Sunday, July 29, 2018

Product Spotlight: Paperless Post

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Communication is very important in connecting with those we love and care about in our lives. In the past, a handwritten letter was mostly the only way to communicate and later emails came along. Nowadays many of us keep in contact through social media, alongside emails and also on some rare occasions we still write handwritten letters.

Paperless Post brings together some of the best attributes of the various ways in which we can communicate. They design customizable online stationery, to show that communication can be personal and well-designed, regardless of the medium.

With Paperless Post you can use their beautiful designs to celebrate the most important occasions in life, from birthdays to weddings to parties and more. There is a wide variety of cards to choose from. They have re-imagined invitations and use excellent technology and creative designs to give customers a way to beautifully celebrate the times of their lives.

Take a look for yourself and reach out to your friends and family in a truly special and beautiful way!

Book Spotlight: Curses Come Home

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are mine. 


I love short stories. There is an art form to writing such an intriguing story within a limited amount of words.




Curses Come Home – Stories from the Dark Side of 21st Century Society
by Morven Watt, is a fantastic new book, which is the first in a series of short story collections. There’s a great variety of stories which present vivid, interesting characters. There’s a frightening virtual reality prank, a story of child custody, and so much more. This is a clever collection of stories which have an underlying theme that examines how we live our lives in the modern world. This is a journey through the dark side of the 21st century world. The stories are interestingly unsettling and yet ring so true that you can’t put this book down. They make you think and it is an enjoyable read throughout.

I thoroughly enjoyed all of the stories. A few of my personal favorites were: “Virtual”, “Forgotten”, and “Theory 2.0”. “Virtual” tells the story of a teenage girl being in the middle of a terrible virtual reality prank. “Forgotten” tells the story of a father who is desperate to get his young daughter away from his estranged wife. He has quite a decision to make and I kept asking myself what I would do if I were him. And then there’s “Theory 2.0” which explores what it would be like if we had a social media app that showed us the road that we didn’t take in life. It’s tempting sometimes to think of ‘what if’. This is a great idea to analyze in short story form.

The author has a fantastic imagination and her skill takes you into a world that is brimming with intriguing situations. Her descriptions are vivid and this makes the stories even more interesting to experience. I love it when a book can be entertaining and thought-provoking at the same time.

I really enjoyed this book! It was a great read!

You can get your copy here.

About the author: Morven Watt: Born and brought up in Scotland, Morven now lives in Arizona with her five dogs and spends any time she isn’t writing doing yoga, running marathons, wild water swimming and climbing trees. She loves travel, adventure, words and animals. One of her life goals is to open a canine rescue. Curses Come Home is the first in a series of short story collections by Morven Watt. The stories in Curses Come Home are set in Scotland (The Shetland Isles and Edinburgh), London and in the USA.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Enjoying This Moment


Looking out the window and enjoying this beautiful evening light....
Recharging to face a new day tomorrow...πŸ’—

Monday, July 23, 2018

Film Spotlight: The Old Dark House

 Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this film for review. All opinions are my own.

Photo courtesy of Eureka Entertainment

Eureka Entertainment has recently released The Old Dark House, James Whale’s atmospheric and entertaining horror starring Boris Karloff and Melvyn Douglas as part of The Masters of Cinema Series in a dual format (Blu-ray & DVD) in the UK. It is a new restoration of the chilling classic from the director of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man and The Bride of Frankenstein.


Photo courtesy of Eureka Entertainment

The Old Dark House is the story of a group of weary travellers who come upon a spooky mansion filled with mysterious occupants. There's a madman on the loose upstairs just to make it even more interesting. The Old Dark House is one of the best horror films of the 1930’s. There is a distinctive atmosphere throughout the film and there is no shortage of thrills and chills. This classic film was considered lost for many years, but is now being presented from a stunning new 4K restoration.

