02 June 2012

London Getting Ready For The Jubilee

Posted by Happy Homemaker UK


Street window in Selfridges

This week I took two walks...
one in London
one in Richmond

See what I saw


Regent Street

Union Jacks everywhere


Made of fake flowers, but beautiful nonetheless


Drool-worthy Liberty





Made of Liberty fabric


Boats heading toward London on the River Thames to dock for the flotilla




The Royal Barge Gloriana (below) will be in the flotilla tomorrow
and was being worked on as I walked by




At home, we decided to try to make our new favorite English dessert,
Lemon Drizzle Cake

I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was
We followed a BBC recipe here


Watch for precarious cracks, Mr Carriage Driver :)


The cake broke while getting it out of the pan
but yummy, nonetheless
& the kids loved decorating it

Off to the flotilla tomorrow in flip-flops or wellies :)
We'll see!

- all photos by me -


41 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

i am loving the little cut-outs on your cake!!!

Ali Honey said...

Fabulous photos. I really liked it as I knew where the places were you took the photos, having visited there 11 months ago. Richmond looked very pleasant from the Thames. I hope NZ's Maori waka stays afloat.

Desire Empire said...

I am watching it all from Australia and made a Union Jack cake with strawberries and blueberries. I'll link it on Wednesday. Fun Fun Fun.

My husband was in Britain as a twenty something for the silver jubilee and fondly remembers the street party he went to. Fabulous.

Carolyn

Antiques And Teacups said...

Great post! Liberty is my favorite place to shop in London. Love the Selfridges window. I posted on the Jubilee as well...wish I were there, but not this year. Take lots of photos! Hope it's flip flops tomorrow. Don't forget to wave...I'll be warching for you! LOL! :)
Ruth

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Very festive! Love the cake, crack and all. :)

beetree said...

How exciting! It seems like you have been there for so many wonderful, historic events! Your cake is so cute, and I'm sure it's super-yummy! I love anything lemon. :) Have fun and can't wait to see pics!
xoxo
PS Seeing the date on the posts makes me miss being across the pond! Did you recently switch, or has it always been like that and I have been very unobservant?! (That's more likely than the first)!

Sarah said...

I just happened to see your post on the sidebar at Letters from the Northwest. So excited to learn of the After Party that you are hosting. I'll be there! I'm having a Jubilee Tea that I expect to post Tuesday so I'll link up to your party on Wednesday. Thanks for hosting and thank your all these wonderful posts that you've created and shared to show us the highlights of the Jubilee. Wonderful!
~Sarah
PS. I have the same cake decorations. A thoughtful friend who lives in the UK sent me a box full of Jubiee surprises.

greenthumb said...

London looks just fantastic at the moment just great.

Colores said...

I would love to be there this weekend!!! Happy Jubilee:-)))

Daily Photo 2012 said...

Definitely looks like a wellie day to me! I'll be down Pimlico way to watch the Floatilla! If you happen to see me - say hi! xx

loveandlilac said...

Count me in for the after party. We're having a street party (sheltering under canvas!) and I have a swollen face after a tooth extraction so I'll be the one looking like Marlon Brando in all the Jubilee photos!

Pom Pom said...

Hi Laura!
It's all so fun! I especially love the shoes and the lemon cake! Thank you so much!

Jenny said...

Love the photos! I picked up those same cake toppers. Can't wait to use them. Just might try that cake recipe. xx

likeschocolate said...

Too bad the cake broke! I am sure it was delish! I loved the store windows at Harrods.

Sandra said...

I enjoyed your pictures. I've been watching all the Diamond Jubilee on the TV the whole afternoon! Such fun! I love how the British have carried on regardless of the weather! Lovely!

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

What a lovely time to be in London.
We had a wonderful long program
honoring the Queen's Jubilee on ABC
with Katie Couric. But wish we
could see all the British shows.

Jane said...

Oh Laura, I've been waiting for these fabulous posts from you, in your inimitable style. Fabulous! I met Prince Philip when he and the Queen were in Hobart for the silver jubilee in 1977 - I can still remember it! J x

Robynne's Nest said...

London looks great Laura, I'm hoping everything is still up next Sunday when Paul and I visit with some friends. We are celebrating in the village at various events...see you at your party on Wednesday! Robx

Zosia said...

I saw all the Union Jacks when I was in London May 17-22nd. Didn't make it to the Liberty store - run out of time :-(. Oh, well, next time.

Happy Homemaker UK said...

There is so much to do and see in London. I hope you loved your trip :)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Yea! It will be great to have you at the linky party on Wednesday. Enjoy the festivities in the meantime :)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Really? Wow! That would be a timely post :)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Katie said one sentence to me at the Royal Wedding last year - I've been a huge fan ever since. She was super sweet.

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Thank you!! The English 'Keep Calm' in any kind of weather thrown at them :)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Ooh, I missed Harrods - I bet they did a wonderful job :)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Did you try it? I love those toppers - it revived my not-so-pretty cake and saved the day. It really was delicious. I think pricking the cake followed by icing oozing down the holes is the secret to keep it moist.

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Thank you :)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

I hope you are feeling better. I'm so glad you will be at the 'After Party' - I'd be sad if I was the only one! Enjoy the street party :)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

A wellie day indeed :) I am going to pop over to see your flotilla pics - sorry to have missed you - I was one of the ones wearing red, white & blue :)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Happy Jubilee to you too :)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Welcome! I'm so glad that I'll see you at the 'After Party'. Sounds like you have a great friend in the UK, lucky girl :)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

I'm a sucker for lemon too (get it?). The date's always been like that, I think :)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Thank you :) My tummy loved it too

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Liberty is AMAZING isn't it? I wonder if it was Anthropolgie's inspiration.

Ha! Did you see me? I was the one wearing red, white, and blue :) Holding an umbrella

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Thank you!! I couldn't resist the splurge

Happy Homemaker UK said...

There were a few boats being towed by the time I saw them (middle of the stretch) - some of the rowers got tired on the 7 mile stretch. Although I don't recall seeing the Maori boat per se, I'm sure they did a wonderful job. I bet they are sore today :)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

I loved the photos of your cake - yum! It will be great to have you here on Wednesday :) Thank you for joining in. So cool your husband was here for the Silver Jubilee!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Wish you could see it in person - it's awesome!

Chujuk said...

I love you photos so much!

and i'm so surprised because I see MY LIS on your Lemon Drizzle Cake photo. (As a cake toppers)
there are two corgis and they are both Lis)
(this: http://www.shutterstock.com/gallery-750169p1.html#id=77557453
and this: http://www.shutterstock.com/gallery-750169p1.html#id=82472668) - It's my account and my photographs)

I'm so exited!
Where can we buy this cake toppers? (Ann will be in London on Wednesday)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Your corgi would feel right at home here!! I hope Ann has a wonderful time when she visits. You can find the cake toppers by Talking Tables here: http://www.talkingtables.co.uk/ranges/british-street-party/961/jubilee-cake-pop-tops-/

Chujuk said...

Thank you, Laura)
Ann will try to find it in local stores in London (because it is out of stock in Talking Tables...)