And They’re Off!

A few years ago a friend and I decided we would make Ascot an annual thing. Unfortunately neither of us were able to make it last year, so we made an effort to be free this year. Even better, we were joined by one of our school friends who has not so long ago up sticks and moved to the UK, all the way from South Africa. It’s lovely to have her back so we decided to combine a little reunion with the races.

We usually get tickets for the Grandstand, but this year we left it too late and ended up in the Silver Ring. Not a problem, just a different atmosphere! At least there you can take a picnic and a drink or two, and the atmosphere is much more relaxed, and a bit more fun. Despite being in the more casual Silver Ring people still get dressed up, and I love any excuse to break out my crazy collection of hats and fascinators.

Fascinator – Jasper Conran at Debenhams
Necklace – Tiffany*
Earings – Custom made*
Ring – Custom made*
Jacket – H&M
Dress – Zara*
Belt – Primark
Wedges – Primark
Bag (not seen) – Celine
Please excuse my pale legs, the poor things haven’t seen any sun yet this year! 

I met the girls at Ascot and we headed over to the racecourse. I’d bought along a picnic of ciabatta sandwiches, crisps, dips, strawberries, champers and a few other bits and pieces.

We found possibly the last free piece of grass and sat down with our picnic. Cue the heavens opening on and off for the next five hours!
Luckilly we managed to squeeze in a couple of pictures when the rain stopped!

The wind tried its hardest to rid us of our fabulous hats so we had to hold on for dear life!
None of us are serious when it comes to betting and just pick the horse depending on its name or the jockey if he’s wearing pink! We get a few eye rolls for that from the serious gamblers but it’s all a bit of fun for us!

I managed to get my money back plus 50p for one races and G the same, but poor A didn’t win a thing! Ah well, there’s always next year!

Despite the weather turning on and off like a tap, we had a really lovely day. Lots of giggles and some seriously good catching up!


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