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Sirius B: Hope things work out on the quit smoking plan.
Won_Two: Here’s hoping you become a fast healer and all is well soon.
Royal Trivia I have just been watching the Trooping of the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade in London to mark the Queen’s Official Birthday and the weather was ideal fine and bright but cool. The event ends after a processession of all the participants down the Mall back to Buckingham Palace where the extended Royal Farmily watched from the balcony. This was the Duchess of Cambridge’s last public appearance before the birth of the expected baby, who, regardless of sex, will be the third in line to the throne. (She looked gorgeous by the way). I learned of an unfamiliar tradition which I thought you might find of interest. The royal birth announcement will be greeted by a 21-gun salute by the King’s Troop and the discarded shell of the first shot fired will be presented to the mother as a memento, presumably suitably inscribed.
GRAYMAYNE, does the queen still ride at the Trooping of the Colour or is she confined to a carriage these days? I always thought she was quite handsome on the back of her horse riding side saddle. I’ll have to find some photos from today. I presume The British Monarchy page on Facebook will put some up. That is interesting about the gift of a shell casing. I wonder how long that has been going on?
I am up and trying to make sure our suitcases are fully packed again. We never really unpacked from last weekend, sort of living out of our suitcases at home, and doing laundry and putting it back in so the bags would be in a constant state of readiness.
Lady Hawke The Queen hasn’t ridden her horse to the Trooping of the Colour for some years, but Prince Charles, Princes Royal and Prince William do. Today she travelled in the Glass Coach and was accompanied by the Duke of Kent who wasn’t well enough to ride with Prince Charles etc. Prince Philip, who would normally accompany the Queen is still recovering from his operation in the London Clinic.
MM The baby is due in July but I don’t know the date.
My son has gone to an End of Exams Party at a friends house. Even though he has one more paper left, most other students have finished by now. He has been really looking forward to it, and I have been assured parents will be present!!!! About 30 kids are going.
Thinking of Lady Hawke and Won.
We have arrived safely at the hotel, have rested and are changing clothes in preparation to leave for the funeral home.
We arrived to find my father left his medicine boxes at home. So we visited a pharmacy to get supplies for three days. The first one didn’t have everything we needed so we must stop at another to complete our order en route to the funeral home.
My father’s 90TH birthday is tomorrow as well as Father’s Day. Since we are here for a funeral I’m afraid we will have to celebrate next weekend.
DS has collected son from party. He danced! With real girls!! A little alcohol was imbibed, but he is fine. The parents supervised discreetly and sensibly.
I am so glad son went. He is such a homebody, he doesn’t go out in the evenings with his friends at all. I am actually glad he had a bit to drink and went out and socialised. It’s only since he’s been on facebook, (and no, I’m not allowed to friend him, lol!) that I know he has a lot of friends and actually talks to them. He is so quiet and volunteers little.
Lady Hawke, my best wishes to your Father on his 90th birthday, and I hope you all celebrate in style next weekend. In the meantime, I hope this sad weekend goes as well as it can.
Lady Hawke I hope this is the last serious illness or funeral you will have to attend for a long time. ;)
Won Hurray for power. I would have made a lousy pioneer. I am too fond of my electric toys. ;)
Sirius B I hope the end of smoking is successful. Congratulations on even being ready to make the attempt and for having a plan. ;)
We have decided that the DS needs to make about 60 Christmas ornaments before the end of November. So thats about a dozen per month, in addition to his other projects. ;)
Maybe the royal baby will be born on my birthday! ;)
On Friday I watched Salmon Fishing in the Yemen for the second time starring Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt and Kristin Scott Thomas. These are fine actors and do not let you down in this quirky film directed by Lasse Hallstrom (Chocolat). It has a 12 rating but it includes some bedroom scenes of a modest but questionable nature, and some bad language from one character. Don’t miss any chance to see this, its like a refreshing breeze on a hot, sticky day.
Last night a large group of family went to dinner at a buffet restaurant. We arrived back at the room at about 10 PM. They were having to drive home at distance 60 to 90 minutes away.
Before the funeral today we are having lunch with one of my first cousin’s once removed and her husband. Afterward another first cousin, once removed is having everyone to her home. So, we are not as isolated as we were last weekend.
ASTI, in the US it is very chancey for parents to host “drinks” parties for underage children, even under adult supervision. I think the drinking age is uniformly 21 years old. You can be prosecuted for providing alcohol and if someone comes to harm or has a car accident you willheld liable. There is a paranoia in this country now about alcohol and teenagers and being the adult who supplied them the alcohol. Maybe it is because we are such a “car culture”. No one walks. Everyone drives from the time they are 16 or the lowest driving age legal in their state. That does not mean underage children can’t access alcohol and that parents don’t sometimes provide it but if anything untoward happens you will be strung up and hung.
*Asti*’- I was just about to say the same thing LadyHawke said. Here in the US you could go to jail for providing alcohol to a minor. Minor being under 21.
