29 May, 2018

"Run and Rise . . . "


There's just something so emotionally compelling about seeing the geometric excellence of a staircase.  Whether they are gently beckoning us up to the heavens . . . or to descend into the unknown . . .

I must admit that things are the tiniest bit hectic (and by that, I mean spinning wildly out of control. . . lol) over here around at SMW Home.  But, somehow these images of slow, steady movement and clear, pointed progress are helping to calm my nerves.  Of course, the spectacular woodwork and beautiful flooring aren't hurting my mood either.

Stairs demand progress.  One is not allowed to loiter aimlessly. One must proceed boldly into the unknown.  And it does not matter if they are leading upwards and downwards, we are seldom able to see our destination while on the journey.

Polo/Ralph Lauren - New York

The structure and design of stairs are often described, architecturally, by the two words 'run' and 'rise.'  The 'run' being the length of the stair tread . . . and the 'rise' being the height up to the next step.  And often in life, those are our two options.  Either we 'run' - flee the stress . . .

Or we 'rise' to the challenge.  Moving forward.  On to the next adventure.


22 May, 2018

"Blues and Royals . . . "

Prince Harry walked down the aisle in a traditional military uniform of a frockcoat of the Blues and Royals. The ensemble denotes his affinity with and affection for the armed forces, despite retiring from active service in 2015. The outfit consists of a frockcoat in doeskin depicting insignias and braiding that is particular to his regiment, the styles of which reveal that he has been promoted to the rank of major by the Queen. 
The outfit was handcrafted by traditional military tailors Dege & Skinner on Savile Row, who first created the uniform when Prince Harry began active service. The badge on his left chest is the Pilots’ Wings, a nod to his time serving in the Army Air Corps flying Apache helicopters. Speaking exclusively to the Telegraph, managing director William Skinner revealed that the hand crafted uniform took over 100 hours of work, over 65,000 stitches and it took one worker one week just to figurate the lace on the sleeves.  
(from The Telegraph)

The regiment was formed in 1969 from the merger of the Royal House Guards, which was known as "the Blues" or "the Oxford Blues", and the Royal Dragoons, which was known as "the Royals".  Since then, the new regiment has served in Northern Ireland, Germany, and Cyprus. During the Falkland War of 1982, the regiment provided the two armoured reconnaissance troops. The regiment also had a squadron on operational duty with the United Nations in Bosnia in 1994–95. Most recently, the regiment saw action in the Iraq War and the War in Afghanistan.  Both Prince Williams, the Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, joined the regiment as cornets in 2006.

Even young Prince George got to be part of the team!



21 May, 2018

"From This Day Forward . . . "


Like I'm sure a great many of you . . . that alarm went off a bit early on Saturday morning.  But, groggy none the less . . . off I padded to our study to find the best coverage of the latest royal wedding.  

BBC was streaming live . . . and seemed to have the best informed hosts . . . so, that's where I settled in for several hours of gasps, tears, and delight.

The whole event seemed to go off flawlessly. From the delighted faces of the Mulroney twins expertly handling their 'veil-wrangling' duties.  To, what I'm fairly certain, was the first gospel choir to fill the nave at St. Goerge's Chapel.

A few of my favourite photos follow . . .

 One of the official portraits of the bride and groom
with the page boys and bridesmaids. 

 The future King escorting the Mother of the Bride after the service.

I'm gonna REALLY need to step-up my garland game going forward.
THIS was amazing.

At times it almost seemed medieval.

And at other times . . . it was just sexy as hell!

But, this.  THIS was the star of the day.
Doria Ragland, Meghan's mother, was the very definition of
grace and style.  She looked amazing . . . but, she simply
BEAMED with pride at every word, and hymn, and ceremony. 
Well done. 

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