Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Flower Arranging at Basildon Park



The beautiful National Trust property Basildon Park, nestled in the heart of the West Berkshire countryside, is a lovely place to visit. As well as touring the house, gardens and grounds, there are also special events and classes there. Today there was a class in floral arranging. I’m not too bad at home flower arranging, but I’m not really very adventurous and I tend to stick to the same ideas all the time so I thought I would go along to get some professional help and ideas.

Neil, one of the House Stewards, showed us how to make both a simple hand tied arrangement and a continental style table arrangement. His examples were beautiful.



And thanks to his great instructions, mine turned out pretty well too!

I thoroughly enjoyed my morning at Basildon Park and I came home with my own flower arrangement as well.

Neil gave us some great tips for arranging flowers at home which I thought I would share here:-

1.  To prolong flower life, cut stems on the diagonal and soak flower stems in clean buckets of cool water for 24 hours before arranging. Be sure to always cut carnations between the nobbly bits on their stems.

2.  To refresh droopy roses, do not put them in boiling water or put aspirin in the water as this can damage the flowers. Instead, roll them almost entirely in newspaper and place them up to their necks in cool water. This will refresh all but the droopiest of blooms.

3.  Not only are carnations and chrysanthemums among the most reasonable flowers to buy, they also last the longest. 

4.  To wrap hand tied bouquets, place a square of cellophane or wrapping paper in a diamond shape on a table and place the bouquet in the middle of the top point. Fold the bottom of the wrapper up so that it meets the top in a triangle shape and then scrunch the other sides round it.  Hold this together while repeating with another piece of paper so that you end up with eight points of paper wrapping the arrangement. Tie with some pretty ribbon.


Monday, July 26, 2010

Meatless Monday



Having not been in my kitchen properly for over two weeks, I am struggling for a Meatless Monday post. However I follow BBC Good Food Magazine on Twitter and they posted a really helpful link today that I’d like to share with you.  BBC Good Food are one of the UK’s leading food and drink magazines and a great source of inspiration for beginning cooks, those who are really experienced in the kitchen and anyone in between.

Even if you don’t live in the UK, you can go to the Good Food website and browse their huge selection of recipes, or search for recipes with ingredients you have on hand. And if you like, you can even register for free and create a virtual binder so you can save any of their recipes you want to try later. 

So if you are looking for a virtual treasure trove of Meatless Monday recipes, do click here to go to the BBC Good Food Meatless Monday link. 

Happy Meatless Monday everyone!

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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Time Flies

We arrived back home from our holiday yesterday and although I still have stories to share from it, I’m right back into the usual domestic chores that follow a holiday - especially washing and ironing. There is a bit more pressure than usual this time because my son is heading off again tomorrow to a ten day JACT course at Wells Cathedral in Somerset.  JACT stands for Joint Association of Classical Teachers and he is going to be taking a Latin course which will support and enhance his Ancient History studies. After that he is home for three days, and then he is heading off to a week long theatre summer school in London’s West End. In short, he will be away for much of the rest of the summer.

Suddenly my ”little boy” is becoming very grown up indeed.

The first week in July we attended the first of many University Open Days, this one at Lampeter University in Wales.



Isn’t it beautiful? It is the oldest university in England and Wales next to Oxford and Cambridge, the atmosphere is friendly and encouraging the tutors are all incredibly enthusiastic. We both think it is wonderful. My only problem with it is that it is a very, very long way from where we live. He may end up elsewhere, but this is definitely his first choice.

The heart of the matter is that this time next year I might not be getting my son’s things ready for a couple of summer courses, I might be helping him get ready to leave home for university - and it shakes me to the core.

Last week a dear friend told me that her son, one of my son’s best friends, has left home and moved into a house share. He has been out working for a while, but he is only six months older than my son, and although I know it is right and proper, that shook me too. It seems only yesterday they were little boys playing together.

Where did the time go? I’ve never been one of those moms who mourned my baby’s progress from one stage to the next -  I’ve always rejoiced at his progress and encouraged his independence. I was one of the only moms not in tears on the first day of kindergarten - I was so proud watching him walk in there all by himself ready to take on the world.  It has always been one of my dearest wishes that he be independent and confident. Plus I owe it to my Mom, who always encouraged me to go out and do the things I wanted to, even when it meant me moving over 3,000 miles away from home.

