I did watch the funeral today, or at least parts of it. I missed the arrival of the heads of state and the ex Prime Ministers, turning on the television as the coffin reached the abbey. MasterB was confused. I never watch television in the daytime and he evidently could not get his head around this strange occurrence. He kept checking in with me, needing reassurance in the form of cuddles and affection, so I missed other bits too. He is now outside which is why I’m at the keyboard.
The music, as you’d expect, was sublime. The shots of the abbey breathtaking. Only rare and narrow glimpses of David Hockney’s window. Why was that? There didn’t seem to be camera shots from that angle. Did someone decide it was too modern? It is the Queen’s window, one celebrating spring, her favourite season. Nearly all the women wore heels of staggering height and slenderness. I cannot imagine how they stood it. They probably have their feet soaking in warm water tonight.
By one o’clock I was funeraled out. there was a lot more to come, but I switched off and had lunch. I did catch some of the Windsor part and can only marvel at Charles’ stamina. Suddenly a half hour slot at the crematorium followed by tea and sandwiches seems a much better deal.
So to photos. Not of the funeral, of yesterday’s walk. I have a lot, so maybe some tonight, some later.
We started at Kelvedon which impressed us. One attractive building after another, though some seemed neglected.
Essex is famously Tory, so I was surprised and pleased to see Kelvedon’s councillors are Greens. The bench was a nice touch too. There were grand houses, not so grand houses and expensive cars. I don’t recall seeing any reference to food banks.
We stopped at Feering at a very nice pub. I needed the loo. Celia had a cider. While I chose orange juice and soda. Next to the pub was a church whose architecture demands explanation. An explanation I still haven’t found. Watch this space.
And I’m afraid I am going to leave you here. The witching hour approaches. I need to do the washing up, fetch in MasterB, do my nightly ablutions and head for bed.