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 Salty Sam’s Fun Blog for Children

Number 73

Buckingham Palace

 

Hello Everyone

 

 

The other day, l took my nephews Bill and Bob up to London to see the sights. We used a company in Rocky Bay to book our short holiday;

 

Weekend Breaks, run by Gladys Friday.

 

The boys were very excited about going to London. lt is very different from Rocky Bay. lt is really enormous and one of the most important cities in the world.

 

We saw Tower Bridge, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament and then we went to see Buckingham Palace before we had our lunch in St James’ Park – which is just outside the front of the palace.

 

You have to walk there because no buses pass in front of Buckingham Palace. (Unless you can afford a taxi of course.)

 

Buckingham Palace is a very interesting house. lt is the main residence of the Queen when she is in London and you know when she is at home because a flag called the Royal Standard (representing England, Scotland and lreland) flies above the palace; otherwise it is the Union Jack.

 

Queen Victoria was the first monarch to live there.

 

Buckingham Palace has around 600 rooms and hundreds of staff to look after the Queen, the Royal Family and the palace. This includes 2 people who are employed to look after the 300 clocks!

 

There are many rooms that people can go and visit in the summer when the Queen goes on holiday. You can see the throne room and some reception rooms and dining rooms.

 

lt is a family home and also a place where the Queen entertains important people. The Prime Minister visits her every Tuesday evening. They talk about world news and have a drink.

 

lt takes three days to lay the table for a banquet and three days to do the washing up afterwards. When all the knives, forks, spoons and glasses are laid on the table, the distance between everything is measured to make sure each place setting looks exactly the same. The distance between the back of the chair and the edge of the table is measured too.

 

There are five glasses for each person. One for white wine, one for red wine, one for water, one for port and one for liqueur.

 

There are many bedrooms and bathrooms and offices in the palace too. But did you know that there is also a cinema, a swimming pool, a hospital, a post office and a police station!

 

And three miles of red carpets.

 

There is a special room for the corgis as well.  They sleep in wicker baskets kept above ground level so that they will be out of draughts. They always have nice, fresh food to eat and often travel on private planes with the Queen.  They are an important part of the family.

 

At the back of the palace there is a big garden with a lake and a place to land helicopters.

 

About 50,000 people are invited to the palace every year to banquets, dinners and lunches and also garden parties which are held in the back garden.

 

There is also a large stable block where magnificent coaches decorated with gold are kept. The horses that live there go on holiday every summer for six weeks to a big park in Windsor and if they don’t want to come back home to go to work when their holiday is over, the Queen’s soldiers have to run after them to catch them and bring them home! smile1 (2)

 

lf you ever go to London in the summer, you can visit Buckingham Palace too.

 

Which is your favourite place in London?

 

 

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Love and kisses

 

 

Salty Sam

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Bill and Bob’s Joke of the Weekjokejoke

 

Bill: What happens when the Queen burps?

 

Bob: l don’t know. What happens when the Queen burps?

 

Bill: She issues the Royal Pardon!

 

Bob: That’s very rude Bill. You’ll probably be put in the Tower now!

 

Bill: Yerk! Sorry Your Majesty.

 
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Buckingham Palace

 

image009 Marble Arch was the original gateway to Buckingham Palace –

but it was moved because it was too narrow for large coaches to get through

 

image010 The Queen’s soldiers

 

image011 Mews is another word for stables

 

image012 The royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace

 

image015 Soldiers outside Buckingham Palace

 

image017 A soldier outside a sentry box

 

image019 The front gates to Buckingham Palace

 

image021 The front of Buckingham Palace

 

image023 The statue of Queen Victoria

 

image025 The golden angel at the top of the statue of Queen Victoria

 

image027 The flower beds opposite the palace

 

image029 The Mall leads up to the front of the palace

 

image031 The Mall is lined with flags

 

image033 No buses or coaches are allowed to drive in front of the palace

 

image035 If the Union Jack is flying above the palace, the Queen is not at home

 

image037 The lion represents England and the unicorn represents Scotland

 

image039 Constitution Hill runs up the side of the palace grounds

 

image041 The gates to Green Park

Green Park is to the side of Buckingham Palace

 

image043 There are no flowerbeds in Green Park – it is said to be a burial ground for lepers

 

image045 Memorial Gate on Constitution Hill commemorates WWI and WWII

 

image047 The long road in front of the palace is called The Mall

 

image049 A winter sunset over the palace

  

 

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There was a lot of excitement in the family this week as Bill and Bob’s cousin Emily and her family moved into Rocky Bay.

