quirky and queenly Mrs. Nesbitt who lives in a quaint, quality cottage in North Yorkshire. I had the honour of meeting her this past summer and she took me on a lovely walk in the countryside that surrounds her home. It was a quiet walk only interrupted by the neighing of horses and the quacking of the geese, ducks, and other water fowl that followed us for a short time along the path. (wait for our Y week to see!)
Moving on, having just spent a long vacation in England, Q just has to be for Queen Elizabeth II. She has been my monarch for almost as long as I've been alive and I've had the privilege of seeing her in person as a small child and as an adult. She came to Vancouver as Princess Elizabeth when I was about 5 years old and my mother took my sisters and me down to Burrard Street to watch her go past. What an exciting event for a little girl! When my own daughters were young, the Queen came to Vancouver again in 1983, and we went out to the University of British Columbia (my alma mater) to watch her arrival at the Museum of Archaeology. I remember she wore a lovely yellow outfit and a photograph of her in it was front page news that day. My mother arranged to purchase this photograph (framed) of her to present to daughter #1 (aged 7 that year) for Christmas. This one is from Mr. Google.
Queen Elizabeth came once more to Canada. This time, she unveiled a commemorative stained glass window and a bust which was installed in the Canadian Senate. And just recently, the Queen unveiled another stained glass window in the Chapel of the Savoy in London to commemorate her Diamond Jubilee. It is inscribed with the words: "I declare before you that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service'. The Edinburgh-born artist, Douglas Hogg, was chosen by the Queen to design the window. He incorporated a seal that he discovered while researching the royal archives and her love of horses and dogs. The window shows the Queen on horseback with a corgi snapping at its heels along with her personal signature.
Queen Elizabeth celebrated 60 years on the throne - a Diamond Jubilee. I watched the entire celebration on TV and was very excited for her and for our country. Although it was a wickedly cold, rainy, and windy day in London, I think the parade on the Thames was spectacular. You can read an account of the day and see photos of her big day here. And here is a short video about the parade on the Thames River that day.
- Delta, British Columbia, Canada
- I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.