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Kate Goes Organic on Shopping Trips to Local Farm Store

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

I come to you this fine Wednesday evening with a little Kate update. Who doesn't want to know even the most mundane detail of our princess's idyllic home-life in Anglesey Anmer (Just making sure you all are paying attention...you are. :)? By all accounts, the family continue to settle into a routine that resembles, as much as possible, a normal family. Kate is taking it easy as she recovers from labor & delivery, but if US Weekly is correct, she is relaxing with some cooking therapy. The Duchess has been frequently spotted at an organic store near her home, Back to the Garden:
"She's buying fresh local produce," says a source. "All organic." And the princess is just plain folks amongst the locals, adds the source. "People give her space. No one is rushing over to ask for selfies."
Back to the Garden is housed in a charming, converted barn outside Holt in Norfolk.

Back to the Garden in Norfolk via Facebook 
They specialize in local and organic food, from meat products and produce to tempting pre-made items that look straight from a farm kitchen James Herriot might have popped into during his rounds around Yorkshire. 

Back to the Garden Facebook

Back to the Garden even has a restaurant and café, although no reports suggest that Kate has yet stopped for a snack in-house.

Back to the Garden

The company has a farm nearby, where they raise poultry and produce, in addition to the local famers who supply them:
At Barney, just off the A148, we raise organic beef, lamb and a flock of garrulous French chickens. For Christmas, numbers swell with turkeys and geese. We sow every kind of vegetable in our organic garden and have most fruits too.

Amongst our stock, you'll find the beers of hard-working local brewers, pickles, conserves, jam, a range of organic wine for all pockets, fresh bread and pastries, artisan and wild food. Come first thing any day - we open all seven of them - for coffee and home-baked cake and the chances are you'll meet one of the local producers dropping off goods.
I think we are all thinking the same thing. I need one of these near my house. US Weekly is also reporting that Pippa has given Kate a little post-baby gift by treating her sister to delivered juices every three days. Pippa is quite the juice enthusiast, and we have heard in the past that Kate also likes to go in for the occasional green smoothie. According to this latest report, she has become a disciple:
The new mum, 33, drinks the elixirs...but is not dieting, clarifies the confidant. "She just enjoys green juice in the morning. It's Kate's go-to for an extra boost."
Flag on the field! I am sure the new mum is, in fact, starting to healthily regain her pre-baby body. Really, remember how quickly Kate was in her skinnies and Corkswoons after she had George? 



That takes some discipline and focus. I am never clear why magazines add little comments like that, comments where we all roll our eyes, but...they do. So, she's not dieting, or anything. *Wink, wink.* [N.B. I have no problem with her refocusing her meals and nutrition to begin slimming down while maintaining her energy and health for little Charlotte. I would be doing the exact same thing.]

That's the dispatch from the front line. Have a lovely evening, after all, tomorrow is Thursday, which is basically Friday. ;) 

99 comments:

  1. Wow. I'm a big believer in organic food and this looks like an amazing source for it.

    As privileged as her life is, I suspect Kate enjoys these moments of reality. And any bets on how many new customers will shop at Back to the Garden? ;)

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    1. Organic food is amazing i agree. i just wonder which reality do you mean? Because for me her shopping in the middle of the workweek at such an expensive store whilst leaving her children probably with the nanny is for me a symbol of her priviliged life. No offense to you or kate, just wondering about your idea of reality.

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    2. I see where you're coming from Fabulousdaan... The point I was trying to make was that because Kate's life is privileged and she could easily send someone to the store on her behalf, she must enjoy doing the "simpler" things in life. I'm sure there are many rich folks who would look down at someone for wanting to go grocery shopping if they don't have to but, clearly, Kate is happy to do so.

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    3. royalfan- I wonder if HM in her gilded cage ever thinks wishfully of strolling through a market, admiring the array of fresh fruits vegetables and selecting a particularly juicy-looking peach. To have food set before one as a fait accompli takes away much of the pleasure of eating.
      Fd-selecting and preparing food for her family seems to be a way Catherine keeps it real, as well as a way of demonstrating her love for them.
      I don't think going shopping whilst leaving one's children with a friend, relative, or babysitter or doing so in the middle of the week as a SAH parent should be seen as a mark of privilege.
      She may also be using these outings to gain some personal space. Catherine
      obviously has developed healthy means of coping with her particular reality. Shopping may be one outlet.
      She could easily eat, drink, or drug herself into dealing with living in the reality of her world-which numerous spouses of high-profile mates have done.
      We have no idea what her true reality is. We can guess and speculate all we want, but we really don't know
      her reality. I don't really know what was in your heart and mind when you wrote your comment Fd. Perhaps what I
      assumed you meant or your motive for writing is nowhere near what you really intended. You may be surprised at my reaction.
      Can you imagine this happening to you repeatedly on a daily basis from strangers who judge you? That's also part of her privileged reality.
      That's all I'm saying. , I apologise in advance for turning your innocent remark into an object
      lesson. It's a walking in another's moccasins thing. Maybe the grass is greener on the other side of the street because the neighbor's dog visits it regularly.

