August 8, 2005 was a beautiful today to be in Peterborough England.
We spent most our time inside the “Cathedral Church of St Peter, St Paul and St Andrew Peterborough” — that is a mouth full. However, as I look back it is these outside photos that remind me of how nice the day was.
If you click the link above you will see a list of the 10 things of note at the cathedral. For me, as a reader of historical novels since my late teens, Katherine of Aragon’s grave & Mary Queen of Scots’ former resting place were the spots I headed for first.
(Technical issues appear to be keeping me from including comments along with the video on this topic.)
Sir Paul McCartney performed last week in front of Buckingham Palace as part of the Diamond Jubilee giant pop concert for the Queen. The connection between Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Beatles dates back to 1964 when the band burst on to the world music scene. That year the Queen ordered the Beatles to her birthday party, and they attended. In 1965 the Beatles received MBE (Members of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) awards from the Queen. Their names were put forward for the honor by the then Prime Minister Harold Wilson.
Yesterday I set my DVR to record the BBC America coverage of the Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant. I watched the program just before calling it a day last night. The final music barge carried members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal College of Music Chamber Choir, directed by Thomas Blunt,. It stopped next to the royal barge for a short performance including Elgar’s Land of Hope and Glory. I have included a BBC clip of yesterday’s performance, which may or not be active when you view this post: (BBC – Musical Finale of Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant . I am not finding any video that I find to be an adequate replacement if the link above fails, although you can go to YouTube for versions from “The Last Night of the Proms” concerts. And the LPO does have a recording on sale at http://www.lpo.org.uk/jubilee/
A little history– Edward Elgar wrote two Pomp and Circumstance Marches in 1901. “Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D Major” was so admired by Queen Victoria’s son, Edward VII, that he commissioned Elgar to compose a work for his coronation. The song “Land of Hope and Glory” was the result of Elgar reworking that 1st march and adding words written by Arthur C. Benson to the trio section of the march. It was part of the commissioned ‘Coronation Ode” that earned Elgar a knighthood, and the title Sir, in 1904.
Here are two scrapbook pages from an October 2009 day in Bury St. Edmunds:
After arriving by train we spent some time inside the St Edmundsbury Cathedral followed by a pleasant stroll around the Abbey Gardens.
I am working my way through the scrap-book pages from my September 2009 trip to Scotland. Today I am sharing a couple of photos of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, a photo of the 12th century abbey ruins, plus a shot of “the huge crag, which rises to a height of 822 feet above sea-level” which is part of Holyrood Park and called “Arthur’s Seat“.
Today I am once again sharing scrap-book pages from my September 2009 trip to Scotland. These pages reflect a day at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum and nearby area. I remember it was real Scottish weather, rainy and cool. One of the unplanned highlights was listening to a piper outside a church and watching the people, dressed up in their finest — many a man in a kilt, walking in for a country wedding.
Over the years the way I have saved (or not saved) travel photos and mementos has changed. Today I pulled a scrapbook / album of our 2009 fall trip to Scotland and England off the shelf. At that time I noticed that I had used software to make photo collages that I then printed on regular paper. The quality and color maybe a little off but I still like the images. Here is a page from a Sunday spent in Edinburgh that includes exterior shots of St. Giles’ Cathedral, also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh:
On this date in 1974 the band Queen held its first U.S. concert at Regis College in Denver, CO. I remember that my best friend throughout H.S. was an early fan of Queen. I did not come to liking their music until much later but I have to admit I have a fair number of their “Greatest Hits” on my iPod. Click on the blue ‘Queen’ for a YouTube of one of my favorites – Queen. (Yes, I am giving you a chance to try to guess what song it might be.)
According to BrownieLocks March 7 is Learn What Your Name Means Day. There are other dates in early March also given this distinction (the 4th or 9th). My proper first name is Kathleen, meaning pure & is considered to be Irish in origin. My nickname Kitty is a diminutive of Katherine, which is a variant of Kathleen. Kitty is considered English or Irish.
My maiden name is a relatively uncommon Scottish name, from Eastern Scotland, and a sect of the Gordon clan. The photo below shows the remains of Huntly Castle in Scotland. It became the stronghold of the Gordons when Alexander, 2nd Lord Gordon, was created Earl of Huntly in about 1445.
My married name is a very common surname that is considered English or Welsh. However the British Isles are not the origins of my husband’s family. My husband’s four grandparents were all immigrants to America coming from Poland & Russia.