To: Her Ladyship Helen Mary Stewart-Wilson
Since yesterday 5.50PM the pictures, as now on the blog to show off the Christmas tree & decorations @ P.P. & C.L., are on their way to your phone. Angel Luke regrets, that probably the size of the files is too large for the internet service @ North Curry. Compared to Hotel de l’Europe it is a disaster. Only a single line gets through, as I have seen. We wish you and your beloved ones very nice holidays with family and friends. The service @ St Peter & Paul will be great.
C.L. & G.P.P.P.
Lady Helen Mary & Belinda visit Amsterdam
Lady Helen Mary & Belinda
Christmas market in Hamburg (Germany)
Lady Helen Mary:
As I understand on the blog today you flew to Athens for an hour??? C.L. you are strangely loveable!!! Please can I choose the triple set. I have to wear two bracelets already… but may be I am not seeing the joke!!! XXX 17:22
Lady Helen Mary & Belinda
At 33,000 ft in the air I thought about you: presents as a welcome gift in the Amstel Hotel. They come from Buckley in London. You can fight about “who gets what” 🙂
In the brochure:
In the brochure:
Lady Helen Mary & Belinda
PTA & IHG Amstel Hotel, Dec. 17/18 2017
Passenger Terminal Amsterdam
After Jay added hair removal cream to Will’s pubes, it get’s to the moment where Daisy and Will are alone and the truth get’s revealed.
Belinda is seeking a husband, as she says several times during the interview…
The worst mums on TV
In Betweeners: “She is well fit,” drool Will’s mates about his mum, played by Belinda Stewart-Wilson, whose father is a former equerry to the Queen. Being fit is not something desirable in your mum, especially if you are a teenager.
Atholl Highlanders Parade with Pipe Band at Blair Castle May 2016
Atholl Highlanders Parade on the forecourt of Blair Castle on Saturday 28th May 2016, under the command of RSM Graham Jack. Present is:
- His Grace, The Duke of Atholl,
- Commanding Officer Lt Col James Murray and
- Parade Commander Major Aubyn Stewart-Wilson
Dedicated to Lady Helen Mary Stewart-Wilson Fox
La Rive restaurant asks for Ladies: evening- or cocktail dress and for gentlemen: tuxedo or dinner jacket.
While the Companions Pierre and Luke enjoy themselves in Valencia (Spain), Lady Helen Mary hops over to Scotland to spend some days at Prue’s, her sister-in-law. A video impression composed from the WhatsApp-messages which came in at the most awkward moment…
Lady Helen Mary & Belinda
Dec 14 – Southampton dep late PM; Dec 15 – Cruising;
Dec 16 – Hamburg arr early AM – dep late PM;
Dec 17 – Amsterdam arr late PM; Dec 18 – Amsterdam dep late PM;
Dec 19 – Antwerp arr early PM; Dec 20 – Antwerp dep early PM;
Dec 21 – Southampton arr early AM
Passenger Terminal Amsterdam assures me, that there is no other cruise terminal (yet) in the vicineties of Amsterdam!!!
No wonder they call her Will’s fit mum! Belinda Stewart-Wilson, 43, wows in form-fitting dress with plunging neckline as she steps out at Inbetweeners 2 premiere. As Will McKenzie’s mother Polly, she’s shamelessly lusted after by his hormone-charged pals. But on Tuesday night, Belinda Stewart-Wilson proved she’s also worthy of such attention in real life as she stepped out at The Inbetweeners 2 premiere in London. The brunette beauty, 43, turned heads at the Vue West End in a form-fitting black and red colour-blocked dress, which showed off her alluring frame with a plunging neckline. With her wavy hair worn up in a bun, the actress complemented her natural beauty with just a light brushing of make-up. She accessorised with a pair of dazzling starlight earrings, which she matched with a large ring on her index finger. The mother-of-one, ex-wife of comedian Ben Miller, finished off her sexy ensemble with a sparkly clutch bag and a pair of black patent leather heels. Following the screening of the film – which also stars Simon Bird, Joe Thomas, James Buckley and Blake Harrison – Belinda joined in the fun at the after-party at nearby Aqua. In 2010, the screen beauty made many Inbetweeners fans’ dreams come true when she stripped down to her lingerie for a racy shoot for FHM magazine. Belinda, who is often referred to as ‘Will’s fit mum’ in the TV version, revealed in the accompanying interview that she doesn’t mind being considered a sex symbol.
Well, doesn’t Will’s mum look incredible!
