Tuesday, 5 June 2012
The UK is celebrating the sixty year reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Houses are decorated with bunting and flags. People are wearing red, white and blue. Youngest son and NQT are in London as they were lucky enough to have tickets for the concert at Buckingham palace. We like the opportunity to show a little patriotism and have a good party! Two excellent days of celebrations culminated with the lighting of beacons all over the country. The Curate and I climbed to the high point on the common land to watch the lighting of our local beacon. Once lit, we looked across to the moor to search for other beacons. Every now and then the darkness was pierced by car headlights - but then we saw two beacons - two of the 4150 being lit around the country tonight. In the darkness, we thought about the past, when beacons were lit to celebrate, to warn and to send news around the country. The Curate and I can remember beacons being lit for the Millennium and the Queen's Silver and Golden jubilee. I wonder when they will next be lit - and I wonder where we will be.