|While we were up north in Grimsby (it looks as grey as it sounds!) we spent the night in a Chinese run hotel. Met a very interesting Chinese gentleman who not only seemed to run the hotel/restaurant single handed but was a famous Chinese artist who has a place in the Guinness Book of Records for painting the longest watercolour (200 metres) on a single sheet of paper. All the walls in the restaurant were covered in his paintings, a very talented man. He also has an MBE awarded by the Queen for services to the Asian community.
While visiting Prince Charles’ Royal Windsor Farm Shop we brought a brace of pheasant which Mum cooked this week in a wine and mushroom sauce. Delicious.
We had some bad news last week. An aunt passed away (Dad’s sister-in-law). We took Mum and Dad to the funeral. It was a simple service and told the story of her life, very moving. While there we saw Aunts, Uncles and Cousins that I have not seen for 20-30 years.
We met up with our Best Man, Dave Jackson and his wife Lorraine along with an old friend Keith Harmsworth for a meal at the St George and Dragon pub at Wargrave. We had a great evening laughing and reminiscing over old times and looking at the changes 20 years has made.
Windsor was very busy with all the tourists. The Queen was at home in Windsor castle as her flag, the Royal Standard, was flying. All the street lamps in the castle have a crown on the top. The Irish Guards marched past us after the Changing of the Guard at the Castle. No one can do pageantry like the Poms. The ducks and swans on the Thames are as hungry as ever. We had a pleasant hour walking along the tow path feeding all the birds.
We’ve had a few frosty mornings.