We think Belinda Stewart-Wilson just oozed effortless poise and elegance in this form-fitting frock from Deadly Is The Female (nope we hadn;t heard of them either) at The Inbetweeners film premiere last night- she certainly gave the younger cast a real run for their money! Her dress’ stretchy crepe material combined with the red and black colour block design emphasised her curves expertly whilst a dramatic collar and plunge neck lent the look a flirty appeal. It was the perfect marriage of sassy and sophisticated and can be yours by clicking right… A red and black dress is always going to be an after-dark must so if you want to bring out the wow factor like Belinda then why not shop our pick of scene-stealing styles below? From lace detailing at Dorothy Perkins to cami straps at ASOS, these chic dresses scream understated glamour. Just slip on a pair of killer heels for a streamlined finish.
She said: ‘I think the fascination with older women comes from the belief they know something you don’t. I think with The Inbetweeners it’s all in the boys’ imaginations, they’re so rude about her. ‘She’s not really a prostitute or a stripper, but in their heads she’s all of those things. She’s become incredibly popular by doing very little.’ Shockingly, the actress also revealed that she chose to go into comedy because she never considered herself to be much of a beauty. She said: ‘I was never very good looking – I had my jaw pulled forward, I had a squint and a patch over one eye to straighten it up – so I thought I’d make people laugh to get them on my side. I thought it was quite cool though, as I was sure I looked like a pirate.’
I must say, that the comment of the actresses’s mother was Most Surprising:
'The "Meet my wife" is also very funny'.
I dare NOT contradict her Ladyship, but the content of the video is rather doubtful. Especially for a Lady!!!
To prepare myself on Belinda’s forthcoming visit to Amsterdam, I Googled and found on YouTube a video, where she has exactly the voice of Lady Helen Mary Stewart-Wilson.
THE FOURTH CRUISE ADVENTURE FOR HER LADYSHIP IN 2017:
- SOUTH AMERICA (JANUARY – 77 NIGHTS),
- SPAIN & FRANCE (MAY – 16 NIGHTS),
- AMSTERDAM (AUGUST – 3 NIGHTS),
- HAMBURG / AMSTERDAM / ANTWERP (DECEMBER – 7 NIGHTS).
PLANNING THE OVERNIGHT STAY IN AMSTERDAM: SUNDAY DECEMBER 17, ARRIVING LATE PM TILL MONDAY DECEMBER 18, DEPARTING LATE PM.
Sail to Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium at the most wonderful time of the year aboard Black Watch and immerse yourself in the warm yuletide spirit of three enchanting cities – the perfect way to celebrate the arrival of the festive season. Docking first in Hamburg, indulge yourself with delicious traditional treats such as gluhwein and lebkuchen at the city’s world-famous Christmas market, where you could also pick up hand-made gifts; and admire the stunning architecture of the city’s historic Rathaus. Alternatively you could explore the city on foot to see the sights, including the steeple of St. Nikolai Church and the Chilehaus; or even enjoy a relaxing boat ride on the beautiful Alster Lake. Next Black Watch will cruise the Netherlands’ impressive Nordzeekanaal before docking overnight in Amsterdam, the Dutch capital. This charming city comes to life at Christmas, and you’ll have time to wander the along the picturesque canals lined with twinkling lights and decorations; and sample the exciting festive atmosphere at the busy markets. Make the most of your time here and visit world-famous attractions such as Anne Frankhuis and the Van Gogh Museum too before sailing on to Antwerp. Stopping overnight in Belgium’s second city, you could purchase last-minute gifts at the famous chocolate shops or in the sparkling diamond district; or even take a short trip to Brussels and visit one of Europe’s best Christmas markets at the beautiful Place Sainte-Catherine.
Lady Helen Mary & Alice visiting Amsterdam
A family reunion
As Mary’s younger daughter Sophy McIntosh was also in Amsterdam, staying with her husband Alistair (Bruce) and two daughters in the Ambassade Hotel at the Herengracht (Canal of the Lords 🙂 ) it turned out te be a complete reunion. Pierre and I had met Alice and Jonathan the first time that we were in Somerset. I had met Sophy when I was nursing Mary for her cataract. Pierre and I met the entire McIntosh family when we were in Somerset for Easter. Afterwards I met Sophy again when I was nursing Mary after her pacemaker implantation.
The McIntosh family had travelled by Eurostar (London – Brussels – Amsterdam).
The picture above has been taken by the barkeeper of the Ambassade Hotel. Clockwise, starting a the front: Alice Young, Lilly McIntosh, Sophy McIntosh, Bruce McIntosh, yours truly, Pierre Bormans, lady Mary Stewart-Wilson, Kitty McIntosh.
Picture taken by blog writer. From left to right: Pierre Bormans, Lady Helen MaryStewart-Wilson, Kitty, Alice, Lilly, Sophy & a foot of Bruce McIntosh.
