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Hampton Court Palace Flower Show (Part 1)

By NEILMUIR1
July 13, 2011

Built in 1514, Hampton Court Palace was home to King Henry VIII and is stunning, as are the gardens. It is now also home to the worlds biggest flower show! Unfortunately the day I went it rained and rained, but bear with me as I go through acres of mud to show you some of the sights!

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Name: Nancy or \"Hap\"
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Region: United Kingdom Charter ATP Member Dog Lover Region: Florida Tropicals
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Happy_1
Jul 23, 2011 9:20 AM CST
Here I am, last but not least, I hope.

How do you take pictures that look as though they are out in full sun, but in the pouring rain? Are you a magician? They all look bright and cheerful and like they are smiling.

Seeing those wonderful fushias make me want to go back for summers up north. They are spectacular. But, won't do it for they were nothing but trouble for me when they were in the garden. White fly was the main problem.

And thanks for putting a picture of my future home at the very beginning. Rolling on the floor laughing

Hugs,

Nancy
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Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Jul 23, 2011 9:45 AM CST
Dear Nancy, at last as normal you have arrived! The Fuchsias were lovely and you can but look at them at least, and remember what such a pretty plant they are! As for Hampton Court I do not think you would like doing the housework in there, it is a bit big! Plus as Queen Anne Boleyn found out and a few others, annoy anyone and you go on a river trip down to the Tower Of London and loose your head, literally.
Mind you the Rose Garden is only 4 acres, so that would keep you busy. then the famous maze where everyone gets lost in. The formal Tudor gardens, trees that are over 600 years old!
Plus you own Royal Tennis court, but not played the same way! The Royal School of Needlework and much more. Plenty of pubs across the bridge for you as well. In the Palace clocks everywhere!
But still the wind blows off the River Thames up the Long water on the same route as Queen Anne Boleyn walked in 1536 knowing what her fate would be!
So do you still want it!
So much Love.
Group hug
Neil.
p.s This is only a bit of it!
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Name: Nancy or \"Hap\"
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Happy_1
Jul 23, 2011 11:47 AM CST
Absolutely!!! Hurray!
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NEILMUIR1
Jul 23, 2011 9:26 PM CST
Dearest Nancy, Richard has not forgiven you yet for calling Kew Palace a castle and you want Hampton Court! Rolling on the floor laughing
Mind you if you could afford that you would not have to do the housework or the cooking.
In King Henry VIIIs time his household bill for Hampton court as he liked spices and things, for a month in today's money was £3 million!
Better save up then Nancy! Mind you, you can go for cruises free of charge up and down the River Thames. But don't end up going through Traitors Gate at the Tower of London, as nobody who has ever been through there has come out alive! Rolling on the floor laughing
It does have its own vine that is tended by a girl I used to go out with (the Royal Vine Keeper), this produce 18 tons of grapes a year on a single vine and is nearly 500 years old!
I have informed my mother about you eating scones and she was most delighted indeed, as I often speak of you !
Big Hugs for now.
Love.
Neil.
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Name: Nancy or \"Hap\"
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Happy_1
Jul 24, 2011 7:36 AM CST
Oh, Oh..... Whistling
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NEILMUIR1
Jul 24, 2011 8:43 AM CST
Dea Nancy, what is Oh Oh......?
Please tell me.
Group hug
Neil.
Name: Nancy or \"Hap\"
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Happy_1
Jul 25, 2011 6:29 AM CST
Good afternoon, Neil

That was because I didn't know the difference between a castle and a palace. You showed me on another thread and thank you.

I still want both. Rolling on the floor laughing

Hugs,

Nancy
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NEILMUIR1
Jul 25, 2011 7:18 AM CST
Dear Nancy, you want both! A Castle is a lot harder to clean as it has round turrets, so you can't get the vacuum into the corners. Rolling on the floor laughing
They are a lot colder than a Palace and most have Dungeons. Smiling
Plus they have drawbridges and portcullis as well that need looking after.
Wait till part 3 of my Article and there is a smaller one that may suit your needs!
Super Hugs.
Love.
Neil.
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Name: Nancy or \"Hap\"
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Region: United Kingdom Charter ATP Member Dog Lover Region: Florida Tropicals
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Happy_1
Jul 25, 2011 11:46 AM CST
I forgot about the dungeons, Neil.

Since my kids are grown, I don't need them anymore, but they would have come in handy many years ago.

Again, my ignorance.....what is a portcullis? Sticking tongue out

Hugs,


Nancy
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NEILMUIR1
Jul 25, 2011 12:13 PM CST
Dear Nancy, I was not referring for the children's use, mor an English bit of sport in the Dungeon! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Why have you not got lots of microbadges like everyone else? You should ask Dave for a castle and a Palace!
They are free and are easy to put on. Go to the top right of your page and you will see a little grey portrait and click on it. Then go to where it says view your microadges, then there is another bit saying view and add more and you can select and put them in order.
Group hug Lovey dubby
Love.
Neil.
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Name: Nancy or \"Hap\"
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Happy_1
Jul 26, 2011 6:50 AM CST
Thanks, Neil, I will check them out.

BTW, I made your scones yesterday and for sure I did something wrong. Not good at all. At least I tried.

Hugs,

Nancy
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NEILMUIR1
Jul 26, 2011 10:47 AM CST
Dear Nancy, what are you like! Never mind so did http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_the_Great
Love.
Neil.
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vic
Jul 26, 2011 2:38 PM CST
Neil,

I lost you in the transition and am just now catching up on your articles.

This was just STUNNING as all your articles and photos are!

The blooms are beyond words.

Thank you for traipsing in the mud for us. We're so grateful!

vic
Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Jul 26, 2011 5:16 PM CST
Dear Vicki, I have in fact just put a post on part 3 for you not that it matters! There was as you can imagine and a lot to see, and it rained, and rained. Oh well never mind.
I do it to make people Happy, and if I get a post like yours from may thousands of miles away that really does make me Happy.
Group hug
Regards from England.
Neil.
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vic
Jul 26, 2011 7:12 PM CST
You need to publish a book just of your photos.

I have no words for their beauty and COLOR!

vic
Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Jul 26, 2011 7:47 PM CST
Dear Vicki, I am but an amateur photographer that happens to be a horticulturist as well. You are far too kind towards me!
I wish I could do more Articles, but I am a war disabled pensioner and the Government do not give you much money for that. So therefore, I have to go only where I can afford!
Hopefully I will try to do more Articles when money permits.
Group hug Lovey dubby
Neil.
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Name: Nancy or \"Hap\"
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Happy_1
Jul 28, 2011 7:04 AM CST
I'm "Happy_1", so Neil, do you think that there is a Happy 2? Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Jul 28, 2011 7:13 AM CST
Dear Nancy, I think you could make me a Happy 2 if you came out for scones with me and then down the pub for a pint or two! Rolling on the floor laughing
Plus a steam train ride with glasses of sherry, followed by a wonderful Roast lamb dinner in a coach house built in 1571.
Guess no luck there then.
Love.
Neil.
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Name: Nancy or \"Hap\"
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Region: United Kingdom Charter ATP Member Dog Lover Region: Florida Tropicals
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Happy_1
Jul 29, 2011 6:27 AM CST
Don't get you hopes up, Neil, but there is a lot of talk, from me, about coming to London next summer. I so want to see places where my family lived, were married, and
Christened. Working on it any way.

Hugs,

The traveler! Hilarious!
What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail? ~~Dr. Robert Schuller
Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Jul 29, 2011 3:19 PM CST
Dear Nancy, I am waiting with bated breath!
Love.
Neil.
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