But wow, the time has gone so fast!  My son towers above both my husband and I now (and my husband is well over six feet tall himself) and suddenly it is apparent by his conduct that he is much more man than boy. I will not mourn this - it is everything I have worked for as a mom, to raise my son to be a grounded, centred young man who can go out and make a life for himself.

But gee whiz it went by awful quick.




Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Stigma of Being a Housewife


Katrin Bennhold has written a very interesting article for the New York Times in which she details how, when the Swedish journalist Peter Letmark tried to track down a housewife for his article on 21st century parenting, he was completely unable to. The reason? There are virtually no housewives left in Sweden and the few there are “don’t dare go public with it”. (Please click here to read the entire article.)

Ms Bennhold reports that “across the developed world, women who stay at home are seen as old fashioned and an economic burden to society” and if the family can afford to live on the husband’s income alone, they are seen as “lazy”.

I did not find this surprising as many of the comments you read in the press or hear in conversation often echo these sentiments, however off base they may be. It is a very worrying trend and it seems to be picking up steam, particularly in Europe where housewives are often discriminated against economically, in terms of taxation and even when it comes to nursery or daycare places for their children. Some women even report being “sneered at” for their choice to be a housewife and/or stay at home mom.

What is the world coming to? As Ms Bennhold writes, “When it is no longer socially acceptable to be a housewife...has feminism overshot its objective?” 

Yes, back in the 1950’s when a woman had very little choice but to become a housewife, and was looked down on if she did not, we needed to fight for the right to choose what we wanted to do with our lives. For far too long, women had been expected to conform to social norms that were completely outdated and indeed unacceptable. But feminism was supposed to be about freedom for women, not enslavement to another social norm.

Freedom means being able to choose what you do with your own life without fear of being stigmatised or ostracised, provided your choices do not fall outside the law. So why are the women who do choose to be housewives and stay at home moms being looked down on by the very women who fought to give women choices in the first place? It boggles the mind. 

In my article The Great Debate, written just after I began this website back in 2002, I wrote, “It is bad enough that women are attacked by society for their choices, but the fact that we women attack our fellow women is inexcusable. There is no conclusive proof that children of working women are less happy, healthy or successful than those raised by a stay at home mom.  Equally, there is no reason a stay at home mom should be made to feel inadequate for giving up her career. We do not all have to be the same or do the same things.”

Ms Bennhold’s conclusions seem to be much the same, and she goes so far as to quote Hélène Périvier, an economist at the Institut d’Études Politiques in Paris who said that “if ever there was a time to include unpaid housework and care work in gross domestic product figures, it is now” and furthermore states that we should “finally and formally recognise the contribution that housewives make to the economy.”

But most importantly it is about choice. The brave women who fought for women’s rights and worked to change the world cannot have intended things to work out like this, with society slowly evolving to ostracise and ridicule those women who believe that the choice to create a home and raise their children full time is right for them. It is high time for society to remember that discrimination of any kind is wrong at its very root, and to discriminate against a woman for wanting to be a full time housewife and/or stay at home mom is as bad as any other kind of discrimination based on race, creed, colour or socio-economic group. 

Every women should have the fundamental right to choose whatever they want to do with their lives, to achieve their dreams and become the very best people they can be. No one has the right to tell them how they should do that, what form their lives should take, or limit their choices to the corporate world. If that happens, it makes things just as bad as they were back in the 1950’s when women didn’t really have a choice at all - and surely after we have come this far, no one can want things to go back to the way they were then.





Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Make Way For Ducklings


One of the first stories I remember being read to me just after I started school was ‘Make Way For Ducklings’ by Robert McCloskey. Although it had been written over twenty-five years before that, the story of Mr and Mrs Mallard and their eight ducklings captured my imagination. I’m not the only one. The book has never been out of print since its publication, and it is the official book of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Set in the Boston Public Gardens, Make Way For Ducklings tells the story of Mr and Mrs Mallard, who are looking for a place to settle with their young family. A rather hazardous and eventful journey (with some assistance from a kind policeman named Michael) eventually leads Mrs Mallard and her babies to the Boston Public Gardens where her husband,who has been looking for a home elsewhere, then joins them. A statue of Mrs Mallard and her eight offspring stands in those very gardens today and people from all over the world come to visit it.