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    4. Thanks for your clarification royalfan! I wasn't fully aware of the possibility of sending people to do the shopping and the snobish attitude some highbrows might have towards something apparently as mundane as grocery shopping. It seems that you and anon compare her down-to-earth grocery shopping to how she COULD live, if she wanted to, whereas i compared it to a more common life and day-to-day reality of working moms, or SAH moms with less money to spend (it's one or the other for most mothers, isn't it).

      Anon thanks for your comment, I don't mind the object lesson but I do have a feeling you read something in my comment that wasn't there, like a judgement for instance.

      Catherine has a very healthy lifestyle and seems very disciplined and I admire her for it, plus I really like the suggestion she demonstrates her love for her family by selecting healthy and tasteful food for them. So we agree on that one ;).

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    5. Fabulousdaan, it's all relative, isn't it? :) Within a year or so of C&D's marriage, I recall reading that she told someone she could think of nothing more relaxing than ironing while watching television.

      Anon 12:28, I believe there are many things HM (and other royals) would love to do anonymously. Perhaps this has a little something to do with the passion so many of them have for outdoor activities such as riding, hunting, taking long walks, gardening, etc. They may not be able to walk freely in London, for example, but on private property, they can do as they like.

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    6. royalfan-have you read the story of when HM and her sister were little girls and would gaze out through
      the bars of the fence around the palace grounds at the busy street and shoppers beyond? Actually, I believe it is a photograph that was in a display
      at one of the palaces. Your comment brought that to mind.
      I do hope those activities help to compensate for living a proscribed life; they are also traditional activities of the
      landed aristocracy

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    7. Yes, I do, Anon 12:28. I recall seeing it not too long ago as part of a documentary, but don't ask me which one right now. It's been a long week. :)

      I do envy some aspects of their lives, but I think I would tire of the lack of privacy and the loss of freedom. Rather quickly.

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    8. royalfan- I hope next week is better.

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    9. Thank you, anon 12:28. A four day work week may just do the trick. :)

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  2. Well I sent a rather long comment that I thought was rather funny and it just disappeared. So... too tired to write it all out again... Jane I think you mean Anmer vs Anglesey????
    ~ Nina

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    1. I read the post and didn't notice. :) I even thought to myself that it reminds me of her life in Anglesey! LOL.

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    2. I read the post and didn't notice, as well. :) Sorry, ladies!

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    3. P.S. Nina, I have NO idea what is going on with Google. Unfortunately, there is very little I can do. I have been suggesting people copy their post in case it disappears you can just paste it right back in. The second shot usually hits the mark.

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    4. Thanks for that tidbit Jane. I will do that next time. I had such a funny post (or maybe it was to me ) regarding forgetting how to spell a word and early onset
      Alzheimer's blah blah.. next time I will
      copy and paste.
      ~Nina

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  3. I'm sure the Duchess is at Amner Hall which isn't in Anglesey.

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    1. You are correct on both points. :)

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  4. Jane: Kate's not in Anglesey, must have been a slip of your finger on the keyboard!

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    1. Or something. :) I must miss Anglesey...

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    2. I like thinking of them as they were in Anglesey.That photo you have here of them walking along the shore is
      about as romantic and idyllic as it gets. Even their gaits are perfectly matched. The connection is almost palpable.
      I can't help but compare this to other royal couples.Who knows what some of them could have developed into, given time and space.I pray it continues for this young couple.
      I actually thought you were going to compare Anglesey and Anmer, so I missed the error.

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    3. I agree, it's an incredible photo of them walking by the seashore in Anglesey.

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  5. Every time I see that photo of Kate jumping , I think, "I bet that guy is still kicking himself for keeping his eye on the ball."
    Did you notice the color of the store's roof? Identical to Anmer Hall's roof that some griped about.

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  6. Hahaha notice Jane corrected the Anglesey ^^. Apparently was a test! We all passed! Obviously we do hang on every single word ~ too funny
    I love this blog

    ~Nina

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  7. That venison stew makes my mouth water, and I love quiche. However, the price tag of organics makes me shudder; I could afford it, but not everyone can.--A few years ago, I met a group of farmers at a wedding reception and asked them for their opinion: were organics THAT MUCH better than regular food? The discussion lasted for some time, with pros and cons presented, and much to my surprise, they concluded that on the whole, the answer was NO. Of course, I was talking to a bunch of fruit and vegetable growers, who suggested that if you wash fruit and veggies properly, and, in some cases skin them, you get rid of pesticides and you get a more bountiful crop at better prices.

