The Natives seem Friendly

Countdown: 8 days to go to King Richard III’s reinterment.  

I’ve totally ruined my sleeping cycle. Unfortunately, the night before I left I only got about three hours of sleep and only an hour on the trublent night flight plane and then I didn’t sleep when I arrived, so I was a mess.

Anyway, the wonderful news is that the Ricardian adventure has now officially started. The maternal unit and I landed in England yesterday. My last day in Canada was spent waiting for a second credit card — just in case — that never arrived and for a library book that also failed to appear. I should have ordered both earlier. Fortunately, my mother and I got a three-seat set on the flight to ourselves, so we could spread out and relax. The one item, so far, I have realised I forgot is my shower cap.

On Sunday, March 15, King Richard III’s remains were coffined in the presence of John Ashdown-Hill and other notables. It’s good to see that Ashdown-Hill has finally got a special nod. Without him…

Today, my mother and I will go to Hampton Court Palace. Alas, it has no Ricardian connection as it was built in 1514 by Cardinal Wolsey, and acquired, shall we charitably say, by Henry VIII a few years later when Wolsey’s fortunes began to wane. Hampton Court was a royal residence for a number of centuries. Today, it’s also home of the Royal School of Needlework. (In addition to the Richard III Society, I belong to the Toronto Guild of Stitchery, so a visit to the Shop of said establishment will be absolutely necessary.)

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4 Responses to The Natives seem Friendly

  1. Tracy Bryce says:

    Alas, Hampton Court Palace did not make it onto our London itinerary. Hoping to hear all about it in April! Have fun, and see you next week in Leicester!


  2. Nicole M says:

    I’m looking forward to hearing about your visit to the Royal School of Needlework. Hope you bring some photo’s back with you!


    • torontopubs says:

      Thanks for your comment! Unfortunately the Royal School of Needlework shop was tiny, about the size of the cloak room at Blythwood. However, the mother and I both got some new projects and I look forward to bragging about them at the next meeting!


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