"She loves me... she loves me NOT! She loves me..."
Resuming his public duties, the Prince of Wales visited a small urban farm in Washington D.C. Tuesday, which grows produce for low-income residents.
Some of the photos that accompany this post did not have adequate captions, so I was forced to make a few captions up, based on what I felt was going on in the picture. This captioning was done at considerable time and effort on my part, so I hope you appreciate it.
Farm Executive Diretor Pertula George, left, shares a smile with the Prince of Wales.
Ok, perhaps the word "left" isn't needed.
The farm sits on the baseball diamond of a razed elementary school in a low-income community near Howard University. Volunteers from the community (probably not congressmen) work the farm and receive fruit and vegetables in return. This is not to be confused with Michelle's vegetable garden on the lawn at the White House.
An enthusiastic gardner himself, and a longtime supporter of sustainable agriculture, the prince showed interest in the farm's drip irrigation system and spent some time with some of the youngsters who are volunteers. At one point, he picked up a piece of spinach and popped it into his mouth. At least I think it was spinach.
Some youthful 4-H ers destroy some fruit for the prince's amusement. They are from simple farming stock who live in a cave under Capitol Hill, and were unsure how to properly entertain royalty.
"Take that, munchkin."
Prince Charles didn't make a speech on the windy, muggy day, but did mingle with the crowd a bit and shake some hands.
The mayor of the District of Columbia, Vincent Gray, did give a speech, though. Of course. He greeted Charles and described the prince as a "visionary" on environmental issues who was bringing well-deserved attention to the work done on the little farm. A quick LexisNexis search reveals this was the first time that particular word has been used to describe His Royal Highness.
Prince Charles also visited the U.S. Supreme court not far away. No, I'm not sure why. His mother visited the court in 1951 before she became queen. I wouldn't look at that as some sort of omen, though. My guess is that it probably just has clean rest rooms.
"So you're a Supreme Court Justice, Eh? How boring is that! Say... are these hitching posts?"
"So... the loo is up there by those big marble columns?"
The Prince of Wales (left) leaves the U.S. Supreme Court building, accompanied by Justice Breyer. Or one of them. It's not justice Thomas. I don't know who the lady on the right is. Maybe the interpreter.