Sunday, 18 March 2018

The Fantasy of others......

......this is my reality!

Yes I'm sitting knitting with my feet up while Hubby is vacuuming floors, walls, ceilings etc. He's also done two machine loads of laundry!

I'm spoilt hahaha.
But in my defence I had a fall a few days ago and still hobbling, so he keeps insisting I have my leg raised.

Friday, 16 March 2018

Theatre: Rope.......

Presented by Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and New Wolsey Theatre.

A chilling and spine-tinglingly gripping thriller by Patrick Hamilton.

Two well-bred young men murder a fellow Oxford student just for the fun of it. Placing the corpse in a wooden box, they invite a group of friends over to their Mayfair apartment – including the loving mother of the boy they’ve just killed. Supper is served on the chest holding the gruesome contents. But one of their guests is starting to become suspicious…

Will this daring pair get away with their cat and mouse games?
Based on a 1920’s real life case, this dark classic, brilliantly evoking a jazz age generation, was filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1948 and remains to this day one of the most tightly coiled of thrillers.


Hmmm well we didn't find it chilling or spine-tinglingly gripping at all. 
I'm sure Alfred Hitchcock used the very long pauses, or the non-stop crossing the stage to light a cigarette only to cross the stage to put it out in an ashtray to build nervous tension, but here it just seemed to drag everything out for the sake of it. And if they'd actually consumed as much whisky as they were drinking liquid from that decanter then at least three of the characters would have been completely comatose! 

My friends and I did all agree but I do think I was probably more critical because I took a nasty tumble on my way into the theatre on uneven ground and consequently sat through the performance with a very painful knee!

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Theatre: Quartet......

Mark Goucher and David Ian present
A Cheltenham Everyman Theatre Production

Paul Nicholas (The Real Marigold Hotel, Just Good Friends, EastEnders) Wendi Peters (Coronation Street, Oh What A Lovely War), Sue Holderness (Only Fools and Horses, The Green Green Grass) and Jeff Rawle (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Drop the Dead Donkey) star in a brand-new revival of the bitter-sweet comedy Quartet.
Quartet is the charming tale of four ageing opera singers. Cecily, Reggie and Wilfred reside in a magnificent retirement home in Kent, where the rumour circling the halls is that the home will soon play host to a new resident, and word is it’s a star. When Jean arrives old rivalries resurface, secrets are revealed and chaos unfolds, but in true theatrical tradition – the show must go on. A celebration of the twilight years and the hilarity of growing old disgracefully! 

The grand finale.  


I haven't actually seen the famous film my friends were comparing this to so wasn't so critical, however I did think the first half was a bit flat with both ladies overacting. The men were brilliant. The script really funny at times and also raising a level of empathy as I head towards that age bracket (thankfully a way off yet).
The second half was so much better, it had purpose to all stage movements while the script opened up the secrets to old relationships giving the characters more emotions.
The finale was brilliantly performed by all.

So glad we braved the dreadful snowy conditions to get there. One of our friends couldn't come as buses were cancelled from her village. Online it had been a sellout performance but there half the seats were empty, such a shame.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

My valentine man......

Valentine's day is also Hubby's birthday and this year it fell on a Wednesday so our usual gang of three couples, who always spend Wednesday nights together, agreed to celebrate our valentine's and Hubby's birthday together.

All dressed up for a special evening at the lovely old Orwell Hotel in Felixstowe.
Starting with a complimentary glass of prosecco blush in the bar.
We made our way into the full dinnig room, where we were the only table of six as all the rest were romantic two's hahaha. Once seated we were greeted by the maitre d', Costas, (who knows friendsM&P and has seen the rest of us a few times) greeted the men with a handshake but for us ladies it was a kiss, a long stemmed red rose and a small box of chocolates!

This was the menu.....

As you can see if we ordered starters and main course we got a sharing dessert for free, so that's what we did. Dessert was two portions but served on one plate between us so each couple huddled together romantically 😉

Quite late and all very full we still decided to continue the evening and ran to our cars in the most dreadful wet and windy weather and drove to a newish bar that the others had tried once before but I'd not been to. It's called Copas on the Felixstowe sea front, and it's very elegant inside.
It even has a free pool table, so the men were happy and didn't miss out on their Wednesday game.

A lovely evening had by all, especially my birthday/valentine boy! 

Saturday, 10 February 2018

DIYman is at it again......

This is the state of our dining room at the moment, as Hubby has put on his tool belt again! The office is an extension with four outside walls attached to the house by not much more than the doorway. So it's always been colder in there than the rest of the house.

Some years ago he added a second radiator and last year the double glazed windows and door had the glass replaced by more efficient double glazed units. It has improved each time until Hubby just felt it was chilly at ground level.

The original laminate floor just had a paper underlay over the concrete and as the laminate boards had been glued together it stayed as it was and new was laid on top with a heat reflective foam underlay in between.