Yet I know that the rest of the world does not follow that law. :)
We went to Mexico once and ate at a local restaurant with the entire family. My son who at the time was 16 ordered a beer and the waiter brought it to him. He thought it was a riot. My husband confiscated it and told him that although we were in a country where it was legal for him to drink… We were abiding and raising him with US laws. :). The DS drank the beer. :)
Ironsos Would it be best if I simply deleted it? I just popped in and saw what you meant by the alphabet bottom line. I’m not very technically minded:(
Graymayne: Deleting the post from cc would stop anyone from accidently opening it. I
just deleted it from my e-mail account.
While I am not encouraging or supporting underage drinking, attitudes here seem more relaxed. We tend to assume that kids of 16 or 17 will try alcohol, given the opportunity. We thought drink probably would be around last night, and talked to son……. Told him to try it if he wanted but just to stick to one drink. He admitted to two, and I believe him. He certainly wasn’t drunk, was steady on his feet and could talk clearly, but was definitely chattier than usual!
This morning, though not really hungover, (despite my facebook post, lol!) his head certainly felt different than usual. I am glad of that. A taste of what alcohol can do the morning after is no bad thing!
If kids are going to try drink, I’d far rather it was in an environment like last night, with sober, adult supervision, than with a group of mates with three litre bottles of strong lager in a park somewhere!
Yes, it is against the law to buy for, sell to or provide a child with alcohol. The legal age here is 18.
Graymayne, have you read the book? I really liked it.
Yesterday my daughters came by to take me garage sales with them. It was unexpected. They called and wanted to know if I was dressed. I said yes and they told me to be ready in 5 minutes. I was. The good thing is we stopped at this nice house where the lady had really nice things to sell. She also had a leather couch that was for sale but no price on it. I tried it out by sitting and laying on it. It was so comfortable. Anyway we got to talking and she gave me the couch. She said she wanted it to go to someone who would appreciate it. This is made from ……oh I forget but it is a good furniture maker. I have been looking for a couch for over a year but just could not bring myself to spend the money to buy something that was not necessary.
That was my good news. The bad news is my microwave gave up the ghost this morning. I went to Walmart and bought a new one this afternoon. I hope it last as many years as the last one did. This one was small but I used it in my trailer that we fixed up to use as a camper when we went camping. This was what we used in between having an actual campers.
My grandsons went to pick it up for me today. I got up early this morning and straightened up downstairs. I put the futon that is mygranddaughters down there. This is the one the dogs have been sleeping on. Of course they wanted to lay on the new couch but I would not let them. I showed them their couch downstairs. I have had to make Harley get down off the couch a couple of times but I think he is finally getting the message that he can’t sleep on this couch. It will seem strange for awhile to me to sit on a couch. You remember my daughter has my couch at her house. I just left it for her when I moved back home.
Asti No, I haven’t read the book. I wonder how close the film is to the book? There are plenty of warm reviews on IMDb.
CoolG Great news about the couch, what a lovely lady!
Ironsos All clear on cc. Thanks:)
Tonight I watched the first episode of a BBC production called The White Queen adapted from three novels by Philippa Gregory who is a historian as well as a writer. Henry IV is played by Max Irons (The Host), a lusty young man who looks good with his shirt off. It is screened at 9.0pm after children are supposed to be in bed. A good quality production.
I still have a ways to go in my reading, but got to the part where Harry meets Molly and the other Weasleys and stopped because I about teared up. My two favorite adult characters in the series have always been Hagrid and Molly because, though Harry grew up in a “family” environment where he was never truly cared for, Hagrid and Molly each end up caring for Harry very much like family – Hagrid like a close uncle and Molly in a very motherly way. I’ll jump ahead here to OotP where the members of the Order are debating how much information Harry should be given about what has been going on and Sirius says, “He’s not your son” and Molly replies, “He’s as good as” and Harry having been touched by this. About Molly asking about the platform number, it sounds to me like she’s just quizzing the kids about it, particularly since it is Ron’s first year.
Okay, back to my reading, and Won, woohoo about the power being back on.
One more thing, I love how what Molly says about how to get onto the train platform is very descriptive of how faith works and also good advice for launching out in a new endeavor that you may be nervous about:
“All you have to do is walk straight at the barrier between platforms nine and ten. Don’t stop and don’t be scared you’ll crash into it, that’s very important. Best do it at a bit of a run if you’re nervous.”
Miss Hagid So you’re on CoS? ;)
I’m listening to SS/PS as reafd by Stephen Frye (UK version). In Chapter 8 at the beginning of class with Flitwick, What does Flitwick call in the US version? The UK version says “register” but since we do not generally use that word for roll call or taking attendance, I was wondering what the difference in the book was. (I know, poorly worded! You all know what I mean.) ;)
Sorry read not feafd, whatever that means. In the broader sense it means I still cannot type. ;)
Deanie In the US version is says that Flitwick “took the roll call”. I own the first and the seventh book in hardback, clothbound, and the first two books in a leather-bound collectors edition with gold-edged pages. I confess to preferring Arthur Levine’s book quality although I never liked the art on the covers. The UK books have no list of chapter headings, so finding a particular passage is a slower process.