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Thursday 21 July 2016

Team Red for the day!

Hello everyone, sorry been off the radar for a while, you see I've been rather pre-occupied with a fabulous event in London that my eldest son was involved in.

Have you heard of the Doggetts Coat and Badge Race?  No well read on........

The Doggett's race is held in the summer on the Thames between London Bridge and Cadogan Pier (Chelsea) up to six young watermen row under the eleven bridges on the 4 mile course, equivalent  to 7,400 metres.  Throughout its 300 year history the race remains relatively unchanged.
Now-a-days modern sculling boats have replaced passenger wherries and are rowed with the tide.

It takes between 25 - 30 minutes to complete the course, however the fastest record is some 23 mins, 22 seconds!

Arriving at Festival Pier, London, South Bank for 10 am departure.  With the help of family and friends we arranged the buffet I'd had been buying and cooking over the past few days - it all looked amazing.  My buffet table looked mouth-watering and inviting, offering a selection of sandwiches, an Indian selection and traditional British snacks such as cocktail sausages, pork pies and scotch eggs.
I also had made some cakes such as cup cakes, rocky road as previously blogged about Here, some chocolate chip muffins.  However I did cheat and buy the millionaires shortbread from my local store!  Couldn't of made that the same it's so tasty.

The year of hard training, special diet, no drinking and sore hands came to the fantastic finale for my son, the atmosphere was electric and very emotional for many of our guests, I can honestly say I had one of the best days I'd had in a long while.

My son's pre-selected colour was red, so we all donned something red to support him,  I chose a red blouse from Florence and Fred sale, with a zip front fastening in gold it was a great contrast with the red.  The sleeves have a lovely frill effect, which is very flattering on the arms, whilst still keeping me cool.  I wore the blouse hanging over my white 3/4 crop jeans - I felt it a great look perfect for a splendid morning and buffet lunch on the river.  I opted to wear my new Dorothy Perkins wide fit, peep toe sandals.  Because they have a cork wedge they were a suitable choice for aboard the boat, and comfy to wear - so much so a little dancing may have occurred during the day *:p

After a short presentation at Fishmongers Hall, we departed for the coach home, oh yes via the pub - be rude not to - happy with the 3rd place gained by my son,  and more determination for next years attempt and another boat party to enjoy!

How are you getting on with your sale shopping - much to report on?  I'd love to hear.

Happy and proud to say today I've been featured on Instagram @midlifestyletips  I'd love it if you could please take a look at my 'midlife style tip' on this Instagram site.

So until next time - thanks for stopping by.  X

Linking up with Clairejustineoxox.

                                                             Jacqui B.



  1. Sounds like an awesome event. What a fun occasion. And your outfit is perfect! I love it.

    1. Oh Susan it was an amazing day, lots of laughs and a few tears too. Going to do it all again next year.. can't wait. Thank you for your lovely comments - will pop over to your blog soon. x

  2. great story. my son also rows for his university so i know all about the training and sacrifice the rowers go through. thanks for adding your post to my Fine-Whatever link up.


    1. You're welcome Rena glad stopped by. It is hard training, and he's made me very proud already.

  3. What a fabulous day. And you must be so proud of your son. Your quite the hostess Jacqui x

    1. It really was a fab day, one of the best I've had in a long while. I'm so very proud of all he's achieved and can't wait till he tries again next year. Thanks Laurie, I did have some help, and all the sandwiches came from Sainsbury's - delicious!

  4. Thank you very much Dawn Lucy, I love wearing white with any colour really. Great weekend thank, hope yours was good too..x


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