Friday, 1 December 2017

(What Is) Black & White (& Red All Over)*

I was recently tagged on Facebook to post 7 black & white photos. I think it was supposed to be 7 consecutive days, rather than the month it took me!
There were stacks of acrylic chairs backstage at The Derngate, ready to be put out for some presentation evening.

A trip to Abington Park after my annual trip to see the dentist, and this year it really has been one visit, as opposed to going so often over the previous 2 years I felt the dentists' chair should have my name plaque on it!

A rose from the garden.

Rene curled up on the bed.

A piece of Lulus' birthday cake!!

One last sweet pea that is, even several days later, still going strong through all this cold and miserable weather.

The neighbours' cat, Alan.

He is so cute but Rene is not keen on him at all, which is a shame. He likes to go out and about to get away from the other 3 cats they have. Still, he knows he's welcome here and he can just curl up on the lounger and not be disturb.

I just thought that some of these photographs should be shown in all their technicolour beauty. I've only been in the house once. It had worn wooden floors that took me right back to being in school in Devon.

Our little Rene babes. Poor love, she is having to have a thyroid medication on her food twice a day for the rest of her life as she has developed a goitre. She also has to have blood tests every 3 months which means just as her fur grows back she has to have it shaved again!

Mr B is working at our local theatre, The Derngate. He took the chair picture for me. Lulu was there performing on her birthday, (68 I think she was...amazing!), and Mr B brought me home his piece of cake. I thought the cork having the 'A' on it was quite funny. The cake was very tasty.

My garden has been a source of joy this year, as always. Fragrant flowers are gorgeous so roses and sweet peas have to a number one priority.

* A Newspaper

I am going to have another go at BEDD, Blog Every Day in December. You never know, I might be more successful than last year when I managed about 7 posts!!

Thursday, 3 August 2017

The August Break 3 - Roses

Bit short on real, grown in the garden, roses at the mo. There's been a flurry of flowers and now there are a lot of buds, but they are all very tight and very green!

But these wonderful, over-the-top sunnies fit the theme to a 'T'.
Add to that a Cath Kidston duvet cover to up the rose count.
Bloomin' luvverly!

The August Break 2 - Gold

 Or, (geddit?), Fool's gold aka Pyrite.

This orb is around 2 inches in diameter and is meant to be helpful for mental stability.
When you hold it in your hand it takes in your body temperature, until it becomes quite hot.

To add to the gold prompt, I photographed it against our gold velvet curtains. So good at keeping out the draughts in the winter, and keeping the room cool during hot weather. (Yeah, I know, that doesn't happen very often here in the UK!!).
Mr B found these on one of his solo trips to Plymouth at a vintage fair in the Guildhall.
Great find!

Carrying on the golden theme, I have a new necklace that is 'gold' but on reading the box, is actually sterling silver! It is by Argento Vivo and I found it online at TKMaxx. I love the crystal point stone and that it changes colour. Not sure what it is, but it makes me feel better just looking at it!

I also probably feel pretty good after drinking the Goldkenn Swiss chocolate liqueur too!!
The first time we came across this was when I did the only foreign tour with Mr B to Lausanne. We got them as tiny chocolates on our pillows when the maids came round and turned down the covers. (Swishy, eh?)
Of all places in the UK, we found the gold bar chocolates in BHS.
(Sad day when that store closed).


Tuesday, 1 August 2017

The August Break 1 - Morning

So, once again it's that time of year to join in with Susannah Conway's "The August Break".

to find out all about it and add your name to the blog roll, click here

If you're new to this, all you need to do is to take a photo everyday and either blog,  Instagram or share it on the Facebook Group Page.
Or all three, if you fancy!

To make it easier, there is a list of daily ideas, but you are free to photograph whatever you want.

So, onto my photo.
The hint was 'morning'. Don't really do mornings!! But we do try to do breakfast of some sort.

I would like to add that I thought that the phrase was actually 'C'est ce bon', but this spelling is from the song of the same name, by the inimitable Eartha Kitt.
(The very same that Mr B got to sign his boot.)
French for "it is so good".
"C'est si bon,
So I say it to you,
Like the French people do,
Because it's oh so good."

...and my breakfast was...

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Grubby Nails

As I said in the previous post, one of the few things I have been doing is gardening.

We added the new pigeon...not sure what our visiting real ones think! The blue spiky flower(?) and the marigolds were sown last year, so were quite a surprise. Some things are meant to be easi-grow, like marigolds, but I don't have much luck with them. Same with lettuces. Why can't I grow a bog standard green lettuce? Or spring onions.

But this year I am chuffed to bits with the strike rate of my cornflowers. I love them. The tomatoes have germinated well. They are for Mr B as I don't eat them, but I do love the smell of the leaves if you brush past them.

The lilac was fab as always and the Philadelphus (mock orange) followed on and really has outdone itself this year. That's a big swathe of pruning to do, once the rest of the creamy flowers have dropped off. It looks like confetti all over the path - so pretty.

My rose growing is a bit hit and miss, but the flowers do smell divine. Another showing from last year is the pale pink snapdragon.
Did you ever makes these 'talk' as a child?
Still can't resist doing it, even now!!
Potted up the wisteria; think it'll need several decades before we get the 'wow' factor! The courgettes are pushing out a whole heap of flowers, but unfortunately they are all male, so not fruiting yet. I've read they do this to entice the bees, of which we have loads, then they produce the female flowers.
I may have to have a go at pollination myself!
The swing seat has been used a lot this year and is now adorned with my birthday bunting that Char, of  't*rexes and tiaras', made for me.
I love it!
Thank you so much.

