We had a homeschoolers' get-together today. For the sake of having a theme, we celebrated our Queen's birthday. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was 85 today.
Sadly, because of the preparations for next week's wedding, she wasn't able to join us for our party.
It means she missed out on this.
The table before anyone arrived. Flags, bunting and a Queen Elizabeth timeline.
She also missed out on the Pioneer Woman's Chocolate Sheet cake with cream cheese frosting and Smarties.
I bet she's never had the privilege of the PW's Chocolate cake with Smarties on top. I know if she had, she would have foregone the preparations and joined us.
Oh well, one can't have it all, can one?
Part of the timeline, showing her birth and the day she became heir to the throne. Her father wasn't 'supposed' to be king. However, his brother, King Edward VII abdicated, leaving George to become king, and the young Princess Elizabeth became heir to the throne.
Throughout the decades she has been Queen, nobody can question her commitment to duty, her loyalty to our country, and her dignity in all the circumstances - many of them hugely unexpected, desperately sad and terribly difficult - life has thrown at her.
The day was so lovely, we jumped ship and headed down to the beach. Today it was baseball/rounders. The rules were made-up-as-we-went-along, although our kids seemed sure their way was the way.
Again, we had the beach to ourselves.
Mind you, although it was gorgeously sunny, it wasn't warm. Only about 10C (around 50F).
This was the beach when we left it.
And the dunes, where the kids spent part of the time.
And now a photo of tonight's sunset from my back door. Time for a long bath and a good book.