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    • Jun22

      Off with her head! 👑🪓

      June 22, 2022 in England ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      After a full English breakfast with all the trimmings I reluctantly headed to the Kilburn Park underground… not only was it operational but it was quiet. It seemed people heeded the warning not to travel unless it was urgent… When you are on holidays from Australia 🇦🇺 travel is always urgent because it’s made up of lifetime opportunities & experiences that you just can’t give up on! I’m certainly not going to sit on my hands for the last week of my holiday and put adventures on hold or in the too hard basket 🧺

      Excitedly I arrived at King Henry the VIII Palace! I picked up an audio guide and off I went… The kitchens were fascinating because all of the meat was boiled before it was roasted. Then spices were added so that it actually had some flavour. The kitchens would’ve been so hot because there was six fires going at once in there. Henry predominantly ate meat and there were usually two courses with 40 dishes in each course! 🐷🐬🐏🐄🐓🐀🍖🍗🥩🥩🥩🍷🍷🍷

      Tracy Borman was the audio guide historian. She is my favourite all time Royal historian with her chosen expertise in the Tudor times. 👑❤️
      I’d absolutely LOVE ❤️ her job! Her office is at Kensington Palace in Queen Victoria’s nursery.

      It was a myth that King Henry and his court only drink beer and wine. They also drink a lot of water which was piped in from the local spring.

      Very annoyingly there were school groups touring the Palace at the same time as me. How I was a teacher I will never know! They were rowdy, misbehaving and so naughty 👿 Spoiling everybody’s quiet 🤫 enjoyment. Reminded me of my teaching days in London; which were hideous. The children were the worst behaved in the world apparently. Australian and Canadian teachers were loved because of our great discipline training. I recall one teaching day I was told to just keep them busy for the day. They were beyond learning anything! 🙃🤯

      I have been constantly reminded during this trip also of the loud, obnoxious, overemphasised voice of the species known as the American tourist! 😳🫢

      William the third lived here in the 18th century and was very private. He did not allow the public to watch him eating lunch, which Henry did. This made him much less popular. Watching the monarch dine was a great exercise in public relations! Take a note Leanne LOL 😝 you need to hold court at lunchtime in Sunny ☀️ Brunny! Public dining was the social media of the day.

      It is said that on certain nights, Catherine Howard’s (4th wife) screams, pleading for her life can be heard in hallway of King 👑 Henry’s Apartments.

      The Georgian part of history was fascinating too. Much of the Tudor architecture was destroyed for the new dynasty. Lavish parties were commonplace often. Sounds like a fun period! 🎊 The most intimate members of the Prince & Princess of Wales watched King George getting dressed! 🙈

      The Georgian era ended Monarchy living at Hampton Court Palace 🛑

      I absolutely love the Medieval 🏰 Tudor times and this palace was fascinating. I spent four hours exploring and 10,000 steps… I could have easily spent all day!

      Unfortunately (…or fortunately…) The train stopped running from Hampton Court because there was a suicide on the line. This is extremely sad and the cockney station 🚉 guard was not being very empathetic; essentially bleating on about how hard it will now be for her to get home! 😳👎🏻
      Hopefully they will run again sometime later this afternoon. In the meantime I’m doing the lemon 🍋 into lemonade dance again and having drinks and lunch at a cute local pub! 🍺

      To commemorate Henry himself I’m having a pale ale pie with clotted cream mash, buttered leeks, savoy cabbage and rich ale gravy! 🥧
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      I've got a copy of Ye Old Henry at home🤣🤣


      I know and I love ❤️ it! I might do up my own now 😝😝😝🪓🪓🪓


      I totally understand your comments about the loud and obnoxious yanks. They are so embarrassing ( generalisation here). Once in Vietnam we had a USA lady ask if she could tag along with us, I walked super fast so she couldn’t keep up ( nasty Julesi !!!) [Jules]


      Good! I just find them insufferable 😩 even when they are talking to each other they are over exaggerating everything they ask each other or say… I don’t care about generalisation they pretty much all the same! As you would probably agree… You know me very much for not being politically correct 👎🏻😳😝🪓🪓🪓

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    • Day5

      Christmas Day

      December 25, 2019 in England ⋅ ☀️ 7 °C

      Christmas Day ! Everyone was up early to get stuck into all the presents under the tree.

      It was a glorious sunny day so we went for a walk (and climb) in Richmond Park.

      Then it was time to get stuck into the festivities. Negronis all round, and then Christmas lunch was a triumph - beef wellington, pudding and trifle.

      Everyone fell into bed with new Xmas books and reading companions.
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    • Day36

      Hampton Court

      January 12, 2020 in England ⋅ ⛅ 50 °F

      Came here as a kid and recall having a great run through the maze. The castle presentations have changed a lot since then, but the maze was still fun. I made it all the way in and back out without help from the spotter man.

      The kitchens were open. There were costumed interpreters cooking a real roast on an open fire. As Henry VIII loved sugar, there was also a costumed confectioner making edible confetti.
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    • Day7

      Ice-skating at Hampton Court

      December 27, 2019 in England ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

      Today we all headed out to nearby Hampton Court Palace where an ice-skating rink was set up for the Christmas season.

