An impromptu meeting today took me to Richmond and after a couple of hours chat and banter with one of the UK’s top advertising copywriters we took to the river to observe the Royal Barge ‘Gloriana’ whilst she rests up at Richmond Boat Builders as they do all the final preparation before the big day.
As the weather took a break and the sun shone for the first time in well over a week her gold leaf detail glistened in the afternoon sun. It was also interesting to overhear people talk about the black flag with the white cross, as most didn’t know what it represented. It is the flag of Kernow ‘Cornwall’, St Piran’s flag, a symbol of this Celtic Nation.
In fact Cornwall is cut off from the rest of the UK or would be if it hadn’t been for the construction of a bridge over the River Tamar. As a family we have a great affinity to Cornwall, it is where some golden moments have been enjoyed. We have fished, spent days on holiday and enjoyed the company of the people we have met and been taken back by its beauty.
I had a great opportunity to study some of the detail and taking on board that Mark the boat builder only had 25 weeks in order to turn this wonderful barge around. even so there seems to be tweaking to be done in order to present this barge in all its glory.
As I watched the tide rip by from the recent rains adding to the flow I wondered if I may find another egg on my return to Barnes later. Sure enough as I got off the 419 bus and looked over the wall there on the shore was a cream egg, number 1396. The thought that did pass my mind was how has this low numbered egg managed to stay up this far when most have now long gone down the river.
As a historical fact in 1396 on the 30th April the Crusaders & Earl of Nevers left Dijon, I imagine they too had flags aloft on their journey.