And then in a hurry to the Begijnhof, to see at least a bit of Amsterdam, after the disaster at the Van Gogh Museum: lighting a candle in the chapel. Then in a hurry by tram to the PTA, via the Central Station.
Lady Helen Mary & Alice visiting Amsterdam
According to the schedule, the Black Watch arrived at 10.00h at the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam. Mary had sent a SMS around 08.30h, that we had better meet at the PTA at 10.30h. As we stayed with my eldest sister, she brought us by car in 20 minutes to the PTA, but… at 09.47h a new SMS: “10 o’clock now perfect”, as not the tour passengers got priority getting off the ship, but instead the individuals, as Mary and Alice. We arrived at 10.10h. The program for the first day in “Holland” was more or less fixed: travelling by train to The Hague, with as major goal: The Mauritshuis, Houses of Parliament, and some shopping. For Mary and Alice I had bought Dutch public transport cards (trains, trams and busses). Very convenient, as the ladies could travel in style with an upgrade to first class, and then got a 40% discount travelling as my companion (I can take 3 people travelling with 40% discount per voyage).
Her Ladyship on cruise (W1710) to Norway, Iceland and Greenland.
When visiting Lady Helen Mary Stewart-Wilson in Somerset (August 2016), Pierre was a devoted help in the “AGA-domain”. He helped Lady Mary to uncrown strawberries. She had for that purpose a useful aid 🙂 and brought it to Nijmegen during her visit last October.
As the nights are still too cold for this time of the year, harvesting asperagus is very sparse. However the chief-in-residence cooked a wonderful first edition of this year (till June 24th). Clockwise, from top: smoked ham, asperagus with sauce Hollandaise, boiled eggs, smoked salmon. Bon appetit! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Driving to hairdresser in Taunton. 🙂 Not too bad! You must be thankful to be home for a space. I am so grateful for PP’s generosity and to you for loving care XXXX 🙂
Feel free to blog this message to the world!!!
Nursing Lady Helen Mary, day 7
AN EMOTIONAL MOMENT AFTER I MET LADY MARY @ WELLINGTON CARDIAC CENTRE: THE REMOVAL OF THE STITCHES 😦 😦 😦
First time in my nursing career!!!
AND AFTER 6 NIGHTS (OR 7 DAYS, ACCORDING TO FRED OLSEN CRUISE COMPANY) THERE IS THE TIME FOR PACKING THE SUITCASE 😦 😦 😦
AND AS THE LAUNDRY WILL BE COLLECTED IN DUE TIME, THE BEDS HAVE TO BE CHANGED WITH FRESH LINEN 🙂 🙂 🙂
ON THE RIGHT BED IS NOT WHERE THE MURDER TOOK PLACE OR WHERE THE GUEST HAS BEEN RAPED, BUT IS IS MY USUSAL SIDE 🙂 🙂 🙂 IN A SLEEPING SESSION.
JOAN GIVES A LIFT TO THE TAUNTON BUS TERMINAL. MARY IS NOT (YET) SUPPOSED TO DRIVE 🙂
BY BUS SOUTH WEST FALCON: TAU 02:47 PM – BRS 03:40 PM
BY KLM CITYHOPPER KL 1054: BRS 05:25 PM – AMS 06:45 PM
DINNER EUROPEAN BUSINESS CLASS: FLIGHT KL1054 BRISTOL – AMSTERDAM
BY TRAIN NATIONAL RAILWAYS IC3177: AMS 07:30 PM – QNQ 09:02 PM
Nursing Lady Helen Mary, day 6
the day after… 🙂
- Mary went to bed straight after dinner,
- I cleaned the remainders of a nice dinnerparty,
- filling up the dishwasher,
- lying out the breakfast table,
- at 10:00pm I went to bed as well,
- far too early,
- I was awake at midnight, 04am and 06am,
- at this moment it is 07am sharp,
- I have sent pictures + recipe of the Chili to Joan,
- an email to Pierre about the Chili dinner and when to expect me tomorrow evening.
NORTH CURRY: WEATHER FORECAST – WEDNESDAY 26 APRIL 2017
MORNING: SLEET 7°C, FEELS LIKE: 5°C
AFTERNOON: PARTLY CLOUDY 11°C, FEELS LIKE: 10°C
EVENING: CLEAR SKIES 6°C, FEELS LIKE: 6°C
NIGHT: CLEAR SKIES 3°C, FEELS LIKE: 3°C
WEDNESDAY: G A R D E N I N G
🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
IN FULL SUNSHINE, AND THE SCAR OF LADY MARY IS JUST OUT OF SIGHT. 🙂 A LEFT-OVER FROM THE PREVIOUS DAY, BUT THE SAYING GOES, THAT CHILI CON CARNE TASTES BETTER WHEN YOU LEAVE IT 1 DAY UNTOUCHED. 🙂
STEWART, THE ROYAL MAIL POSTMAN, BRINGS AN EXCITING ENVELOPE…
TONIGHT WE WENT TO THE NORTH CURRY CINEMA SOCIETY, IN VILLAGE HALL, TO SEE: 45 YEARS – A VERY STYLISH MARRIAGE
BREATHING SPACE… TOM COURTENAY AND CHARLOTTE RAMPLING AS GEOFF AND KATE IN 45 YEARS.
