Saturday, April 30, 2011

Our BEST photo of the day!

We are all suffering from it today....PWD - Post wedding depression!
Wasn't it just beautiful!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Wedding Thursday - Camp London

For several days, the campers in front of Westminster Abbey have been interviewed by the media but this morning we saw the first tents set up along the Mall. The people we spoke to were cheerful and enthusiastically looking forward to the next 24 hours. This cute bunch of ladies were in the same spot for the last wedding, Andrew's. They had just put on their kettle for tea and were already looking forward to their chilled bottles of wine for later. One of them told us that the "bubbly would be arriving in the morning - that is if my grandson wants to remain in my will!"

And when we walked home .... WHAT?
Who is that in my window?
Looks like I have guests!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wedding Wednesday - The Goring Hotel

New security metal detectors everywhere.....This morning Sandra and I walked by The Goring Hotel - where all of the Middletons, including Kate, will be staying - just as the trucks arrived with beautiful new soft pink & white hydrangeas and greenery to spruce up the front entrance. I happen to have some pictures of the inside and the back garden from Anne's Tea this time last year.

On our way home we passed by the neighborhood bakery where you can purchase a miniature wedding cake for £65 and the local wine shop where patriotic "single-serving" size champagne bottles are a steal for £9.95 each!

Let the parties begin!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Wedding Tuesday- Don't rain on her parade!

THIS is what we want to see Friday....clear blue skies and the whole family out on the balcony....

But the BBC weather forecast for the wedding day is an 85% chance of rain showers! So, we live in London, we are used to the rain but according to the wedding planner, changes will have to be made...
Kate will be fine in the 1950 Rolls Royce Phantom VI Limousine on her way to the ceremony but if it is raining when they come out they will return to Buckingham Palace in the same carriage that Diana and 5 other royal brides rode in - the 1930 Glass Coach. Well, darn, it will be much harder for me to see her AND, sit down for this news, the family will not make an appearance on the balcony if it is pouring rain......what about a sprinkle and a Royal brolly?

Monday, April 25, 2011

Wedding Monday.......

Security is beefed up and the media has arrived - GMA was filming by the London Eye and Today was in the new staging complex in front of Buckingham Palace.

And I was being interviewed by Deborah Norville for Inside Edition - watch tonight!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Tea Party this way...

In this Wedding crazed city, where every hotel, shop, restaurant, and pub is preparing for April 29th, you might think Easter has been forgotten....

OK, so the Mad Hatter Tea Party is not exactly Easter but you must admit the bunny topiary with real cotton balls is very cute!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

THE Royal Wedding......countdown!

Early in the morning I have been walking the circle around Buckingham Palace, through the immaculate flower gardens in St. James's Park, by the Horse Guards Parade, and along The Mall, scoping out the exact spot where I want to be for the Royal Wedding festivities and the official Royal Couple Kiss. My plan was to stand by/on this balustrade, with the perfect view over 10,000 heads of THE BALCONY.

Well, while I was gone, this corner has been overtaken by a huge structure of scaffolding including Media viewing rooms and Green Park is full of massive white hospitality tents....all closed off to the public.

Now I've got to come up with Plan "B"...... I'm pretty good with Plan "B"s so stay tuned!

IN case you are interested, (and who isn't???), here is a rundown of the wedding schedule and the route....
Royal Wedding
29 April, 2011
Prince William will marry Catherine Middleton in Westminster Abbey. This is a special public holiday in the UK. The ceremony will be shown live on television. The expected timetable is as follows:
* Catherine's bridesmaids and pages will leave Clarence House at about 10:30am.
* The Queen and Royal Family members will leave Buckingham Palace and make their way to the church.
* Prince William and his supporters (include his brother Prince Harry, who is his best man at the wedding) will leave St. James's Palace.
* Catherine and her father will leave Buckingham Palace and will travel to Westminster Abbey by car (in a Rolls-Royce Phantom VI limousine).
* The royal couple will exchange vows at Westminster Abbey. The Archbishop of Canterbury will marry the couple, the Dean of Westminster will conduct the service, and the Bishop of London will give the address.
* After the wedding service, Prince William and his new bride will take a horse-drawn carriage back from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace (they will be using the 1902 State Landau which carried Diana and Prince Charles following their marriage in 1981). The royal party will follow them. The expected route is Parliament Square, Whitehall, Horse Guards Parade and The Mall. The streets will be full of flag-waving well-wishers.
* Queen Elizabeth II will host a reception for the couple once they have arrived at the palace. The couple's official wedding photos will be taken during this time.
* The couple is expected to appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace where they will kiss for the crowd and cameras at around 1:30 p.m. The Royal Air Force will stage a fly-by.
* Following the reception, the newlyweds will enjoy some time to themselves before attending a private dinner and dance hosted by Prince Charles. The royal couple will spend their first night as man and wife at Buckingham Palace before starting their honeymoon.
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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Steamed Shrimp!

For over 75 years, Joe Patti's has been located on the Pensacola Bay. In the early 1930's Anna and Joe Patti started selling fish from their front porch on Devillier's Street in Pensacola. Captain Joe had a philosophy. He would sell only the highest quality fish at a fair price....I need to interject here that he also did not think he had to pay taxes so he spent a few years in prison, but he is out now and forgiven!
In the early 90's Joe Patti's served all of the restaurants along the Gulf Coast of Florida and Alabama. Today Joe Patti's has expanded to include a gourmet delicatessen, sushi bar, and wine shop. It is an impressive landmark and always busy....we stopped by to pick up some shrimp and noticed that all of the seafood is labeled with where it came from - a clear sign that not all is back to normal with fishing on the Gulf Coast after the oil spill last summer.

Captain Joe says,

"Our Royal Reds, at present, are coming from the tip of South America, the clear cold waters of the Antarctic Ocean. These are the same species as the ones in the Gulf or on the East Coast.

Remember, these shrimp are of a very delicate nature. Boil them. Bring the water to a good boil, drop in the shrimp and in exactly 2 minutes, remove shrimp from water and cool immediately with tap water. They will be perfect. Cooking time is so important. If they are over-cooked, trash them, they will be super mushy. Always remember they are delicate and not a firm species like their in-shore cousins, but have a great flavor. "

Steaming Hot, Hot shrimp, a glass of cold wine, friends and family to watch the sunset....
That's what I'm talking about!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

A Perfect Beach Wedding......

Really, this should be titled "It takes a village" because everyone had to pitch in to have this perfect beach wedding! The MOB, my sister Sandi, arrived with a van full of goodies she had been working on for months...welcome buckets, table decorations, ties, dyed shoes, shawls, bubble guns, cake topper, even the Bride's dress! A few days before the wedding we met with the event coordinator, the caterer, the cake and flower department, in between trips to the airport. One friend was the photographer, special friends hosted a luncheon and arranged the bouquets, the minister was Brooke's Uncle, Haley helped coordinate the actual wedding, others helped decorate for the reception...and I won't mention who cut palm trees around the property because she is probably on the surveillance cameras!

Brooke's Dad showed up to walk her down the aisle and we were all smiles as the sun set over Orange Beach, Alabama. Brooke looked beautiful, Brad was nervous, everyone had a good time at the reception, and Sandi was so proud!