Windsor Castle

We booked our tickets in advance, then left for a drive over to Windsor. Doesn’t take too long, but I sort of knew we would need to figure out where to park.  Wasn’t too painful, but soon we were walking up Peascod Street, towards the castle.  I hadn’t been inside the castle since I was a kid, so this was going to be fun.

Entry and check in was sort of straightforward, considering these Covid times we are in.  Soon we were inside.  We declined the headsets (mainly for Covid reasons as I didn’t want to walk around with something on my head another person had been wearing).  Off we walked.

St. George’s chapel was our first stop.  I’m glad we went in, as I had never been before. Interesting to see the tomb stones of Henry VIII and wife inside as well as so many others.  You’re not allowed to take photos inside the castle buildings, but I can remember enough. Nice to see the altar and the seats where the choir sit, which reminded me of weddings I’ve seen on tv (or am I thinking of Westminster Abbey ?😂😂).

This entrance near the road that runs around the front of the castle in the main part of Windsor, where I had taken and then seen the photos of different members of the Box family when they visited back in the 70s/early 80s.

We then did a bit of gift shop shopping, then into the State Rooms.  Very impressive walking around, looking at gifts the Queen had been given over the years, lots of china, and other meeting and reception rooms. Beautiful day, with beautiful views over Eton etc from the ramparts we stood on.

Watched a few guards march past us as we edged our way out after our visit, which is pretty colourful.

The Royal Standard flying, indicating the Queen in residence.


We enjoyed our time in the Castle.  Worth the visit in my opinion.

Had a bite to eat at a small restaurant just outside the Castle, then strolled back down dodging the socially-distanced-challenged pedestrians, to pick up our car to head home. 🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️

As September starts to peep over the fence at October

Slowly, but surely, the weather is changing.  At least we are allowed out now after our quarantine – that NOBODY in authority checked up on us for at all ! So, we have enjoyed what was left of the good weather, but are now tinkering around in the greenhouse, using the hot tub more, and planning a revamp of the kitchen.

Nice to sit outside with the fire going, as the evening arrives and it gets slightly cooler –

Some of our ‘trips’ outside have been for exotic type things such as looking at floor tiles for the kitchen ! We also went to the kitchen design place we will use, to select cabinets and colours, from our very best friend Andrew who will run the show for us.  I’m sure over time, we might be able to post some before and after photos.

Big week coming up soon, with two car services now due 😂😂.  This retirement is certainly life in the fast lane.

Straight back into quarantine

So, we landed back at the house and went straight into the 14 day mandated quarantine.  I guess my reaction is really one of “ok, fine”.  For the first few days back, you are jet lagged anyway, so it’s not a disaster.  We had our Sainsbury’s delivery the morning we got back, so were all set.  Followed up by other home deliveries, it’s been ok.  The big plus has been the amazing weather which has meant we have been able to sit outside a fair amount and walk in the back garden, sit on our bench etc..  It could have been worse.


So now we are well over the halfway point, with the 14th day being this coming Sunday, but we will not burst into running around the country without a mask I’d guess, once we are ‘free’ 😊