Hello and welcome.
Thanks very much for calling in and for your messages, it's great to hear from you.
I've been to Windsor this week. I visited in May, here's my previous post where I was lucky enough to follow the guards up the street to the Castle while they performed the Changing of the Guard ceremony. Today, I was determined to get there early enough to be inside the Castle and see them come in through the gate.
As you would expect, it's quite busy and there are security checks, but I made it inside with the ticket I bought last time, which I can use over and over again for a year.
I stood opposite King Henry VIII gate.
You can hear them coming up the road before you can see them! The band in front. It's very stirring.
If you are wondering about the bollards shown in the picture above, the guards don't have to squeeze past them, the bollards disappear into the ground. I was once caught out when standing outside looking in and got a bit of a shock as they started to rise up out of the ground beside me!
Once the guards have changed over, the returning ones march out of the gate back to the barracks down the road.
There, the guards have been changed again. Quite spectacular. Enjoyed by all.
Now to do some exploring, I had to pop into St Georges Chapel to see the John Piper windows of course and visit the shop again to moan that there aren't any photos of them, then I decided to visit the State Apartments.
I'll tell you more about that next time.
Many thanks to Judith of Lavender Cottage for organising Mosaic Monday, do visit her to find all the other interesting links.