What a joy it is to read this week’s magazine dedicated to the Queens Platinum Jubilee. I’m normally late to the party when it comes to making plans but to be honest nearly everyone, I’ve spoken to has their day mapped out ranging from gluing themselves to the TV with a copy of the Radio Times, tea and cake to street parties awash with bubbles, barbeques and everything in-between. Even the ‘non royalists’ won’t be able to resist a sneaky peak. Living in central London when there’s a state event taking place can either be a nightmare or a blessing and for this one Mark and I are going to totally embrace the occasion. We’re pumping up the bike tyres, putting a picnic and portable charger in our back packs and will get right in the thick of it because in our lifetime we will never witness anything like this again so full on Carpe Diem we’re seizing the day and making memories even if it rains. Maybe the reason I’m thinking like this is because since my Mum died last month the abuse of our most precious commodity, time, has hit me like a wet fish. Every day we moan, feel sad, make ourselves cross.. we’ll never get that time back. Tell me if you relate to this? I was helping my Dad clear the kitchen out in an effort to make his solo domestic life easier and smoother. Are you ever going to make a cake Dad? No said Dad, so let’s say goodbye to all this equipment and spread out the items you actually do use so it’s easier to find them. The Turners hail from Stoke on Trent in the Midlands so as you can imagine crockery is in abundance and Mum couldn’t resist a tea set. Dad, what about this lovely Royal Doulton Dinner service? That’s for best he said and these beautiful glasses. Again best. When was the last time you used them? Hmmm about 7 years ago, I’ll say to you what I said to Dad. We’ve reached the age when every day is our best day so why not reflect that in the way you live? Don’t pack nice things away in cupboards, use them, be your own guest, why should you be the one to use the cup with a chip in or the cracked saucer? Frankly this also goes for clothes, we wear 20 percent of our clothes 80 percent of the time so why not shop around in your own wardrobe and start dressing up a little, because if you can’t be Royalty in your own home where can you be? I hope you enjoy the celebrations in honour of our beautiful Queen but more importantly be the Queen today, tomorrow and for the rest of your life.