Courtenay’s marriage to actress Cheryl Kennedy lasted about a decade (from 1973 to 1982). In 1988 he married Isabel Crossley, a stage manager at the Royal Exchange Theatre in London. He has no children from either marriage. In 1999, Sir Tom Courtenay was awarded an honorary doctorate from Hull University and in 2000 published his memoir “Dear Tom: Letters From Home”, which earned strong reviews. Knighthood came a year after that.
Nursing Lady Helen Mary, day 5
Tuesday April 25, 06:42am. Sunrise over North Curry.
CHILI CON CARNE.
SHOPPING LIST FOR TONIGHT’S DINNER WITH JOAN:
THE REAL THING 🙂
Already “on stock” @ Quince Cottage:
* minced meat;
* bell peppers.
To get from the supermarket, just five minutes from Quince (a lovely walk in an amazing ‘flowery’ surrounding):
* Chili powder;
* kidney beans;
THE RESULT 🙂
CHILI CON CARNE DINNER @ QUINCE COTTAGE: MARY, JOAN & LUKE
Nursing Lady Helen Mary, day 4
A busy man mowing the grass of the Methodist graveyard opposite Quince Cottage.
I am recovering from an attack of Somerset-itis, a well known syndrome for people, who come from higher parts of the UK and visit the “lowlands” of the West country. But I come only from 90 meters above the Dutch sealevel 🙂 🙂 🙂
JOHN WILL PASS BY AROUND 06PM, BUT WHAT SHALL WE OFFER???
Today a double nursing routine: when I got from the shower I saw that I was bleeding on the carpet and towels. That happens from time to time, and I am used to it. The problem is a urologic surgery, when the stiches were not placed very well. So when I am too enthousiastic rubbing with a towel certain parts of my body, the scar will get open and bleeding starts. I have to deal with that. I was downstairs busy with emptying the dishwasher and laying out the table for breakfast (Mary wanted to be awaken at 09:00PM). When I had awoken Mary, and I was downstairs preparing breakfast, Mary apparently peeped around the corner of the guest bathroom, and sawthe blood stains. So she came down, a bit bewildred, asking what was the matter. I said that is was not a subject for BEFORE breakfast, but that I should tell her afterwards. And so I did. In no time there was a load in the laundry machine and we tried to get rid of the stain in the carpet. Then it was my nursing turn. Today the bandage had to be switched. So after having her washed, I replaced the bandage on her scar. She is back in bed now, after a load of “alternative medications” from Belinda, and an ordinary Ibuprofen. Incoming calls on the house line are answered by me. What Mary is doing on her smartphone is not to check by her nurse. I only know, that there is a frequent contact between Mary and her three daughters.
Does Arnica really work?
Used to treat bruising, muscular strains, wounds and swelling, arnica is one of the most popular homeopathic remedies in Britain. Derived from the European plant, Arnica montana, the little white tablets – containing arnica solution watered down hundreds of times to form a homeopathic ‘ultra-dilution’ – are one of the few ‘alternative’ medicines to have found their way on to most people’s bathroom shelves. Proponents claim the treatment can reduce swelling dramatically, prevent muscular soreness and alleviate postoperative trauma. But according to a new report, published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, the positive effects of arnica are all in the mind. The remedy, claims the paper, is only as likely to reduce swelling, bruising and pain as a placebo. The research, led by Professor Edzard Ernst, head of complementary medicine at Exeter University, followed three groups of 64 patients who were having surgery on their wrists because of carpal tunnel syndrome. Based on the theory that ‘like cures like’ homeopathy has always been controversial – it treats illness by giving patients substances that cause the very same symptoms. However, the remedies are given in minute amounts and are often so diluted that there is little or no active ingredient in them. Yet the fact remains that thousands of practitioners and patients swear by arnica’s remarkable curative powers. Theresa Hale, founder of London’s Hale Clinic, a pioneering centre for complementary medicine, has relied on it for years. ‘I use it at home all the time for bruises and sprains,’ she says. ‘I gave arnica to my mother just two weeks ago when she fell over and her leg began to swell – it went back down within three hours.’ And arnica seemed a godsend for 43-year-old actress Nicola Redmond when she fractured her left wrist. ‘When I slipped off a step-ladder and crashed to the floor, most of the impact was taken by my left wrist which swelled to more than twice its usual size,’ says Nicola, who lives in Blackheath.
