Monday, 1 August 2016

Celebrating our Queen's 90th Birthday in our Street.

Our church decided to organise a street party to celebrate our Queen's 90th birthday. Many from our church community live in this road and as we have quite a number of new neighbours this would be a good opportunity to get to know everyone.
The planning meetings were open to anyone who wanted to be involved at that level.



There was a cake competition which I had not planned to enter but changed my mind about 90 minutes before the party began thinking I could make some scones and work on a themed presentation of red, white and blue.  


Alan and I in our red, white and blue attire.


We kicked off with a BBQ midday


when everyone began to congregate



Help yourself teas and coffees and cold drinks 


Various stations around the street for different games for both old and young


Karen the main organiser on the left


Our member of Parliament has arrived and will be judging the cake competition




Our local Town Councillor on the left helping with the judging





Unexpectedly I was one of the winners




as was my friend Maria with a delicious Lemon Drizzle




Sarah enjoying a scone with strawberry jam and cream


The little ones playing pass the parcel


Face-painting





Children's poster competition



Seeing how many marbles can be dropped through the whole in 2 minutes


Large soft ball that will not break a window!


Two of our church worship leaders performing their comedy act


Now it is time to eat again with a bring and share feast
We have 7 different cultures in our road so the food was very varied






Last but not least, Sadie our 96 year old next door neighbour
Not everyone managed to attend as it is the holiday season but for  those that did many were saying we should make this a yearly event!
Must go now as it has gone 7.0 pm and we have to have the road open again by 8.0 pm.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Rainham Hall

Not having been out and about much lately due to back issues we decided a week ago to make a short trip to a house in our Borough.
The National Trust now runs this place so we knew there would be a good tearoom. 


Interesting mural on the side of a shop walking through the village



Rainham Hall is no longer lived in and has just gone through a 
£2.5 million conservation project. The house is said to be one of the country's finest examples of an early 18th century 
merchants home.
Captain John Harle who built the hall owned ships and brought goods from the far east. 
Thew house is very much a museum with all the history shown throughout the rooms



Different!


This dress was hand made in exactly the same way as it would have been made in the 18th century by 2 local women. A labour of love being all hand stitched.



The stairway to the attics


Would you have wanted to sail down the Thames
passing skeletons in cages!


A walk around the garden before visiting the tearoom








We had it to ourselves being late afternoon

Lots to do at the hall for those living locally (we are 6 miles away) for both adults and children with all the various courses and learning opportunities.