Well this title is a bit misleading, our remaining days of travel were all outside of London. This was the week of the Royal Wedding and I was pretty much prepared to change travel dates, but my grandson said Yes, so off we went. He scouted out the best route to get to Windsor and we took a bus, double-decker of course, to a train filled with other wedding watchers.
The trains were filled with people from all over the world, speaking a huge variety of languages and all seemed quite charmed by the event about to take place. Windsor is a smallish town fairly distant from London and very much like the places you see on TV shows.
With the help of the “Royal Wedding” signs around town and a local giving us directions as he watched from his front lawn this parade of people going past. We made it through security and safely on the grounds of Windsor Castle. About 100 yards in front of our location was a huge, movie screen size, TV for viewing the wedding. Now, just to wait. A camera in a tower on the grass was about 10 feet away and he was filming all around the area. When he turned the camera on the people right there a lot of flag waving and cheering happened. We were “officially” at least in our minds, a part of the royal wedding. We found a fairly open space to watch and settled in.
The people watching was fun and a few cars with guests and Megan with her Mom came right past us for us to all wave to. We then watched them disembark from those same cars at the front of the castle. Once the wedding started the grounds quieted a little but not completely. Many of us on the grass joined in with the songs and cheered the events happening. We all sang God Save The Queen and waited for the carriage to come past.
We were certainly rewarded for our efforts and were no more than 20 feet from the carriage and saw Prince Harry and Megan!!!!! This was never officially on my bucket list, but certainly is crossed off now. The locals asked what would this compare to back in the US. The only thing I could think of was seeing the President. I have luckily seen 3 and shaken hands with 2 and this felt the same.
Today for my early morning walk I started very early. In the midwest, many of us, missed spring. We had some nice spring days, then it got cold and rather than go back to spring the weather jumped into the middle of summer. We are having several days in the low 90’s which does not usually happen until late July or early August. Who stole spring?
I do love early morning and the nice mirror and stillness of the water. This photo surprised me with the pretty reflection of the clouds in the water. I was very lucky with this shot.
While I was walking among the lake houses my mind wandered back to my recent trip to England and many homes have names, not just the huge manor houses or castles. So I decided to name a few.
Eagles Nest went to a home that could be a tract home elsewhere. A simple 2 story aluminum sided house. But, this home has an enormous half dead tree in front, the kind I have seen eagles stand in to survey their next meal, it also had an eagle with its wings spread nailed above the doorway.
Another smallish home with beautiful blue siding became the Bluebirds Roost. We have long ago dubbed a quaint home The Witches Cottage because of the moon shaped cutouts in the shutters. So you can see, the is a bit of whimsy in this process.
So let’s get really cheeky as you might hear across the pond. This we call Skiers Rest. That is because they have used retired water skies to surround the mail box. Very clever.
We named this next one Evita’s Cottage because of the great view from the balcony overlooking the lake.
We also found a Rabbit Hutch due to the bunnies nibbling on their lawn. Lilac Cottage due to the purple flowers blooming throughout the lawn, no lilac bush in sight. Old School House is named for the large bell hanging near the front door and it never was a school to our knowledge. Whales Tale is due to the fact we saw an airline pilot getting out of her car one day. ( Pilot Whales in case you were wondering.) Guppy Cottage is due to the collection of fish always swimming near it.
What would you call your neighbor’s houses? I think I need to get busy and quilt small banners for the neighbors to hang in their homes or yards and let’s see if the names stick.
The greater Chicagoland area, much of the midwest for that matter, is experiencing some unusually cold weather this far into spring. There is a very easy solution, we all just have to head to where the warm is.
I think I can see Easter eggs hidden here.
We managed to sneak in a quick side trip to Washington DC for a few hours between cities. We knew it would be a short trip and only planned on one museum, but we got 2 in. DC, if you are on the east coast is a great quick trip for travelers of all ages and much of it is free.
The 2 we visited today were American History and Natural History, and as usual both were very busy. It is wonderful to see school children from the area and around the country at these museums. Our tax dollars keep them running and started them in the beginning, so what a good use of dollars.
Since we had a short time available, we could only have a quick trip to see some of the iconic items on display. The good part is, my teenage travel companions both loved them. We now have made plans to come and visit again!
The above are Natural History next is American History and they liked both for different reasons.
Looks like we found a quilt, but it is individual canvases. Very interesting.
