On the march

LONDON -The changing of the guard takes place at Buckingham Palace throughout the year. Their schedule varies and if you want to see this event, it’s best to check online. A friend of mine invited me to join her and one other to see this spectacle. To be honest, it was never on my London bucket list, but the invitation was made and as I have come to like marching bands a lot since moving here, I thought, why not.

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We had hoped to meet by the Queen Victoria statue outside the Palace, but the crowd was so large that we never actually got to meet up. At a certain point, the crowds fill in all the pedestrian areas and then the police restrict access. I don’t think it’s a good idea to ‘meet up’ best to go together, really. But whether you’re a party of 1 or more, you can still enjoy this outing.

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So what is this all about? Here’s what timeout says:

“At 11am (10am on Sundays) the St James Palace detachment of the Old Guard forms up in Friary Court before marching off via Stable Yard Gate and along The Mall to join up with the rest of the Old Guard waiting in the forecourt at Buckingham Palace. At 11.30am (10.30am Sun) the New Guard, led by their Regimental Band and Corps of Drums, marches into the Palace Forecourt, having left the barracks in Birdcage Walk a few minutes earlier (they form up there from about 11am, 10am Sun). After a symbolic handing-over of the Palace keys, the posting of sentries and other military formalities, the Old Guard departs for the barracks in Birdcage Walk and the St James Palace detachment of the New Guard marches off along The Mall to take up their posts. From August 1 to March a 48-hour guard takes place (odd days Aug, Nov, Dec, Feb; even days Sep, Oct, Jan).”

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If only following Jesus were this simple!

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One is the loneliest number…

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Barefoot in the park

LONDONI took these photos while out and about in London a few days ago. I had just finished watching the changing of the guard outside Buckingham Palace. I followed the crowds through Green Park as I headed to a nearby restaurant for lunch. The colours were so vibrant that day. And I was so glad it hadn’t rained.

It’s Spring time in London…well almost

LONDON – I met up with a friend after work today and we walked through St. James’s Park, spurred on by the late setting sun and warmer temperature. It’s a fantastic outdoor public space that offers you some room to get close to nature in the middle of the city.

If you meander through the park at this time of year, you’ll pass a host of daffodils that remind you that Easter is just around the corner, as is Spring.

We smiled as we spotted some swans, squirrels, ducks and geese too.  And as you pass through, you’ll notice that St. James’s park buttresses Buckingham Palace and you can get some nice shots from the bridge. Or you can turn the other way and get a photo of this:

As soon as it gets warmer, I’m going to rent one of these and just kick back.

Do you wish you could be here in London too?