      After a few turns of the ice rink, we got tickets into the palace and grounds. Hampton Court Palace is where King Henry VIII set up court, and it is now a historical museum. There are real working kitchens with huge hunks of meat roasting, and pies cooking.

      We wandered through the Great Hall, reading about Tudor dining etiquette: "Don't shift your buttocks left and right as if to let off some blast. Sit neatly and still".

      Henry's Counsel Chamber is set up with projections of all the main players (Cromwell, Cardinal Wolsey etc) holding forth with advice and opinion.

      There were also actors in costume roaming around acting out hilarious scenes about a group of players coming to court to entertain Queen Elizabeth. Lots of Shakespearean confusion, cross-dressing and audience participation.
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    • Day5

      St Stephen's Church

      March 6, 2019 in England ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

      Mit der U-Bahn sind wir dann ein ganzes Stück aus London rausgefahren und haben da mit einem Team von drei Pastoren in der St Stephen‘s Kirche auch über Church Planting Projekte - jetzt in der Praxis und nicht vornehmlich mehr Theorie wir am Morgen - geredet. Die waren alle nett und Tee und Flapjack war auch wieder mal sehr gut.
      Eine schöne Kirche mit einem interessanten Einblick in den Versuch wieder mehr Menschen dazu zu bewegen zur Kirche zu gehen.
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    • Day156

      Day 157: Day Alone

      July 21, 2017 in England ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      More relaxing, Netflix, gaming and dog walking today. Today's difference was that Shandos went into London on her own, where she visted the V&A and the Saatchi galleries. I wasn't super interested so decided to stay home and mind the dogs.Read more


      At the park


      Another nice sausage dog that we met!

    • Day154

      Day 154: Relaxing

      July 19, 2017 in England ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      Not much happening today at all. Went to Tesco's to buy more supplies (our lunches are their 3 pound meal deals of sandwich/snack/drink, and our dinners are often their pre-prepared chilled meals which are cheap and tasty).

      Took the dogs for a walk. Did a bit of research for Netherlands and Belgium coming up. Played a bunch of Diablo 3 which has a new expansion, whoops. Watched some Netflix. Good fun.
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      Dogs patrolling the house


      No running around today, cricket on the village green instead!

    • Day153

      Day 153: Working

      July 18, 2017 in England ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      Knuckled down today and got all of my work done! Finally caught up with videos that needed editing - I had to finish some from Ireland and England, as well as the one from Westminster Abbey. I'd been putting that one off because I wasn't able to film inside Westminster Abbey and would need to source non-copyright images from official channels, but it was easier than I thought and the end result was quite good (I think!).

      Also finally finished my "About Me" video which has been a work-in-progress since about week 2 of the journey. It's just so different from my other videos, I really need to be in the right frame of mind to work on it.

      Happy with the amount that I'd gotten done, and ended up watching Netflix until quite late in the evening. Also took the dogs for a walk during the day.
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      Running around on the village green


      Chilling out

    • Day152

      Day 152: Back to London

      July 17, 2017 in England ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Back down to London, as we take a bit of time off and prepare for the next legs of our journey! We left our flat at around 10am, walked up the road to the bus stop and caught a bus into the centre of Manchester (all of our luggage in tow). Got there just in time for the enormous station to be evacuated, then five minutes later to be told it was a false alarm!

      We had plenty of time before the train so we had an early lunch - I decided to Eat Fresh while Shandos had some sushi, and we just sat on a bench inside the station. Our train left exactly on time at 12:30, and chuntered fairly quickly down the length of the country. Very familiar sights by now, mostly flat, neat fields, small scattered herds, motorways and settlements everywhere.

      Arrived at London Euston at 2:41pm right on schedule, where we caught a Tube to Vauxhall, then an Overground service out to Twickenham where our house-sit is located. It's a long way west of the city, about half-way to Heathrow, or 30 minutes on the train.

      Our house-sitter Dominnique picked us up from the station in her BMW; she seems quite wealthy and confident. She's a businesswoman originally from South Africa and she was heading to Croatia for a week for some meetings. She talked a mile a minute, but was gone very quickly as she had a plane to catch.

      We introduced Schnitzel and Bailey, the cocker spaniel we're looking after for the week, and they seemed OK together. The house is quite compact (a 2-bed terrace), but definitely enough space for us. We got settled and then headed out with the dogs.

      Twickenham is a pretty upmarket area, with a nice high-street and the Thames lazily rolling past on its way up to Oxford. We walked along the river and stopped at a nice pub called the White Swan where we had a couple of ciders each. Nice to know I didn't have to drive!!

      The pub is also home to a rowing club and thus a small "beach", where Bailey promptly jumped into the river. Apparently he loves to do this, though he didn't appreciate the wash when we got home!

      Settled in for the evening watching Netflix and catching up on internet!
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      Thames view from the pub


      Riverfront walkway


      Bailey in the water, Schnitzel watching on in horror

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    • Day6

      Hampton Court part 1

      May 15, 2017 in England ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      This place is massive and was a lot of things to see. Saw original Rembrant paintings that were amazing and beat Kris twice at some checker-like game :p plus the Triumph of Ceaser paintings were incredible.Read more

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