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3rd-Dec-2017 05:51 pm - London 2017, #5
James - Discovery Channel
No matter how many times I visit, I love The V&A and The British Museum ... and here are a few images from both -

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3rd-Dec-2017 12:58 pm - The Cenotaph
Poppy Wreath
So, as promised .... here is my London Post #4

In England we keep the 2nd Sunday of November as Remembrance Sunday, as well as actually on the 11th, as well.  This year was the first year that The Queen would not be laying a wreath.  Prince Philip had pulled out, but at the age of 95 and wearing full dress uniform complete with sword, it can't be easy to walk backwards off the steps.  The Queen opted to stay with him, but again it's not the easiest manouver.

Therefore the security was greater this year ... complete with face recognition photography, scans and extra police .... as well as bag searches.  However, as you will see, the Queen was much more visible than she had been in the past.

Still, as well as seeing her, it was lovely to be part of our national memorial.

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1st-Dec-2017 10:03 am - London Photos #3
Poppy Wreath
One of the reasons for going to London this weekend, despite the bugs, was to go to the Cenotaph service on Remembrance Sunday.

Well I also went to The Field of Remembrance in St Margaret's Churchyard .... and wandered round Westminster itself.

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Cenotaph photos to follow
30th-Nov-2017 04:39 pm - HMS Belfast
Ocean Waves
As I said yesterday, my meander around Tower Hill was because I was on my way to HMS Belfast. I have been a couple of times in the past, the last time was when I visited with Annemarie back in 1986!!

Wikepedia -
HMS Belfast is a museum ship, originally a light cruiser built for the Royal Navy, currently permanently moored on the River Thames in London, England, and operated by the Imperial War Museum.

Construction of Belfast, the first ship in the Royal Navy to be named after the capital city of Northern Ireland and one of ten Town-class cruisers, began in December 1936. She was launched on St Patrick's Day 1938. Commissioned in early August 1939 shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War, Belfast was initially part of the British naval blockade against Germany. In November 1939, Belfast struck a German mine and spent more than two years undergoing extensive repairs. Belfast returned to action in November 1942 with improved firepower, radar equipment, and armour. Belfast saw action escorting Arctic convoys to the Soviet Union during 1943 and in December 1943 played an important role in the Battle of North Cape, assisting in the destruction of the German warship Scharnhorst. In June 1944, Belfast took part in Operation Overlord supporting the Normandy landings. In June 1945, Belfast was redeployed to the Far East to join the British Pacific Fleet, arriving shortly before the end of the Second World War. Belfast saw further combat action in 1950–52 during the Korean War and underwent an extensive modernisation between 1956 and 1959. A number of further overseas commissions followed before Belfast entered reserve in 1963.

During WWII, Dad volunteered for the Navy, and with his job, he would have ended up in the engine room. However because of his job he was actually in a reserved occupation (working on The Thames, although further along the Essex coast).

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29th-Nov-2017 12:23 pm - Tower Hill, etc
Sword of Sacrifice
I actually made use of "Black Friday" weekend this time .... having taken thousands of photos over the years, my friend Christine suggested that I did what she does ... print a few photos of each trip, celebration, so there are a few per year, with the rest still in cyberland. So managed to get quite a few photos printed at half price. So that will be a task at some point to get them in albums.

As I am off work still this week, I am managing to get a few photos of my London trip posted.

This first set is of around the Tower Hill area. I went to The Tower a couple of years back, but this time I was on my way to see HMS Belfast (photos in next set)

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23rd-Nov-2017 02:49 pm - Happy Thanksgiving
... or is it "Tie Spike to a chair, and make a bear" Day

Anyway, whichever one, I hope that those who celebrate have a lovely day with family and friends .... and here is a picture of Plymouth Rock, to remind us where this all started from.

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22nd-Nov-2017 01:17 pm - Only Me!!
James - my name
Off work again this week. Saw another GP (as mine is on holiday). This doc is actually a good friend of my brother, although I find him hard to get on with! However he is a good doc, and gave me a diagnosis of continued virus affecting my asthma - with an overall diagnosis over the last 2 months of "Unfortunate-itis" !! He has sent me for a routine chest x-ray, so I was able to speak to my department in person (and apologise, because even though I know I shouldn't, I still feel guilty).

Anyway, I am still being a good girl and resting loads. I have sorted some of my London photos, so will post them soon-ish, but while you are waiting for them, thought you might like to see this video. I heard about it on the radio this morning. I have never been able to solve a Rubik's cube, although my brother Nick could ... however, not quite like this -

So, get practising, folks.
20th-Nov-2017 12:24 pm - Congratulations Mr & Mrs Mountbatten
HRH The Queen
I am a Royalist, and am happy that anyone knows that.  However even for those who aren't, it is marvellous to celebrate a Platinum Wedding Anniversay.  I do hope that they are able to enjoy wonderful memories .... and plan for the daays ahead!

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These 70th anniversary portraits were taken by British photographer Matt Hollyoak at Windsor Castle.  Queen, 91, and Prince Philip, 96, pose against a platinum background to mark the very special anniversary
The sequence of three photographs sees the Queen wearing a cream Angela Kelly dress and the Scarab brooch in yellow gold, carved ruby and diamond given as a personal gift from the Duke to the Queen in 1966

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16th-Nov-2017 04:04 pm - Am Home - But Ill (again!!)
James - silhouette
I had a great trip, and even though I didn't over-do it, as my last day progressed I began to feel rough again .... and since then, other than collecting Jiffy and taking him for walks, my only other time out of the house has been to the docs .... and getting penicillin.

Have another virus, but it has settled in my sinuses, hence the need of anti-biotics.