    I can buy into that, but, when it comes to meat, and mad cow disease, and dairy products, which are chockfull of hormones these days....

    What bothers me is that, in order to get a crop yield of organics to match that of non-organics, you need more arable land and more hands-on farming which is what drives up the price of organics. Further, it strikes me that we divide the world even further into the haves--those who can afford organics, and those who can't, the have-nots, and some of the have-nots would simply starve to death--don't we have far too many starving people in the world as it is?

    Don't get me wrong; I am completely against shooting dairy cows up with hormones and antibiotics, but am also thoroughly against increasing starvation--and folks, we humans are reproducing at alarming rates, despite the age-old wisdom that war, famine and pestilence would control human population growth. (Once it worked, but no more.)

    It seems to me that the only sensible, and unfortunately, just partial, solution to the global food crisis is birth control, mandated if necessary.Maybe then the historical solutions--war, famine and pestilence--could do the rest, altho I am not keen on these solutions either. (Anyone wanting to contract ebola raise your hand.)

    A difficult conundrum, for which I have no answers.

    Sorry for this riff; put it down to missing Kate, and I have a hunch I will have to figure out how to do without her for some time yet.

    JC

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    1. Hahaha I had to laugh at you putting your organic-to-population control discussion down to missing Kate. Yes indeed how are we going to survive?? I have a notion we are not going to see a lot of her at all. I think I have memorized every detail of every photo of the birth of Charlotte!! - Lize

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    2. What a strange post from JC! Just chiming in to say that there are much better options than pestilence, famine, and war for controlling overpopulation. When a country becomes able to take care of ALL of it's people - to make every life matter - we see birthrates plummet. Allow women access to quality health care, to have healthy babies, and to take good care of them, and you'll be worried about declining populations - like Scandinavia. Valuing all human life is the answer - not eliminating it via disease and forced birth control.

      And Kate's ability to be back in those skinny jeans is unreal. I think she's putting in some very hard work! I wish she'd add healthy and sustainable farming to her initiatives!

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    3. I am sorry, but Google did not give me a full preview of the above comment. I thought it was simply a discussion about organic farming.This is not a political blog, and opinions on social issues on which so many disagree so thoroughly, cannot be productively hosted here. Since it has been stated on my site, and live all night, in good conscience I am compelled to say that I am vehemently against any such restriction on human freedom as mandated birth-control. We see the horrors of this type of policy lived out daily in China, where women are intimidated and jailed, and have their children forcibly and violently aborted. It is evil. The attitude that one man can rule another so thoroughly is the root of oppression and tyranny the world over, and yes, as we remember the death camps of WWII, do not be mistaken, it leads, not indirectly, to the gas chambers of Dachau and Auschwitz. Do not be so naive as to believe that we are better than the generations before us. History can repeat itself.

      Ladies, no ore politics here. This blog is where I escape politics, and I escape the tensions and disagreements that arise from it. I encourage you to be active in the political sphere, but join me here when you need a cleanse. I cannot and I will not host political and debates on highly-charged social issues in this space.

      This thread is closed. No more comments, no matter the content, will be posted on this subject.

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    4. No pressure to publish, but thank you for speaking so forcibly on the subject. The one child policy is a great evil.

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  8. 1) Are you for real, JC? Ha!
    2)The one child thing kind of back-fired in China. No body wanted their one child to be a girl. Now, there aren't enough
    girls to marry all those boys. I think people should be required to take extensive tests to be allowed to reproduce. Not
    intelligence tests.Common sense and ability to relate and sensitivity tests.
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    3)Is this off-topic?

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  9. I noticed that roof too and thought about the uproar over the one on Amner! As for the organic foods, I wash my fruits and veggies well so I don't pay the high prices for organics. When it comes to dairy and meats, however, I have a much different attitude. The hormones alone they put in them are so bad for you, especially for kids. Girls have started their "cycles" as early as 8-9 years old, boys (and in some cases, girls) are getting lower voices at very early ages. It's not a supply and demand issue, it's a "we need it to be bigger" issue and it's so unhealthy. The green juices? Can't gag them down no matter how trendy they are right now. :-p

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    1. I'm laughing about the green juices. I felt the very same way until I tasted my first one and it reminded me of apple juice. Now, I have no problem with it. :)

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    2. OK, royalfan, maybe I'll give it one more try. I'll have to close my eyes though. :-0

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    3. LOL. Robin, that's exactly what I did! And it worked. :))

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  10. What a lovely market! Although I will add that Us Weekly has a reputation for playing fast and loose with the facts here in the States and their tidbits usuallly need to be swallowed with a large grain of salt.