The little girl inside me was thrilled to find the bronze statues of Mrs Mallard, Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack and Quack in the Boston Public Gardens this week. In fact I have wandered back twice since to see it again. It is such a happy place. It is almost impossible to photograph the sculpture without children playing on it, and I am certain that is just how both the sculptor Nancy Schon, and indeed Robert McCloskey, would want it to be.

After I had visited the sculpture again this afternoon on my way back from the State House, I was walking through the Public Gardens when suddenly out of nowhere, a mother duck and her babies appeared. She actually changed direction to walk over towards me and came up so close to me I was absolutely amazed. (I didn’t have any bread or anything!) 

Okay, there were only three ducklings, and I know that Mrs Mallard and her family were just creatures of Robert McCloskey’s imagination, but as someone who believes that God is in the detail and that there is magic in everything, well, I was pretty thrilled all the same!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Exploring Boston


There is definitely plenty to do here in Boston, and since we arrived on Thursday we have been exploring this wonderful city. We discovered a fantastic Farmer’s Market in Copley Square on Friday, which had some of the most amazing produce - including beautiful heirloom varieties of tomatoes, carrots and beets.



We also took a Duck Tour, and were lucky to be one of the groups in an actual (not a replica) World War II amphibious landing vehicle complete with veteran’s signatures on the ceiling. It was wonderful having the opportunity to travel in something that had actually been used to supply and support Allied troops, and quite exciting when the “truck” changed into a boat at the water’s edge. As the Charles River is not terribly busy, the con’duck’tor allowed some of the young folks to drive the vehicle in the water - it was lovely watching their excitement as they had the chance to do this (the younger ones were very heavily supervised of course!).  Our ‘duck’ was green and called Charlie River but it’s hard to photograph the duck you are actually on, so here are photos of two that are similar both on land and in the water.




With a tongue in cheek conductor and a great group of folks on board, it was a seriously fun tour. I highly recommend it, but watch the lines when you are queueing up as sometimes they oversell the tours and if you end up at the back of the line, you have to wait for the next one - sometimes over half an hour later. We just managed to get on our scheduled tour despite having arrived over 25 minutes before we were supposed to get on board due a really haphazard and unclear lining up/waiting area. The couple behind us and their three children had to wait for the next tour, despite having arrived only minutes after we did. People who I know arrived after they did got on. 

Boston is a great city for walking in as well, and we are staying at the lovely Copley Square Hotel which is very centrally located and perfect for sightseeing. We are having a wonderful time, and I’m looking forward to exploring even more of this beautiful and historic corner of New England over the next couple of days.






The 21st Century Housewife has not been paid for this post.

Friday, July 16, 2010

A Beautiful Belle Epoque Hotel, A Very Cool Museum and A Trip Back in Time


Time constraints mean it is hard to keep this site updated as well as my main one while I am travelling so to view this blog entry on my main site, please click here.

If you have not already seen this week's new Recipe of the Week for an easy and delicious Madeira Gravy, please click here.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Art- But Not As I've Known It


We arrived in New York Monday at the start of a two week family holiday. So far it has been rather eventful, with my husband still having to take business calls quite regularly, and the air conditioning in our lovely suite in the Waldorf Astoria springing a copious leak and forcing us to move to another room. Although I am less than happy about the business call side of things, the fact that we have been moved to the 34th floor of the Waldorf Towers has made me very happy indeed. Our suite is even nicer than the one we had on the sixth floor, and the view is unbelievable.  I’ll post some photos tomorrow.

I’ve always wanted to visit the Guggenheim Museum to see the building itself, but I have hesitated as it features modern art. Aside from the relatively early moderns like the Impressionists, which I love, I always found this genre of art very hard to understand. We finally went along yesterday, and it was quite an experience. Unfortunately I did not get any photographs of the outside of the building as it was pouring with the kind of rain that soaks you right to the skin, but my son took a couple inside.



Sadly the beautiful domed ceiling is covered in to protect the current art installation, as are most of the windows overlooking Central Park, but it is still an amazing building.  Having, as I confessed earlier, always been perplexed by modern art, we decided to take advantage of the free tours offered - one at 11am and one at 1pm daily. It was an excellent decision.


