Tuesday was a long, looooong day. When I eventually returned home, totally whacked after 12 hours of dashing about with camera stuff, Miss Tuffy-Cat didn’t know whether to scold me for neglecting – yet again – to bring home some fresh chicken, which meant that she would be fed dry pellets yet again, or to purr with gratitude that I was home again at last. Mercifully, the sweetest cat in the world chose the latter, and blissful sleep descended. But, having slept away most of the day, she decided to wake me up at 4.30am to demand fresh chicken (which I didn’t have). And, seeing that I was now awake, the mosquitoes decided that I clearly didn’t need more sleep either. Ah well, there were several hundred photos to sort through, edit, blog about, and post, so one might as well get up.
So, without further ado, and because I don’t have time to write anything more, because I need to get down to the Castle now-now, here is a selection of photos from the second day of rehearsals. Unfortunately, none of the Dress Rehearsal, because I was too exhausted to stay. Let’s see what happens tonight – Opening Night!
Remember that you can click on any of the photos, which will take you to a slideshow.
Mercury – ever watchful
The medics are sensible – they have brought an umbrella against the scorching sun
SA Air Force and SA Navy Band run through their routine
WO2 Charles Canning watches from the lighting box
Capt Vernon Michels creates order in the ranks
Flag Bearers and Silent Guard go through their drill
Lighting guys – please give us good light!
Neptune… looking puzzled?
Regiment Oranjerivier wranglers
The paratroopers arrive in customary style!
Doppies are flying all over the place!
The schoolkids who came for a tour of the Castle look in amazement at the action on the arena
Oh dear, man down!
The wounded comrade is brought to safety
Empty seats now – but will we have full seats for opening night?!
Camo netting is raised in front of the scaffolding
It’s hard work!
WO1 Shawn Boehme of 3 Electrical Workshop takes a breather
I haven’t seen the Castle Guard Ceremony from this angle before
Looking down… er…. perhaps not a good idea…
Navy and Air Force
Silent Guard practicing at the back
We’ve never seen the Dolphin Pool in this state before…
Renovations all over the place
Ooh, the man with the big keys!
Massed military bands
Flag Bearers drill
Oh man, look at that sky!
Massed pipes and drums
String Quartet – can’t wait to hear them!
SA Army Band Western Cape
Riel Dancers backstage
Riel Dancers practicing backstage
Chloe doing a soundcheck
Aaah, Chloe, what a voice…
Pakistan Army Band – an unusual uniform!
Paratroopers from 3 (er sorry, 1) Parachute Battalion