Provence is known for its sunshine but on the morning of April 29th the worst storm for years hit the west of Aix en Provence.We woke to the alarm at 7-00 am confused because it seemed so dark, after the first roll of thunder we understood why. Fortunately in the lee of the St Victoire this time we missed the worst of it and by 9-00am things were beginning to brighten up.Plans to have all the flags and bunting in place before people arrived were impossible.
We kept everything to a tight schedule…. much to the amusement of the French.We displayed everyone’s wedding photographs to set the scene and inspire the wedding dress design which was one of our competitions.
The house took on a festive air risking the possible arrest of the hostess for flying foreign flags.
As guests arrived to have coffee they were encouraged to buy raffle tickets for the British grocery store raffle and make bids in the blind auction for wedding memorabilia.
When the time was called 11-11 am to be exact the indoor seats were filled to watch the BBC.
Ladies resplendent in red, white, and blue, were asked to remove their hats so as not to obscure the screen.
We even relayed the signal to the kitchen
We loved every minute and of course everyone stood for GOD SAVE THE QUEEN.The royal hat was obviously YELLOW .A popular choice that needed a tie-breaker and won by Stella.Everyone thought Kate’s dress would be slinky so Carol won that one . Although PIPPA in that slinky bridesmaid’s dress stole the show.
We were lucky that Kate slipped out during the signing of the register to pay us a visit.
Once the ceremony was over like the royals we broke for lunch.
By now the sun was back to shining from a bright blue sky and we settled on four large tables in the garden to eat.
Between courses we dashed indoors to watch THE KISS and fly pass .Then back for dessert.
We were then ready for the toast.A wonderful speech by Robin and we raised our glasses.
The winner of the ROYAL TRIVIA QUIZ was Jane and she claimed her giant, rather damp, commemorative flag. After that we drew the raffle and had the Auction.There were some surprise bidders.Camilla fancied my mother’s hand knitted Tea cosy.
We had an unexpected winner for the PAXO sage and onion Stuffing Mix.
There was a bidding war for the Playland ROYAL FIGURES and then Betty’s SIMNEL CAKE.
We raised 470 pounds for Tal’s fund and even Queenie joined in the fun , though old age seems to be shrinking her.
A big thank you to all those who supported this event as the song says,
‘MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS’
( thanks to Carol for sharing some of her Fab PHOTOS)