Sunday, 3 August 2014

Garden party

Our friends Chris and Mrs Chris held a garden party yesterday.  The weather forecast during the previous few days had been pretty dire but in the event everything turned out fine.  I have to admit to having made a bit of a pig of myself with the scones, strawberry jam and cream.  My doctor would not have approved of the attack on my cholesterol level!

The Old Bat did condescend to cook a light meal on our return but it did make me wonder how on earth the posh folk managed to eat a cooked breakfast, a two course lunch, afternoon tea and then a three course dinner every day.  And it's not as if the "upstairs" people did anything particularly energetic.  They employed servants for all that!  How come they were not all horribly obese?

It's many years since I last attended a garden party - and that was a somewhat posher affair than yesterday's, albeit no more pleasant.  For that one, the OB bought a hat and we travelled from Brighton to London by train - first class, of course.  I felt quite somebody as we climbed into a taxi at Victoria and I told the driver, "Buckingham Palace".  He (the driver) didn't bat an eyelid and I quite understood when I saw how many other taxis were dropping people off outside the gates.  We didn't get to be introduced to the Queen or the Duke of Edinburgh - and I can't remember which other royals were there.  And the food wasn't exactly five star - fish paste sandwiches and battenberg cake.  But we went to possibly the best Italian restaurant in London for dinner afterwards.  You won't see me in this video:


5 comments:

Mike @ A Bit About Britain said...

It's pretty impressive that she asked you, even if she didn't get around to passing the time of day. You know how it can be.

Brighton Pensioner said...

But I did meet her on another occasion... and almost fell through the floor in embarrassment. She asked me a question I failed to hear. I could hardly say, "What?" so I answered what I thought she might have asked. She did look rather puzzled.

Buck said...

I wish that video had been a bit longer as I was fascinated by the ladies' hats... especially the one worn by the Princess of Wales.

Sarah said...

Fish paste? Give me scones and cream any day! How lovely to have been asked though.

Brighton Pensioner said...

Buck, I think you probably mean the Duchess of Cornwall. There has been no Princess of Wales since Diana's death.