Merry old Windsor
Trip Start Aug 20, 2011
17Trip End Sep 27, 2011
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Played Lawn Bowls against The Royal Household
We all got decked out in our whites with our UK Tour shirts we had made and took group photos in the lounge area before driving the short distance to our entry point at Shaw Farm Gate where our identity was checked and the boom gate raised for us. We entered the huge Windsor Park and herds of the Queens cattle grazed in the green fields. We were greeted by the President and the Captain and the Lady vice Captain and made to feel most welcome as we collected our borrowed bowls and prepared for the day
Playing triples, the bowls was great fun and "very interesting" on the heavy green with the borrowed bowls. Half way through trays of tea and biscuit were brought out and we sat on the edge of the green sipping our tea from beautiful tea cups with our pinky finger up of course, as you do in such a royal setting. At the conclusion of day it was announced that we were the best performed team and received a beautiful crystal whisky glass each! Then a wonderful tea of cold meat and salad followed by magnificent chocolate cake and ice cream was served up to us and we enjoyed it as well as the wonderful hospitality of our new friends in the fantastic heritage listed Clubrooms. For quite a while we enjoyed many stories from the local members, particularly those about the Queen visiting on a number of occasions. The Clubhouse walls were filled with historical photographs of Kings, Queens and dignitaries of all kinds
Windsor is a working farm and the prized cattle are from the original stock from the mid 1800’s. Our cold beef lunch was produced here and is sold at the farm shop. The Jersey cows are to provide the Queen with fresh milk and she insists on it every day unless she is abroad. There is a nine hole; eighteen tee golf course and a cricket ground all in the one area. It is a vast estate and the tree lined avenue adjacent to the bowls club and leading up to the Palace is often frequented by the Queen walking her dogs.
It was a most unique day and a memorable experience.