Saturday, July 24, 2010

Tea time talk with H.R.Majesty.

Talking with the Queen must be a really unusual experience, since she would start the conversation and no doubt it would be with a question. You would do no more than respond to her, briefly and concisely.

I suspect that the conversation would be more about you, your home, your family and children, what you do with your time, etc. It is doubtful the Queen would talk about herself or her family and though you might have many questions you would like to ask her, I doubt if this would be appropriate.

Perhaps you could ask after her dogs or horses, or if you have a love of gardening you could ask her what was growing in her garden with her responses being given in a general and non committal way.

I think it would be great fun to know her thoughts on various issues and what does she do for fun?

If anyone has first hand knowledge and would like to share a conversation with the Queen, let's hear it!

I was just in England for a conference and a few days touring to places I love and remember from my childhood when I lived in England and went to boarding school for five years.

I remembered the tight narrow country roads bordered by high hedge rows trimmed to form a tunnel in places, with occasional glimpses now and then of rolling distant fields outlined with bramble bush hedge rows or woods. Sometimes I would be able to see newly sheared sheep or a few cattle.

It was in the villages where in front of each house could be seen the traditional  flower garden filled with masses of colorful blooms. There were hanging baskets of flowers throughout the towns.

I especially loved the garden I saw in Rustington that was totally filled with the most magnificent variety of colors of hydrangeas.

It was here in Rustington, I spent my summers and other school vacations with my sisters at Charlotte and Tony's.  My younger sister Ginnie and I would ride our (one) bike together to the beach to swim in the English Channel, with the seaweed!  It still smells the same.

I must say the highlight of my return to old haunts was to stay the night at the Norfolk Arms Hotel, a old traditional hotel tucked into the wall of Arundel Castle in Arundel. On the walls in the foyer were two magnificent paintings by Will Longstaff one was of the South Downs and the other of Arundel Castle.

There is so much more to this story, but later, keep in touch it's a good thing.

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