No, I didn’t …

watch the coronation etc at all. So, I have not much to say about it and only in hindsight. Women’s hats on these occasions can be amazing or horrific (men should get with the programme and wear hats, especially fascinators).

Instead, I had a very long lunch with a friend I hadn’t seen in person in four years (thank you, covid). Which was wonderful and amazing. I wore Le Labo Ylang 49 because for reasons no perfumista can truly understand it did the equivalent of jumping out of the clutch of bottles to stand in front of me, going me, me. The weather continues to improve here (particularly the temperature) and this lush floral but with green thing worked wonderfully.

This wasn’t a boozy lunch. We did however eat for England.

Some local asparagus in a great vinaigrette with toasted hazelnuts, local scallops, large ribbons of pasta with wild mushrooms, a pizza with more wild mushrooms, rocket and black garlic, and chips/fries.

Then, a bit of shopping (as we were at the farm shop) and finally ice cream (two scoops for me, three for my friend – she’s a runner and it will all fall away by tomorrow).

She came back to see the refurbed house as she had stayed in its previous incarnation and then we took a long long long walk in this verdant countryside.

I dropped her at the toy train station for her trip back into town and walked home.

By the time I reached the house it was early evening and, alas, I’d missed everything.

No dinner – still too stuffed. Made some herbal tea, read my book and rested my poor tired tootsies.

Sunday was in the garden which has gotten its grow on.

Hope yours was a very pleasant weekend. Did you watch the coronation?

Pics Pexels and mine

  • Dina C. says:

    I watched the second half of the coronation. Didn’t bother getting up extra early to catch the beginning. I loved the choral music in W.A since I’m a choir singer too. Enjoyed seeing what people were wearing. And then later in the day, we watched the Kentucky Derby on TV after dinner. I had made salmon, jasmine rice, asparagus and hollandaise sauce, and mojitos. Was going to make mint juleps but then realized we had no bourbon. (I’m not a bourbon, scotch or whiskey drinker.) The horse I picked to win (Two Phil’s) came in second. We pup-sat our granddog this weekend, too, which is always nice.

    • cinnamon says:

      Sounds like a lovely time. And great meal. I don’t think I’ve ever had a mint julep. And pup sitting as the cherry on the sundae 🙂

  • March says:

    I didn’t even know it was Coronation Day until it was happening (still didn’t see any of it) and the only bit I enjoyed reading was how awful the Coronation Quiche recipe is (I read about suggested improvements on various food sites.) Incredibly bland, too wet, soggy bottom. Seems fitting. Sounds like your day was lovely and much better spent!

    • cinnamon says:

      That made me laugh. Here, it was impossible to avoid. And it’s odd that in the country of Bake Off they got the quiche so wrong.

  • Hazel says:

    Yes and it was marvellous and worth every penny.

  • Tom says:

    Didn’t watch- my interest in Chuck was always spotty at best and waned severely during his first marriage. Besides, it was gorgeous out. So I took the car out for its weekly jaunt to “charge the battery” (I don’t really use it much during the week), ran some errands, then came home and chatted with an old friend on the phone, then watched “Annie Hall” on Netflix so the disc can go back. Dinner was in no way as wonderful as your enviable lunch: a leftover burrito and a couple of Trader Joe’ toffee chips.

    And Caron Royal Bain, which did that same “me, me, ME, pick MEEEE!” Thing your Le Labo did.

    • cinnamon says:

      Haven’t seen Annie Hall in ages. However, there’s a sequel to a film with Keeton, Jane Fonda and a couple of others that takes place in Italy I actually want to watch for some reason. Toffee chips? Pray tell!

      • Tom says:

        Oh right “Book Club, The Next Chapter.” Thanks for reminding me; I put the first one in my DVD queue (what ever are we to do when Netflix kills off DVD’s in September?)

        Toffee “chips” are little rectangles of caramel toffee covered in semi-sweet chocolate. Quite yummy and I am sure zero calories.

  • Musette says:

    It was on at the gym…So yes. But mostly for the horses.

    • cinnamon says:

      Apparently one of the horses got spooked. I can’t imagine what it’s like for horses to manage around London or any other big city. It doesn’t seem fair.

  • Portia says:

    Hey Cinnamon,
    No, didn’t watch the coronation. I’ll wait for the next one, where I like the key players.
    That sounds like a feast and a half. ALL the yummy stuff.
    Ylang 49 has a hefty patchouli note on me, dark and earthy. I love it but it’s not very ylang at all.
    Portia x

    • cinnamon says:

      No patchouli on me. Just big white sort of juicy flowers and a touch of resin. I’m really pleased though that our weather has finally decided to turn so I actually reach for it.

  • alityke says:

    I slept through most of it due to having 21st century plague. Both DH & I are more or less better now

    • cinnamon says:

      Did you get the evil covid? Feh. Hope all well now. And by the way, I read your Zara perfume blog. Nice (not the perfume — doesn’t sound like much of a much).

      • alityke says:

        Yep both DH & I have had the plague. Both feeling better but still testing positive. Avoided it for over 3 years. 2 weeks before DH’s op he picked it up on a night out with his friends!
        Op still planned to go ahead thankfully

      • alityke says:

        Oops yes the Zara thing is far too sweet & cake like. At least as a blind buy it was cheap & I could make a little selling it on. Just need to get my selling mojo back. Actually getting any mojo new or otherwise would be wonderful!

  • taxi says:

    No, I did not watch. The extravagances for a new coach, new robes, etc. is shameful and show gross insensitivity to the economic issues most Brits face. Chuck has been eagerly awaiting his Big Chance for decades, so “damn the optics.” Sly deletion of the “consort” designation his mother ok’ed in favor of full-blown “Queen” for his mistress-turned-wife is shady too.

    • cinnamon says:

      Someone commented somewhere that given people are suffering why couldn’t they have paid for it themselves, given they have the money. I’m definitely in that camp.

  • Filomena says:

    I turned on the coronation, but truthfully, I could care less about it.

    • cinnamon says:

      I vaguely remember watching his wedding to Diana and did partially watch Harry and Megan’s do.