Honestly, had we gone through on our own, this is the sort of museum I would have rushed through. As someone who was brought up to see art as something that answered questions and portrays a defined message, looking at art that asks questions of the observer makes me feel very ill at ease. Some of the images were disturbing, and it is not really the sort of place I would take little kids, although there were plenty of them around and they seemed to be having quite a lot of fun.

The tour, however, made our visit. Although I can’t say I like most modern art any more than I did before, I learned from our guide that seeking answers from this genre of art is not only futile, it isn’t the point. The idea of modern art is to more about the reactions it generates in you, and the questions it raises. It was an epiphany for me, and I finally understood how words pasted on to the walls of a building could be art, and the fact that I found it all a bit odd was not only totally okay, it was probably what the artist wanted anyway.

It also seems I am not the only visitor who goes along to the Guggenheim because he or she is interested in the building. The guide talked a lot about it, and said that as many as eighty percent of their visitors go along knowing very little of the installations they are exhibiting. Frank Lloyd Wright, who designed this iconic building, was not a fan of modern art either. The staff don’t mind why you are visiting or what you want to see, they are very happy to give you a warm welcome regardless.

To be honest, if you are travelling with young children, I’d advise you to enjoy the beautiful outside of the building and walk around in the entrance and foyer. However if your children are older or you are a real fan of modern art, then this is also definitely the place to go. Either way, if you are visiting New York, you really don’t want to miss it.




Monday, July 12, 2010

The Henley Festival


For over 25 years, the Henley Festival has been one of England’s most unique festival experiences, bringing together visual art and dance, leading performers from all genres of music and some of the world’s finest cuisine for five days every July on the beautiful banks of the Thames. Following directly on after the iconic Henley Regatta each year, the Henley Festival is hugely popular both with locals and visitors alike, so on Saturday night we got together with some friends and headed off to join in the festivities. (That’s my husband and I on the left.)

One of the things I love about the Henley Festival is its combination of elegance and revelry. It is a black tie event, so everyone dresses to the nines, gents in dinner jackets joining ladies wearing beautiful dresses. There is something for everyone and tickets for the headline performances on the floating stage range from the very expensive ‘best seats in the house’ to much more affordable standing room only lawn tickets directly in front of the stage. It’s a very relaxed atmosphere, with chaps in bow ties dancing alongside ladies in their finest frocks, Jimmy Choos and Louboutins in hand as they dance barefoot on the banks of the Thames.

In terms of dining options, you can bring your own picnic to eat in by your car before the festival opens, dine in one of the restaurants (ranging from the mid-priced Terrace Restaurant to the more expensive La Scala or Albert Roux’s Roux at the Riverside) or you can pick up a snack at one of the kiosks scattered throughout the festival. There are even mini pubs - Heston Blumenthal’s The Hinds Head at Bray had an outdoor location at this year’s festival. We ate in The Terrace Restaurant again this year. It is lovely dining by the Thames, watching the beautiful boats cruising by, slowing down as they approach the festival, and mooring up alongside if they can find a space to do so!




Performance artists wander amongst the revellers, interacting with the crowds and keeping everyone smiling. Up and coming artists are showcased at the exhibits in many of the marquees and there are sculptures and art everywhere. The Henley Festival is a great opportunity for young artists and performers. As well as the floating stage, there are other performance venues offering everything from classical to contemporary music, comedy and this year there was even a burlesque artist! The main performance on the floating stage the night we attended was Symphonic Queen featuring performers from the West End show ‘We Will Rock You’. Other performers this year included Will Young, Ronan Keating and Nigel Kennedy.



Festivities and performances carry on late into the night, but after the main performances end around ten o’clock, there is a fantastic fireworks display - the night sky above the Thames alive with colour.

After that, you can wander along to one of the other fringe performances, peruse the galleries some more, or simply have a glass of champagne and listen to some jazz.  We went along to a comedy performance and finished off the evening dancing to a 1940’s style orchestra. It’s a lovely way to spend an evening.




Next year’s Henley Festival will be in July 2011 following the Henley Regatta. For more details as they become available, please click here




Sunday, July 11, 2010

Pride and Prejudice at Basildon Hall



Basildon Hall, a beautiful National Trust property in West Berkshire, was the setting for an outdoor production of Pride and Prejudice by the Illyria theatre company Friday night. 