I have been to visit the Atlanta area a number of times, the first time about 45 years ago. When I visited then, I came with a friend and neither one of us knew anyone here so we went to typical tourist places. Dinner at a recommended restaurant and shopping downtown. Now I have family and friends living in the area which allows me to come here more often. So I have their input about unique or the current fun place to see. This was my first visit back in about a year and we had free time to explore so I set out for a new adventure.
This visit, I discovered a great new place. The is a shopping area, not a shopping mall, called Ponce City Market. It is located in a converted Sears, Roebuck building. The building originally opened in 1926 and re-opened in its new form in 2014. The day we visited it was jam-packed with people everywhere.
There are great shops and restaurants, tons of parking, a wonderful industrial vibe throughout and entertainment at various times. Throughout a nod to the original use of the building by Sears.
The general experience in this place is much like Underground Atlanta was many years ago. The day was wonderful in every aspect and I look forward to making this a regular stop on my visits here in the future. Once again a chance for good food and great shopping in a new atmosphere.
One of the highlights of my summer in Anchorage, Alaska was a float plane trip. One of my grandsons came to visit and celebrate his birthday with mine, so we took a plane ride together in a Cessna that was 1 year younger than I am! It was beyond description amazing.
Our pilot was well versed in the options to find wildlife on the mountain ranges we flew over and we saw a lot. He took us over so many different glaciers, I lost count. One more beautiful than the next. We landed in a lake that was formed by the runoff from 3 glaciers, opened the door of the airplane and handed us a giant ice cube. about 12 inches, probably over 10,000 years old from a calving glacier.
I had to restrain myself and choose only a few photo’s. I have been very lucky, flying many places in the world, on big new 777’s and tiny old regional jets. Some aircraft that looked like a crop duster in little one gate no-where’s-ville. I have landed in huge modern international terminals, small antiquated international terminals. But this flight circling the mountains around Anchorage is one I will treasure. The best time flying ever.
My travel partners had a spring break, so we could take off for a few days. We wanted to take a longer trip and the winner is Hawaii. The choice was Honolulu because it was a direct flight, it has a lot to see in a small area, it has public transportation and we could fill a couple of wish/bucket list items.
The edge of Diamond Head from Waikiki Beach, if this is a dream please don’t wake me up, let me just pretend.
What a great place for a photo op, or backdrop for a wedding or just inhale the fragrance of the beautiful floral canopy.
A most amazing tree with blue lights on it at night. This thing was huge!
Sun going down the first evening. This place is way more magical than I ever thought and I have been to a few tropical islands with palm trees. It is also way more expensive than I ever imagined. Would I go back, in a heartbeat, as soon as my bank account recovers from the shock. After 2 days here, I was talking about moving as I have heard many others do.
More to follow in the next few days, we did a lot in a short stay. Mahalo.
This is one of the views from the Piper aircraft we flew in around Anchorage, Alaska. This is an area where three glaciers come together and have formed a lake from the “calving” off the glaciers.
This was taken from the open door of the Piper as we landed on the waters of that lake. The small iceberg in the photo is larger than the aircraft we flew in.
Another view from the airplane as we are going back to Anchorage. You can see the tall buildings in the background with some of Anchorage spread out below us. There is a lot of water and a lot of large trees within the city so a surprisingly large number of wild animals live within the city itself.
Probably one of the best trips I have ever taken, and if anyone ever asks you to go, do not hesitate, just say… Yes!
The color of outer space kind of baffles me. Is it the color I see when standing on earth trying to see as far as I can above me, is it the psychedelic color that appears in my mind. Not having been in outer space, I can only take a cue from others on this.
As I look at the definition, I get lost and am grateful to those who understand this kind of thing. Neutrinos and low density particles mixed with electromagnetic radiation sounds like the Ghostbusters movie to me. So, I opted to do some of the fabric selection available now if you were making a quilt about outer space.
We are in the Sky Blue zone today. Here in the Midwest we have gray skies and blue skies and sometimes that scary green sky before a tornado. My favorite uncle used to say his favorite color was sky blue-pink. It frustrated his children since there was no crayon for that, but as adults so many times we see a sky blue-pink and think fondly of him.
I made sure my picture had some contrast so the blue of the sky really bounces off the clouds and grass. This is another place it would be easy to get lost in, just lay down on the grass and watch the cloud formations roll by.
The next time you see this sky, send sweet thoughts to my uncle, or yours. Just hope you do it with a smile on your face. My quilts also reflect the sky, both blue and blue-pink. (One is vintage, 1940’s, so in that color wave.)