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    1. I agree, frankly, I don't think that Pippa is having juice delivered, although I think it is likely Kate enjoys making her own.

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    2. If we believed the supermarket weeklies, Kate would have 25 children, including five sets of twins.
      Food fads and reducing diet fads-to gain perspective, just read what was "in" 10-20 years ago. Mostly totally debunked today.
      Given the number of magazine covers her Lindo Wing picture was on, she was justified in taking such care in her
      grooming. Nothing self-centered or superficial about it. She was representing the royal family and her country.
      I still don't know how she did it, even with assistants, hair-dressers...I was concentrating on being able to make
      it to the restroom at that point.And there she stood, smiling and waving.
      On a side note:everytime I read "Lindo Wing," I think "Limbo Wing." ha! I don't doubt Kate could have limbo-ed
      down the steps, if asked nicely.

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    3. Regardless of who is footing the bill, I think it is reasonable that juices are being delivered or purchased at a store. Juice takes time and effort. It is possible they are occasional meal replacements or snacks. You need extra calories when breast feeding and she's trying to regain her figure. I'm sure she has staff to take care of meals for the family, when she is too busy or tired.

      Jane ~ have you thought or a post to compare what you might think are truths from The Royal We? Did Kate ever hide in a car under a blanket? Do you think Charles and the Queen originally thought Kate was below them and a phase of William's? Just fun speculation.

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  11. Thanks for the post Jane. I love hearing about the English countryside. Reminds me of the Moody Blues song "English Sunset". Runs through my head when I read a post like this one. I have no opinion one way or the other about organics vs. non -organic. I simply try to eat healthy and get some exercise and the rest will come what may. I keep thinking about Linda McCartney. No one ate or lived healthier than she did and she died way too soon. Everything in moderation, that's my motto. Kate has always eaten well and exercised so I think her pre-baby physique will return soon enough. In my case, I was in the best shape of my life after I had my second - about the same age Kate is now. It depends on so many different factors, many of which Jane has discussed in previous posts. Have a great weekend coming up everyone.

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    1. You are so right, Jane in Canada! Everything in moderation is a wonderful and very useful motto, especially when considering the never-ending flood of nutritional and lifestyle studies which show contradictory results every second week!
      And, Jane Barr, thanks for the lovely blog! Great writing and really nice, surprising approaches to one of our favorite topics.
      Susanne, Austria

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  12. For those wondering about the value of organic food, this is a very well done debate (by the way, I recommend all debates on this site, they are sponsored by NPR and are very well balanced with actual experts, not talking heads). Check out the related GMO one as well. Full disclosure, I actually don't have an opinion on organics :)
    http://intelligencesquaredus.org/debates/past-debates/item/578-organic-food-is-marketing-hype

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  13. For those of you interested in the organic debate, check out this formal debate. It's very well done, sponsored by NPR, and includes actual experts, rather than talking heads: http://intelligencesquaredus.org/debates/past-debates/item/578-organic-food-is-marketing-hype
    The GMO one is also quite good. Full disclosure, I actually haven't made up my mind yet bout organics, so I like to find credible information for this issue rather than look at scaremongering tactics that are al over the internet. (this may be a double post, not sure the first one I submitted went through)

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    1. I think I would take this article as a pinch of salt. The store is 25 miles from Anmer and would take 42 minutes to drive according to Bing Maps. I hardly feel that this counts as her local store.
      Dubious correspondent from Suffolk

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    2. It is a bit of a distance, I agree Anon 12:52. But, maybe Kate is making it her weekly local. If they have such good food items. it would be worth the drive. And there might be other stores to visit as well. When my kids were little we used to go to a market that was approximately that distance away. We certainly felt that that was our local market, as people recognised and greeted us each time we went.
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  14. Jeanne, VancouverMay 22, 2015 at 9:23 PM

    Great post, thank you. So happy Catherine's getting out - it's probably a release. I eat only organic & believe it's accessible to anyone. It's choice. Anyone can grow a few veg in their back yards or even on their balconies in hanging baskets. In Vancouver Chinese & Italian families grow Alan amazing array of veg in small yards.

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  15. I watched an Oprah Super Soul Sunday, where Michael Pollan, author, professor, brother-in-law of Michael J. Fox (brother to Michael's wife) indicated he has written a book called Cooked. He never thought about cooking as to what he discovered when he decided to do research on this book, cooking is an act/expression of love from the buying of the groceries (or harvesting a garden) to the presentation (even if only cooking for oneself). Kate and her family seem to have captured the true essence of meal preparation which also includes where possible buying the actual ingredients (unlike her majesty) and that the meal table is for the partaking of the nourishment to the communication via the gathering at the table (where has been said there is lots talking and laughter, a tradition the Middletons have had for their family). Kate must enjoy these outings for her family and yes a much needed get away time but all as an expression of joy and love. The memories in the making for the two little ones.....