Photo courtesy of Eureka Entertainment


The story opens with our travellers caught in a terrible storm whilst journeying through a remote region of Wales. They end up taking refuge in a sinister mansion inhabited by the bizarre Femm family and their mute butler, Morgan (played by the iconic Boris Karloff) . Trying to make the best of a bad situation, the group settles in for the night, but the Femm family have a few skeletons in their closet, and one of them is on the loose.

Photo courtesy of Eureka Entertainment

Photo courtesy of Eureka Entertainment


As a film lover, I've always wanted to see this film, since I heard about it some years ago in a film documentary that I was watching. I love a classic horror film and when I found out about this film I looked forward to seeing it one day. When I finally had my chance, I was not disappointed. It has all of the ingredients for a fun film night at home...a spooky old mansion, a stormy night, and eccentric characters. Another treat of this film is seeing a young Gloria Stuart (veteran of many films and probably most famously the elderly Rose in Titanic).

Above: Gloria Stuart - Photo courtesy of Eureka Entertainment


The Dual Format Special Features include:

•    Optional English subtitles

•    An exclusive video essay by critic and filmmaker David Cairns 


•    Feature length audio commentary by critic & author Kim Newman and Stephen Jones


•    Feature length audio commentary by Gloria Stuart


•    Feature length audio commentary by James Whale biographer James Curtis


•    Daughter of Frankenstein: A Conversation with Sara Karloff 


•    Curtis Harrington Saves The Old Dark House - an archival interview with director Curtis

Harrington about his efforts to save The Old Dark House at a time when it was considered a lost film.

Photo courtesy of Eureka Entertainment


The Old Dark House has an incredible cast, including Melvyn Douglas, Gloria Stuart, Boris Karloff, and Charles Laughton. This is a fun movie to watch and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

THE OLD DARK HOUSE (Masters of Cinema) Theatrical Trailer can be seen here.

This classic film is available to order from Amazon here .    

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Sunday

Photo taken at Bournemouth beach on a daytrip about three weeks ago


I hope you have a wonderful Sunday wherever you are!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Sunday Memories


Happy Sunday!

I hope that you're having a wonderful Sunday wherever you are. I like Sundays for various reasons as many of us do. 

Sundays always remind me of growing up back home in Georgia. Some of my most vivid and cherished memories were of Sundays when my family would gather to break bread together and have Sunday dinner (lunch). It used to be me, my mom and dad, my brothers and sisters, my aunts and my cousin...at least two Sundays a month.

During the spring and summer, we used to go out and sit on the front porch after dinner. Those were the days. When I'm home again I'd like to bring this tradition back in some shape or form. My parents, aunts and uncle are no longer here, but it would be great for those of us who remain to pick up the tradition and bring it alive again. I know that I can't make everything the same, but that's the beauty. Out of the soil of tradition, perhaps we can create new memories to cherish. I'm gonna work on it πŸ˜‰

I took the picture of the rose above on this side of the Atlantic. It's in our backyard. I often feel a connection between Georgia and Wiltshire through memory...usually through nature. This rose reminds me of many Sundays when I'd pick a rose or two from the yard, along with some violets and morning glories and give them to my mother. I'd usually get a thorn or two sticking me in my finger, but I don't remember it hurting. I just remember the childhood joy that I felt. 

We had white roses and red roses. We also had pink roses which were called Seven Sisters roses. I loved the the Seven Sisters roses because they grew in groups of usually seven like a ready-made bouquet. Recently I was doing a bit of research and found out that apparently they're antique roses. Who knew? I sure didn't. It makes sense though because they had been growing there WAY before I came along and then some according to my auntie. 

So today as I enjoy this Sunday, I'll relish the day in the present and smile as I remember the past. 

I hope that your Sunday is wonderful 😊

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Daisies in July


Happy Saturday wherever you are!