So, photos, and catching up will have to wait.  However, until then, I thought I would share this great sign I saw -

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Brilliant, isn't it. More photos will follow as soon as I can.
8th-Nov-2017 07:19 pm - #5
Does not like bugs - HPI
..... of what, you ask!

This is the fifth viral infection that has floored me this year .... twice since I got back from The States.  All my doctor notes is that I am unlucky.  At least this time I didn't get stuck in bed for a month.

I was taken ill suddenly on Sunday, having had a normal Saturday, I saw my doctor the following day, and he said it was a viral sinus infection that had totally screwed my asthma.  Anyway I am certainly a lot better, although not 100%, however I am still going to London, as planned, tomorrow.

I took Jiffy to Moira this afternoon, and I was pleased that he pulled towards her when we got there, so was pleased he was obviously happy.  She did ask about my past questions and worries, but I assured her that if I had been truly concerned then I wouldn't have re-booked him.  So I was also impressed that she raised the matter, I wasn't going to.

So he is on holiday, and I go tomorrow.  So having been MIA this week with the bugs, I will be missing until next week.  I will be taking photos (of course), but am not keeping a blog on this trip, and will post a few photos next week.  I will try to get caught up with comments before I go, however I haven't thought about packing, and need an early night.

So, see you all on the flip-side ... and hopefully see deborahw37 sooner than that!!
4th-Nov-2017 03:37 pm - Wells Bishops Palace
The Bishop's Palace and accompanying Bishops House at Wells in the English county of Somerset, is adjacent to Wells Cathedral and has been the home of the Bishops of the Diocese of Bath and Wells for 800 years. Building of the palace started around 1210 by Bishops Jocelin of Wells and Reginald Fitz Jocelin. The chapel and great hall were added by Bishop Robert Burnell between 1275 and 1292. The walls, gatehouse and moat were added in the 14th century by Bishop Ralph of Shrewsbury. The Bishops House was added in the 15th century by Bishop Thomas Beckington. The great hall later fell into disrepair and was partially demolished around 1830. Wikepedia

So, there we are, the basic history ... now you can see a few images of a very enjoyable time

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So, now you have seen a few of the photos I took on my day out with Christine. Well worth the drive.
3rd-Nov-2017 05:38 pm - In Love Of Horses
curiouswombat has reminded me, via her latest post about her hristmas Shopping, that although I spnsor a guide dog in Mum's name I have never got round to sponsoring a horse.

I loved my 15 years of riding and do miss their company.  Horses are beautiful creatures, and how they get abused is more than beyond me.

Many of you have known me for some time and have read about my riding with DJ, my Connemara namesake; however, although he was very special, he wasn't my first love.  His name was Jaykub, and when he died in 2003, at the age of 10, he broke my heart. I had fallen in love with him at first sight, and had the honour of actually owning him for just over 18 months ... and also knowing he loved me.

Anyway, as I was looking at web-sites, I saw this poem ... well known, but as ever, meaning a lot.

The Rainbow Bridge For Horses
Author Unknown

By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,
is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.
Where the friends of man and woman do run,
when their time on earth is over and done.

For here, between this world and the next,
is a place where beloved creatures find rest.
On this golden land, they wait and they play,
til The Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.

No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,
for here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.
Their limbs are restored, their health renewed.
Their bodies have healed with strength imbued.

They trot through the grass without even a care,
til one day they whinny and sniff at the air.
All ears prick forward, eyes sharp and alert.
Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the herd.

For just at that second, there's no room for remorse.
As they see each other...one person...one horse.
So they run to each other, these friends from long past
The time of their parting is over at last.

The sadness they felt while they were apart
has turned to joy once more in each heart.
They nuzzle with a love that will last forever.
And then, side-by-side, they cross over...together.

Still miss you Jaykub (& DJ)
3rd-Nov-2017 05:14 pm - Wells 2
James - totally fascinated
I posted some photos of Wells Cathedral here and am now adding a few photos from outside, and around the city.

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And a final photo found in the toilets of the Bishops Palace tea-shop
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The Bishops Palace photos are still to come.
2nd-Nov-2017 05:08 pm - Hyppocrates
Some of you know that I am one of the maintainers on photo_scavenger now, and this weeks topic is FAITH - so I thought I would share my post with you.

I work at a large hospital and this photo was taken on my phone, so not great quality. It is the centre of our Chapel. The cross is made from a tree that was on the property, and blown down about 10 years ago. However, it is a tree that is a direct relative of the tree that Hippocrates used to sit under, on the Greek Island of Kos. (Mum, Dad & I saw the tree when we were there in 2007

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Greek physician Hippocrates (460 BC - 370 BC) is the author of the oath, and for those who have never read it, enjoy.

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31st-Oct-2017 05:44 pm - Wells Cathedral
Just Believe - Josph from V
As I said when I posted over the weekend, Christine and I went to Wells for the day.  Wells is the smallest English city, with a stunning Cathedral ...

The present cathedral was begun about 1175 on a new site to the north of the old minster church. Bishop Reginald de Bohun brought the idea of a revolutionary architectural style from France, and Wells was the first English cathedral to be built entirely in this new Gothic style. The first building phase took about eighty years, building from east to west, culminating in the magnificent West Front. About 300 of its original medieval statues remain

By 1313 a high tower topped by a lead covered wooden spire had been constructed but as the foundations were not stable large cracks began to appear in the tower structure. In fear of a total collapse, several attempts at internal strengthening and buttressing were made, until the famous ‘scissor arches’ were put in place by master mason William Joy as a final solution. The scissor arches, which often visitors believe to be later, modern additions were constructed from 1338-48 as an engineering solution to a very real problem.

As ever it is hard to capture this building, but I had a go. There was a rehearsal for a choir concert that evening, so it was lovely to have a musical accompaniment.

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