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  16. Katherine, your comment is so beautifully expressed.I have not seen that show or read the book, but it describes the family
    I grew up in. My mother presented her meals as a gift. She was a SAHM, but most mothers were then. The family dinner table
    conversation is a nearly lost treasure.I was the youngest and learned to make my point quickly or risk not being heard at all.
    Compare that to the British upper class stereotype of polite murmurings with the children tucked away in their beds.
    This family that represents the future of the British monarchy should be treasured, not assaulted at every turn.

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    1. I enjoyed your post, but your last statement, in particular, deserves an **AMEN**. Very well said!

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    2. PS...I do understand the reason in this post, but going forward it would be great if you still posted as Anon 1228. :) I enjoy your posts!

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  17. Coming from you, high praise, royalfan. I owe everything to not being able to get a word in edgewise at the dinner table. ha!
    I've been trying to make up for it ever since.

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    1. Well, I could share a similar experience, although some people would never believe it. Lol. Cheers to making up for it. :))

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  18. Portia in ChicagoMay 24, 2015 at 10:56 AM

    I have a feeling these "tidbits" are being dropped with approval from Will and Kate's spin team/PR team. There's some fairly specific information and I'd expect the PR folks are trying to dribble a few crumbs to keep the worst of the criticism of Will and Kate at bay.
    As for "nobody bothering" Kate while she shops, I'm sure they don't. She's surrounded by a covey of protection officers who would strong-arm anyone who even ventured to say hello. There was a story that she took George to a local playground and her security people went up to the other mothers and demanded that they not take any photos. Classy.
    Organic food is a marketing person's dream. There have been studies that prove organic food is not any better than conventionally-raised food, just far more expensive.
    Organic food, at least in the US, if far beyond the grocery budgets of most middle-class shoppers and completely out of the reach of low-income families. It's purely a status symbol and no surprise that the "we want to be just like you - but we really don't" Cambridges are embracing the organic trend.
    I find it difficult to believe Kate would travel that far, 25 miles, to shop for groceries. I'd expect some coaching from Prince Charles, who is a big fan of organic farming and expensive food, to promote the local organic farms and shops.
    As for Kate getting in shape for little Charlotte - George clearly is the star in the Cambridge and Middleton universe. I think poor little Charlotte will always come a very distant second, especially with Granny Middleton.

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    1. Hmmm..... Portia, with all due respect, your very own post seems to negate the idea that these or similar tidbits would keep the criticism under control.

      And "classy" is an interesting word here...also somewhat ironic. However, if Kate's PPO's *had* "demanded" that the other mothers not take photos, don't you think we would have heard about it by now...beyond just the "story" you mentioned?

      As for organic food, I drive a similar distance once a week to shop at a store I prefer over others in my immediate area. I don't see it as a big deal, really. And in the lovely countryside Jane has shared with us in this post, I should think it makes for one relaxing ride.

      And I'm sorry, but I can't buy the bandwagon argument. Charles has been preaching about the benefits of organic food as far back as I can remember. William grew up with it, and not one member of the Middleton family appears to be fast food junky. :)

      Finally, as for Charlotte coming in "a very distant second, especially with Granny Middleton", I think that is an extremely harsh, unfair, and unwarranted accusation. If anything, I think W&K and the Middleton's will make sure things are as balanced as they can be, and for as long as they can be.

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    2. Second try-my post disappeared abruptly before a chance to copy.
      Royalfan- I suspect the visitor from another blog (remember?) took advantage of the fact that it is a three day holiday weekend in the US and took a chance on getting a little snark by.
      I read a story, too. I think either on the park's web site or on British Royals. Apparently, there was only one RPO and
      he asked politely if the parents would not take pictures. They.were only too happy to oblige, as their children
      were having so much fun playing with George, they didn't want to spoil it.
      One can read almost anything, depending upon what one is looking for. Source reputation makes the difference.
      Also, the source was neighbors, shop owners-no PR plan. Neighbors also described Holt as a neighboring
      shopping hub that area residents use. Anmer is not a shopping hub.
      Organic food? Got a spade, a pot, and some dirt and seeds? Doesn't take a bankroll. Depending on the Source, again, ha! yes, it is better. For one thing, the control of additives and GM varieties.

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    3. Have to agree with Royalfan Portia. The only part I care to expand on is your opinion about Charlotte. Since there is absolutely no evidence to back up your "concern" over Charlotte's future, your comments do nothing more than antagonize. Surely this isn't the forum for that.

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    5. Portia,
      Of course George was the centre of attention--he was William and Catherine's first child and first grandchild on both sides. However, there is nothing to suggest that Charlotte will not be equally loved.
      Strange the conclusions people draw, without any evidence.


