Thursday, 7 June 2012

A proud little English boy

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Well wasn't the Jubilee simply fabulous?  My son and I absolutely loved it.  In fact I was really rather surprised by how 'into it' my wee 8 year old was.  But then he is very proud of the fact he was born in England (where the castles and the knights are!).  Hubby (who is English) wasn't nearly so over the moon about all the proceedings as wee son and I. 

Anyway, one of my wee boys great passions in life is cooking - his favourite TV show is the Australian version of Junior Master chef.  So he was determined to make something special for the jubilee - ALL BY HIMSELF he informed us.  Below is his creation - a jubilee cake!  He really did make it all by himself, although I did help read out some of the directions.  He used blueberries and raspberries to decorate the vanilla butter cream icing, but alas they had to be frozen ones as they are not in season here now...the winter is upon us!

The great jubilee cake!

My wee boy dressed in his favourite knight costume for the Jubilee!

Oh how I wish we were in England now! New Zealand has had a real blast of winter weather and it sure does feel super chilly and cold in the mornings now - not to mention dark! I am dreaming of pretty flowers, warm sunshine and not having to hobble around the house in my granny slippers.  I have even taken to visiting my local gardening centre on a fairly regular basis, just to get a glimpse of their pretty flowers...I couldn't resist this bouquet below.  Well a girl needs treats!


Just to be a little more frugal, my son and I also love to visit our local botanical gardens (ah the joy of breathing in all that oxygen and freshness!).  This dear little waterfall above is one of favourite views in the gardens.  We love to sit nearby, dressed up in our warm woollies, sipping hot chocolate from a thermos and dreaming of summer.  My Mother always tells me that 'you shouldn't wish your life away' - that we should all savour 'the moment' and I think (wise woman that she is) this is sage advice.  So I shall do my best to embrace the magic of this chilly time of year.

I am so behind on all my blog reading, but I cant wait to have a peek and see what everyone got up to over the Jubilee weekend - such fun!    Becks xxx


  1. Hi Becks - you needn't pine for our summer as we don't have one! It is really cold here and raining all the time. I have even had the coal fire lit. This evening there are 70mph gales coming in with more rain. You son is so much like mine. Little Son also loves cooking and the cooking programs on TV. Is your little boy well now? hope so. Lily. xxx

    1. Hi Lily,

      Oh no - what a shame about the weather! Actually, I dont think my brain is working, because I remember watching the Queen stand out on the royal barge (for hours!) in the rain. She has amazing stamina! I love that your wee boy is into cooking too - at least when we are old we know they will be able to whip something up for us, he he! Have a good weekend hon. Becks xxx

  2. I loved reading this post! Such a lovely cake - well done to your little one. It looks delicious! It made me smile to read how much your son and you got into the Jubilee - alas not many of my friends were that interested in it all, so I had to keep much of my excitement to myself :o( Hope you have a lovely weekend xxx

    1. Hi Hon, I think my son has a bit of a crush on 'Kate', thus the interest in all things royal, ha ha! He also thinks Prince William is amazingly cool for flying a helicopter. You have a great weekend too! Becks xxx

  3. Good on you for having and actually using a thermos. In my not-so-humble opinion, taking a thermos of soup, or hot chocolate, or chai... whatever you love that warms you... and going out into the cold to enjoy it, is totally embracing the moment. Who cares what you're dreaming about!

    That cake looks like it was made with serious reverence, and I admire it especially for that.


    1. Aww thanks for that! I must save up the pennies as someone has just told me there is a shop on Cuba Street in Wellington that sells gorgeous thermos's with lovely vintage designs on them (ours is a very utilitarian one). Hope your enjoying the weekend hon :-)

  4. I love the Winter, I find it much less disappointing that our English Summers! Hot chocolate in a thermos. What could be better?

    Those blooms are lovely, what a treat!


    ps don't reply to me here as I don't think I get notified of them, but actually don;t worry about replying, spend the time reading the blogs you need to catch up on. Did you know you're still a No-Reply-Blogger?

  5. Your wee man is so clever! Hasn't he done an amazing job of the cake!! My two are totally into the junior masterchef series too and they have become so motivated to help cook - which can only be a good thing!

    We have to catch up soon gorgeous girl - I still have the gift for your wee man from S.

    Have a fab weekend - stay warm!!!!!!!