Having mentioned the birthday, this was the cake that Mr B got for me.
Pigs in mud.
Quite apt, seeing that with all that gardening, I was a very happy Zoe in mud!!
Hence the title.
My teeny-tiny short nails get caked in soil. I do wear gloves when I am doing the pampas or lots of pruning, but that's the only times.
 I am such a mucky pup!

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Well, Hello There

It has been nigh on impossible to write a blog post when I really haven't done anything!
Y'know...I got up, played Solitaire on the laptop, did some gardening, went to sleep.
Not exactly gripping, is it?

But things are looking up. Yay! I have been out of the house three days running.
(Not actually running, tho'!)

It started with a doctors appointment on Wednesday, with my actual GP. I was shocked to work out that the last time I had left the house was my last GP visit, that was 25 May.
That's basically a whole month! Wowsers.

So, having got out, we did a 'big' shop at Sainsbury's and had tea there. I get their egg, ham and chips, but ask for the ham to go. I'd never eat all that and the ham makes a couple of delicious sarnies the following day! Result!

broad beans have such pretty flowers
Thursday a friend of ours, drove over from Leicester. She was meeting someone for lunch near to us, so we had coffee and cake at the M&S café. She must be late 80s and is quite amazing. If I was only half as active as she is I would be chuffed with myself!!

Yesterday we went into town to sort out my phone. I'd dropped it on the garden path and smashed the glass, trying to get a photo of 2 planes flying together, which looked a bit odd ie I'd never seen anything like that fly over us before.

Turned out, (I'm guessing), to be an Atlas and a Hercules practising their formation for The Queens' birthday flypast!

So on that note I shall sign off, but I'll be back soon!

Thursday, 2 March 2017

A Very Sad Day

Today Mr B handed in his keys and swipe card.

Tomorrow is his last day with a company that, between us, has been part of our lives for about 30 years.

He was not made redundant, but had his contract terminated "due to capability". Because of his osteoarthritis he was not able to carry out his contractual duties and was deemed to be a 'risk' whilst working on and around the stage.

It is terribly sad, but we will soldier on and look forward to whatever the future throws at us!

I hope you will join us on our journey!

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

St David's Day

Happy St David's Day!

I used to be in St David's House at school, and as well as wearing yellow pullovers as part of the uniform, on the first of March we were all given a daffodil to wear.


Now I live with a partner who has Welsh roots, so it is still a celebration day in my life.

Mr B found these brave little bulbs tucked away in a cold, dark corner of our garden the other day.
No soil, no light but still bursting forth with so much vigour.
A feast for the eyes and the nose.
(And a note to self to pot them up and put a marker in the pot too!)

Monday, 2 January 2017

The End Of The Funtimes (for now!)

Oh no!
Today is the last day of Mr Bs' festive break!

At least he doesn't do panto (oh yes he does) - although if you go into it with the right frame of mind, it can be really good fun. But two shows on Christmas Eve and then 2 on Boxing Day, phew, it's hard work. Plus, if you don't drive then you're scuppered for getting to and from home/digs to work.

It's been brilliant having him home and we have really enjoyed the break, not really planning anything, but just going with the flow.

We've enjoyed doing the food shopping, sticking to our 'little traditions', using the catering butchers for all our Christmas meaty things. We got a great deal on some fillet steak, (more of a present!), so we had that for our Christmas Dinner which was a bit different. Waitrose and Asda tend not be our usual shops, as they mean 2 bus changes each way, or taxis, which you don't feel guilty about, "because it's Christmas", and as we were in Kingsthorpe it seemed rude not to go into Gallones Ice Cream Parlour!

We've used the village near our Doctors' surgery. So again, just a bit different from the norm. A different place to have coffee, new people to talk to and in the charity shop, one lady that remembered Mr B from the Derngate Theatre, when we first moved up here.
We bought a real, growing Christmas tree. Not quite a first, but it was ages ago when we last had one. I'm hoping it'll tick over in the garden, and be a new perching area for all our birds.

Some great telly. Did anyone else see "Peter Pan Goes Wrong"? Brilliant!! Do try and see it on BBC iPlayer if you can. I'm thinking if I watch that everyday with the Lumie light on, that will make me mentally strong enough to take on the World!!

Mr B on the far left, holding the 'magic bauble'. Photo from the BRB Facebook page.
 There was also a wonderful programme to honour Sir Peter Wrights' 90th birthday, "The Ballet Master". The picture above is the Birmingham Royal Ballet Company on stage to celebrate his actual 90th birthday.
I remember when I was first shown around the Royal Opera House and was introduced to him as he was Artistic Director of the Company I had just joined. He was a real gentleman and charming to boot. He offered Janet, my boss, and I, tickets for his production of The Nutcracker, that was being filmed that day for the Beeb. So kind. Mr B had coffee with him a few years back, when the Company was in London and he had been caught up in all the mayhem after that Icelandic volcano erupted. He must've been in his 80s and he just took it all in stride. He had to get back to London from Prague or somewhere like that, and had to use all sorts of transport to get back. I bet most of us would have just given up and done another few days in the hotel! I knew a lot about him and his work, but was totally amazed at what I didn't know!
Such a brilliant man.
A 'reet' good bloke!

Photo from the Radio Times
Sir Peter Wright, I salute you!

Sunday, 1 January 2017

2017 Happy New Year

Hope your New Year came in with a bang!

We set off a few fireworks in the back garden after listening to 'the bongs' at midnight, on the radio.

Our neighbours came out and we wished each other "Happy New Year".
It was jolly and festive and a great start to 2017.

We came back indoors and watched the end of Pulp Fiction and the beginning of Reservoir Dogs and went to bed.
Then I was sick as a dog!!  I'd had half a glass of Freixenet, so I guess I was just excited!

So, here's to a brand new year.
Let's hope it's a good one!

Love to you all.