I wasn't sure whether I was going to stay up (3am PST!) to watch Will & Kate's Royal Wedding but the colleagues I work with were so excited about the wedding yesterday at work, I got into the spirit. I just stayed up and watched until about 5:30am...just after the balcony kisses and fly passes. Crazy, I know, but I don't "work" Fridays which made it a little easier.
I remember watching Charles and Diana's wedding when I was in high school and watched Diana's poise and grace as she became such a wonderful ambassador for children around the world. I remember in 1997 being glued to the news, holding my little Adam, as it was uncovered that it was Princess Diana that had been tragically killed.
Neil and I disagree on the whole monarchy thing. It bothers Neil that Canada is still affiliated with the monarchy and I understand the colonization/commonwealth issues, I do. I guess because my mom's family is British that I feel a connection, particularly because of my Scottish grandmother. I remember shopping trips to Marks & Spencer and a very special trip with her to Victoria where we had tea at the Lieutenant Governor's Government House (my grandmother stuffed extra pieces of the lemon loaf I loved so much in her handbag for me!). And then I made my first trip to London when I was in high school and loved the city, the history, the literature, the castles and at that time in my life, the shopping - Selfridges, Harrods, etc.
I read the story about the Chocolate Biscuit Cake in the Vancouver Sun. I thought it was incredibly sweet that Prince William remembered his mom making this cake for him and had such special memories of it that he wanted it served at this wedding. I wonder if there will be any treats that my boys deem that special ;) I just had to make one...it is very very sweet!
I remember having my first Cadbury Flake bar in London (they added pieces to top off ice cream) and yesterday afterschool I decided I would make a visit to Mary's British Home store in Steveston and pick up some British treats for the boys. I have a soft spot for Cadbury milk chocolate ;)
I decided to take most of the cake into my school today and also dropped off some English Breakfast Teas, humbugs and some clotted cream toffees. I found some fun printables HERE to add to the staffroom table.
Here's to love and hope for the future!