While I met up with Mandy (Mandalin18) and Marguerite (Rafael's Mum)...(Marg was totally surprised!:)...
...the girl introduced her dad to Big Ben!
While I had a great time with FQ peeps at Tikki Patchwork in Kew Gardens...
...the Palace put on a practice light show for them!
While Marguerite and I laughed at TrashaLou as she flirted with a Tube passenger...
....they watched another fabulous show!
The next morning I was thoroughly entertained by the Fat Quarterly Gang....
...they were entertained by this gang!:)
I admired my surroundings...busy, busy quilters getting to know each other and learning new crafts.....
....they were admiring some serious stonework! The girl modeling a new Hold Tight! tee....they dropped a new LP the other day...go check them out!:)Bearpaw)....
....they were partaking of coconut milk and paella!!
The next day we were to enjoy everything together and started things off with a bang....the Pageant on the Thames!! We were at the beginning of the Pageant between Chelsea and Vauxhall bridges on the south side of the river.
How about that?:) The Royal Family....we think Her Highness was still below. It was the beginning of the floating pageant!
My favorite was the barge carrying newly forged bells. As they pealed down the river all the churches along the the route tolled in response! I still get goosebumps thinking about it!
The Gloriana lead the manpowered section. This is a new boat that was commissioned as a tribute to the Queen....nice!:)
Every kind of rowboat was out there...even kayaks!
They just kept coming....over a thousand boats, Dunkirk little ships, work boats, steamboats, tugboats, sailboats, barges, service boats, recreation boats, narrow boats, passenger boats...
...and there were buntings and Union Jacks and revelers galore!
Luckily for us, since we were at the beginning of the Pageant, the rain didn't start until the last few sections went floating past.
Dinner that evening at The Hereford Arms was a gastronomic delight! Bangers and Mash, Shepard's Pie and of course Fish and Chips.....divided by three. I really could have eaten it all by myself!
(King's Cross Train Station)
Alas...I do believe I need to go back to London....to see all the places they experienced...and it was way more than all the above!:)