The name of the cottage that they moved in to is Periwinkle Cottage.

 

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Bill and Bob said they would show Emily around town and show her all the important places to go – like the best places to buy ice cream.

They said that they would ‘show her the ropes’ – they learnt that expression from me.

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They told her all about the Rocky Bay Primary School and Miss Pringle and they said that she could hang out with them and Henry.

They thought they would form a friendship gang and call themselves ‘The Awesome Foursome’.

 

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NEWSDESK MINIMAKE

A KNITTED DOLL’S DECORATED DRESS

 
This knitted doll was featured on blog posts 21 and 22. Auntie Alice gave the one she made to Emily as a little welcome present.

Here is another dress to add to the doll’s wardrobe. All of these projects are quite easy to knit as long as you know how to do the purl stitch as well as the knit stitch.

This dress pattern gives you the opportunity to try your hand at adding your own design ideas too. 

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DECORATED DRESS FRONT (KNIT ONE)

Using 4mm knitting needles and white dk yarn cast on 24 stitches

Knit 10 rows of garter stitch

Knit 32 rows of stocking stitch

Purl 1 row

Knit 1 row

Cast off

 

DECORATED DRESS BACK (KNIT TWO)

Using 4mm knitting needles and white dk yarn cast on 12 stitches

Knit 10 rows of garter stitch

Knit 22 rows of stocking stitch

Knit 20 rows of garter stitch

Cast off

 

DECORATED DRESS SLEEVE (KNIT TWO)

Using 4mm knitting needles and white dk yarn cast on 24 stitches

Knit 2 rows of garter stitch

Knit 6 rows of stocking stitch

Cast off

 

DECORATION IDEAS 

  • Knit the garter stitch bands in a contrasting colour
  • Knit stripes into the dress
  • Embroider onto the surface of the dress
  • Use Swiss darning to create vertical or horizontal stripes or small pictures or patterns or an initial
  • Sew on a bought motive or badge 

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TO MAKE UP

Decorate the dress before you sew it together

With right sides together

Using over-sew stitches sew 2cm/¾ inch up shoulder seam

Attach the tops of the sleeves to the shoulders

Sew under arm and side seams

Sew up the back seam up to where the garter stitch knitting begins

 

Using a crochet hook make 70 chains in a length of white yarn twice and attach to the back top corners of the dress

 

Dress the doll and tie the dress on

 

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Quick Quiz

 

What do these phrases mean?

 

  1. to feel at home
  2. to be home and dry
  3. a home from home
  4. a home truth
  5. nothing to write home about

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HOW TO MAKE AN APPLE CHARLOTTE

 
Apple Charlotte was named after Queen Charlotte who once lived in Buckingham Palace. 

 

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 A bumper crop of apples

 

INGREDIENTS

100g/4oz caster sugar

100g/4oz fresh breadcrumbs

450g/1lb cooking apples

75g/3oz butter

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon cinnamon

 

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METHOD

  1. Combine sugar and breadcrumbs in a bowl
  2. Peel, core and slice the apples
  3. Melt the butter over a low heat and add the lemon juice and cinnamon
  4. Grease the inside of a 1 litre/2 pint ovenproof dish
  5. Fill with layers of breadcrumb mixture and apples beginning and finishing with breadcrumbs and sprinkle melted butter mixture between the layers
  6. Bake 190°C/375°F/Mark 5 for 45 minutes – 1 hour until the top is lovely and crispy golden brown
  7. Serve hot or cold with double cream 

 

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It is a copyright infringement and, therefore, illegal under international law to sell items made with these patterns.

Use of the toys and projects is at your own risk.

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image079 Corgis are the Queen’s favourite dogs

 

 

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Quick Quiz Answers

 

  1. to feel at home –
  2. to be home and dry –
  3. a home from home –
  4. a home truth –
  5. nothing to write home about –

 

  1. to feel relaxed an comfortable in a place
  2. having finished a project – and it was successful
  3. a place where you are as happy as if you were in your own home
  4. to say something that is true but maybe not very kind
  5. something that is not very interesting or important

 

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  • Helga says:

    Ich freue mich auf Salty Sam

    • Salty Sam says:

      Thank you Helga – l am glad that you look forward to reading my blog.

      l will be back again next week, all being well. See you then!

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