Historic Gold Cup Winner

What an exciting day.  I have a sore throat from screaming so much.  It was Ladies Day at Ascot so I took my first day of annual leave so far this year and set off with Lara.  I did have a blueberry, banana and Tahini smoothie first to set me up for a day of treat eating and drinking.

Blueberry smoothie 20-6-2013 We managed to arrive at exactly the same time as our friends who travelled down from Warwickshire which was perfect.Car Park 1 I am very lucky to be invited by the same family each year and we have our little traditions which I love.  We head for the same restaurant and enjoy a chilled glass of something.  Still or sparkling?Vera, Caroline and Becky So good to be with our dear friends in such a special place.Lara and BJ Ascot 2013 Helen and AndrewI had a dressed crab salad, with new potatoes and bread.
Dressed crab salad It was lovely to spend a day with my girl too.Me and Lara at Ascot 2013 After lunch we went for a stroll.  Here comes the band.The band Here comes her Majesty and we were at the front 🙂Here comes the Queen 20-6-13 Unfortunately all my pictures of the Royal family passing were blurry.  I only took a small bag and my small camera which just doesn’t do the place justice.  This picture of the carriages on the way back to the castle show how close we were though.Horses and carriage We move around during the day.  For some races we stand at the very front, as we did for the first race of the day.Horses racing We sometimes stand on the grass in the middle of the enclosure and we ended the day at the top of the grandstand.  The Queen spends the day in her box, which is the black and white curved box in the picture below or in the Winners Enclosure where she hands out prizes, or in the case of today, receives them too 🙂The Grandstand We had so much fun.Lara and BJPimms?  Yes please!
Pimms?It was fun getting dressed up and they have tightened the dress code recently which I am in favour of as it makes the day more special.  I love how this dog wore a fascinator too.

dog with hatGoing to Ascot is always special and I feel very lucky to be invited each year.  It is a wonderful day out spent with special friends.  Today was even more exciting than usual.  The main race of the day is the Gold Cup.  Our Queen owns and races many horses and today her horse won.  This is the first time in Ascot’s 207 year history that the reigning Monarch has won the Gold Cup.

What made it even more exciting was that Lara, myself and 2 others in our party had all bet on Estimate to win.  I probably only gamble once a year when I come to Ascot and always with small stakes.  But that does not diminish the excitement of watching the race.  As the horses race along the final straight the crowd goes wild, roaring and cheering.  You can physically feel the roar, like a wave coming over you, as the horses race by.  It was so exciting.

The crowd here are very fond of the Queen who was clearly delighted with her win.  They played her very happy reaction to the win on the big screens so we all cheered and celebrated again.

Congratulations Estimate and well done for making a fantastic day out, truly memorable.

Estimate

 

 

 

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Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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One Response to Historic Gold Cup Winner

  1. laura1952 says:

    This just goes perfect with all the pictures of the Queen and her Royal Family there from your least favourite online rag that a friend of mine sends me daily whenever it has to do with Royalty.

    You look, as does everyone else, absolutely radiant. I am so glad you were there to witness a piece of History. 🙂 The first ever Gold Cup for Royalty in 207 years.

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