Peculiar UP or DOWN

nancyjardineThis post is by Nancy Jardine (reblogged from my own blog at

A peculiar thing …and lots of flexibility!

My apologies for the reblog today. My intentions were good in that I was going to do my main post here on the Wranglers site and add a lot more to my own blog with deeper details. Circumstances have meant a change – my time not available for either .

I’m on a flying visit to the south of England with ‘flexible’ arrangements for meeting up with people my husband and I don’t meet up with very often. Time has now been reorganised to do more socialising – hence the reblog!

However…Here’s the beginning of my post today, but please hop on over to my blog and see the rest. Meanwhile a few photos to whet the appetite.


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Nancy Jardine at The British Museum

The area of Aberdeenshire where I live lies on the line of latitude – 52.7360 ˚ north.

The co-ordinate for Central London is 51.5073 ˚ north.

For centuries, people have said “I’m going UP to London” but this phrase didn’t hold much water with my father. Fervently Scottish, born and bred in Glasgow, my father thought that was a very silly thing to say. He always claimed it was impossible to go UP to London if we were going SOUTH to do so. It’s one of those situations that still causes some controversy. For people who live in the north of the British Isles, it seems impossible to travel south and also be going UP.

Of course, the historic use of the phrase “going UP to London… to see the Queen” wasn’t important to my dad. He wasn’t in any way inclined to the monarchy and the idea of seeing the queen wasn’t an ambition of his. However, he was a very polite person and I have no doubts that should he ever have inadvertently been in the company of the queen, for whatever reason, he would have spoken to her as to any other person he met.

Growing up, I was curious about the whole affair and going Up to London to see the queen was quite an intriguing thing to do. I made a visit to Westminster Abbey for its 900th centenary celebrations to sing with the massed Girl Guide Choirs (you’ll find a post made about this on this blog) but was disappointed that the Queen was not attending. As patron of the Girl Guide Association, it was Princess Margaret who was there as the representative of the Crown.

Subsequent visits for me have always meant travelling south to go to London and I have always referred to my trips as going DOWN- even at the risk of the stares which came my way. On Thursday 12th March, I flew DOWN to London. I’m presently in the county of Hampshire, not too far from Central London, to attend a 70th birthday celebration of one of my husband’s oldest friends, an ex-colleague of many years ago that we’ve kept tin touch with over the last four decades. Flying down on Thursday gave us a free day to visit central London yesterday (Friday) the party being on Saturday night. Not much time, but just enough to visit some of the plethora of tourist spots…

Nancy Jardine at Tower Bridge

Please pop on over to

Nancy’s Novels

to read more of my trip. You’ll find URLS there for more information on the places visited and different photos.


Wishing you all a pleasant weekend!


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20 thoughts on “Peculiar UP or DOWN

  1. Nancy, I hope you are having a wonderful couple of days, I know you are. Thanks for the lesson on North and South. Funny how we sometimes repeat things that don’t make sense. Lol Cher’ley


    1. Just back and had a fabulous time- thank you, Cher’ley! The phrase made sense to some people a long time ago when a visit to the queen (maybe Queen Elizabeth I) could literally mean life or death. If not in favour, for some reason, the Queen could have someone dispatched with at the flick of her hand.


  2. Enjoyed the post, Nancy. Guess I missed the first post so I’ll go on over to your blog and read it. In the midwest we say we’re going “up to” or “over to” when in fact it’s a different direction. Interesting how that comes about, isn’t it? Have a great trip and enjoy the time with your friends.


  3. Americans seem to be fascinated with the British monarchy. My sister couldn’t get enough of Princess Di back in the day. I like the monarchy strictly from a historical perspective. One of my first efforts at writing a novel took place about 1970 when I was a senior in high school… put my characters in the mid-17th Century during Oliver Cromwell’s time.


    1. I, too, appreciate the monarchy from a historical perspective since I love all historical topics. That was an amazing time to be writing about, Mike. The years of the ‘interregnum’, those when Cromwell was in power, were quite an upheaval. It’s also amazing that Cromwellian troops caused strife in my part of Scotland- not something a lot of people realise. Did you keep your novel?


  4. I also have been fascinated with the Up/Down issue. Your blog was quite a fun read, and I do hope the rest of your time with friends is even more fun. Doris


  5. Loved the post, Nancy — and it seems you had a birthday recently (or having today) so I’d say you got to celebrate along with your friend. I’ve not been to England or Scotland, but one day I hope to do so … whether it’s up or down, I hope to visit from OVER here in U.S.!


  6. Hope you had a great trip.
    How about simply saying South or North instead?
    We’ll be flying over the pond this spring and will hit London (where our daughter lives) and then Italy. Of course I think of going “down to” Italy.


    1. Kate- I would definitely go ‘down’/south to Italy with a bit of an easterly direction thrown in for good measure. 🙂


  7. My delay in getting to this means your trip is already over, Nancy. Sounds like you had a good time though. I’m glad. This use of up reminds me of how we used to use “put that up” meaning “put that away.” I’m not sure what that connection is. 🙂


  8. Your travels up to go south reminds me of our roads here in the US. You can be heading east and south at the same time according to road signs when two separate roads run together. Hope you enjoyed your travels and find time to tell us more about your trip.


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