Queen Elizabeth II, Rosemary Verey, and all things British on today’s Weekend Meanderings.
I don’t know about you but I still in shock at the loss of Queen Elizabeth II. Tuesday she was standing in Balmoral greeting the new Prime Minister and her smile lit up the room. Yes, she was 96, and at some point was going pass but it just seemed like she would always be there, because for all of my life, she was.
Queen Elizabeth II was a fairy tale come to life. I can remember standing outside Buckingham palace, at 15 years old, wondering if she was inside looking out the window at the crowds below and I’ve thought the same thing on every trip since then over the last 40 years.
I am going to miss her smile, her wisdom, kindness and humor. Her constant and gentle presence has been a balm in good times and in bad. The matriarch is gone and the there are changes ahead. It is the end of an era.
This morning King Charles III was declared sovereign and vowed to follow his mother’s example of ‘lifelong love and selfless service’
Weekend Meanderings No.
As an Anglophile I thought I would devote todays weekend meanderings to the Queen and all things British.
Queen Elizabeth II
As the UK observes 10 days of mourning there have been and will be televised coverage of events, you can watch them on Youtube on the Royal Family Chanel just in case you miss them because of the time difference. Below I have shared the Service of Thanksgiving and King Charles III first speech.
Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s
King Charles III Addresses the Nation for the Very First Time
Are you a fan of India Hicks? Do you listen to the India Hicks podcast, she recorded it with her mother Lady Pamela during the Covid-19 lockdown.
I have been a fan of hers for years and I absolutely love listening to her interview her mother Lady Pamela Hicks about her life. In this podcast episode, Lady Pamela reminisces about the wedding of Queen Elizabeth to Phillip(Lady Pamelas’ cousin). You can read more about the incredible life of Lady Pamela in her book, Daughter of Empire. She is also hard at work on another book coming out in 2023.
Rosemary Verey and English Gardens
As you may know in addition to our kitchen renovation, we are slowly re-landscaping our yard and my dream is to create an English garden. That however is a pipe dream because instead of lush green lawns I have lawns of pine straw and my house is surrounded by pine trees not yew. Nothing is impossible but it is certainly a challenge, I have opted to add elements of the English gardens I love instead of recreating one.
For inspiration I have been tolling Gardens Illustrated, House & Garden UK and recently discovered Rosemary Verey. Verey was the garden designer of Barnsley House and became popular in the 1980’s when The Englishwoman’s Garden, written and edited by Alvilde Lees-Milne with Verey, was published. King Charles III(yes, the new King) visited in 1986 and his enthuasium for her beautiful garden led to work at his own estate Highgrove and commissions all over including the New York Botanical Garden and the garden of Elton John.
In addition to her garden design Verey lectured and wrote more than a dozen books. Here are a few of my favorites.
Quintessential British Comfort Food
In times of trouble, sadness and cold weather we all can use a little comfort food and a cuppa tea.
“Its roots stretch back to medieval times, but the Cornish pasty is forever associated with the tin miners of Cornwall in the 1700s and 1800s. Traditionally made with skirt steak, the pasties’ pleated seam was used as a disposable handle, and the miners’ initials were sometimes marked in the pastry before baking.” Sainsbury
Cornish paties are easy to make, delicious and a great meal to keep you warm in the cooler months.
In all honesty in times of trouble my comfort food is sweet.
Finds from My Favorite British Catalogs
Tweed, plaid, comfy cosy looks for your wardrobe and your home. A few of my favorite places to shop in Britain while in the comfort of my own home.
If you pop over to these stores notice that there is a tribute to the Queen on each site.
OKA if you are not familiar is a British home furnish store and online catalog filled to the brim with an interesting and collected mix of finds.
The magic of OKA is the mix: hand-picked global treasures, rich textures and patterns, and timeless furniture profiles. It’s ever-changing but unwaveringly British; elegant and easy-going; sophisticated but never stiff.(from OKA)
This shop is right up my alley, I love comfy, cosy, collected rooms with family pieces, vintage finds and more.
Tweed jackets, wellie boots and more with a touch of whimsy.
“Boden isn’t about fast fashion and fads. It never was. It’s about making clothes that put a smile on your face, for a long, long time.”
UNTIL NEXT TIME
That’s it for this weeks post of weekend meanderings. I hope that you enjoyed meandering today and that when you leave here you pop over to see all of the things that Kim and Juliet have discovered this week.
If you missed lasts weeks weekend meanderings post you can find it here.
Have a wonderful and safe weekend.