Sometimes once is not enough...
White Star Running, flushed with the success of the
Trick-Or-Treatathon, and no doubt eager for another performance by The
Voyeuristic Intentions, have launched another virtual
run/walk/treasure hunt/music festival. What can we do but embrace
the new challenge: 12 Runs of Christmas.
The treasure hunt is obviously for the Christmas gifts in the song,
and the song is, well obviously, the song. What could be simpler!
Now if you were paying attention to the previous tale, you may
recall that we found a complete set of gifts (amongst other things)
attached to the railings around Pewley Hill Reservoir. Just so we've
got them in the bag, here's a quick collage:
Ok, it's not quite cheating, but it's maybe a bit too easy.
So, we have a plan: we're bound to find some lords and ladies at
Hampton Court Palace, and there are swans and geese in the river,
and, well, a bit of dressing up and improvising should see us
Here we are, then, and it's a nice sunny day. Forecast for later
isn't so good, but we'll take what we can get.
Unfortunately, between fertilising the egg of our plan and hatching
it, we've gone into Tier 3 restrictions, so although the Palace
courtyards and gardens are open, none of the usual kings and queens,
lords and ladies are to be found.
Well, we've got one drummer drumming and two pipers piping I
If you use your imagination, you can perhaps interpret the seated
woman as a milkmaid with a milk jug. The other chap isn't a goose,
but he's a-laying...
Yeah, scraping the barrel a bit; I can't really deny it.
Amanda puts on the rest of her lady dancing gear.
Look, a Christmas tree. That proves it's Christmas.
A minute or so after this, one of the Palace staff asks (politely)
what we're up to. Once we make it clear that we are not involved in
any commercial photography or filming, and we're just some crazy
people, she's most amused, and tells us that if anyone else queries
us, to tell them that Joanna said we're ok. Judging by her talk of
wanting to go surfing in Cornwall in midwinter, we suspect she may
be a crazy person too! I'll post a link to this blog on the Hampton
Court Facebook page, so if you're reading this, Hi Joanna!
We will pretend to be lords and ladies in our carriage.
If only a gardener gardening was in the song.
Ok, enough posing, time for a bit of running. They're both also
doing a couple of Phoenix Vultras: Thames Path for Amanda and Advent
for Merilyn, and this is the Thames Path for real. Obviously, where
they are really is nowhere near where they are virtually, but at
some point Amanda will be virtually here, although she probably
won't be really here. Is that clear?
Hey! SEVEN SWANS A-SWIMMING!!!
If you know the area, you'll know we've pretty much reached the end
of this section of towpath at Kingston, so we'll now loop round into
Home Park and head for the bottom of the Long Water. There we plan
to stage our glorious performance.
This is how keen some of our fans are to see us!
AND THIS IS IT:
Hmm... you see that it's getting a bit overcast now...?
That's how much water the deer shake off from the downpour that
follows shortly after. I'm not sure about Merilyn, but Amanda and I
definitely get even wetter than we did for the Time Warp.
The things we do for fun in the age of Covid, eh?
Love to all,