Can you believe that it's the first of June already?! This time last year, we were getting very excited about the forthcoming wedding of daughter number 2, which was held on the 11th June. We were rushing around making sure that everything in the garden would be looking lovely on the big day, and sending up lots of prayers for a dry day! Here in England, we don't have too many aspirations about the weather in the summertime. If there is a big event coming up, we just pray for it to at least be DRY - if the sun shines, then that is a bonus. (Oh, and the sun DID shine on the wedding day, so we were blessed indeed).
Talking about 'big events', I guess it doesn't get much bigger than the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations that are due to take place in London this coming weekend. Typically, we have had absolutely glorious weather in England over the past couple of weeks but, guess what, yes, rain is forecast, which will be such a shame, because so many people have street parties arranged throughout the country, and lots of Fetes and Fairs will be held, all in the open air of course.
It will be a particular shame if it rains on Sunday afternoon, when the Thames Jubilee Pageant will be held on the River Thames.
Over 1,000 boats are preparing to muster for what should be an amazing spectacle.
The flotilla will be bolstered with passenger boats carrying flag-waving members of the public placed centre stage (or rather mid-river) in this floating celebration of Her Majesty's 60 year reign. The spectacle will be further enhanced with music barges and boats spouting geysers. Moreover, there will be specially constructed elements such as a floating belfry, its chiming bells answered by those from riverbank churches.
The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant will celebrate Her Majesty's 60 years of service by magnificently bringing the Thames to life; making it joyously full with boats, resounding with clanging bells, tooting horns and sounding whistles; recalling both its royal heritage and its heyday as a working, bustling river.
Another event that will be held on the Monday, is the the star-studded Diamond Jubilee Concert, which will be set against the spectacular backdrop of Buckingham Palace and will feature stars from the last sixty years of music.
So let's hope that the weather forecast is wrong, and that the sun will shine on our country for these very special occasions. I am sure that whilst watching the events on the television, it will make me feel very proud to be British!