We've been having an unusually warm and sunny summer so I'm soaking it all up while I can. Usually I don't have to change my wardrobe much from season to season, but this year I've had to break out the shorts! 😎

If you've visited me before, you know that I love taking pictures ...especially pictures depicting the beauty of the natural world. I took the picture above a little over a week ago when we were down in Bournemouth for the day. It's a beachy place, but there's also a nice park with pretty flowers. The flowers were so lovely, so I had to snap a picture or two to help me remember that beautiful, sunny day.

I hope that the sun is shining wherever you are! Have a great weekend!

Sunday, July 08, 2018

Sunday in July


Happy Sunday!

I hope that you have a wonderful and peaceful day wherever you are πŸŒΈπŸ™‚

Sunday, July 01, 2018

July


This year is flying by!
 We're at the halfway point now. Let's make this second half into something amazing!

Happy July! πŸ™‚

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Summer


'At the Summer Solstice, all is green and growing, potential coming into being...'


~ Gary Zukav



Here's to new blessings and growth in this new season!
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Monday, June 11, 2018

Dr. Brandon D. Rogers - One Year

A few months ago, I wrote about a wonderful young man who passed away at only 29 years of age. His impact on the world far surpassed his short time here on Earth. That man was Dr. Brandon D. Rogers. Today marks one year since his passing. He was a beloved son and brother, and he was also a doctor and a phenomenal singer. As I wrote previously, I never had the pleasure of meeting Brandon, but I think of him often and pray for his family every day. When I think of him, I think of how he used his life in such a way, where he affected the lives of those close around him and many, many around the world by simply being himself, helping others, and going for all of his dreams. Like so many others, I would love for him to still be here, but in a way he is, because the light of his influence is still shining through those who loved him and all of us that he inspired. We will never forget you Brandon.

If you would like to read my previous post from December 2017, you can read it below.



This year, I was blessed to learn about an amazing young man. That man was Dr. Brandon D. Rogers. In January, I came across his incredible singing on Instagram and I was absolutely blown away. His voice was out of this world! I immediately wanted to hear more, so I looked back through his account and was instantly pulled in. He was a fantastic singer and indeed a doctor, but he was also a beloved son and brother, and an amazing friend to many. It made me smile to see his humor. I admired his commitment to medicine, his love for singing and his love for those around him. It was a joy to see his absolute love of life!

The Singing Doctor

As I went backwards through his Instagram account, I had the chance to see the determination, dedication, hard work and strong faith that he drew strength from as he pursued his dream of becoming a doctor. I was absolutely inspired by his example and I know that many others were also. In a world that is so often focused on only showing the negative, seeing Brandon’s journey as an intelligent and caring human being was a breath of fresh air. Those of us who were following along on social media were able to get a glimpse into his wonderful and blessed life.

Sadly, on June 11, 2017, Brandon passed away in a car accident. He was 29. I never had the pleasure of meeting Brandon. Hearing about his passing was heartbreaking, because I knew that the world had lost a truly incredible person. In the months since his passing, I’ve crossed paths with so many people who never had the pleasure of meeting him either, but enjoyed his singing and drew inspiration from his example as a person who worked hard to make his dreams a reality. In my own life, I’m so inspired by Brandon. Because of him, I’m inspired to love even more, to go for what I want in life more, and to relish life even more, because he surely did that every single day.

His loss is definitely felt by many...those who knew and loved him and those of us who never met him, but realized immediately just how special he was. I think that when people are real, their goodness just shines through and people pick up on it, even through social media. Brandon touched the hearts of countless people around the world. Through his profession as a doctor, he was a healer and by also sharing that golden God-given voice that he possessed, I believe that he offered dual amounts of healing to the world.

It’s hard to accept that someone so young and in the prime of his life is no longer here. He had so much going for him and we can’t help but wonder what his continued impact upon the world would have been. Brandon didn’t get the chance to live a long life, but he truly lived his life to the fullest and achieved so much while he was here. He gave so much to the world and his good works are still paying dividends. He had the opportunity to fulfill his dream of becoming a doctor and helping people. He directly affected and saved lives. That is amazing.