So a lot of work moving everything out. Desk legs needed to come off and be cut down before going back on. Hubby on his knees for most of the time over three days. Two new flat pack high shelf units installed. And now a good opportunity to sort stuff before it all goes back. 

But when it's all done, unless I'd written it all here you'd probably not even notice the difference just hopefully warmer legs. 

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Not a race but a steady amble.....

Finally getting round to my January catch-up, although there must be lots I've forgotten and even what I've remembered is totally out of any sequence.

...The first Thursday of the month is our Acorn craft day and as it was my first one since the op they made a fuss of me which was lovely.

...O had a sleep over this week. I love that he still climbs into bed with me for a cuddle in the morning. Bedtime story was a classic off my shelf

... We actually managed our family Christmas gathering in mid January, this time hosted by nieceV and her hubby D. They live in Surrey.

...Hubby for SERV has been three nights on rota this month and called out every time.

...lovely lunch out with friends L&K and L&M. Apparently Hubby and I missed the best bit as L&K have a hard-top 2-door convertable which I know from experience isn't the easiest when climbing in and out of the back, and when they arrived L did a most spectacular fall out of the back and was left sprawled across the car park! No help or sympathy just a lot of screaming laughter! They all had starters and desserts but I really can't manage that much any more so just had a main course and even left a little of that. Lots of news to share so a good catch-up all round.

...Our new mattress is deeper that the previous one and sheets don't tuck in so go baggy on top, so I've added a substantial border around all sides to the sheets so they fit better. Only done two so far but that's still a lot of machining.

...made some cards, first two was because I needed them before having time to go out and buy some, then I did three more because I'd been so pleased with the result. Yes they were all the same but three were birthdays, one was a get well soon and the third a sympathy card.

...I suffered a bit with BPPV for a week. This is a form of vertigo that mostly makes me dizzy when lying down in bed. I would normally do the Epley Maneuver but as I'm still getting a little internal pain I didn't want to chance it, but thankfully it went by itself.

...lovely lunch out with friends R&S. These are very good friends and we've always plenty to chat about.

...and our usual Wednesday night gang have had a bargain start to the year with the 2-4-1 discount vouchers at Prezzo used three weeks and a 2-4-1 carvery one week as well.

...and I've just redone the Crete holiday post from last October as I could only find scrappy notes in draft, which has now replaced the finished post I'd actually done but was hiding!!!

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

2017 reading........

eBook. Free download to Kindle reader.
Started 4/5/16 - didn't get far as really not reading books just now!
Picked up again on flights to and from Florida Feb 2017
Finished 9/4/17
Can't believe this took me so long for a shortish book. Probably because there was nothing gripping about the story of teenage relationships.

THE WOMAN IN WHITE by Wilkie Collins
eBook. Free download to Kindle reader. Another that Daughter had recommended.
Started 26/11/16 - unfinished
Got really bored with this very wordy classic so gave up!

THE TEST by Mark Haysom
eBook. Free download to Kindle reader on the Playbook.
Started 7/2/17 - finished 7/2/17
Very predictable short story but well written.

A SISTER'S PROMISE  by Karen Lenfesty
eBook. Free download to Kindle reader.
Started 10/4/17  - finished 13/7/17
The story was a good idea but unfortunately it was dragged out a bit to make it book size. A holiday read but it didn't draw me in enough as you can see by the time it took me to read it.

THE TUMOR by John Grisham
eBook. Free download to Kindle reader.
Started and finished 14/7/17
This isn't a novel although at the moment it's sort of fiction. Outlining the difference between today's treatments for cancer and what's possibly available in the future. Very interesting and we all need hope!

eBook. Free download to Kindle reader.
Started 15/7/17 - finished 30/7/17
This was very silly but very funny in places. Loved the little hints on how to spy and murder told in a women's magazine way. Very descriptive erotica preceeding some imminent slaughter was hilarious. 

eBook. Free download to Kindle reader.
Started and finished 24/9/17 Short story read on a flight.
Wasn't meant to be a comedy but everything was too wonderful to be believed. Utter nonsense hahaha. 

eBook. Free download to Kindle reader.
Started and finished 29/9/17 Short story read on flight.
An ok story idea about a dying actress needing to dictate her biography...... but so badly written it's obviously a poor translation.

THE GREY AND GUILTY SEA by Scott William Carter
eBook. Free download to Kindle reader.
Started 6/10/17 - finished
Retired Private Investigator gets drawn back in to investigate a murder then we find out about his past and watch how his future changes.
This has been quite a good read, although as you can see is still unfinished.

Think it's just me no longer into sitting still with a book for long. Although I've now three new books, 2 paperbacks and 1 hardback waiting, so maybe I'll give real paper another go over Kindle in 2018. However I don't think it's worth noting them just for the sake of it, so watch this space for just in case I read something truly worth sharing.