AND WHILE MARY IS SUPPOSED TO REST (BUT IS LOOKING TV SERIES), THERE IS THE LARGE TERRACE TO BE LOOKED AFTER, INCLUDING WATERING THE PLANTS AND WASHING BSW2.
Nursing Lady Helen Mary, day 2
Staying at Quince Cottage, wether for pleasure or “on duty” after a cataract operation (last Decem-ber) or the impantation of a pacemaker (2 days ago), the accomodation for the guest(s) in residence are great. There is a large double bedroom on the first floor, with a view on a cemetery; dressingroom with an extra one person accomodation. The guest’s bath facilities are like Buckingham palace. The shower can be switched between a normal handshower to a large subtropical rainshower. There is a “de luxe” toilet facility and a wash stand. The temperature is always that high, that towels feel like the embrace of a nice man… 🙂 🙂 🙂
WHY ARE THERE SO FEW MEN IN NURSING?
In these times of gender equality, you might think that a profession as high profile as nursing would have a fairly balanced number of men and women. Especially when you consider that male nurses are marginally better paid and proportionally more likely to be in senior posts than their female colleagues. But despite this, the number of men entering the profession has hardly grown in recent years. According to the most recent NMC figures, only one in ten nurses on the register last year were male, a figure that has remained static for the past four years. Although there has been a rise in men entering the profession in the last few decades, it has been a small, slow one. While perceptions are beginning to change, some nurses believe that the profession is still seen as a feminine one. Ian Hulatt, an RCN policy adviser and mental health nurse, says: ‘I think public perception is still that it is a female occupation, which sometimes makes it hard for blokes to say: “I’m going into nursing.” In some ways I think the public is still unsure what it wants from nurses – half still think of a nurse as the subject of an erotic fantasy and the other half want to see someone with a stethoscope around their neck.’ Furthermore, there are significant differences between how certain practice areas within the nursing profession are viewed and this is reflected by big differences in the proportion of men working in different sectors.
6 THINGS MALE NURSES SHOULD KNOW TO SURVIVE
1. Learn the ways of the Venutians
Men are truly from Mars, and yes Women are from Venus. We live on two different worlds, but we do occupy the same solar system. We speak different languages (spoken and bodily language). Social habits are on opposite ends of the pole. And we of course can’t agree on much other than the fact we are different. But, I guarantee you can all find commonality -which is being a nurse.
2. Never, ever, ever under any circumstances be that ‘typical’ man
OK guys. We have all heard the stereotype stories. Learn to not be THAT guy while at work. Even if you are, or can be, don’t be that guy at work of all places. If you’re not sure look around you? Are you always left high and dry? Little to no teamwork from the team? Always eating your meals alone? (hmm.. You might need to re-evaluate). If all else fails, simply ask a Venutian, they love to tell it like it is.
3. Learn to love the color pink (oh.. and candles too)
I’m not sure why, it just is. Never question, just assimilate – it’s safer that way.
4. Emotions are not what they seem
Crying is a form of trickery. Just because someone smiles and laughs at your jokes, does not mean they like you. When you hear them whispering, be sure to never look them in the eye. On the playground, guys will punch you in the face if they don’t like you, or have a dispute. After the punch, and the dust settles respect is exchanged and then call it even. In the wilderness women will find a way to extend their torture and mayhem over months at a time, redirecting their havoc to everything that affects you and then never fully admit their angst. Be careful, be very careful.
5. Being invisible is a good thing
Hypothetically speaking of course. When you become invisible, you are no longer viewed as the ‘male nurse’ or the ‘guy’ they work with. Now you’re just a fellow co-worker, or colleague. Camouflage is your best defense.
6. Always put the toilet seat down!
In most cases you are usually one of the few men working that shift, so when the seat is left up, the blame game gets REAL easy. Oh yeah, and if you fail to even move the seat during your ‘visit’, you better leave things in the same condition you found them. (Do I really need to explain the dribble effect??) Don’t ever let an angry wet-bottomed women corner you – you will not survive.
Disclaimer: Yes, once again this is all in fun. Anyone who is a ‘male nurse’ or works with them can take some humor from this post. In the end we are all part of the same awesome team. Gender is never an issue, until you make it an issue. All in fun…
No, this period is over. Nevertheless I pamper Lady Mary in any possible way:
- Changing bandages;
- Smoothing her body with cream from the hospital;
- Washing her as far as possible in this relationship 🙂
- Feeding her in time;
- Hopping over to the supermarket to get more Paracetamol;
- Keeping up an eye at our non-alcooholic and alcoholic supplies.
