Well yesterday was an odd one we left fleet in hoping to go to the houses of parliament a trip booked months ago via one of the Internet groups I am part of unfortunately my mother in law had a commitment until 9:30am which with prior warning she could have re arranged but as the plans up until 8 am was we met outside parliament at 1pm we didn’t see the need to. Anyway at 8 am the conformation email came through with 11 am start the lady had mixed up the times so we did what we could had the car packed children in the car ready to leave so as soon as Janet came home she could park her car and jump in to head off for the 40 minute drive to Richmond.
Anyway we didn’t rush knowing we would probably not make it we had decided if we didn’t make it London had plenty to offer we would just head to Tower Hill. We made it to Richmond at 10.10am parked and got on the underground train by this time it was 10.30am we missed one train as it left before the 6 of us could get out through the styles so anyway the train we got on to at half past didn’t leave until 10:45 so we knew we wouldn’t make it and let the lady know and we stayed on straight past West minster at 11:25 and all the way to Tower Hill.
We arrived at Tower Hill and Emily needed the toilet so we took a couple of pictures of the poppies before heading off to the toilet.
Now we nearly got to the toilet when things went wrong and Emily’s little Pushchair Collapsed with her in it trapping her finger in the mechanism causing her to scream out in pain by which point I had her out but I really did think it was broken. I left the pushchair with Dad and the older two with Mum and rushed her to the toilets despite forgetting my purse with the pushchair the lady let me in to allow me to run her finger under the tap (well water fountain as it was the only cold water) I helped Emily go to the toilet by which time mum had caught up and gave me 50p which the lady refused to take (bless her) and she directed us to the tower Information center for help.
When we got there we asked if they had a first aider wHo they promptly called and within minutes a first aider and 2 beefeaters arrived Emily was so brave she bent the finger for them despite the pain and held on some ice wrapped in Nanna’s hanky by this time the lady and the 2nd beefeater had left and the beefeaten returned handed the gentleman helping Emily something and went off again. The Beefeater then presented Emily with a pencil and two books and gaveveryone Thomas a badge looked at jess and Emily and apologised that they had run out of girls badges.
He then asked if we were going into the tower and we replied yes he then escorted us into the grounds and allowed us to have a picture taken inside with the poppies.
He then went on to escort us into the tower and then during the day checked up on Emily when he saw us around and about allowing her a few privileged glimpses at the otherwise unseen parts of the tower (just down a couple of steps to see it went on further either up or down then told them what was down up there etc).
All of the beefeaters seemed to quickly recognise her and check her finger provide more Ice, or Just to bow and touch their hat saying Mam.
she was truly left feeling like royalty.
She was even lucky enough to be allowed to buy one of the Queens “Crown Jewels” (from the gift shop she really thinks she has one of the Queens jewels)