Hampton Court – Annual Visit 2007

Jill and I made our annual visit to see the re-enactors at Hampton Court – we love going at Christmas. We got there quite early as I had to go into work at midnight to see in the New Year (!) and luckily got there in time to see the Fool. He is brilliant – I don’t know what he does the rest of the year, but when Prince Charles is crowned he should go back to having a King’s Fool and hire him.

He believes in audience participation – he had this poor chap stripped down to his bare chest in 5 minutes – and used children as pillows!

We went up to the Great Hall to see King Henry and Katherine Howard receiving their Christmas presents – the fool tried to grab my bag to give to the King, but I wouldn’t let go, so in the end he picked me up and carried me to the King and put me down at his feet – luckily he was still besotted with Katherine Howard so I escaped with my head intact! No photos allowed in the Great Hall – well, I wasn’t quick enough before the Jobsworth spotted me.
We had lunch in the cafe, then went down to see the cooks.
I could listen all day to these two – they were supposed to be making a wine fountain out of moulded wax – but had got sidetracked here and were making a wax copy of one of their noses.

Hampton Court – Annual Visit 2007

Jill and I made our annual visit to see the re-enactors at Hampton Court – we love going at Christmas. We got there quite early as I had to go into work at midnight to see in the New Year (!) and luckily got there in time to see the Fool. He is brilliant – I don’t know what he does the rest of the year, but when Prince Charles is crowned he should go back to having a King’s Fool and hire him.

He believes in audience participation – he had this poor chap stripped down to his bare chest in 5 minutes – and used children as pillows!

We went up to the Great Hall to see King Henry and Katherine Howard receiving their Christmas presents – the fool tried to grab my bag to give to the King, but I wouldn’t let go, so in the end he picked me up and carried me to the King and put me down at his feet – luckily he was still besotted with Katherine Howard so I escaped with my head intact! No photos allowed in the Great Hall – well, I wasn’t quick enough before the Jobsworth spotted me.
We had lunch in the cafe, then went down to see the cooks.
I could listen all day to these two – they were supposed to be making a wine fountain out of moulded wax – but had got sidetracked here and were making a wax copy of one of their noses.

Normal?!!

Today we all packed into the Honda to go to Hemel for the annual Familyfest.
There was one notable absence as the eldest Family-brother has inexplicably done a runner and dared to leave My Sister-in-Law after 29 years of marriage. Sometimes ^$(* happens, but to walk out while your wife is at work and take all your belongings, just leaving a note and mega debts, is a cowards way, and not the action of an English Gentleman.
Anyway, sister in law bravely turned up, but we only had time for a quick hug and chat as she had a long drive home. I will love her for ever as she told me that I looked elegant! I have always wanted to be elegant, but thought that it was one of those things that would happen automatically when I am 83. My dear Mother-in -law however, said “Ooo- you look normal!”
I am racking my brains as to what I have been wearing over the past 25 years that we have known each other to have prompted that comment. I can’t remember wearing anything outlandish, possibly the poodle haircut of 1988, but I had honestly always thought that I had left my Vivienne Westwood outfits at home when meeting the family.
For the record I was wearing a jumper and skirt – possibly the chicory tip haircut is more ‘normal’ than usual?

This is the latest addition to the family – Brooke – isn’t she gorgeous?

We all went to a Pizza restaurant and took it over.

Normal?!!

Today we all packed into the Honda to go to Hemel for the annual Familyfest.
There was one notable absence as the eldest Family-brother has inexplicably done a runner and dared to leave My Sister-in-Law after 29 years of marriage. Sometimes ^$(* happens, but to walk out while your wife is at work and take all your belongings, just leaving a note and mega debts, is a cowards way, and not the action of an English Gentleman.
Anyway, sister in law bravely turned up, but we only had time for a quick hug and chat as she had a long drive home. I will love her for ever as she told me that I looked elegant! I have always wanted to be elegant, but thought that it was one of those things that would happen automatically when I am 83. My dear Mother-in -law however, said “Ooo- you look normal!”
I am racking my brains as to what I have been wearing over the past 25 years that we have known each other to have prompted that comment. I can’t remember wearing anything outlandish, possibly the poodle haircut of 1988, but I had honestly always thought that I had left my Vivienne Westwood outfits at home when meeting the family.
For the record I was wearing a jumper and skirt – possibly the chicory tip haircut is more ‘normal’ than usual?

This is the latest addition to the family – Brooke – isn’t she gorgeous?

We all went to a Pizza restaurant and took it over.