Her daughter Alice is back from Australia, so the embargo on yesterday’s blog posts is gone. 🙂 🙂 🙂 Her daughter Belinda has sent medicaments (Arnika) from the alternative circuit. Pierre would not like it. 😦 😦 😦
Nursing Lady Helen Mary, day 1
Major Wilfrid Michael Fox, father of Lady Helen Mary Stewart-Wilson – Fox
I owe my followers an explanation
about the “Nursing @ North Curry” so soon after the pleasant days around last Easter. On the evening of April 12, prior to our last visit (April 13 – 19) we got a call from Mary, in which she told us that she had visited her cardiac specialist with the blunt result: a pace-maker AV a.s.a.p.. Mary told the specialist about the forthcoming visit of the people from the Netherlands for Easter. The surgery was then postponed to April 20 at noon. It would be a 24 hour stay in the hospital and then a 6 weeks recovery period. As Mary was supposed not to be active during the first week, she asked me to come to London on Friday April 21, travel by train to Taunton, and stay a week with her. That was a bit of a problem, considering Pierre’s position. I should have to cancel some appointments. Pierre would be alone in Nijmegen for a week. After several discussions: Mary/Luke, Luke/Pierre, Pierre/Mary and finally Mary/Pierre/Luke we came to the agreement that Mary would pay the airline tickets for me to and from the UK, the train to Taunton and the taxi from Taunton to North Curry. So, on Wednesday April 19 we flew home from Bristol; I am supposed to catch the train on Friday April 21 at 06:58 AM (GMT+1) to Amsterdam Aiport and take the plane to London Heathrow; I shall fly back on Thursday April 27 from Bristol, because I have a hospital appointment on Friday April 28 at 09:35 AM (GMT+1).
Following Lady Mary’s instructions, nobody will be informed about the surgery till it is all over. If Mary tells it to someone, it is HER business. The only one who was informed by the three of us was her daughter Sophy McIntosh, during our visit to the family on bankholiday.
QNQ 05:58AM – AMS 07:29AM: 01H 33M BY TRAIN
AMS 09:45AM – LHR 10:40AM: 00H 55M BY PLANE
LHR 11:39AM – ST JOHN’S WOOD 12:50PM: 01H 11M BY TUBE
Lady Helen Mary Stewart-Wilson’s travel instructions: At Heathrow take the Picca-dilly line:
At Piccadilly Circus (NO, Mary, at GREEN PARK!!!) change onto the Jubilee line:
St. John’s Wood
Cross over the Wellington Rd, take 2nd right down Circus Rd, take 1st left down Cavendish Av and left into Wellington Place. The hospital is at 8a Wellington Place. Ask reception and they will know where I am!!!
DISMISSED FROM THE WELLINGTON CARDIOLOGIC CLINIC WE WENT BY TAXI TO PADDINGTON STATION TO CATCH THE 03:06PM TRAIN TO TAUNTON.
St John’s Wood 02:40pm – PAD 02:50pm: 00h 10m by taxi
PAD 03:06PM – TAU 04:58PM: 01H 52M BY TRAIN
And as a well brought up woman should do, the first thing was to send a SMS or WhatsApp to her GP in London. Instead of taking care of her left arm, as the pacemaker was placed on the left side of her thorax and her left arm was in a sling. But anyone who knows Mary knows, that it is hard to forbid her anything, even when the consequences afterwards may not be that nice 😦 😦 😦 For the immense amount of £195.00 you had a single fare Paddington – Taunton, first class; including drinks and little things to eat. Lady Mary travels with a 30% discount card. But even in that case the fare is £130.00 😦 😦 😦
TAU 05:02PM – NCY 05:22PM: 00H 20M BY TAXI
HOME @ QUINCE COTTAGE
Visiting Somerset day 7
TAU 02:47 PM – BRS 03:40 PM, by bus South West Falcon
BRS 05:25 PM – AMS 06:45 PM, by KLM Cityhopper KL 1054
AMS 07:30 PM – QNQ 09:02 PM, by train National Railways IC3177
Visiting Somerset day 6
A VISIT TO: Bruce & Sophy McIntosh + children @ Higher Tripp Farm, Watchet, Somerset.
Sir Blair Aubyn Stewart-Wilson. Born 17 July, 1929, in London. Died: 24 May, 2011, in Somerset, aged 81. Deputy master of the household and equerry to Queen Elizabeth II.
A visit to: (Alastair) Bruce & Sophia Mary McIntosh @ Higher Tripp Farm, Watchet, Somerset
Sophia Mary Stewart-Wilson was born on 29 March 1966. She is the daughter of Lt.-Col. Sir Blair Aubyn Stewart-Wilson and Helen Mary Fox. She married Alastair Bruce McIntosh in 1991. From 1991, her married name became McIntosh. She lives since 2003 at Higher Tripp Farm, Watchet, Somerset, England.
