My photo shows the River Thames as it flows past St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. I have no photos of Buckingham Palace, or Windsor although I know both places quite well. This afternoon I had the chance to watch the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh, the British Queen’s husband. It’s strange, but I was never a keen fan of the British royal family. They lived in their palace on one side of town and I lived in my back street on the other side. I heard the sounds of the TV from the living room at the beginning of the afternoon. We do not usually watch TV until early evening, but Mr. Swiss had switched it on to watch the funeral. I was in the kitchen with my computer and so I also decided to also watch. It seems that as I am getting older I am getting more sentimental and we both watched until the end. Actually I quite liked the Duke. He brought a little spirit into the Royal Family. Another icon is gone from my past, there are not many left. The Queen is now 95 and I felt a little sorry for her as she took some falteing steps on her own. 73 years with the same husband is an achievement. I am sure they agreed to disagree sometimes.RDP Saturday: Chance
This is how it looks on my side of the world at the moment, sunny a few wafting clouds, but quite cold. Today is a little more settled. Yesterday I was completely thrown out of balance. When I got my confirmation yesterday morning of my week-end shopping on-line list there was an important item missing, meat. I contacted them but can only do that by computer and have to wait for an answer which I did not get. Eventually they called me by telephone (quite an honour) apologising and offering me a very good alternative. This all took time and threw me a little off balance. I am just too old for changes in my daily routine, especially as I am getting less mobile than I was.
This week I did not go anywhere, actually the last two weeks. I was so comfortable at home, but now I have decided to break out tomorrow on Sunday and will probably make a small tour locally of the surroundings including the castle. Taking photos of my feathered friends is OK, but sometimes my camera needs something different. I also intend to go into town on Monday. I have to collect cash to pay my cleaning lady, she does not operate with money transfers and Mr. Swiss needs his cigarettes.
I had quite some entertainment from my blue tit neignbours yesterday, even with a flight demonstration. This one seemed to be floating on air flying from one side to the other and not even using his wings. I think if it were not for the birds life would be quite dull.
Otherwise they were busy eating the food remains that I still have outside. I thought I would have to tidy the garden after the birds were finished, but they are doing it all theirselves. I bought my filled coconut shell during Winter, but they mostly ignored it. Now it is the No. 1 on their hit parade and fights often happen to be the first served.
Yesterday there was nothing really special happening. I do not even see my neighbours very often unless they happen to be tidying their garden outside. Even the TV does not interest me so much at the moment, and I only like to watch films if their subject appeals to me. I am a fan of magical mystery like Harry Potter and the Transformers, the machines that have quite human features. At the moment I have my nose more stuck into books, and am now on the third and currently last book of the Vivian Shaw series of Dr. Greta Helsing novels who is a doctor for supernatural beings such as vampires, mummies and ghouls – yes even they have their medical problems. Imagine being a mummy and losing a finger bone. Of course Greta Helsing is the daughter of the Dr. Van Helsing who was involved in the Dracula story. I know I have a strange taste, but I see enough reality in the present world and like to escape now and again.
And now it is time to move on. I do not have such a cookery session this morning as I have boiled beef and vegetables which simmers nicely on its own for a few hours, filling the kitchen with enticing aromas. I also intend to bake a bread in between. A woman’s work is never done. So I hope I have kept you entertained for a while and now I will entertain myself keeping myself busy. Take care everyone, play safe, keep your distance and the newest discovery of the Brits is to open the windows – let the hairy pins out to die and disperse. Perhaps we will one day be rid of this scourge.