Royal Ascot 2014

What a fabulous day we all had at Ascot.  This is one of my favourite days of the year and although I had to cut my day short, I did enjoy every minute I was there.

I didn’t have the pleasure of my glamorous daughter’s company this year as she was working at Ascot so I waved her off first thing and then made myself some breakfast.Lara off to Ascot I thought a smoothie would be a good start and made one with natural yogurt, peanut butter, blackberries, blueberries, spinach and some coconut milk.smoothie ings 19-6-14 Very tasty.smoothie 19-6-14 I was given a parking space this year which was a treat but I don’t think my little red car quite fitted in with all the big cars!  Lots of people have a grand picnic out of the back of their car but we were eating inside.Up at Ascot We were in the Royal Enclosure which has a very strict dress code.  All the ladies have to wear a hat or a substantial fascinator – ALL the ladies 🙂Dog with fascinatorHaving arrived I could breathe deep, reeeeeelax and enjoy the day.

Inside RE

I arrived later than my friends who were already in the Seafood restaurant we eat in each year.

Caviar and Seafood bar

Crab salad with white wine and then champagne for me.Crab salad at AscotMy gorgeous girl friends, Helen and Becky.
Helen and Becky Plus a couple of likely lads whose presence we decided to grace 🙂  Ahem, hats gentlemen please!A and BJ at lunch After lunch we headed off to the spot near the tunnel we favour to watch her Majesty arrive.Waiting for the Queen Here she comes – you can see her blue hat on the right.Queen's horses 2 She was riding in her carriage with her husband PhilipHere comes the Queen 19-6-14son Prince Andrew and grandson, Prince Harry.  My pictures are a bit fuzzy so apologies for that but you get the general idea of how lovely it is to be able to stand so close to our royal family.
Andrew, Harry, Queen and Phillip In the next carriage was princess Anne with Princess Eugenie, Anne’s husband and her son Peter.Anne, hubby, Mark Phillips and Eugenie Rory Bremnar !  What was he doing there?Rory Bremnar! Queen's horses 1 All the Queen’s horses and all the Queen’s men.  What a spectacle it was.Queen's carriages taking the horses back Having enjoyed the royal family arriving in their carriages it was time to watch the races.Z, B and H Some won more than others.A and BJLadies Day is such a popular event and it is so much fun.  Everyone gets dressed up and makes the most of the day so there is a fantastic atmosphere.  The public stands get very crowded.
Granstand at Ascot One can not help but gawp at all the fashion and all the people milling around.The Royal Enclosure Having arrived, the Queen and her family watch the racing from the Royal Box.Royal Box, Ascot She was easy to spot today in her bright blue.The Queen in her box It is so exciting watching the racing live.  We usually manage to find a spot at the front and you can hear and feel the roar of the crowd as the horses approach the finishing line which I get such a buzz from, whether I have won or lost or not even bet.the races Royal Ascot 2014 Between the races you can wander round and see the horses up close.  What magnificent creatures these animals are.  He’s enjoying himself.horse drinkingSuitably smart stables are provided.

horses at AscotI was sad to leave early today but I had an important event to attend.  I did break my journey to grab a sandwich, drink and ice cream (oops).
supper 19-6-14 I went to the little fella’s school to enjoy the opening night of ‘Honk!’ which is based on the story of the Ugly Duckling.  It was very comical, with excellent singing and acting.  My little cherub was a froglet and he did me proud.  Very proud.Harvey the froglet

So after that amazing day, it will be hard to come up with something that could match it for fun and enjoyment.  Luckily, I believe I have just the thing lined up for tomorrow and the weekend.  I do LOVE this time of year.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in a small village in the beautiful Weald of Kent with my husband and 2 children. 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 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. After all, I live in the 'Garden of England' so it seems silly to not take advantage of that. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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8 Responses to Royal Ascot 2014

  1. suzjones says:

    It looks like an absolutely amazing day. I thoroughly enjoyed your photos and commentary. 🙂

  2. Frances says:

    Great post. We, in Canada, love to see the photos of the royal family!

  3. lucy says:

    Brilliant – love the Honk pic, he looks as if he’s in character x

  4. laura1952 says:

    I love it. Thanks for sharing such a fun time.

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