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Friday, 16 March 2012

Sixty Years of Marriage



Grandparents' wedding


Last weekend, we went out for a family lunch to celebrate my grandparents' diamond wedding anniversary. That's sixty years: quite a long time, in anyone's book.

To put this in context, here are a few other things that happened in 1952:
  • Queen Elizabeth II was crowned
  • Ann Davison became the first woman to sail singlehanded across the Atlantic
  • Britain finally stopped rationing tea, following the war.
  • The first performance of John Cage's (silent) piece 4'33"
  • The last executions in the Netherlands took place
  • Canada's first TV broadcast
  • The Mousetrap, which holds the record for longest-running play, opened in London

My mum asked me to decorate the anniversary cake, which she'd made. We only arrived there late the night before, and I had to get up at six to do the icing! So it's not my finest hour of sugarcraft, but at least it was enjoyed.

60th anniversary cake

16 comments:

"Cottage By The Sea" said...

Congrats to your grandparents. I don't think I've ever seen a tiner waist than hers on her wedding day. Do they make them that tiny anymore? What a beautiful couple you should be very proud!

Jenny Woolf said...

It's lovely and I bet they were thrilled. Congratulations to them!

Tabor said...

I have been married 42 years and impressed that we have lasted that long...lets hope we have the spirit of your grandparents and make it to at the very least...59.

rosaria said...

What a wonderful occasion! Congratulations to the happy couple and the entire family as well.

Graham Nye said...

"I don't think I've ever seen a tinier waist than hers"

Perhaps the effect of 12 years of food rationing:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rationing_in_the_United_Kingdom

Elisabeth said...

Wonderful sugar craft and what an achievement to have grandparents married for so long.

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

Wow 60! Almost unheard of...really nice to see their life and love

Rachel said...

Congratulations to your grandparents!

lockwoodseasons said...

Congratultions to your grandparents. The cake looks wonderful - even better when made by a granddaughter!

Christine

lockwoodseasons said...

Congratultions to your grandparents. The cake looks wonderful - even better when made by a granddaughter!

Christine

lockwoodseasons said...

Congratultions to your grandparents. The cake looks wonderful - even better when made by a granddaughter!

Christine

lockwoodseasons said...

Congratultions to your grandparents. The cake looks wonderful - even better when made by a granddaughter!

Christine

Fly Girl said...

Congrats to your grandparents, that's such an accomplishment. Your cake looks yummy to me and I never knew they actually rationed tea. How horrible!

Lilian Nattel said...

I love the photo and great cake decorations.

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

A wonderful occasion Rachel, we celebrate 40 next month and I just cannot believe how quickly the years have gone by!

Charlotte said...

Awwww, how sweet! Congrats to your grandparents; I love that photo. Also, your cake decorating looks fabulous!

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