This year, Brandon had the chance to perform in Las Vegas with the legendary group Boyz II Men and he was also invited to audition for America’s Got Talent (AGT). These two opportunities came about because of a video that Brandon posted at the end of last year which went viral. You can see that video here. You can also see his Boyz II Men performance here and his AGT performance here.

One aspect of his life that was a joy to see, was the love that he and his family shared. When I think of the wonderful human being that Brandon was, I also think of the fertile soil of love within his family that he grew from. What a wonderful family and what an incredible, yet humble man he was.

Brandon's Legacy

Dr. Brandon D. Rogers left a great legacy behind. His family has established the Dr. Brandon D. Rogers Memorial Fund to honor his commitment to education, medicine, the arts, and community engagement. To find out more about the memorial fund, you can find their Facebook page here. The memorial fund will help to create opportunities for the next generation of students and artists. For their first project through the memorial fund, the Rogers family has partnered with Riverside Health System (where Brandon worked) to raise funds to open a simulation lab that will bear Brandon’s name. This is an incredible way to honor Brandon’s legacy as this lab will be a vital tool in the training of future doctors. In order to help make the lab a reality, donations can be made here .

You can also order an array of products which are emblazoned with Brandon’s name and the wonderfully creative logo which perfectly illustrates his love of both medicine and music. You can find them here.  All proceeds go directly to the Dr. Brandon D. Rogers Memorial Fund, which will help to do the important work of helping others, just as Brandon did during his life.

I’ll never forget Brandon. May his legacy and the good works done in his name continue to positively affect the lives of others for generations to come.

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Trooping the Colour Revisited

 


Today is Trooping the Colour and whenever I see it played on television each year, my thoughts go back to the time when hubby and I went to London to check it out in person. We went in 2009 and it was quite the experience. I'm not much of a royalist, but I like to check things off my list to experience while I'm living in England. I figure that I'll have a series of memories to look back on when I'm old and grey :)

If you'd like to check out my experience, you can find it here. It was quite a day! I took lots of pictures! :)

Have a great weekend wherever you are!

Friday, June 01, 2018

Happy June


June is here and we're gliding into another summer. I can't believe that it's already June, but as they say, time flies.

It's been quite rainy and stormy around here in Wiltshire over the past few days, but I'm hoping we get some sunny summer days soon.

Happy June! Wishing everyone a wonderful month!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Amazing Places You Never Thought to Visit (But You Should)

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There are 195 countries on this planet, and contained within those countries are a staggering 4,416 cities, not to mention the numerous towns, villages and settlements that make up so much more of this planet, and that means there are a whole lot of places for us to explore. It’s kind of sad then that certain destinations tend to become known as vacation spots, while others do not. Most of us will have considered heading to Paris, London, New York or Rome on vacation, but fewer of us will have considered seeing Azerbaijan or heading off to Moscow for the weekend, bit maybe we should?

If you’re ready to get a bit more adventurous and head off for weekends in places you may not have even thought about visiting before, here are some amazing destinations to consider. Visit any one of them and you are unlikely to be disappointed…

Russia

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Russia probably isn't one of the first places you think of heading to for a fun vacation, but places like Moscow are fabulous. Russia’s capital city is packed with history and culture, full of fun attractions and although it might be really cold there much of the time, you’ll never be bored, especially with a shot or two of the local vodka inside you! You’ll get to see the Kremlin, St Basil’s Cathedral and the famous Red Square. You will be blown away by the beautiful treasures on display at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, before retiring to the luxury of the Courtyard Moscow Paveletskaya or similarly sophisticated hotels in the city. What’s not to love about all that?

