Big swims, big sun and a foam party

Back in April, I told you about a charity swim three of my bezzie buddies were doing to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Our gorgeous young friend Lily, who is the recipient of most of my unworn clothes, was diagnosed with Type 1 when she was just 10 years old and along with her parents, Rose and David, one of my oldest mates, Jane, also spent her Saturday morning swimming a whole mile in the Royal Victoria Dock to raise much-needed funds for the charity.

Along with Lily’s little brother Sonny, I was there to cheer them on; and they managed to raise a whopping £1,000 between them. We’re hoping to organise our own little fund raising event over the summer, with a fashionable twist of some description, so watch this space if it’s a charity that you’d like to support.

And as for the rest of the weekend, well, it was sun and fun all the way….

We kicked off the weekend with cricket on the Common – things were going brilliantly until the boys had an over-enthusiastic bout of fielding and El’s front teeth came into contact with his Dad’s elbow (thank gawd his baby teeth are taking an age to fall out – they’re certainly wobbling now)
After a mad dash down to Royal Victoria Dock on Saturday morning, I arrived just in time to catch Jane emerging from the murky Thames after swimming the mile-long course in just 45-minutes – amazing
Not everyone looked this good in a wetsuit I can tell you
Celebrating afterwards, Jane rocks red, white and blue – the British Gas Great Swim was a perfect pre-Jubilee occasion
Alongside the swimming, there was a Comic Con in full swing at the Excel; the sight of the Cos-Players next to the wetsuits was quite something (although I have to say I snapped this young lady’s outfit because it was so beautiful – not the usual Storm Trooper business)
Back down on the start line, the next group of colourfully capped swimmers set off; groups left the start line every half an hour at the very well organised event
Dave gives us a wave as the pale purple caps get acclimatised (Rose assures me the Thames was pleasant – the water temperature went up from 12 degrees on Monday to 17 by Saturday morning)
And they’re off (to the strains of Purple Rain – before the swim the different groups were asked to vote for a starting song that included the colour of their caps – Orange Crush was my fave)
Looking back to the start line with a lovely London backdrop
Sonny and Jane spread the JDRF message as we cheered Rose and David around the course
Rose approaches the finish line
She’s done it – looking fresh as a daisy as she exits the river; I sure was proud of those guys
All that spectating had made me hungry (pfffft) so I whizzed back to Balham to make a new friend in the sun-soaked garden of the Duke of Devonshire; I’m wearing my beloved H! Henry Holland top and new “Tigress” sunnies by Polaroid
We make quite a dashing couple, don’t you think?
I don’t think my weekend would be complete without a mahoosive burger, would it?
This was very tasty, although not served in a Brioche bun as advertised – and, after waiting for over an hour for it to arrive, I had to bolt it down so I could pick up El from drama school on time; this wasn’t conducive to the gastronomic experience
Back at Rose and David’s place we celebrated in the gorgeous garden, which is all geared up for the Diamond Jubilee
I love a garden with funky touches (espesh when they are bright pink)
Jane deserves a giggle after that Big Swim
The boys get ready to show us how much fun you can have with four empty tubs of Pringles
The Olympic spirit is alive and well in Crystal Palace
Sonny flies across the savoury hurdles
I know our Chodka was a big hit, but not sure the accidental combination of pink fizz and pork pie is going to take off in the same way
On to Sunday now, and what better way to close a busy weekend than a foam party?
El contemplates hoovering up with his balloon
Never let it be said that I’m not a “joiner” – my Red Herring jumpsuit was not only nice and cool, it was also practical for limbo duties
I spy a bit of cheating going on there, El (the new Avengers t-shirt by Fabric Flavours is clearly intended as a distraction)
See – we do mix work and pleasure; back in the birthday girl’s garden we snapped this bumble bee for El’s mini beast project – sweeeeeet!

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Written by Johanna Payton