Timber ahoy! – last Friday I had the ultimate example of preparedness … and how things might go wrong, or just get stuck for a while … and knowing that I might be ready to return to blogging realised I was not prepared.
|Men getting prepared to chop the trees|
|Dark and Gloomy - the day was too ...|
but the thickness of the trees gave us privacy
I am always thinking – ah! that could be great content for a blog post … wherever I go and whatever I do … the brain is triggered into contemplating … that could be a great example ... I could write about that, or at least incorporate it. Trouble is I rarely settle to write … I ‘keep’ it safely locked away, or squirrel it away in various paper nests!
|Denise's caption header: Cafe Writer|
|I love the colours here|
Denise’s Couch called to me to return on the day Queen Elizabeth II will become our longest-reigning monarch; as at today +/- 17.30 pm Greenwich Mean Time … the Queen will have surpassed Queen Victoria’s long reign of 23,226 days, 16 hours and 23 minutes on the throne!! (63 years and 7 months to put it more simply!)
Was I prepared to return? … as these tree fellers were … no! The Queen however had had some time to prepare … just over fourteen years from Edward VIII’s abdication in 1936: which must have been a huge shock … a stumbling block – which the family overcame.
She has served us with a willingness that few show … there will have been and will be many programmes on her reign and the Royal Family - so I’ll just tell one snippet, which amused me …
The Winkle Club in Hastings is a famous charitable organisation formed in 1882 by Hastings fishermen to help the underprivileged families of Hastings Old Town.
Apart from some specially selected local residents, Winkle Club members have included a few very illustrious personalities such as Sir Winston Churchill, Neil Hamilton (American actor) and HRH Queen Elizabeth II (who became a member in 1951, when she was still Princess Elizabeth), who were/are honorary members.
|A painting recording Churchill's Membership|
The Queen and Prince Philip both appear to be in rude health for an 89 year old, and a 94 year old … who still appear to be very much in love – as Victoria was with Albert, her Prince – so long may she reign.
|The Winkle statue on Winkle Island -|
a pavement area between the town
I am looking forward to being back and being involved again – it’s been helpful to have had this long break – but I enjoy the stimulation.
Denise’s Blog gives us great variety … on Australia, on Writing, on Travelling – she seems to spend a lot of time in the middle of the Pacific on amazing islands! – and on time in cafes … yet her passion is obviously cake, cake, cake and more cake … always tempting us to visit her Café … and couch, as I am today … telling a little of myself …
|Trees down, with one lopped|
The men turned up, laid out their gear, started with the cherry tree and demolished that … they then started on the Leylandii – which are prolific growers, and have never been thinned out …
|Need for thinning|
However the stumbling block occurred – the second of the three trees threatened to fall into next door – remedial action was needed. Man up tree … from the bottom thinning as he went … it was somewhat time consuming – but led to being safely reduced to ground level.
|Summer Pasta Salad|
As I don’t own the place, so don’t have a say, what will be put in their place … is totally I should think unthought about.
|I've had way too much fun being out and about!|
I’ve missed you all … and look forward to being around – and thank Denise for waiting for her couch visit …
Let's eat cake together ... one of Denise's favourite - Toblerone Cake
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