Those of you who have been reading “KittyHere or There, Anywhere” over the years may remember that There stands for the U.K., mostly England and Scotland. Since the inception of Facebook I have been fiercely anti-Facebook. After all, if you want to share online you can use a blog! But I yielded. I really wanted to take advantage of some quality coaching for the low FODMAP diet (see my other blog about FODMAPs) that used private Facebook groups. Now that I have joined Facebook I have set up a page called I love Britain – Present, Past, Future. Would be happy if anyone cares to follow me there. (Yep, I’m unwilling to pay Facebook a cent to promote it.) And Britain being Britain, I have decided the photo of an adorable little dog would be a more fitting profile picture than a cat, even though I do have photos of cats taken here, there, and anywhere around 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.
If there is any place where the pictures in my scrapbook fail to do justice to my memory of its beauty Wells Bishop’s Palace & Gardens is it. I also believe there have been a lot of improvements made to this attraction since my August 2005 visit.
The first time we went to Wells to visit the Cathedral we were unaware that the Bishop’s Palace & Gardens were there just around the corner. Luckily we found out about them on made a return trip to visit both. And my husband and I need to get back to Wells England again as we have yet to catch a service and hear their choir live.
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.
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: