Wednesday, October 19, 2016

England

Ok, I promised some pictures from our honeymoon and I am finally getting around to doing that.  First I am going to do England.  We arrived in London on the 14th.  We were staying in the Kensington area.  The first evening we walked to Kensington Park and then to Kensington Palace.  It was closing by the time we got there but the docent was so nice to stand and talk to us for a while.  Some interesting facts we learned.  Kensington Palace is the palace in the UK that has the largest number of royals living in it.  Prince William and his family and Prince Harry are some of the royals in residence.  The Queen does not live in Buckingham Palace, she lives in St. James' Palace.  Buckingham Palace is her office.  She goes there only to work.  Kensington Gardens belongs to Kensington Palace and beyond the garden is Hyde Park.  If you walk down a little narrow street behind Kensington Palace you come upon the Israeli Consulate.  On that street you are not permitted to take photos.  At the back of the palace where the royals come in and out there are guards with assault rifles.  When you go by the Israeli Consulate they have more guards with assault rifles and if you try to take a picture, they will tell you that you are not allowed to take pictures.  Here's a couple of pictures I took of the area:
 Kensington Garden
Kensington Palace
 Kensington Palace

Here is the view from our hotel room

Something I found really odd is that all the windows in the hotels in the UK and in the B & B's open from the top!  It's the strangest thing I've ever seen and they don't open far.  They tilt in at the top of the sash about 5 inches.

The following are pictures of our ramble around London proper:

 The street above reminds me strongly of a street from the British Sherlock Holmes series I watch.  The one where he projects the Dr. Watson's wife's face on the building.
 This is the Parish Church of St. Stephen.  It is a lovely little church right in the middle of a bunch of tall buildings.  Unfortunately, it was closed when we went by.
 Big Ben of course.  Cannot go buy without take a picture of that iconic clock.
 The horses lining up preparing for the changing of the guard.  They all ride black horses.
Westminster.  Such a lovely place!  Loved it!

We took a bus tour of London in an open top double decker bus.  It was hot but it was so fun!  The tour guides we had were so fun and gave us all kinds of information.  London Proper has no residences, it's all businesses.  You have to go outside of London Proper to live.  London has no gas stations.  You have to drive out of London to find a gas station.  We exhausted ourselves going all around London.  I did want to see the silver vaults and the Natural History Museum but by the time we got there I didn't want to do a tour.  I will have to do that next time.  We had to take cabs a couple of times and the cabbies were so nice and didn't try to take us the long way around, we really appreciated it.  They were also a font of information about London.  I will tell you I was rather shocked when we got there, Tim and I went for a stroll in the area of the hotel and a man walking on the opposite side of the road walked up to a tree in the sidewalk and unzipped and peed on the tree, despite the fact that there were people walking down both sides of the street!  I was mortified.  Evidently, that is common place.  The other thing that I really didn't like was that all the trash bins sit on the sidewalk and had evidently not been emptied so you smelled garbage everywhere.  It was very crowded.  While there are some things that I would like to see in London we won't be staying in London again.  I want to go to the North of England and then we will definitely be returning to Scotland.

I have several more pictures but most of them are on film.  I will get it developed and post more.  Next it will be Dover UK and Calais France.

Be blessed and enjoy the rest of your week.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

A whirl wind...

For the last several weeks it has been a whirl wind in my life.  We got married on the 10th of September.  I spent the night before the wedding in the cabin we had rented and actually knitted and had wine.  Had a real wild night don't you know.  LOL!
I'll post a couple of the photos I like the best.




It was lovely and simple and exactly what we wanted.  Since this is not the first wedding for either of us, we didn't want a lot of fan fare.  We stayed the weekend in a cabin and then went home on Sunday because I had to be to work first thing Monday.

Love is funny and the Lord has His own ideas about who should be together.  When I first met Tim my first thought was that we would be good friends.  Little did I know that more was in store for us. We are friends but so much more than that.  We make each other laugh and just enjoy being together. I thank the Lord that for the second time, He has given me the right man.

In the coming weeks I'll will post about our honeymoon and the places we visited.  Just a hint we went to England, France and Scotland. I took several digital photos but mostly 35 mm which I have to get developed.

I hope you have a great week.  Be Blessed!