These maybe roasted grenadiers guarding the governor-general of Canada residence in Ottawa on Sussex Drive, were the second pair rotated from their posts when I happened to pass by on my way to Parliament Hill.
Moments earlier the two earlier grenadiers were relieved..boy were they happy about this, by these two guys in a small detachment headed by an NCO(non-commissioned officer), their sargent, and two armed MP(military police).
This seemed unusual however, in today’s international political environment and after a reservist was murdered near the Canadian War Memorial very near Parliament, security is paramount even for this ceremonial tourist attraction during the summer months.
Yesterday, Ottawa was extremely hot with the thermometer breaking a record, it was certainly around 40*C yet these two guys were to stand motionless for a long time at their posts heck, this was just brutal.
Dressed in thick, padded, tight red cloth with a black bear-skin on their heads absorbing the sun’s heat meanwhile, their “spit-polished” army boots over wool socks along with dark blue pants certainly didn’t help cut the steadily rising heat accumulating in their bodies..pheeu!
This is my contribution for WP single word prompt:”MAYBE”.