SCF Blog - Monday 11th May
May 12, 2020
Hope you are staying safe and well, I apologise for the lack of recent blog entries (life got in the way) but now I'm here to tell you all about it!
If you haven't seen our recent FB posts, Kathleen, our Support Services Manager, is virtually walking from Ashby De La Zouch to Buckingham Palace, a distance of 110 miles, she is doing this by walking between 3 and 6 miles per day, you can track her progress on FB. What an amazing lady, so far she has raised £725 for our wonderful charity, if you would like to donate to her appeal here's the link
I haven't spoken to you since last Wednesday, hopefully you found something to fill the void! So, last time we were here I told you that we were planning for VE Day, well what a celebration it was! The girls sent their invites out (with very little notice) but our neighbours did us proud! We hung bunting from the house, had a working model of Big Ben on the drive, a red telephone box on the front door and WW2 posters in the windows. S slept with her hair in rags as i tried to explain that GHD's weren't around in the 1940's. The girls wore matching London themed dresses (we couldn't source refugee outfits) and we attempted victory rolls in their hair (S's lasted most of the day, C's ... about 5 mins!)
There were 3 other households, that met up for the celebrations (in our own gardens, at a safe distance of course!) we had our 2 min silence at 11am (which the girls did better at than most of the grown ups). We then scurried off to the kitchen to prepare our tea party, making scones, cakes and sandwiches. We set a table on the front with our best table cloth and my grandma's Royal Albert tea service (pinkies up!!) Our neighbours prepared equally beautiful tea parties and for the first time since we moved in, 6 years ago, we chatted and got to know them. One lady from across the road was telling the girls everything she could remember from the original VE Day in 1945 (the girls have been learning about VE Day and WW2 so they listened intently).
My husband managed to rig up a TV in the garden so after our tea party we were able to broadcast Winston Churchill's original speech. After this we decided to go for a walk around the block to see what (if anything) other people had been up to. Well, my goodness I have never seen anything like it in my lifetime! We walked along the streets and everyone was holding their own little tea party, they were so friendly, we spoke to everyone on the way round, S told me that she felt like the Queen and said 'Mummy this is definitely my best day of the lockdown!'. During our walk about we met a gentleman who told us of his memories of VE Day and again the children listened intently and asked him questions.
We returned home and the tea party was upgraded to a party party (it would have been rude not to) we played cards and board games on the front lawn and had planned a BBQ for the evening but a sudden sharp rain storm forced this to be swapped for pizzas (didn't stop our outdoor party though!). We then managed to Facetime family members and our neighbours (now friends) came out to join us for a sing along to Dame Vera Lynn's We'll Meet Again.
It was such a fantastic day and one that I will never forget, I was so proud of the girls and proud to be British. It really did restore my faith in our communities. I would love to hear about what you did for VE Day, or maybe you have memories of this time 75 years ago, I would REALLY love to hear those.
I'm going to leave it there I still have lots to tell you but that can wait for tomorrow.
Thanks for reading this unusually long blog ... well done you made it to the end!
Speak to you tomorrow.