Archive for February 13th, 2021

Wow, time sure does just fly by, and thank goddess for my ‘keeper of memories’ – my daughter 😍😍 who reminded me that it’s my citizenship anniversary today…5 years a good Citizen of the UK πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ I’m not sure about the ‘good’ part, although I do try, oh and I pay my taxes πŸ’·πŸ’ΈπŸ’ΈπŸ’Έ

So wow, how amazing. Although my citizenship ceremony was on the 25th of February, I received the official letter in the post on the 13th. Coincidentally, and 7 years earlier, was my daughter’s citizenship ceremony on the same date; 25th February. At the time the letter arrived I was working in Bexhill-on-Sea and had to wait a few days to actually hold the document in my hands. I was also very lucky to get a place for the actual ceremony on the 25th due to a cancellation. Otherwise I would have had to wait a few months!!

Presents from my chica

The ceremony took place at the Bishop’s Palace in Maidstone, and what a beautiful place it was too. Lucky me.

The Bishop’s Palace in Maidstone

On the day we dressed up in our finery, and headed over to Maidstone by train. Very early, we meandered around the town and took loads of photos…all of which, except for a few Instagram images, were lost when UPS lost my hard drive a few years ago 😠😠 along with 10 years of photos…thank goodness I have a habit of saving my Instagram images to dropbox, at least I have some photos saved.

Maidstone has oodles of history

Maidstone is mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book (and in my Project 101πŸ˜‰) https://opendomesday.org/place/TQ7555/maidstone/

The Palace was absolutely stunning and although I would have loved the Queen to preside πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ‘ΈπŸ» I believe she was otherwise engaged and sent her apologies πŸ˜‰

Queenie, I was depending on you to be there!! 😏😏😏 and yes, copyright of this image belongs to the BBC πŸ™„πŸ™„

We had a superb day, and were amazed at how many different nationalities were swearing their allegiance to the Queen and new country. There were a number of South Africans, as well as people from Russia and the USA amongst a whole world of other nations.

Me and my girl ❀❀
The ceremonial ‘room’

After the ceremony which frankly passed in a blur of nerves….we went off and celebrated the only way you should, and how we celebrate best….with pancakes and ice-cream πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ€«πŸ€«

The only way to celebrate..pancakes and ice-cream – is there any other way??

Once the official stuff was out the way I could apply for my UK passport, and as soon as I received it….

Received my passport in March 2016 and should have said 15th anniversary 🀣🀣🀣 never mind, I’m still here 5 years later, so somewhere along the way I had my 17th
anniversary 😁😁

….the first thing I did was book a trip to France on the ferry so I could see the White Cliffs of Dover for real.

Just noticed that I inadvertently captured that lady in my photo πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ doesn’t she look pleased!!

There was nothing stopping me from taking the trip before, but it just made sense to do it then. And so it was that on the 2nd April 2016 I set sail for France!! Doesn’t that sound so adventurous!! ‘Set sail for France’….invokes images of days of yore when boats had sails…in reality the ferry had engines and we didn’t ‘sail’ so much as chuggg across the channel (which I’ve now swum – virtually of course 🀣🀣🀣)

On the ferry to France πŸ‡¨πŸ‡΅
02.04.2016 and I finally saw the White Cliffs of Dover from the sea 😍😍

I’ve since seen them from the air from a Spitfire flight my daughter gifted me for my birthday in 2018, and walked across the top last year in September.

I had a marvellous day meandering the streets of Calais and explored every nook and cranny I had time for, and then I bought some French pastries and headed back to the ferry…UK bound once again. I thought Calais was charmingly tatty….and really interesting.

The cream always looks more yummy than it tastes 😝😝

Later that month my daughter and I took a trip on the Eurostar to Paris for the day.

I love Paris in the spring time…

It was so exciting to use my passport for the first time as a bonafide EU citizen, although sadly it’s now redundant.πŸ˜ͺπŸ˜ͺ

Hmmmm πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”

And now my daughter is my keeper of memories and reminded me that it’s my 5th anniversary today….πŸ₯‚πŸΎ

And if you can bear it, a video of the White Cliffs from the ferry….I was just a tad emotional πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚β˜Ί

The White Cliffs of Dover 02.04.2016

And at the rate the east coast is being eaten away by the sea, it won’t look the same when my grandson reaches the age of 61!!!

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