South Korea

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Visit any part of South Korea and you’re in for a treat. The area is home to numerous breathtaking national parks, luxurious ski resorts and fantastic food. The Korean BBQ in Seoul in particular, is to die for. Not only that, there are plenty of coastal beaches, like the one at Busan, which are perfect for chilling out on. While you’re there, be sure to immerse yourself in the sometimes unusual culture of the country, like the hot dogs covered in fries and batter, the wildly popular boybands and the Jangsan Puppy Cafe ( so cute). One thing’s for sure, if you visit South Korea, you will have more than a few stories to tell upon your return, and they won’t put any of your friends to sleep.

Kazakhstan

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Kazakhstan is the ninth biggest country in the world, so it is surprising that more people aren't really aware of it, and that more people do not choose to vacation there. If you love impressive, ancient architecture and beautiful landscapes - the Tian Shan Mountains are so beautiful. You'll love the quaint cities where you can chill out and watch the world go by. It is certainly a place you will enjoy. I suggest you visit Almaty, the country’s largest city, which is home to fabulous clothing markets, high-end restaurants and quaint cafes.

Try something different and you might just be pleasantly surprised!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Backyard Beauty


I just thought that I'd share this photo that I took this morning. It's the view out to our backyard. I love it when flowers peek around the edges of leaves. Nature is beautiful.

Friday, May 18, 2018

The Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Well, the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is here. As I type this, it's sunny and beautiful outside and from what I hear, tomorrow, their wedding day, should be sunny too. Fingers crossed. I'm very pleased about that! (smile) As someone who has lived in England for twelve years and counting, I know that these sunny days are not the norm, so we must relish them while we can. I'm happy for Harry and Meghan, because I believe in love and they seem so in love. I wish them all the very best!

My hubby and I went to London to watch the procession at William and Kate's wedding in 2011, mostly because we were already in London for our own anniversary which we share with them. But we also wanted to experience history up close. It was wonderful. Sadly, we won't be able to get to Windsor for Harry and Meghan's big day, but we'll definitely be watching it on television.

When we were out the other day doing grocery shopping, I saw some souvenirs so I picked up a few. They were all inexpensive and I thought that once again it's all a part of history. These things along with other things I've picked up for bargain prices over the years, royal and otherwise, will always remind me of my England years. Check them out below.

commemorative spoon

side of Harry and Meghan cup

front of Harry and Meghan cup

commemorative plate

bridal fancy tea cakes
The special little cakes are my favorite. Lol. I've eaten two. They're white cake inside and are very wedding cake-like. I'll save the rest for tomorrow to share with hubby.

All of this wedding talk takes me back to my own wedding here in England twelve years ago. There are slight similarities between Meghan and I. We both married/will marry a British man (hers is a prince) and we are both American. We are also both women of color....I'm African-American and she is a biracial American. That's kind of where the similarities end mostly. She is marrying into a life of great privilege, but also one of great scrutiny, as we've already seen. I live a "normal" life that I enjoy very much, but it has come with its challenges as I've worked to immerse myself into life in another country. Things have worked out pretty well for me and I'm sure that Meghan will do fantastic! Meghan already seems to be taking to her new life beautifully.

I simply just wish her well...from one American bride to another...as she goes on this journey. All the very best!


Congratulations to Harry and Meghan!

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Unconventional Birthday Party Ideas For Adults, Because We Want To Have Fun Too!

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Birthdays are good for you. As the old saying goes, the more you have, the longer you live. Becoming an adult can be a little dull sometimes and some of the magic of birthdays can be forgotten about. They can become just like any other day, just with cake. So if you’re looking to bring back some fun to your birthday celebrations, here are some ideas to inspire you.

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Scavenger Hunt

Planning a hunt for a few things in your city or local area can be a fun way to celebrate with family and friends. It could be a quest to get a selfie at certain road signs, street signs, or landmarks, or to bring back something physical to show. It could even be something more ‘adult’ and involve trying certain drinks in certain pubs or bars along the way. Just plan it to you and your friends' tastes.

