on!|
|Pete was in love with this gem of a boat|
|Getting ready for the Royal Henley Regatta|
|Henley on the Thames|
|Ye Olde Belle|
|Very old tractor/steam roller thing|
|Large estate on the river in Hurley|
|Wearing Hurley in Hurley|
|Ice Cream boat|
|Chaos at the Hurley Lock on a hot summer day|
|The Old Vicarage-reminds me of Pete's costume at the British themed going away party at Jess and Andrew's house!|
|Waiting for the car...feet were not flip flop ready apparently|
|Henry and Jamie after cricket practice at the pub in Sonning|
|Ready for swimming at Polehampton pool!|
|Summer uniforms-love the gingham!|
|After gymnastics at the Crown-new fav pub in Playhatch|
|The Crown at Playhatch|
|The French Horn-lovely spot for a cocktail in Sonning on the River Thames|
|German Shepard eating crisps at the Bird in Hand pub|
|Pint and chips at the Great House in Sonning|
|May mirroring the dog portraits|
|Fitness walk view|
|Marsh Meadow Lock below Henley|
|Huge oak tree outside Shiplake lock|
|River Thames near the Sonning Lock|
|Running along the Thames|
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Cheers and raise a glass to the Queen this weekend!