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Royal Navy’s HMS Enterprise Tour

Royal Navy’s HMS Enterprise Tour

There was a one-day-only tour which was opened to the public for free but you have to book a ticket online to have a chance to go on board the HMS Enterprise.

This was yesterday, 22 June 2019.

To be honest, we went because Peter thought it would be fun to see a real ship called the Enterprise as a homage to Startrek’s starboard.

Startrek or whatever, we were pleasantly surprised with what we found and what we learned from the tour.

HMS Enterprise is huge, really breathtaking.  One must really see how immense it is.

The Royal Navy personnel guiding the tour were so accommodating and willingly answered questions no matter how innocuous they were.  I have to admit I asked a lot of questions.

 

 

 

1 March: It is March!

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Thought of the Day:

 

“Nature by an absolute and uncontrollable necessity has determined us to judge as well as to breathe and feel.”
– David Hume


 1 March: It is March!

 


Happy Birthday to:-

 

 

Spring is coming!  Spring is my favourite season of the year.

It is when the day starts to get lighter and the evening doesn’t go dark at 3:30.

Spring has a buoyant effect on me.  It removes the cobwebs in my brain and makes me feel lighter and brighter; more positive and energetic.

I supposed I do suffer a little bit from SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder, which causes, winter blues and low feelings.

I like the sunshine, I like everything bright!  Be that as it may, SAD does not only occur during the winter or autumn time.  There are some people who suffer summer blues 🙁

Anyway I expect more sun now that it is March.  I can’t wait for the bulbs to come out from the ground and display their array of colourful blooms.

HAPPY SPRING.

 

The Yew Tree

Our beautiful  Yew Tree lit up at night with Christmas lights, photo by PH Morton

The Yew Tree

We have got a lovely yew tree in our front garden which we dress up with lights on Christmas. It is now about 8 feet tall and still growing.

But did you know that the yew tree has a not quite a nice superstition attached to it?!!!

Yew (Taxus baccata) is a characteristic tree of churchyards, where some are estimated to be well over 1,000 years old.:
It is believed that ever since people arrived upon UK  shores, they planted yew trees in acts of sanctification, close to where they eventually hoped to be laid to rest.
And, according to a label on a yew tree at Kew Gardens in 1993:

The Druids regarded yew as sacred and planted it close to their temples. As early Christians often built their churches on these consecrated sites, the association of yew trees with churchyards was perpetuated

Apparently, if you bring in a yew (as part of a bundle of greenery for decoration) inside the house at Christmas, there will be a death in the family before the year out. It is also advised not to take yew inside the house because it is very unlucky!!!

Oh no, our yew tree is so beautiful to be a source of such malevolent superstition.

And all parts of the yew tree are poisonous, the hidden seeds inside the berries are extremely poisonous.

Global Christmas Lights – The Filipino Paról.

As I mentioned in my earlier blog (O (Old) Christmas Tree) about Christmas decorations and how we get them from storage in our loft/attics etc at the beginning of each Christmas season. We check the plugs and fuses of our old Christmas lights and see how many bulbs still work. I think the oldest lights I have are over 40 years old and we drape them around our 45-year-old Christmas tree I had when growing up.

Last Christmas when we were in the Philippines visiting our family, we saw amazing Christmas decorations and lights almost everywhere. We bought back from halfway around the globe, one particular Christmas decoration which is popular in the Philippines. It is called a paról.

A paról is a star-shaped or star patterned lantern, the shape representing the Star of Bethlehem that guided The Three Kings to the birthplace and manger of Jesus. A paról can come in various sizes and designs/patterns as long as it is a five-pointed star shape and can be illuminated.  They are traditionally made out bamboo and paper. Nowadays they can be constructed from materials such as plastic, glass, thick strong polythene & light metal strips  They are illuminated by candles or electric light bulbs. paróls are traditional to Filipinos at Christmas as the Christmas tree is to us.  Modern electric/battery powered paróls can produce colourful complex patterns like some of our home Christmas lights.

 

Global Christmas Lights – The Filipino Paról.

Parol, photo by PH Morton +

Parol by PH Morton

 Paról Light in our NW London house!