Escape Room
There are plenty of escape rooms located in different areas of the country. And an escape room is a good way to have fun and celebrate on your birthday when you just want to celebrate with a small group of people. It is something pretty unique and different, and can be a bit of an adrenaline rush for your birthday.

Road Trip

Planning a road trip can be a fun way to celebrate. Just getting in the car and off you go. You could book something last minute and have a night away. If you prefer just being with one other, then it can be a fun yet romantic getaway to celebrate your special day.

Pizza Party

Take a step back in time and celebrate with a pizza party. It can be a nod back to the retro era; why not even get some red plastic cups to really take you back to the high school years? A pizza party can be casual and low-cost, but it still means that you get to celebrate in style and have fun with a big group of friends.

Pub Crawl

If a few drinks is more of your scene for having fun, then why not make a day of it and plan to hop around to a few bars? The bars could all have a theme, think along the lines of dive bars, beer gardens, or even things like pubs that start with your first initial, for example. Make a plan, though, so that the pubs or bars aren't too far from each other, you’ll definitely need to walk to each one after all. No drinking and driving.

Potluck Dinner
If you don’t want to splash out too much on your birthday celebrations, then one good way to party could be to host a potluck dinner party. Ask each guest to bring a dish, as well as a bottle perhaps, and then you can go from there. Food, fun, and friendship is a great way to celebrate your new age.

Have you got a favourite way to celebrate your birthday? It would be great to hear what you think.

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

May


Wishing everyone a great new month!
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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Shared Anniversaries and a Royal Baby

Today is the wedding anniversary of my husband and I...twelve years! My how time flies! I thought that I'd share a previous post that I wrote seven years ago. It's my post about our trip to London to watch all of the activity during the Royal Wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011, which just happened to fall on our fifth wedding anniversary. April 29th seems to be a good day for a wedding! Hubby aka Brit Boy and I made a joke that it was nice of London to put on such a fancy party for our wedding anniversary (smile). 

As you'll see from my post that I'm resharing below, I took quite a few pictures. They were a bit fuzzy, but everything was moving so quickly and we were within a crowd of thousands, so please excuse my shaky photos. Lol. 

And speaking of the Cambridges, as mostly everyone knows, they welcomed a new son this past week. Prince George and Princess Charlotte have a new baby brother. Louis Arthur Charles has joined the family. My hubby and I received a happy anniversary card today and I noticed something sweet. There was a little message to the Cambridges printed next to the postmark on our letter. I've never seen that done before. Maybe we missed it the other times. I'm not sure, but I thought that it was a nice gesture.


I hope that you enjoy reading the post below as we go down memory lane here at The Yellow House. Have a wonderful day! :-) 

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From 2011:

We had a wonderful wedding anniversary and our trip to London was historic and lots of fun. The royal wedding had London all abuzz when we got there. Let me back up a bit though. And I have a variety of photos, so I'll just scatter them within this post independently with captions :)

We headed to London on Thursday morning, the 28th, by bus and train. When we arrived in London we made our way to our hotel to drop off our bags. Then we headed out to see the last minute preparations and see what kind of action was going on. We headed to Westminster Abbey and there were loads of people walking around. There were loads of media around and we saw recognizable reporters amongst the crowds getting interviews with people in the crowds. There were quite a few people camped out too and there was a definite buzz in the air.


Leading up to the side of Westminster Abbey


Front of Westminster Abbey the day before royal wedding


Some of the media across from Westminster Abbey


Then we headed to Buckingham Palace to check things out. Lots of people were camped out along The Mall and there were loads of media and people walking about here too, but the crowds weren’t as big. Since this was a bit of a strategic trip out, we decided that standing along The Mall would be the best place for us to catch a glimpse of things the next day. We really enjoyed soaking up the atmosphere as there was lots of happy anticipation in the air.




