I’m ill :( I got the seasonal cold I managed to avoid for three years. But in lighter news I discovered my phone’s slow-mo feature and took this video in Leicester town center (which is probably where I got the cold from.)
Hopefully 2023 will be better than 2022.
Here’s some of the photos I took this year. Most of them don’t really “mean anything” by which I mean, of course they mean something, to me anyway.
I have Violet, my husband has Scarlet. My school uniform is much nicer than his.
I picked Fuecoco, as he is shaped like a friend.
OBSESSING over the fact that you can take selfies in this game, I’m gonna take so many.
Happy Bonfire Night to everyone except whoever it was letting off fireworks at 1am.
It’s been a very strange few days really. Not even necessarily bad in some ways, just… strange. I went to Nana’s house (without her, obviously) for what’s presumably the last time before it’s sold and that makes me pretty sad to think about. It’s funny but the house I now live in is very similar to the one my Nana and Grandad lived in once upon a time. I guess we’re all always trying to recapture our childhoods.
My grandma did actually die today, a week before I was meant to be seeing her. She lived a very long life, outlived the queen, but it still sucks.
I went on a photo-gathering trip to London yesterday, while preparations for the Queen’s funeral were in full swing.
The train station was warning people not to join The Queue.
Shop windows were full of Queen Elizabeth images/merch, and also Paddingtons. It infuriates me how Paddington has become associated with the Queen but more on that some other time.
This is not just public mourning! This is M&S public mourning!
Flowers and flags popping up in all sorts of places.
The Marble Arch area was packed with people. I did get this nice picture of a bird though.
Onto Hyde Park. People and police everywhere, and a load of screens and portaloos set up for the funeral.
(other crowds, cops, & the odd yelling person not pictured.)
Found a weird beehive type thing and an unbothered raven.
Apparently this also happened in Hyde Park:
On lighter notes…
I do like this pic of the Union Jacks at half-mast, it came out really well.
This shot of a plane going past a statue isn’t too bad either.
Oh look more Paddingtons, Paddingtons everywhere. Wouldn’t it make SO MUCH more sense for these to be given to refugee kids who arrive in Britain with no toys?
So Buckingham Palace itself was closed off but the area around it was MENTAL.
The tributes from children I suppose are touching in a way, but only in the same sense any children’s drawing left out in the rain is.
Those photos probably don’t give the full scale of everything but hopefully this video does.
Absolute chaos I tell you. So were the surrounding areas.
Piccadilly Circus looked beautiful but police were everywhere.
There was a moment of silence for the Queen on the train! ON THE TRAIN! Madness. A voice came over the tannoy asking for a minute’s silence but most people in the carriage were asleep anyway.
Got home and was informed shortly afterwards that my grandmother had taken a turn for the worse. Apparently, she can’t even recognise her family members now. It absolutely sucks. But the country won’t stand still for her, will it.
Literally my husband was saying yesterday he’d start wearing heavier clothes in the winter instead of turning on the heating to save money… While the Queen’s funeral is going to cost millions of pounds.
If you can’t see it, and to be fair it is very hard to see, it says “beware of anything falling.” Though it could be an April Fool’s joke rather than a Hot Fuzz situation.