Monday, 25 January 2016

The Twelfth of Never

I was taken by Teresa T-Cakes idea of finishing her catch-up/Christmas postings by the 25th January, but wasn't sure if I'd do it in time.
Yesterday, was, in my disorganised world, the 25th, and it was spent getting Mr B off on tour with enough clothing to cover every weather eventuality known to man!
 
So, I was well chuffed to check the date at the bottom of my laptop just now and see that I can just scrape in.
 
 
 It was a really good time.
I was organised at the beginning of the month. Then I just lost the plot a bit. I did get the lights up at the window in good time, but the tree was 'minimalist' this year. We treated ourselves to a new box of crackers this year...but didn't actually use them.
Our presents got wrapped on Boxing Day!!
But I did make a card for the posties' Christmas Box.
We did a trip after Christmas to Milton Keynes and loved the Winter Wonderland. It is always brilliant.
We met a Santa Dalek outside Waterstones.
Rene got draped in fancy ribbons and wore her Christmas bandana. Each year there is a little less fur edging but the bell is still intact.
I got lots of make-uppy bits that I will write about at a later date.
 
Yeah! It was one damn fine Christmas!
Zxx

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Our Thin White Duke

After visiting the Vintage Fair on Saturday, Trevor offered to deliver the Atomic hat stand, that we bought from Dulcie Britain.
It would have been a little awkward doing the 'big shop' with it tucked under Mr Bs' arm!
 
 
He was going to pop over on Sunday, which became Monday. We were all set to put the kettle on when he arrived, but, with a shockwave going around the world about the death of David Bowie, it was literally just a 'drop off'.
 
"We should call it David" said Mr B, because we do have names for some of our household items. Doesn't everyone? Remember Beulah the Bernina
"It's our very own Thin White Duke", I shrieked!!
 
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I have two rather contrived links. The first is the costume above, that probably needs no introduction. It was designed by Natasha Korniloff, who was one of my college tutors.
To say our first meeting was not the best would be an understatement! I was the only student to choose Theatre Design (& TV Crafts) to study whilst on my Foundation Course, initially because I wanted to be let loose in the wonderful workshops...band saws, vac-formers and the like. My idea of heaven!
The way the course was run, all us students who were going to stay to do a vocational course, as opposed to going off and doing a degree, were shunted into their respective courses for one day a week, on a Friday. So every week, I'd turn up like a lost soul, to the Theatre Dept and present myself to the tutor for the week. Yeah, the rest of the students had been working on some project for a week and then I'd turn up! Natasha was not impressed and made sure that I knew she wasn't, even though I hadn't planned the curriculum!!
After a bumpy start we were OK and she very kindly put me up overnight at her home, when I had an interview or some thing or other, early the next day in London.
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The other, is the 'Zebra Girl' costume from the Absolute Beginners video single.
I was working with Gordy, (at London Festival Ballet), and we got asked to make an all-in-one leotard. Didn't know what for, but Gordy cut it out, I sewed it up and the chap that asked us to make it, painted it.
So, that's how my path almost crossed with David Bowie! He touched something I made!! 


 
We had a lovely time at the fair.
It was so good to see my beloved 'Twinnie', Margaret, who is Trevors' mum. She wasn't in the best of health last year, so between us, we never got to meet up.
 
Oooh, someone has a hat stand growing out of their head. No wonder she hasn't been very well
Zxx

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

White Rabbits, White Rabbits, White Rabbits

This was how the start of any month began...saying White Rabbits three times before you said anything else. Also, saying 'Hares, Hares Hares' as the last thing the night before.
I have written before about this and have no idea why we do this.
 
 
But this January was a little different...
 
 
...we seem to have been adopted by a giant white bunny!


We thought it belonged to our neighbours. No. The neighbour the other side had 2 rabbits during the summer; one she kept, until it was old enough to leave, for the family down the road and the other one she gave to her next door neighbour. But they were both white and smooth-haired. This one has brindle patches and a really cute furry 'ruff'.
He has a burrow under our swing chair and has eaten my primroses and rose bush leaves. He likes to be fed a lettuce leaf but doesn't like carrots. He is very fond of my leek leaves too!
And s/he is big, a right solid old bunny.
 
Rene is really not sure...

Can you spot the rabbit?