Top: Some media across from Buckingham Palace;Middle: Views along The Mall; Bottom: On the way to The Mall (all taken the day before the wedding)


I noticed something when we were watching the various media outlets in their makeshift studios. Whenever they wanted to have cheering in the background, they would have someone on their staff out to the side waving their arms in order to get people to whoop and holler :) And nearly every one of the news studios from different countries did it. A great unifying practice ;-) They also motioned people over who had signs so that they could get them in the background of their live shots whilst their anchors interviewed people. It was surreal and very orchestrated. Who knew? ;-) It was fun to watch. Brit Boy and I hung out for a while longer and played “spot the news anchor”, and then we headed off for a bite to eat. Then we went back to the hotel to chill in preparation for our early start the next day.

On the day of the royal wedding, also our wedding anniversary, we got up and out a bit before 6am. Some people were already out besides those who camped overnight, but not that many. We took a place along The Mall and stood behind some ladies who had camped out and a couple who got there a few minutes before us. Later loads of people filled in behind us. We got a very good spot considering the fact that we didn’t camp out for a spot. The couple in front of us were very nice and we chatted a lot. It was a great way to pass the time together as we all waited. The couple were from the United States like myself and have been living in London for a short time due to the husband’s short-term job assignment here. The ladies who camped out were from South Africa and England, whilst behind us there was a lady from Argentina. It was a very eclectic group in our little section. My own main personal intention for going to see the royal wedding was to experience this global event and that’s exactly what it was. I heard many accents from all around the UK, the USA, continental Europe, Africa, Asia, and everywhere around the world. It was truly a sea of humanity! And I loved that Brit Boy and I got the chance to be a part of this crowd and a part of history.

We were very lucky to get such a good place to watch. Crowds quickly swarmed in right after we got there. It was quite a crunch to be standing there and not be able to move our feet, but it was worth it in the end. Speaking of feet, our hands and feet were freezing. It was a chilly day and there was a cold wind blowing.




Top: The guards & tv cameras; Middle: The Fabulous Band; Bottom: Excited happy people :)


We tried to get some photos, but it was a tough assignment :) Some are rather blurred so I won’t bore you with them. When the royals were heading to the church, the cars sped by very quickly and the crowd went into a frenzy...so I got some pretty random shots. We could hear the ceremony on loudspeakers and they had these programs for sale for £2.




When they all headed back to Buckingham Palace, they came back at a slower pace but it was still tough to get a good shot. But I’ll tell you, seeing it all was something that I’ll never forget :)








Top four: Prince William & Kate; Middle: Prince Charles, Duchess of Cornwall, & Kate's parents; Bottom two: Queen Elizabeth & the Duke of Edinburgh


After they all passed by we made our way down The Mall towards Buckingham Palace. We had been standing for about seven hours so we were a bit stiff. The crowd bottlenecked at one point, so we took a shortcut through St. James Park and somehow got closer to the palace than we expected considering how enormous the crowd was. It was quite a crush so my photos turned out kinda random, but I got a few. We saw the balcony appearance and both of the kisses.






All of the above: the balcony appearance :)


And then it was over. We didn’t see Prince William and Kate drive out in the car, because like many others we had dispersed. However, the memories of those days will stay with us forever!

Here are a few inexpensive things we picked up as souvenirs. The free things were being passed out at or around train stations.




Top: flag £1; Middle: tea - free; Bottom: card - free:)

Brit Boy and I made our way out of the crowd slowly...it was quite a crunch, and then we headed to Covent Garden to have our anniversary lunch/dinner. It was so delicious and we were so hungry by that point. It was truly a wonderful day...and it was one that we’ll never forget. We were so happy to be there to witness it all!


The Mall heading to Buckingham Palace the day after the royal wedding:)


The day after, we had a bit of time to kill before we caught our train, so we went back to see how things were the day after. A lot of the scaffolding was being dismantled along The Mall and at the temporary television studios. And the sky was a beautiful blue...a perfect way to end a great trip!