a virtual coffee & a good old fashioned street parade...

it is a gorgeous day here in the english countryside...
the kinda day that gets you *up & into* it all first thing in the morning...
the stock for a chorizo stew is smelling fab on the stove...
the washing is out flapping in the sunshine...
the kids are at school in hats & sunscreen {at last!}...
i've had a lovely morning taking & sorting sewing orders for the coming weeks...
perfect for me...
have i mentioned how simple my life abroad is some days...

so  today...for our virtual coffee catch-up...i'm popping you here...
facing the sun...
you get your face *in it*...
i'll keep an eye on the stock & pour us drinks...
i have a english tale of floats & a village *club day* that will make you want to hang out & enjoy some good old fashioned entertainment...british style...

the kiddos love this day...
once a year our village is closed to cars & we go as far as our front sidewalk to watch the parade go by...
i make a pile of banana muffins & mucho pots of tea...
& friends wander past & have one with us as they make their way through the village...

kids come & go...
parents drop by...
& all the while these brilliant moments of english life- past & present go by our front door...
err...yeah...how cool is that...past our front door...

horse drawn carriages
rose queens
vintage vans
marching bands
giant puppets

it's village life at it's loveliest...
everyone is out...
the fair parade is loud & long...
did i mention it goes past our front door...
you gotta love entertainment that you don't have to do a thing to see...

so...if we were really catching up today...
sitting here on chippy french chairs...
having our pot of tea in the sunshine...
talking about life in an english village...
for three aussie kids & us big kids...
i think we'd both smile...
you never know where life will take you...
but an english countryside village parade, for this beach reared australian family is a pretty great place...

happy tuesday
thanks for the catch-up
short but very sweet as always
i have sewing to do
chorizo to chop
sunshine to get my face *in*


thanks *amy* for the chinwag inspiration as usual
there's more chatting over {here}


  1. I am just loving all of those buildings in the background. Love the character, so gorgeous compared to what we have around my suburb! What a delightful day out for you and your cherubs. N x

  2. Seriously,
    swooning here,
    my friend! I
    can't believe
    THAT went by your
    front door!! Oh,
    and may I say I've
    been on the hunt
    for those very
    chairs and they
    are STILL eluding
    me?? But, I'm a
    patient gal and
    know they are just
    waiting for me,
    somewhere : ) Loved
    our coffee this
    morning and how
    lucky I was to start
    my day with a parade!!
    Big hugs flying your
    xx Suzanne

  3. Lovely...so fabulous. I cant even believe it is all real! Just beautiful! Thanks for the coffee stop this morning. Enjoy your beautiful day!
    I really must come to visit you!

  4. Sounds awesome-- a village parade that goes right by your house! Great photos-- thanks for sharing! Hope your stew turned out great!

  5. I got my whole body in it on Sunday....the sun was beautiful...however short but sweet! Robx
    p.s. loving those french chairs

  6. A parade! What a great way to start the day! Thanks!
    (oh, and thanks for coffee)

  7. I stopped by from Virtual Coffee...and fell seriously in LOVE! I am now a follower!! :)

  8. I am so happy you found my blog, so I could find yours!!;) I am your newest follower!! Hugs,Rachel

    French Farmhouse 425

  9. a village parade? how cool. the quaintness of the carriage, the buildings, the faces. precious.

  10. Hi lovely melissa, havent been around for a while as our internet was down due to upgrades or something... such a joy to come back to blogland and your gorgeous post first up!! Love it! love the carriages and the pretty rose princesses! Glad you are still enjoying the good old english lifestyle! And the sun!! how jealous i am of you right now amidst our storms and heavy rainfalls!!! euch! Lots of love and hugs to you! Laura xx

  11. Wow thats what I called a proper parade and how lucky it came past your lovely home. Love what you did with your chairs x

  12. Oh wow! You are really really lucky .... sunshine and a parade! Stunning puppet theatre! You know Morris dancers always make me smile.... there's something about grown men dancing in those costumes with no inhibitions that is so wonderful! Your photos are amazing, so dreamy and capture the gorgeusness of it all! thanks for sharing the experience with us!
    (You picked the most wonderful spot to live... it doesn't get much better than parades past the front door!) x

  13. oh, wow melissa! how lovely is your little life in the english countryside? how cool that the parade went right by your door...i love those carriages and marching band and those hats the men were wearing...all of it, so cool! what a great way to spend the day with friends, neighbors and family.
    thanks so much for coffee/tea this morning...it is always a pleasure!

    i am looking fr someone to host VC next week...would you be interested? : ) we will be out of town for a long weekend over the fourth!

  14. Wow, that looks fabulous. How wonderful. I loved the 'tea and chat' today! Enjoy the rest of the week. Emma.

  15. how did you manage to have the one sunny day??
    i love the photos - we brits do do i nice do - if the weather's kind :)

  16. Wow this looks like great fun, I am so jealous, we never get anything like that where we live. & to be able to have front row seats, for free, what a result xxx

  17. How lovely to have all this saunter past your front door... and I love banana muffins!

  18. i am in LOVE with your blog. how cute are you!! can't wait to read more. new follower :)

  19. looks like such a fun weekend!

  20. I love puttin' my face right in the sun...soaking it up, letting it warm me all the way to my heart.

    The parade looks fabulous! Nice that it's right out your front door, except of course for the souveniors the horses may leave behind.

    Have a fabulous weekend.

  21. How utterly fabulous, Miss Melissa. No wonder you are relishing life in Old Blighty so much. Priceless. J x

  22. oh my! So, so, so, so fabulous! Beats the pants off our tacky red,white and blue neighborhood parade coming up tomorrow.

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