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    6. Anon 2:28, I apologize....I should have explained my position better...

      I *do* believe that the PPO's asked other parents not to take pictures. My disagreement was with the way Portia presented the "story" (her word) and her references to "demanded" and "classy". I believe the PPO's asked in a polite manner (it's reasonable to believe that they are not going to make waves that would end up causing more harm than good in the PR dept.) and most people would understand and be happy to go along a reasonable request made for the sake of a child. If it had happened the way Portia suggested, I suspect the press would have gotten at least one first hand account about how Kate's PPO's ruined "Little Johnnie's" afternoon. :)

      And I laughed over your spade remark... :) Thank you!

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    7. Good grief. What a mix up! Portia isn't Portia and except for that one sentence directed to you, royalfan, my post was
      entirely directed to Portia, whose rights, now found to be stolen, were so vigorously defended.
      I hope you did not see katie's remark.FBTB fan is moi.
      I can't imagine disagreeing with you on any Kate subject.Or probably any other subject.
      Many times I have been astounded at the faux facts people come up with I'm afraid my tolerance level has been
      reached and surpassed. The only thing that keeps my blood pressure from exploding is the thought:"+Let royalfan
      handle this."
      You made a perfectly fine response and I had to add my two cents. Or maybe they were published at the same time and I didn't see it before I wrote mine.
      Lesson learned!.

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    8. No, no, Anon 2:28...I appreciated your input...trust me! :)) And I did see the other comment (in my inbox), but Jane had acted as moderator by then so there was no reason to go there. I'm not sure what else transpired, but if I was the real Portia, I would have been quite angry...

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    9. @ Portia, above. I read a similar story about the same event, apparently told by someone who witnessed it. According to this someone, a protection officer approached a group of mothers and very politely asked if it would be alright with them if they didn't take any pics of George and either his Mummy or nanny--not sure which. But it was a polite request, no ordering, no strong-arming at all. And it worked; you catch more flies with sugar than with vinegar, after all.

      JC

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    10. Hmm, some of you should have read about this incident right here on the blog. ;) Full quote here: http://fromberkshiretobuckingham.blogspot.com/2015/05/georges-playtime-at-dersingham-kates.html It was very politely dealt with, as JC says, no strong-arming involved.

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    11. Or in People Magazine issue, 15-5-15

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  19. I love organic its low maintained when grow plants love the your article last time and I love reading your post seeing prince George next in sighting would great

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  20. JANE-blog adm-"Katie's" remark is such a blatant personal attack, I can't understand why you let it go through. That remark
    and "Portia's" do not represent what the majority of your commenters , not counting the malcontents, have expressed a wish for. Jane, there is a history here you may not be aware of. It is personal. I am sure you don't wish your blog to be used as a
    soapbox for airing old grudges.

    Have fun while it lasts, kids.

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    1. Just to clarify-I actually said "Katie's" remark should not go through. I felt the tone of "Portia's" remark, as well as "Katie's,"
      did not represent what Jane refers to as "the easy and happy humor" of FBTB-which had been present prior to
      faux "Portia's" comment. One poster was surprised at the change in tone. I did not, however, suggest that "Portia's" comment should be removed.
      The last sentence in my 10:28 comment was snarky and had no place here.
      And I'm sorry Jane's holiday was interrupted so rudely.

      Freedom of the Press is a delicate flower. We must be careful not to water the weeds in our efforts to maintain it.
      Sometimes we mistakenly pull a flower, thinking it a weed. I've seen that, too. Blog-writing and editing comments
      is a tough job.
      (Weeds referencing tabloids, etc.)
      Just explaining the rationale behind some of my comments
      That was my Metaphor for the Day. $:)

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    2. For what it's worth, FBTB FAN #2:28, I understood exactly where you were coming from. And your metaphor fits beautifully in a post about organic food. Lol.

      But if you keep lengthening your name, you may have to settle for a NON-monogrammed robe from Santa. He too is on a budget these days. ;)

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    3. LOL, royalfan! Just trying to "own" my comments. ha! I also seem to have trouble remembering my number.
      I think I started out anon 12:28..How about 2:28 for short? That would fit nicely on a faux fur trimmed
      gown and peignoir set. Any French speakers who would correct my spelling on that?
      I hope Jane allows for occasional meanderings off the topic path between Kate activities.

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  21. Good morning, and Happy Memorial Day. Not every comment I approve is a comment I agree with, and I really need every individual who enjoys partaking in this forum to understand that. I deleted Katie's comment because it was an attack on RoyalFan, as was justly pointed out, but Portia's comment did not break any rules and I approved it and stand by that. Anyone who wishes to politely disagree with Portia is welcome to do so! I certainly disagree with her, but frankly do not have the time today to respond.

