• James Parry

Parrywinkle, May 24, 2018


Well, the celebration of Queen Victoria's birthday has come and gone for another year and was that a spiffing wedding or what? And if you have to ask whose, then you have either been in a deep coma or living on another planet for the past few weeks!


JOLLY GOOD SHOW CHAPS! – I was kind of hoping that The Journal was going to spring for an all-expense paid trip to join the international press corps in Windsor but along with an estimated 40 million others around the world I watched it on the telly.

While doing so, I couldn't help but vividly remember the first time I visited Windsor with my beautiful Sunshine about 10 years ago. T'was a Tuesday morning and, getting off the train from London, we strolled down to Main Street enchanted by this fairytale little town with barely another soul in sight. Except for a whole lot of bobbies on the beat and barricades on both sides of the street.

“What's happening officer?” I politely asked one sergeant who seemed to be about 12 feet tall in his helmet. “Come back in an hour and you'll see,” he replied with a nod and a wink. And so we did. And imagine how gobsmacked we were when suddenly the Queen's Household Cavalry came trotting into view in all their scarlet splendour. Followed by seemingly endless phalanxes of military, marching bands, empty gilded coaches, and enough pomp and ceremony to have made even Queen Victoria smile.

It lasted about an hour and, throughout, you could have shot a cannon from the Crimea down the road and not hit anyone on the pavements. “Not bad, what?” laughed our bobby. Turned out they were having a full dress rehearsal for a state visit of India's prime minister that very weekend and, as he told us, nothing, absolutely nothing could be left to chance.

I only hope that he, or she, enjoyed it as much as we did. Truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience and something we shall always remember!


AN ICE ANNIVERSARY - And now from Windsor in Jolly Olde England to Iceland from where longtime Hudsonites Stephane Hogue & Karen Delorme have just returned having celebrated something that they will certainly never forget. Their 21st wedding anniversary in the Land of the Midnight Sun. In fact, they were married at St. Thomas Aquinas Church on this very date, May 24, in 1997.

So why Iceland and not some sun-kissed Caribbean destination with swaying palms and gentle breezes? I had to ask. “Because Iceland has been on my To-Do List for years,” laughed Stephane. “Karen and I are nature photographers and we had heard about its awesome beauty. It was our first time there, and we thought it would be a great location to celebrate this very special wedding anniversary. We were right. It was the trip of a lifetime!”

A trip that saw them flying to Iceland and then renting a car to explore, photograph, and commune with nature all on their ownsome. Said Stephane, “We drove the Ring Road for 10 days, visiting towns and natural wonders, such as waterfalls, black beaches, lava fields, snow-capped mountains, and raging coastal waters smashing into towering cliffs, at our leisure. We also saw puffins and lots of other kinds of birds, seals, elk and, of course, lots of sheep and horses.”

Ah, you gotta love it! Particularly when you consider that just prior to flying there he once again organized the volunteer Cavagnal (Hudson) Scouting Group's 8th annual Sandy Beach Cleanup on May 16 - subsequently ran by Lisa Pritchard and others - that saw Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, and Venturers along with their families all prepared and doing a wonderful job, as always at this time of year, down by the Lake of Two Mountains.


CHORISTER FOR A DAY - OK so not the best segue - but the best I can up with at time of writing with images of St. George's Chapel in Windsor still fresh in my mind - have you ever wondered what it would be like to look down at the congregation from the choir loft during an actual church service?

Well, me neither to be honest. Until I learned from congregant Bill Young this week that Hudson's Wyman Memorial United Church is extending an invitation to singers, would-be singers, and never-have-been singers to join their regular choir on Sunday, May 27 for a view from above. Interested? Then show up at the church, 513 Main Road, at 9:30 a.m. for a short rehearsal before the service.

And that's a wrap!

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