Members of the audience are encouraged to bring picnics, and the sound of champagne corks popping greeted us as we arrived. Picnics are a huge part of the British summer, and open air productions of plays and concerts are very popular here - despite our often rainy weather!  Friday night was beautiful however, warm and clear, perfect for a bit of al fresco theatre. The stage backed on to the beautiful Basildon Hall, which is no stranger to Pride and Prejudice, having itself starred as Netherfield in the 2005 film adaptation of the play. It was the perfect setting, and it was lovely sitting in the grounds with our friends, nibbling on our picnic treats and sipping champagne as we watched the story unfold.

We were so impressed by Illyria’s production. There were actually only five cast members, and yet they managed to play all the characters very effectively. There was perhaps a bit more humour in this production than Jane Austen originally intended, but it was definitely to the benefit of the audience. We all had a wonderful time, and I was almost sorry when Elizabeth and Mr Darcy finally wed - although I do love a happy ending! 

Illyria are performing in many UK locations this summer, and in addition to Pride and Prejudice, are also performing Roald Dahl’s James and The Giant Peach and Shakespeare’s classic, Romeo and Juliet. For more information on Basildon Park including opening times, please click here. 





Friday, July 09, 2010

Catching Up


I've posted two blog entries on my main site which have not made it up here as it has been such a busy week! We've got a really busy weekend coming up as well, and I'm flying out to New York on Monday, so please do click on the links below to go to my main site if you would like to read them.  I've also posted a new Recipe of the Week, which you can see by clicking here.

Here are the links to my latest blog entries from The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

Shakespeare at The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

and

Small is Beautiful at The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

Have a great weekend everyone!!

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show









Last night my husband and I attended a special preview of The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, which runs from today until Sunday 11th July. Set in the grounds of the beautiful Hampton Court Palace, most famously home to Henry VIII, this annual show is one of the biggest flower shows in the world. It was a privilege to attend before the show opens to the public, and there were so many wonderful things to see, from the larger show gardens to the gem like “small gardens”, Shakespeare’s Comedy Gardens and huge flower pavilions. Some of the UK’s best garden and floral designers are showcased here, alongside a great deal of international talent as well. Over the next few days I’m planning to share some of my favourite things from the show with you.
There were a number of really wonderful large show gardens with very different themes.  More traditional concepts were juxtaposed alongside some very innovative ideas. The Best Show Garden award was won by the Reflections of Thailand Garden but my favourite was the silver medal winning Combat Stress Therapeutic Garden designed to be used by ex-Service personnel undergoing treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome at a treatment facility known as Combat Stress.  



I spoke with one of the ladies involved in designing the garden and she was explaining that it will be installed at Combat Stress’s headquarters in order to help promote healing amongst those traumatised by the horrors of combat. The garden has clear lines of site all round the garden to help avoid fears of ambush, benches and seating areas backing on to solid walls for security and no places where any explosive devices could be hidden.  The service men who visited yesterday before the show opened were captivated by this garden’s great sense of peace and safety. Care and attention was paid to the selection of plants, all in peaceful hues with an emphasis on blues and purples and many of the flowers are lightly scented providing aromatherapy as well as visual therapy.  The grass is even covered with a very fine, practically invisible mesh to allow use by wheelchair bound visitors all year round.  
However aside from the visible meaning and care put into this garden, it is quite simply gorgeous, and would have been my own personal choice for best in show.  
It wasn’t all serious themes though - check out this Legoland Pirates Landing Garden!  What a great garden for kids!




It was a silver medal winner too.  Watch this space over the next few days for more of my favourite things from the wonderful Hampton Court Palace Flower Show!  

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Christmas in July

First of all, a very Happy 4th of July to all my American readers.  I hope you are having a wonderful day!  
Now, I know Christmas is probably the last thing on your mind. After all it is the middle of summer! However I have a really good tip to share with you that could save you money later in the year and give you a big head start on your Christmas decoration, and it doesn’t involve doing anything even remotely unseasonal right now.
Last year in December I paid rather a lot for a tiny little conifer in a pretty silver pot which I then decorated and placed in one of our windows.  It looked really cute, even though it did bear a striking resemblance to Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree!  


