When he was alive, my uncle, who was the Bishop of Carlisle, was one of the 26 “spiritual peers” – bishops who sit in the House of Lords. In 1997, the first election in which Tony Blair’s Labour party gained victory, he invited us to the Houses of Parliament on the day of the State Opening. It was very exciting as we got to go behind the scenes, including having lunch in the House of Lords dining room. One of my favourite memories of that day was going to the toilet – yes, seriously! In the “Ladies” were lots of real life “ladies” in their tiaras and hitching up their long gowns to adjust their petticoats underneath. It was very difficult not to giggle. Therefore it wouldn’t surprise me if somewhere in Westminster, hidden away, you might come across Lords-a-leaping!
For Day 10 of my series of postcards – the 12 Days of Christmas Agathas, I chose to turn the little parrots into Lords by dressing them in red, complete with ermine collars, and giving them little crowns. Agatha Moon is sitting centre stage completely unphased by their behaviour, although maybe, like me, she is supressing a smile!
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