Category Archives: England

Crown Jewels

As @BeefeaterDave pointed out to us, these jewels are real. They are not copies, fakes, faux gems or cubic zirconia, they are the real Crown Jewels. From memory the conversation went something like this;

“Now ladies, when you go into the building next door make sure you see the Sovereign’s Sceptre. When you find the sceptre check out the Cullinan I diamond positioned at the top.”

Beefeater Dave was a ruggedly handsome man who held the ladies in thrall, but the mention of the word ‘diamond’ seemed to snap them out of their daydreams.

“Also known as the Star of Africa it is the largest diamond ever found, weighing in at around 530 carats.”

The collective drooling in the Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula was disgusting.

“Have a long hard look at this diamond ladies and then gaze down at the ring finger of your left hand.”

Uh oh, where was he going with this?

“See that tiny little thing that you husband, boyfriend, fianc√© has given you.”

Low blow Dave.

“Take another look at the Cullinan I.”

Don’t do it Dave.

“Now slap your partner.”

Bloody Beefeaters ūüėČ

Sorry there are no pictures of the jewels, but photography was forbidden :-/

Ipswich and Surrounds with Family

Ipswich UKIpswich¬†is the county town of Suffolk, England¬†located on the estuary of the¬†River Orwell.¬†It is one of England’s¬†oldest towns,¬†if not the oldest. Under the¬†Roman empire, the area around Ipswich formed an important route inland to rural towns and settlements via the rivers¬†Orwell¬†and¬†Gipping.

Old Ipswich Town – so old the shops have wonky floors

The Ship Inn, Levington, near Ipswich is a favourite place to go when we visit my folks.  This pub with its thatched cottage dates back to the 13th century.  You can still see some of the original ship timbers from which the pub was built.

This small, thatched pub boasts a roaring fire and beams galore, complemented by a interesting range of cask ales, wines and artisan spirits, and a fresh, homemade food menu using the best locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients.

13th century - The Ship Inn, Levington, UK by the River Orwell

13th century – The Ship Inn, Levington, UK by the River Orwell

The village of Levingon¬†(which had 259 residents in 2011 according to the census!) is on the River Orwell. ¬†The local¬†church¬†St Peters,¬†next door to the Ship, is equally as old. ¬†It’s well worth a visit followed by a stroll by the River Orwell