CRUISE FIVE
OF THE WHEATEN PRINCESS
UK and SPAIN
TO THE
BY A P
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ENGLISH COUNTRY GARDENS
What a joy it was to have dear Emma M back safely with them!  The members of the Welsh Chorale gave her a traditional 'welcome home', and Barnaby and Lola couldn't wait to hear about her adventures. They were young enough to think that being held hostage was something exciting!

After a quiet night at their hotel, they started out the next day to see more of the sights.

Some of the boys preferred to ride in a London double-decker bus.  Lt Kelsie D had a giggle when she saw that the one they caught was going to a hospital!  At least they'd be safe there!
Some of the Choristers, along with Katie S, took Emma shopping. The children were, of course, with Keeva, who was keeping a close eye on them.

There were so many places to buy souvenirs, but they ended up at a Sweet Shop. Well, what did a few extra calories matter when you're on a holiday and doing heaps of walking! Only Sallee was reluctant to indulge.
Others found an interesting London Pub, named THE GEORGE. They decided it was time to put their feet up and taste the local brew.

Dasher, who was a Patriot, wasn't sure about a Pub called THE GEORGE - and recalled that GEORGE THE THIRD  was on the throne at the time of the American people's fight for Independence. 

However, Griffin, who was one of the Historians, set his mind at ease by telling him that THIS particular Pub was named for GEORGE THE FOURTH - so he went in happily and with a clear conscience to enjoy a meal and a few drinks!
Others were exploring some tourist attractions of a different kind. These were of a literary nature!

 
One fascinating place not to be missed was the Sherlock Holmes Museum.

The Sherlock Holmes Museum is a popular privately-run museum in London, England, dedicated to the famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. It opened in 1990 and is situated in Baker Street, bearing the number 221b by permission of the City of Westminster, although it lies between numbers 237 and 241, near the north end of Baker Street in central London close to Regent's Park.

The Georgian town house which the museum occupies as "221b Baker Street" was formerly used as a boarding house from 1860 to 1936, and covers the period of 1881 to 1904 when Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson were reported to have resided there as tenants of Mrs Hudson. The museum is run by the Sherlock Holmes International Society, a non-profit making organisation.

 Lt Kelsie G was a great fan of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle detective stories, and she was delighted to be transported back in time to explore this interesting tribute to a fictional character known and loved throughout the world. Buddy, Budley and Eoin, being in the 'crime detection' business themselves, were keen to explore this museum.
The first music selection on this page is by the pianist/composer Percy Grainger.  The last selection on the previous page and the last on this page, are both by Sir Edward Elgar.

Here are some interesting facts about them both.

George Percy Grainger (8 July 1882 – 20 February 1961), known as Percy Grainger, was an Australian-born composer, pianist and arranger. In the course of a long career he played a prominent role in the revival of interest in British folk music; his best-known work is his arrangement of the folk-dance tune "Country Gardens".

Grainger left Australia at the age of 13 to attend the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt. Between 1901 and 1914 he was based in London where he established himself, initially as a society pianist, later as a concert performer and a composer.

As his reputation grew he met many of the most significant figures in European music, forming important friendships with the composers Frederick Delius and Edvard Grieg. He also collected and recorded large numbers of folk melodies.

In 1914 Grainger moved to America, where he was based for the remainder of his life. He served briefly as a bandsman in the US Army during 1917–18, and took US citizenship in 1918. A period of intense performing and creative activity ended in 1922 with his mother's suicide; thereafter, much of his energies were devoted to educational work and to experiments with music machines that he hoped would supersede human interpretation.

After the Second World War, ill health reduced his levels of activity. He gave his last concert in 1960, less than a year before his death.

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Sir Edward William Elgar, 1st Baronet OM, GCVO (2 June 1857 – 23 February 1934) was an English composer, many of whose works have entered the British and international classical concert repertoire. Among his best-known compositions are orchestral works including the Enigma Variations, the Pomp and Circumstance Marches, concertos for violin and cello, and two symphonies. He also composed choral works, including The Dream of Gerontius, chamber music and songs. He was appointed Master of the King's Musick in 1924.
 
Although Elgar is often regarded as a typically English composer, most of his musical influences were not from England but from continental Europe. He married the daughter of a senior British army officer. She inspired him both musically and socially, but he struggled to achieve success until his forties, when after a series of moderately successful works his Enigma Variations (1899) became immediately popular in Britain and overseas. The first of his Pomp and Circumstance Marches (1901) is well-known in the UK and in the US. 

Elgar has been described as the first composer to take the gramophone seriously. Between 1914 and 1925, he conducted a series of recordings of his works. The introduction of the microphone in 1925 made far more accurate sound reproduction possible, and Elgar made new recordings of most of his major orchestral works and excerpts from The Dream of Gerontius. These recordings were reissued on LP record in the 1970s and on CD in the 1990s.

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IF THE FIRST TUNE HAS NOT FINISHED, CLICK ON THE PAUSE BUTTON , THEN ON THE ARROW OF THE SECOND TUNE. YOU MAY NEED TO TURN UP THE VOLUME FOR THIS ONE.
They thought they were the only ones there, so imagine their surprise when they entered, and discovered that the three Ballerinas had beaten them to it!
The gardens in London are quite something to see, even in the parks.  Our friends started at Hyde Park, then visited Kensington Gardens and, finally, they wanted to see BERKELEY SQUARE, which the band and singers had introduced them to when they sang that old song from the 1940's.
What Emma Y had seen was a sight most magnificent!  They followed her, and gazed in awe at the beautiful sight which spread out before them.

Others from the Wheaten Princess were already there, strolling around the beautiful water feature with its fountains. There were flowers of every colour!
'The Cheeky Lads' decided that the way to a girl's heart - was FLOWERS!  They asked the 'Flirty Girls' if they'd like to be escorted through the gardens, and this offer was delightfully accepted. Only Katie S was missing from the group, as she had gone with Molly to see the gardens.

At least ONE of the boys was disappointed!

Boomer was doing some exploring of his own, while Nico and Dasher gave some poor little native creature a panic attack!
Captain Sydney, with Lt Bailey B and the Ballerinas, had gone to the famous BERKELEY SQUARE.

It seemed that several others had the same idea.

Murphy was quite inspired by the song, and rendered his own version of it. However, not everyone appreciated his vocal talents!
Just before leaving Berkeley Square to return to their hotel, they stopped at an interesting sculpture.

The children, Barnaby and Lola, were curious about what it represented.  Guinny and Brady, two of the Druids, were also wondering. 

Hurley was taking pictures, and Emma M had completely recovered from her dramatic abduction. She put the terrible experience behind her and set her mind on enjoying the rest of her tour.
After an exciting day, the sun went down on their tour of London. On that last night, they attended a concert in the Royal Albert Hall, then returned to their hotel to their comfortable feather beds.

Early the next morning they boarded the coach for their next adventure, and waved 'good bye' to London as they passed Buckingham Palace for the last time.  

Their next stop would be in Wiltshire, to see Stonehenge, then to Gloucestershire and Shropshire on their way to the 'Land of Song' - WALES.


CONTINUED IN CHAPTER 3
CHAPTER 2