Saturday, May 19, 2012

And you did what? — Six Word Saturday —

My Six Words:
Pussycat, pussycat, where have you been?
"Pussycat pussycat, where have you been?"
"I've been up to London to visit the Queen."
"Pussycat pussycat, what did you there?"
"I frightened a little mouse under her chair"
[ Nursery Rhymes Lyrics and Origins ]

Above left are Mrs. Jim, KP, and myself, all dressed up for tea at the Ritz Hotel.  Karen (her account of the tea) was with us as she sprung for the tea as a Mother's Day and Father's Day present from their family.  Right is KP's school.  She is in the two-and-a-half-year-old class.  This is her 'fancy dress.'   She wears a blue uniform with white shirt to class.
We didn't see the little mouse but we did see the Queen.  I tell people that she waved to me.  She was in her carriage on her way to address Parliament on their opening day.  I had brought my camera but wouldn't you know on this particular day I left the battery at the flat in its charger. 
So this picture I did not take but rather it is a press release photo which I photographed with my camera.  I read an editorial about whether or not the royalty is covering its expenses with admission fees to the palaces, etc.  There was another about doing away with royalty like most other countries have done. 
Judging from the size of the crowd we saw there for her that day, a measure like that would never get enough votes.  I think royalty is here to stay for a long while in Britain.
The rest of these pictures are typical London tourist type pictures we took on other days.  On this particular day we went on to visit St. Paul's Cathedral.  Sorry, no pictures from their either.  Our English friends from Northampton accompanied us and were showing us the sites and had found a good place for all of us to stand to watch the Queen's on her way to the ceremonies.
Our holiday lasted one month, from April 11 to May 11.  We flew directly from Houston to London and stayed with our daughter, Karen.  That Saturday we took the Eurostar RR through the Chunnel to Paris.  On Sunday we cheered her on as she ran the Paris Marathon.  We came back to London that evening.  On the following Saturday we began an 11 day Princess cruise from South Hampton to the Canary Islands, returning to London on May 3rd. 
Describe your life (or something) in a phrase using just six words for Six Word Saturday. Click the box at right to visit Cate's blog with Mr. Linky showing all the other blogs participating this week. Cate is the boss at Six Word Saturday. She would like for you to participate.

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Hi Jim!

Great to *see* you again! Thanks for stopping by - glad to hear you've had such great trips.

Thanks too for the compliment about my crime/psychological suspense novels. Yes, both have sold extremely well especially in the States! I'm now hard at work on the third - the continuing part of a series. Also been writing for 2.5 years now for the biggest circulation English-language paper here in Spain. This week they did a special profile on me! It's online at

Look forward to seeing you again soon! Have a lovely weekend.

What a truly amazingly wonderful time you all had. You can be glad you left when you did, as it hasn't stoped raining since! Love the story of the battery left behind, isn't that always the case- we call it 'Murphy's Law' here. I've never seen Lizzie, so that was special.
Lots of Saturdays, then! I'm glad you had such a wonderful time. Long may QEII reign - she is wonderful. I wouldn't like to do all the standing about and being polite that she has to do at any age, let alone her 86 years.
Lots of fun then? Glad you had a good time and did your bit for British tourism too.
Pictures of such familiar looking places! It sounds like you had a great time.
I can't believe you left your battery someplace other than in your camera and missed a shot of the queen. Well, perhaps next time.

It's good to be home.

Have a terrific day. :)
Thank you for showing me around Europe! England - I loved it. So nice to see and stay with your family - are they permanently or for just a couple of years? Your granddaughter is beautiful. She is in school at
2 1/2? Glad you are home safely!
Great photos!! Looks like a great time!
P.S. I love your "Leave your comment" message!
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That's fantastic Jim, half way around the world, waving at the Queen and cheering the marathon! You had your vacation all with 'bonus' with the family together. It can never be better than that, and the cruise! Great prose and very informative!

LOL that you saw the queen but didn't have your battery for the camera; I always see the perfect shot when I leave my camera at home. All the pictures were great; looks like you guys had a wonderful time there!

What a wonderful holiday! I enjoyed Karen's account of the tea, too.
Neat shots!
Great pics - even your photo of the photo. I've never been to London or Paris, although I'm sure a child and grandchild would have been a great motivator.

Thanks for sharing these.
What a wonderful holiday. Your photo of Oford Circus reminded me of when I worked there almost sixty years ago! BTW to answer your question, no gardener, lots of weeds.
HI Jim..... what a wonderful trip this sounds like.
Glad you all had a good time and arrived back home safe and sound!

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