In a desperate attempt to get even just a tiny but fit for the Challenge, which is now coming at me like a train crash, I extended my walk today back from Windsor through the Great Park to take in the Obelisk, the Totem Pole and the Valley Gardens. It made the whole walk a touch over fourteen miles. Thank goodness the weather was overcast; I’m not too good in the heat.
The Obelisk was fascinating – it was erected by George II, in grateful thanks to his son William, the Duke of Cumberland, who gave the Scots and their hangers on a good pasting at Culloden. It has to be said that this has not been forgotten by the Scots and they *do* bang on about it quite a bit.
The original engraving on the monument said “CULLODEN” but Queen Victoria, who was partial to the odd trip up north or two, had it chopped out and replaced with “CUMBERLAND” to soften the hammer blows of history.
I took some snaps of the beautiful trees, bushes and dwarf daffs, all in bloom in the Valley Gardens. I am not much cop at identification, so if there are any bush lovers out there, (Ooooh!) perhaps you could let me know what they are in the comments.
On the way home, strolling across Ascot racecourse, I bumped into Jon Quirk, a thoroughly nice fellow and member of our congregation. It’s nice to put a face to a name. I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of Jon as he only lives a few miles from me.