A Joy to behold
In part response to the Daily Word-challenge ‘Lifestyle‘
How wonderful it is to see my fields once again full of livestock, sheep, lambs and a few head of cattle.
I rent out my land to a local farmer and this year he was a little late in bringing me the lambs, I usually have this pleasure when they are much younger.
From the kitchen sink I watch the cattle and they in turn gaze at me from the field, their curiosity aroused. In the mornings I open my bedroom blinds and am greeted by lambs at play, listening to their bleats is a joy I will never tire of.
Our National Treasure
Yesterday Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, 95, announced his retirement from public duties.
‘Sorry to hear you’re standing down, sir.’ ‘Well I can’t stand up much longer!’
The Duke of Edinburgh commenting in his own typically humorous and unique style about his upcoming retirement from royal duties.
Prince Philip is the longest serving consort in British history, seven decades and as a staunch royalist I shall miss seeing his public face. I’ll miss his so called gaffes even more. His off the cuff comments, often controversial and offensive have been a joy to read.
The Duke’s lifestyle is such that he is constantly in contact with people from all walks of life and many cultures. Some of the people he mixes with are mentioned below along with a few comments.
“British women can’t cook“ (In Britain in 1966)
“It looks like a tart’s bedroom.” (on seeing plans for the Duke and Duchess of York’s house at Sunninghill Park in 1988)
“I declare this thing open, whatever it is.” (on a visit to Canada in 1969)
” yak, yak; come on get a move on Yak Yak.” (shouted from the deck of Britannia in Belize in 1994 to the Queen who was chatting to her hosts on the quayside).
“How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to get them through the test?” (to a driving instructor in Oban, Scotland, during a 1995 walkabout
“Bloody silly fool!“ (in 1997, referring to a Cambridge University car park attendant who did not recognise him).
In Germany, in 1997, he welcomed German Chancellor Helmut Kohl at a trade fair as “Reichskanzler” – the last German leader who used the title was Adolf Hitler.
“I wish he’d turn the microphone off.” (muttered at the Royal Variety Performance as he watched Sir Elton John perform, 2001).