The Queen

This one’s for Endla who exhorted me before leaving NY to capture pictures relating to the recently deceased Elizabeth II’s interment. We arrived in time for the Friday preceding a bank holiday weekend declared to observe her burial. I confess I was surprised to see how widespread was the recognition of the event: in shop windows, publications, web sites – everywhere. The last picture shows a bit of her funeral someone was watching on TV on Monday the 19th of September.

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Up to the Castle

Walking up Castle Street to the Castle grounds we passed the Windsor Alms Houses, with the Teddy bear in the window. The ashtray was much farther up the hill on a lamp post by the arbor near the Blind Bishop’s Steps. Click any image to see them all full-sized (from the browser – if seeing this in email, click through to obBLOGato first).

Farnham Castle Keep

Here are the first touristy images from my new home in Farnham, Surrey in the UK. The castle, about 20 minutes’ walk from our apartment, is about 900 years old and we took a walk around the Keep and the grounds (the castle itself wasn’t open the day we went) and you can perhaps get some sense of it. I took many more pictures but, especially after all my ruined Irish castles I frankly found them a bit boring. You can see the flag at half mast as we arrived here in the days before Queen Elizabeth’s burial.