    I am not familiar, nor do I intend to familiarize myself with the personal history of my readers from other blogs. This is a clean slate here, and comments are judged based on whether or not they fall into the parameters of charity and the blog regulations.

    It is my option that a certain ability to shrug and move on from some comments is necessary to keep a blog polite, and to maintain your own sanity. :)

    Thank you all for following the rules, and keeping a sense of easy and happy humor when approaching this space.

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  22. Thank you for making a point that Portia's
    comment has a place here. I have never found this blog to be a place where we all need to have the same point of view until recently, and I am not referring to you Jane. You have always encouraged civilized discussion and that's what makes this place interesting as well as refreshing.

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  23. I am completely surprised by the turn this conversation took while (or whilst) I was off enjoying my weekend. Glad I didn't see Katie's comment. Maybe everyone is just bored waiting for a new picture of the little princess.

    BTW, in the store the other day I noticed that Newsweek has published a whole "special issue" called Princess Charlotte. I didn't pick it up and thumb through but wondered what on earth they could build a whole magazine around when there has been exactly one, very short, public appearance of the little one. Ambitious. My guess is that it's the history of past royal Charlottes, photos we've all seen of Kate during her pregnancy, and the photo call outside the hospital at the end. Eh, I'll spend my money on something else.

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  24. Jane, I am the actual "Portia from Chicago" - I used this moniker to post on another blog. Someone else has stolen my false identity .. ha ha and posted here pretending to be me. I do not post on blogs anymore but I do occasionally read them when I have the time.
    I would be really grateful if you could post on my behalf to your readers (some of whom think they recognize me from the other blog) that a false Portia is posting under my name. Would you please do that for me ? Thanks so much.

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    1. Jeepers!! Seems there is something to be said for blog formats where one needs to verify their actual existence. Btw, I still vigorously defend faux Portia's right to state her own opinion :-)

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    2. Wow. The plot thickens. :) I had not considered this problem, but it certainly is an interesting one. And I would guess, an irritating one for you, Portia.
      False Portia, not cool. Not cool at all.

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    3. Faith, no argument about expressing one's own opinion but, in this case, was it about an expressing an opinion... or playing games at someone else's expense? A degree of credibility is lost, no?

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    4. Well, in all fairness, the "faux" Portia was "Portia *in* Chicago" and the "real" Portia is "Portia *from* Chicago." It could be legit. Exactly why I've never allowed anonymous comments on my sadly neglected blog. I know it reduces readership but it also reduces policing. Of course, not updating in six months reduces readership too. More power to you Jane for keeping up.

      There is a new interview with William http://www.celebdirtylaundry.com/2015/prince-william-says-kate-middleton-is-the-boss-reveals-duchess-of-cambridges-nickname-missus/ .

      In fashion news, L.L. Bean has a women's French sailor's shirt exactly like Kate's for sale at only $29.95. Shipping is free - no minimum order!

      Here's hoping we get a new family picture with all four (five if we count Lupo) around George's 2nd birthday. Still quite a long time to wait.

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  25. Hi royalfan, of course there is a complete loss of credibility on the part of faux Portia, and games and manipulation are inexcusable taking away from the trust and respect that has been built between regular posters over time. I was reacting to FBTB Fan's remark that "Portia's" comment was not within the parameters of the the blog's guidelines. It's a remark I've seen with some regularity lately and it's often made in a dismissive tone. I love this blog. It's a place I come to to escape the chaos and pressure in my life, and it would be sad to me if it became a place of only homogenous banter. Jane, is right though. Sometimes for your own sanity you just have to move on, so I won't let these comments bother me again and will just enjoy what I have always enjoyed about this site. Katie's comment was lousy royalfan and was sorry to see that. I always enjoy reading what you have to say and I love your sense of humor :-)

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    1. Faith, I appreciate the kind words. Thank you. I too love this blog and I appreciate the support I received in response to "Katie's" comment. Apparently, "Katie" knows me far better than I know her. :)

      Regarding FBTB Fan's comment, I did not interpret it as a "positive comments only" position. I took it more as a general desire for respect towards Kate (not to be mistaken with loving everything about her) and between posters. I honestly don't have a problem with different opinions and I can debate with the best of them; what I do object to is the joy some folks on the internet take in being *persistently* negative and almost mocking Kate, William, and the Middleton family. As you stated, this is a pleasant escape from the stress and pressure of everyday life. I want it to stay that way. :)

      And I don't know how about my sense of humor, but I do admit to being opinionated, chatty, and passionate about this subject. Lol.

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    2. With a great deal of respect royalfan, I don't think persistently negative and mocking comments make it past Jane and onto this blog.