Children of (Alastair) Bruce McIntosh and Sophia Mary Stewart-Wilson:
- Lily McIntosh b. 5 Jan 1993
- Kitty McIntosh b. 24 Apr 1994
- Tara McIntosh b. 21 Dec 1995
- Harry McIntosh b. 8 May 1999
From left to right: Tarn (1995), Kitty (1994), Lady Mary Stewart-Wilson (1939), Sophy McIntosh (1966), Harry (1999), Lily (1993), Bruce McIntosh (1959)
Visiting Somerset day 4
Church of St Peter & St Paul North Curry by Kate Mears.
In the night some of the white Easter lilies in the dining room have come out to bloom. A wonderful timing by our hostess Mary: “The mass is at 10:30, so we leave at 10:05”. On our way towards St Peter & St Paul, we met a lady: the ringer of the churchbell!!! Mass had started at 10:00 am. After a (boring) service, where the sound was terrible, we had to meet a lot of friends of Mary: there was Joan, who we already had met at Kay’s, with her son and daughter in law and 2 fabulous dressed children, and Joan’s daughter; then there was Kay, and (new) Richard and Wendy. We had coffee there in the garden, at 23 Queen Square. Their garden is so large, that it goes on behind Joan at 20 Queen Square. In the afternoon we went for an Easter stroll. The evening prior to Easter (in Dutch: Silent Saturday 🙂 ) Mary had forgotten an appointment to pass by for drinks at John. There was an alarming message on the answering machine that he had been waiting with all kinds of delicious things. When Mary called him after mass, he was out. So the message with thousand excuses: “Please come over tonight for an Easter champaign”. Which was accepted.
And before we had the Easter lamb, we first enjoyed a Kir Royal (Mary & Luke) and plain champaign (John & Pierre). The lamb is doomed to be consumed over the next week also, because the size is enormous.
Pictures from top to bottom: lilly 1, the first one blooming on top of the bouquet; lilly 2, the second one blooming, at the side of the bouquest; an apple tree in the garden of Richard and Wendy, in full bloom.
Visiting Somerset day 3
A masterpiece of Elizabethan Renaissance architecture and design. With its towering walls of glass, glow of ham stone and surrounding garden, it is a place of beauty and wonder.
Sir Edward Phelips was the visionary force and money behind the creation of this masterpiece, which was completed in 1601. Built by skilled craftsman using local ham stone under the instruction of William Arnold, master mason, the house was a statement of wealth, ambition and showmanship. Come face to face with the past in the Long Gallery, which is the longest of its kind in England. The gallery houses over 60 Tudor and Elizabethan portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery. A beautiful garden surrounds Montacute House, constantly changing, filling the house with scent in summer and providing an atmospheric backdrop for a winter walk. Whether you just want to let the children run and explore, or be inspired by the collections housed within the walls of Montacute, you will leave with lasting memories and a desire to soon return. Within 20 minutes drive of Montacute, you will find four fascinating smaller properties each with its own unique character, history, and story to tell. Their combined age of 2,300 years spans from the medieval period to the early 19th century. Explore Stoke Priory, a fine collection of medieval farm buildings; Treasurer’s House, with its great hall and unusual wall painting; Stembridge Tower Mill, the last remaining thatched windmill in England; and the Priest’s House, a medieval home of great character not to be missed.
An impression of the interior and exterior of Montacute House
The National Portrait Gallery at Montacute House
Visiting Somerset day 1
QNQ 08:28 AM – AMS 09:59 AM, by train National Railways IC3130
AMS 12:00 PM – BRS 13:15 PM, by KLM Cityhopper KL1051
BRS 14:00 PM – TAU 14:53 PM, by bus South West Falcon
CONFUSING TRAVEL DIALOGUE BETWEEN MARY AND LUKE ON WHATSAPP:
–[M] 10:47 AM Are you at the airport??? Amsterdam
–[L] 11:54 AM Leaving AMS airport now. Hold tight. PP&CL
–[M] 02:00 PM Are you on the bus???
–[L] 02:15 PM Congestion on roads due to Easter.
Stil at airport BRS. Keep you informed.
–[L] 02:26 PM Mary. Leaving airport now. Arrival over 1 hour.
–[M] 03:13 PM How is it going?
–[L] 03:15 PM 15 miles.
–[L] 03:16 PM Sorry. 7 miles.
–[M] 03:18 PM Leaving house now. XXX
–[L] 03:26 PM We arrived Blackbrook Taunton
Lady Helen Mary
Her Ladyship arrived this morning in Southampton, after the South-America cruise D1702, which left last January 8! 77 nights without the luxury of a bath, with 1 exception: the night that she stayed with us in the hotel in Buenos Aires. This picture is taken prior to the farewel dinner, last Friday evening.
