Last weekend I popped along to the Watercress Line for War on The Line, which coincided with the anniversary of D-Day; to see and sign the 2011 Calendars in which I star! It was a lovely day, very hot and muggy, but such a great event. Friendly people, some fab outfits and plenty of calendar sales! I know that quite a few readers and fans are interested in buying a calendar, so if that's you then please do purchase one on the Watercress Line site, or click the picture below.
Photographers Sean & Agness and I gave our time free of charge, and every penny of the proceeds is going to charity - an even split between Help for Heroes and the Watercress Line itself (which is run by volunteers). It's an honour to support these causes since I have both friends in the armed forces and loved the WL as a small child. I hope anyone who buys one will enjoy seeing my face every day for a full 12 months ;)
I didn't get to see much of the event, which was spread out over all four stations, with music, dancing, displays and more. I did get to watch a Hurricane fly over, which was spectacular. At Ropley, where I was based, there was a tempting cake stand run by some lovely ladies and gents, with all the cakes made to wartime recipes. I sampled the chocolate and beetroot brownies (seen here at the front of the table) and I was very impressed! Everyone who came to have a calendar signed was thoroughly lovely, too.
Wednesday was my birthday, and I spent a perfect morning with my chap before heading off to spend the afternoon with my parents (curse the workload of a bespoke tailor!). So here's a snap of me on a typical relaxed day - not dissimilar to the one a few posts ago. No lipstick, hair simply brushed (although I set it the day before) and repro clothing. Including my smashing new French navy trousers, a present from Shona Heyday! I have received some fabulous presents (so far... I am seeing my best friend tonight and she usually spoils me rotten - slightly embarrassingly so, even!) and I have to show them off. Pictured here are two amazing art deco teacup sets from my chap (both are lovely but the trio is outstanding and in as-new condition), and a promotional shot of the gorgeous Able Grable Lola Burns frock sent to me by Miss Matilda. My folks gave me money, so I will be treating myself to some nice new things; however my mum also bought me some tickets for us to go and see my favourite musical ever - 42nd Street. I think I last saw it on stage when I was about 10, so I am extremely excited! So my presents this year have been a real example of quality over quantity, I'm sure you'll agree!
I leave you with a final picture from the War on the Line, me posing with the always darling Viv the Spiv. Now if this isn't an advert for what good posture does for one (or rather what bad posture does), then I don't know what is! Any girl can look slim yet fabulously curvy and pin-up perfect if she poses right, shoulder back, arm bent, tummy in and bust proud. However here I manage to look flat-chested and utterly shapeless! I still love the shot though - Viv is such a character!
It's my party this weekend, so I shall report back with more photos after I have recovered. ;) Have a good one chapettes and chaps!