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    3. Faith, I agree and in NO way was I referring to this blog....I said "some folks on the internet." :))

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    4. I know royal fan but FBTB Fan wasn't . Anyway, this topic has been beaten to death perhaps much to the delight of faux Portia :-) Getting impatient for those family photos. I hope the chatter isn't correct that they will be released right before the baptism. She will look basically the same. I think the family pictures with PG were released around now.

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    5. re: 6:05 PM-still shrugging and moving on...

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  26. Shrugging and moving on.

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  27. Complete change of topic, but there is a picture in the DM of the Queen opening Parliament today. The image of Charles in the photo is hilarious. The poor man looks totally bored and almost comatose. And this is only his second time being included! The Queen has done it 62 times. How unfortunate for poor Charles. I wonder if that's really what he's like or if the media (or some media) just goes to great lengths to catch him at his worst...

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    1. I saw the pictures Hello had online Jane and they weren't very complimentary. I too wondered if they just published the unflattering ones. I even wondered if he was feeling ill. I was going to look at other sources to see if all photos looked the same but haven't had the chance yet.

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    2. It is not Charles 2nd time - he has attended on numerous occasions. It is (a) a very serious occasion (b) any facial expression could be seen as an "opinion" on what is being said and (c) on a personal basis, as a UK citizen it can be boring but this time it wasnt (but Charles still couldnt show what he thought!).

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    3. Jane 3:47- I believe it was Camilla's second appearance.

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  28. Vowww, I am leaving for a couple of days and what I miss.
    First of all Jane, I di not mean any bad by stating my opinion on Royalfan's responses, moreover, if I know I am only allowed to express a positive opinion, I wouldn't even start writing. I only stated what I see, she is commenting on everything. She reminds me of a person who even you regulated, I do not state her name because you stone me.But I can see her now, as she described herself being passionate which explains a lot to me. Please forgive me royalfan, for forming an opinion of my own. I should have put into nicer words than it must have been acceptable to publish.

    But it still leaves me in a strange place, I do not want to stir things up, but it is not clear where the line is drawn here. Or simply I need to accept not everything I write will go through.
    Katie

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    1. I think mercury must be in retrograde grade Katie :-) Communication seems to be difficult lately. Text commincation is so very hard because one can't see the other face or hear the intonation in the voice obviously, and misunderstandings abound unfortunately. I'll try to keep that in mind if everyone else will :-)

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    2. How to be negative when while trying to appear to be positive to get your snarky and critical post published. Wow, royalfan is the most positive poster I know. Not sure who you are comparing her to, but no one I know. Anyway, this is a site to discuss Kate not royalfan.

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    3. Eva-5:51- yes, I sensed that rather passive-aggressive approach in SOME of the " Kate lacks confidence" comments. Royalfan waded right into the skirmish then, too, I believe. (as did I) She has the battlescars to prove it.
      All while remaining polite and considerate.

      New post! I love those photos of George, doing his best to escape and explore. I have a feeling George has been to many polo matches. . Even so young, he was not a clinger
      when he felt secure or was in familiar surroundings. I still laugh when I think of his squirming around in his
      parents' arms in Australia. He wanted to be where the action was.
      2:28,mk, mkleinfeldt, FBTB fan.

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    4. Eva B and 2:28...thank you. I appreciate your comments. :) New post indeed......... :)

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  29. Hello Jane, still loving the blog! Kate's Clothes is also great fun - I'm really looking forward to it when we being seeing Kate again in a bit. Wise of you to begin during a break time from fresh updates on the fashion front. :-)

    I'm also still really hoping to see your take on Kate's exercise routine! I'm guessing you've been busy with the new blog and this one (and, you know, life), but I just wanted to let you know that at least one of your fans is looking forward to your take on Kate's fitness. ;-) (If I just missed seeing it, my apologies!)

    Anyway, thanks as always for your lovely blog and the intention of kindness that you create here.

    Best,
    Tsipa

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    1. Tsipa, just for my information as a reader of this blog, can you spell out how to say your name phonetically? I guess I'm easily confused. There's one in every crowd!

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  30. Tsipa3:03: Jane did a blog post on Kate's fitness on Feb 5, 2015. You can check it out in the archive posts. It was a good one!

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    1. I thought I replied to this...but I don't see it. Anyway, thank you, Jane! I had actually seen that and then forgotten about it. I'm chalking it up to finishing college...or maybe boredom as I wait for the next Kate appearance. ;-) Either way, thanks for the reminder!

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  31. I am officially in withdrawal. I am not handling my detox of all things Kate et al. Oy vey it is going to be a long Summer. Wine is helping me. No what... I am in detox. :-P :-/ :-) Just trying to find a little humor during this long break. Do you suppose Kate is also missing all of us? LOL
    Wishing all a good week!
    Nina~

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