Monday, November 12, 2018
There's a whole world underground!
Where was this train taking us?
Bunting was strung near shops, across streets. Everywhere. There were cobblestone lanes and small businesses.
We are here. The village that filled the world with happiness all because two people fell in love.
More pictures to come.
Thursday, November 8, 2018
I just found out this morning she won the prestigious Christy Award.
This is us a few years ago when I was just beginning to get to know her. She is hilariously funny and WAY into England. Like, WAY more than me. That's a lot!
She has been such an encouragement to me with my writing. She even embellishes the fact that my writing is "brilliant!"
Not kidding! I have a framed note from her that sits on my desk to remind myself when I want to hit the delete button on a scene I just wrote. Sometimes I bang my head on my desk and ask myself why I'm doing this.
Then, I look up and see her note. "....Why are you listening to that stupid voice in your head telling you your work is crap?...YOU ARE A WRITER! YOU ARE AN AUTHOR!"
I may still not believe that, but having Michelle's 'voice' as a constant cheerleader helps immensely!
I'm so stinkin' proud of her and so grateful to know she is in my corner, cheering me on. That's so important in this "someday I dream of publishing a book" land!
Monday, November 5, 2018
Mr Wonderful (hubby!) and I enjoyed a day in the life of being a royal. I could get used to it. Easily.
Pick a coach, any coach.
Hands down, I'd pick the Glass Coach. Why?
Diana, of course. This was her famous ride to St Paul's Cathedral. A Cinderella story if there ever was. But, we all know how the fairy tale ended. SIGH.
Next stop...Buckingham Palace.
A few notes I took while wandering around inside...
Queen Victoria was the first royal to move in, but you probably already knew that from watching Victoria.
The palace has 450 workers and the Queen entertains 50,000 guests a year.
775 rooms and 78 bathrooms. I would not want to clean all of them, thank you very much!
Lets talk about that flagpole.
If the Queen is present, the Sovereign Standard is raised.
The Union flag is when she is not present.
I got to see the Throne Room. The room where all the photography for royal weddings is taken.
Again, no photos.
The Queen Mother once lived here.
She loved Afternoon Tea. We would have gotten along just great! She had her tea in the library where I noticed copies of the works of the Bronte sisters, Jane Austen, Shakespeare. There was even a first edition copy of Peter Pan.
Did you know tea used to be an aristocratic drink? During the 17th century, tea came from China and was stored under lock and key. Wow...all the tea I have, I would have been said to be rich!
We ended a lovely day spending it with our lovely England friends, Marion and Alan.
We had so much fun catching up and breaking bread together. So very wonderful to see them.