About the Union Jack

I have been studying for the British citizenship test because I want a British passport. There are a lot of interesting topics. I don’t just want to memorise the answers; I want to know what it means to be British.

The Union Jack is a national flag belonging to the British. Uniquely British incorporating the symbols within the Monarchy of Britain, representing England (with Wales), Scotland and Northern Ireland.

To represent the Union Jack to the British is the quality of embodying a noble British character. It’s their Britishness. A quality that binds and distinguishes the British people and forms the base of their unity and identity and the expressions of their culture.

To agree to disagree and to own the readiness to debate are such habits. These behaviours are the symbols they have in common. They are familiar here; an iconic quality and readily identifiable within.

The British are good with dialogue and with the ability to discuss topics with legitimacy and authenticity which are intrinsically tied to the power relations in their politics.

The Union Jack is a British national identity symbol, enabling a belonging, common courtesy and community while respecting exchanges of expression.

The British have a right to gather and to protest. This is their Britishness and it can provoke a range of responses and attitudes, such as advocacy or to be indifferent, but it’s indifference without rejection.

The Union Jack associates these British ideals of pride and patriotism, democracy and tolerance.

I believe it emphasises the very nature of the people of the United Kingdom: and to be British perpetuates diversity, unity and strength. I love Britain and the Union Jack!

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Le Château

Led by William the Conqueror, The French Normans took Britain from 1066 CE to 1071 CE by William who led Many hard fought battles.

William was not just a warrior, but he built castles, redistributed the land with the British people, contributing to architecture, village community and agriculture bringing with him a new language with tactics that ensured the Normans were here to stay.

The percent of modern English words derived from the language group Anglo-Norman French and French is 29%. A great number of words of French origin have entered the English language. The castle is Le Château in French.

The Normans saw the Norman elite replace that of the Anglo-Saxons; taking over the country’s lands.

The Church was restructured with incredible new architectural introduced in the form of motte and bailey castles and Romanesque cathedrals. Many of the Castles in South Wales are French Marcher Castles; Swansea and Oystermouth and Cadtle Coch shown in the picture above.

It was the beginning of French feudalism in Britain and it came much more widespread.

There the English language absorbed thousands of new French words, amongst a host of many other lasting changes which all combine to made the Norman invasion a watershed memory in the history of the English Language.

A Bishop Palace

In Lamphey Bishop’s Palace was the retreat of choice for those medieval bishops seeking solace from the everyday stresses of Church and State.

The medieval bishops of St Davids were worldly men who enjoyed the privileges of wealth, power and status. Lamphey did not disappoint. A palace fit for a queen…or at least the occasional bishop.

What we see today is mainly the work of the dynamic Henry de Gower, the bishop of St Davids from 1328 to 1347. Thanks to his vision, elegant Lamphey became the ‘away from it all’ palace for high-ranking members of the clergy keen to play at being country gentlemen.

Bishop Gower’s great hall, 82 feet (25m) long, is a particularly fine architectural achievement and its sheer grandeur would have impressed even the most privileged of bishops. Equally well-preserved and detailed in their architecture are the western hall and inner gatehouse.

Lamphey’s gilded existence came to an abrupt end during the reign of King Henry VIII when many Church estates fell into the hands of the Crown.

All the Colours of Green – continues

Time has just flown by and Christmas is only six weeks away.. Do you ever think one might could tire of seeing the same places everyday?

I think I will never tire of Wales. And all my thoughts will not expire ever after all; for in that time I have had to see real wishes come true, it’s here where I have found hints of life and love and home and then there is someone here now to cling to. He calls me his ray of hope; and his pinken every morning.

People ask me all the time; “Do I miss Texas?” I reply; I miss people; mostly my sons and family and my old friends. But my home is here now.

So there are moments so I might know that this is just the beginning, discovering that there are places beyond narrow one. I have seen massive green forest, farms and gardens, medieval castles, palaces and cathedrals.

I am American girl in Wales, where my duality is to reason all; it is one with every living breathing moving particle is one is the absolute. I will stay here and I have no desire to return to the States.

Duality is an illusion. It must be this narrow place inside me that contains my infinite love for one and the same. Julien is my gravity and advanced physics and mathematics.

Only when the heart has experienced longing or suffering and pain can we understand that what is important and that which hopes hangs onto, finding that love is the only shimmering effervescent realm of continual creation.

Note- “All the Colors of Green” is available at Amazon on Kindle.
Thank you to all my followers and for reading.

Enjoy!-
Love, M.

Victorian Settings

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Christmas dinner is perhaps the most important meal of the year in most houses. It is a time for family and friends. They all return from the four corners of the world to be with their families for Christmas.

There are few occasions during the year when families are so fully reunited, hence the importance of the Christmas dinner table; when most of the chairs at the table will be filled.

Setting the perfect Christmas dinner table is different to setting a table at any other time of year, however formal the dinner, as the occasion calls for seasonal touches and decorations to make the meal festive and special.

Before you even begin to set the table, you should think about what colour scheme you want for your Christmas dinner table as this will help you choose the dinner plates. Having the right table cloth, crockery, cutlery and decorations.

Most people know that red and green are Christmassy colours, but if you want to do something a little different, you could go for purple and green, red and gold or even black and gold.

Setting the Table

So what will you need on the table? From a practical point of view, everyone will need a charger plate, side plates, a water glass, a wine glass, cutlery, a napkin and a soup bowl (if you’re serving soup!)

You’ll also need crockery for the table, serving utensils and placemats for hot dishes, Butter pat dish and bread plates. Mix and match your table, each person’s soup bowl does not have to match their charger plate.

Regardless, the most important thing about Christmas Dinner is….that you have enough plates and forks; that each guest should have at least two plates; a dinner plate and a side plate. That is your gift to them. It shows just how much you care you’ve taken.

Happy Holidays!

Merry Vintage Christmas

With a few ideas about get to started on how to begin celebrating the season; here it is. It is all about gathering family and friends, staying at home and sharing the best Christmas yet!

I will be featuring a few of my favourite table collections (which I think you’ll love too) that encourages you to create a relaxed food sharing experience this party season.

Under the Christmas tree, place thoughtful gifts for loved ones to open on Christmas morning – from popular and meaningful Vintage collectibles for gifting like a piece of Bone China, a Victorian tea sets and lots of blue and white and coffee mugs. Place candy and sweets in a cup, a candle, Ceylon Tea, or even a gift card.

It adds to the classic gift. Use a vintage; mix and match. You never know when someone’s vintage might be the gift that makes a difference in someone’s Christmas this year!

Pictured Above

One of a kind Vintage tea set by Baker Bros Meir bone China. A Victorian Floral Gilded 10 piece Tea Cup trio’s with extra Tea Side Plates. Made in England from the 1920’s. Back stamped.

http://stores.ebay.co.uk/littlebitoftexasinswansea/

Infinity

Infinity

The state or quality of being infinite.”the infinity of space.”

Endlessness, infinitude and infiniteness, Boundlessness, limitlessness and unlimitedness,

Infinity is extensiveness,

The vastness, immensity; its the distance.

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Royal Doulton has created Infinity in their China. Throughout their history, Royal Doulton has introduced various luxury bone China collections at a value relating to specific elegant Tableware. Infinity is one of these elegant collection in these specific ranges of wares even for the most discriminating taste.

For more info and prices visit:

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