When Christmas was over and I took the decorations off, I noticed it was actually looking healthier than when I bought it.  So I took a chance and put it out in our garden, very near to the house.  I kept it watered and brought it in on very cold nights, but mostly it thrived on neglect.  Amazingly, it’s looking pretty good now, and I am sure I will be able to bring it into the house in December and decorate it like I did last year.  Only this time I think it will be look a lot healthier.


It’s looking pretty good sitting on my patio, that is for sure.  
Anyway, I got to thinking, instead of waiting for Christmas time to buy a small, possibly slightly weedy conifer with a very over-inflated price tag, why not buy a potted one now?  The prices are much better, and not will it look lovely on your patio over the summer, it can be one of your first Christmas decorations later in the year.  
I love ideas that make me look organised and save me money at the same time!

Friday, July 02, 2010

A Day At Wimbledon

I used to watch Wimbledon on television as a child (back in the days when John McEnroe and Tracy Austin were playing) and dream about attending the championships. Back then I didn’t even know that Wimbledon was an actual district of London full of houses, shops and people - I just thought it was a tennis court complex! But now I’m all grown up and know differently, I live not all that far from that iconic place.  I’ve been lucky enough to be able to get tickets for the Ladies’ Semi Finals on Centre Court the last two years in a row.  
There is a lot more to the Wimbledon championships than the just the tennis, although of course tennis is their raison d’être.  Having learned from our experiences last year, we made it a point to arrive early yesterday, in time to wander round the grounds while everything is still quiet.  



It’s such fun to watch everything slowly get busier, and at 10.30 am, everyone makes an orderly entrance walking in a haphazard queue behind the security staff into the main part of the grounds.  It’s an amazing atmosphere, with bands playing and beautiful flowers everywhere, even on the stairways!   Kiosks sell champagne, pitchers of Pimms cocktails and strawberries and cream.




We like to have lunch at The Wingfield Restaurant located on the first floor of the Centre Court building.  If you are lucky enough to sit by the windows, as we did, you get a view of everything happening below - great if you like people watching!  Wimbledon is part of the London season, and you see some wonderful outfits on both the ladies and the men.  And you never know who you might see wandering through the crowds. 



The Wingfield offers a three course lunch including wine and water for £60 (you have to book and pay in advance) and their food is just wonderful.  I’m going to write more about it on The 21st Century Housewife’s Kitchen.  Wait till you see the photographs of their delicious dishes!  As the Wingfield opens at 11.15am, you have plenty of time to eat before play starts at 1pm, and if you have Centre Court tickets as we did, you are only minutes away from your seat.
Tickets to Wimbledon are not easy to get, and to have the opportunity to purchase many of them you have to enter a ballot.  If (and only if) your name is chosen you are then offered two tickets for a specific day and a specific court.  This year I was very blessed not only to have my name chosen in the ballot, but also to get pretty amazing seats.  We were only five rows from the Court itself, behind the press photographers and so close to the play that we were actually shown on television on several occasion - sadly usually when I had a rather odd expression on my face (it was exciting tennis!) or when the sun was in my eyes!  




It was such a privilege to be so close to the play and the tennis was fantastic.  The first match between Vera Zvonareva and Tsvetana Pironkova had everyone on the edge of their seats all the way through and the match between Serena Williams and Petra Kvitova that followed was no different.  It was far from an easy road to victory for the winners, Zvonareva and Williams, who will go on to the finals on Saturday.  I hope there is time this weekend to watch that match on television!  
Yesterday was a great day for celebrity spotting as well, with Colin Firth and Terry Wogan in the Royal Box and several other prominent British entertainers and broadcasters including Trevor McDonald and Cliff Richard in the audience. And guess who I saw commentating on the sidelines for the BBC - Tracy Austin and John McEnroe!  The little girl in me was absolutely thrilled.
My husband and I had a wonderful day at Wimbledon, and I hope and pray we are successful in the ballot for tickets again next year.  It really is an experience that is not to be missed.  To find out more about Wimbledon, go to the official website by clicking here.  
The 21st Century Housewife was not paid or compensated in any way for this post.  I’m just a huge fan of the Championships at Wimbledon.