North Curry is a village and civil parish in Somerset, England, situated 5 miles (8.0 km) east of Taunton in the Taunton Deane district. The parish, which includes Knapp and Lower Knapp has a population of 1,640. North Curry sits on a ridge of land, 7 metres (23 ft) above sea level. North Curry is a fairly large village, but is quietly tucked away on the southwestern side of the Somerset Levels, well away from the main highways. The buildings, history, and village life make North Curry a surprising gem amongst the winding, hedgerow-bordered country lanes that tie it to surrounding villages. North Curry Meadow is a 1.3 hectare (3.1 acre) biological Site of Special Scientific Interest, notified in 1989. The parish was part of the North Curry Hundred. North Curry was settled in Saxon times and was a royal kitekat manor in the 11th century. Around 1194, Richard the Lionheart (Richard I of England) deeded North Curry over to the Bishop of Wells, along with other possessions, in exchange for cash to pay off his ransom to the Austrian Emperor, Henry VI. North Curry parish traditionally included the hamlets of Helland, Knapp, Lillesdon, Moredon, Newport and Wrantage. In 1231 Henry III granted a licence for the Bishop of Bath and Wells to deforest the manor of North Curry and enclose the lands as parks. Reclamation of the surrounding moors before 1311 allowed the village to expand. A market village since the 13th century, North Curry’s sources of wealth have included hunting, fishing, and wool trade, with access to other markets via the nearby River Tone. Evidence of the prosperity of the village can be seen in the exemplary architecture, including 68 listed buildings. The parish council has responsibility for local issues, including setting an annual precept (local rate) to cover the council’s operating costs and producing annual accounts for public scrutiny. The parish council evaluates local planning applications and works with the local police, district council officers, and neighbourhood watch groups on matters of crime, security, and traffic. The parish council’s role also includes initiating projects for the maintenance and repair of parish facilities, as well as consulting with the district council on the maintenance, repair, and improvement of highways, drainage, footpaths, public transport, and street cleaning. Conservation matters (including trees and listed buildings) and environmental issues are also the responsibility of the council. The village falls within the Non-metropolitan district of Taunton Deane, which was formed on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, having previously been part of Taunton Rural District. The district council is responsible for local planning and building control, local roads, council housing, environmental health, markets and fairs, refuse collection and recycling, cemeteries and crematoria, leisure services, parks, and tourism. Somerset County Council is responsible for running the largest and most expensive local services such as education, social services, libraries, main roads, public transport, policing and fire services, trading standards, waste disposal and strategic planning. North Curry is in an electoral ward called ‘North Curry and Stoke St. Gregory’. Whilst North Curry is the most populous area the ward stretches through Stoke St. Gregory to Burrowbridge. The total ward population taken at the 2011 Census is 3,226. It is also part of the Taunton Deane county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election, and part of the South West England constituency of the European Parliament which elects seven MEPs using the d’Hondt method of party-list proportional representation
2017/02/27 – Lady Helen Mary (77y): Horse riding on a cruise excursion in South America
As a real English/Scottish woman lady Mary Stewart-Wilson -and her daughters and grandchildren- love horses. Here, in Callão (Peru), Lady Mary poses for a picture, as she did earlier in Uruguay. What she forget is the handsome young man, who apparently assisted her to get on the horse. So, as a “thank you” from Her Highness a picture of that noble footman… 🙂 🙂 🙂
2017/02/20 – Lady Helen Mary, cruising around South America
The Boudica in the Chilean fjords.
By her Ladyship Helen Mary Stewart-Wilson.
2017/02/13 – Lady Helen Mary – Text with picture (via WhatsApp):
“Oh, these are the funniest of people!!!”
From: Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales
To: Lady Helen Mary Stewart-Wilson Fox
As you know I am more or less a tutor to my Grandmother Queen Elizabeth II regarding the use of social media and internet. As I know that you are cruising (again) I found a picture on the blog of the man with whom you have a “peculiar” relation since January 8, 2016. A relation that brings him and his partner to Somerset, brings you to the Continent, and brings him to Somerset again to nurse after you when you had your cataract surgery.
And what a coincidence that you will meet in Buenos Aires February 4/5 next!!!
A blog follower,
Prince Henry of Wales
Without any doubt Lady Helen Mary Stewart-Wilson will have started the day with a breakfast in her cabin. This is not dependant on the grade of the cabin, neither the deck you are on. So from deck 3 to deck 9 you can encounter the waiters, carrying the breakfast trays.
Sorry Lady Mary, but I will have my breakfast in the Glentanar Restaurant during the cruise in May 🙂 .