We spent last night in Lowestoft as part of our new programme of getting out and about. Last time we went to Suffolk the Government announced a lockdown. Two and a half years later we returned to Suffolk and the Queen died. I can’t help thinking that, after these two rehearsals, our next visit is likely to unleash the End of Days. We have agreed that before we go again we will study the portents and weigh up the possibility of releasing the rest of the Four Horsemen. Arguably, having brought about Pestilence and Death we have done our bit and can safely leave War to Putin and Famine to Panic Buying.
It was generally uneventful on the way down, seeing my sister for tea and cake and exploring a number of new roads which have been built since we last travelled. This was a little strange as the satnav kept going blank as we travelled across what it thought were open fields. Perhaps I should see about getting it updated. We stopped for sandwiches at ASDA in Bury St Edmunds. There wasn’t much choice and one of the packs was egg, tomato and salad cream. It’s not a sandwich I am keen to repeat.
In passing, the clivia mentioned in the Panic Buying link, is an heirloom plant, passed on by my Mum to Julia, who has been passing them on in turn.
The evening meal was fun, the night passed peacefully (hotel mattresses are always a bit of a lottery) and we went down for the All You Can Eat Breakfast. It’s a bit misleading, because they aren’t really committed to giving you all you can eat. In fact, the sausages are specially made to be about as big as my thumb. However, I still managed fruit, yoghurt, a Full English and several crumpets. It was a good meal, I was full, and we survived the rest of the day without needing much more food. When did need more food we had doughnuts from the seafront stall at Hunstanton. As you can see, all that health education isn’t going to waste.
On the way back from Hunstanton we passed Sandringham, where they had set up a one-way system and police presence to control the flow of flowers and sight-seers. This will be one of my few personal observations on recent events as I am unlikely to take much part in the Coronation and surrounding ceremonies.
The header picture commemorates the marriage of the then Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten. The other is the Coronation Souvenir given out by Mansfield Woodhouse in 1953. The quality of such offerings has declined over the years . . .
Written last night but published today as I fell asleep before finishing.
When you fall asleep while writing, is it head on the computer or do you tilt sideways or back? I often fall asleep reading but I hit myself in the face with my iPad so I wake up again
When I am setting at the table I tend to sleep sitting up or, occasionally, with my face on the keys. At the moment, clutching a laptop and sitting in an armchair, I either wake up when it hits the floor or wake with cramp in my hand from gripping the laptop. I am currently trying to cultivate the habit of going to bed before I flake out. 🙂
I can’t write with the laptop in my lap. I get that goes against the grain of a laptop, but it’s how I roll
I struggle too, but I’m too lazy to clear space on my desk. I used to work my old laptop using a bluetooth mouse and as plug in keyboard. Very 19th Century. 🙂
Clear the desk! My inbox was getting unruly…had to tackle that this morning
🙂 I know that feeling too.
How like her father is Queen Elizabeth in the Mansfield Woodhouse medal.
I hadn’t noticed, but when I looked again, you are right. It i9s a striking similarity.
I have found over the years, that the monarch lived in a very different world from me so unlike many, I have never felt a personal connection to a king or queen. I don’t feel that this is going to change much with Charles, even though I notice that he is my liege lord apparently.
I did notice Scotland seemed to feature quite a lot in the Accession formalities.
They like to have somewhere civilised to live.
🙂 When you have staff and a castle I suspect anywhere can be civilised.
I will miss the Queen. Most of my ancestors come from the British Isles and I feel a connection with them and the people. It is sort of an “End of Days” that we knew, and the beginning of a new era, a blank slate yet to be written upon.
Best to you and Julia.
Thirty years ago I had a low opinion of Charles, but I must admit I think he’s going to do well. He seems to have a grasp of what needs doing to bring the monarchy into the 21st century.