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23rd May 2018

Just back from 10 days in France. Nearly didn't get there, as our car broke down on the day we were supposed to go! Fortunately we were able to swap to use our travelling companions' car, and it turned out to be a good holiday with lots of fine weather. We stayed at a camp site in southern Brittany (Raguénes) for the first week, then had the last two days with friends in Auderville near to Cherbourg. Some pictures below.

Now you see it …

… now you don't. The sea covers the causeway to the island at Raguénes.

This as an 'Aven' by the sea shore,
to hang lanterns on in days of yore.
See Louis standing by it (right pic)
for an idea of its size.

Its front is convex, its back concave.

A wall made of standing stones,
a feature of this part of Brittany.

Hooray! We're still welcome in the EU, as far as Concarneau is concerned.

This boat is part of the Fishing Museum there – but we never got to visit it.

But we did get to visit a nuclear submarine in Cherbourg – this is its ballistic missile chamber No.16.

Music in the market at Quimperlé.
Compare with me below!

There we ate lunch
on a footbridge
over the river!

We wanted to find where…

… the pic on the cover of the local map
was taken, and here it is, at Kerdruc.

… complete with egrets.

Across the river someone was
about to float their boat!

And there was a tide mill nearby,
currently under repair.

The loo above the river in Pont-Aven,

… and the loo in the market hall
at Quimperlé!

Me, drink? Never!
Disguised in Dil's hat.

The cider comes in bowls.

On your bike, monsieur!

The lighthouse at the 'end of the world' near to Auderville.

The 'smallest port in France'
Port Racine

And where better to end than emerging from a WW2 German tunnel in Normandy.

 

 

 

 


7th May 2018

Heard that my auntie Peggy who was to be 102 years old next month had died – but peacefully, with all her faculties and without fuss in her own house as she would have wanted. May we all be so lucky.
Had the car serviced ready for holidays, and met a couple (brother & sister) for lunch in the Crown who were from the States, born in Headley and emigrated there in 1952.
Wonderfully hot weather over this Bank Holiday weekend. Did the annual 'bluebell walk' on Sunday – they were still out but past their best (rather like some of the walkers!)


30th April 2018

We ran another Green Room on Friday, at which I once again assailed the ears of my audience with my saxophone – this time 'My Funny Valentine' to a backing track. I'm told it wasn't too bad!

Then up to the Mansfield area for the weekend – see the inside of the Pleasley Pit winding station (where there was a beer festival going on!), and Robin Hood at Edwinstowe.



23rd April 2018

For England, Harry and St George! And Wyrd Sisters finished its second weekend successfully - see photos


16th April 2018

The first weekend of Wyrd Sisters went well - see photos from the dress rehearsals.


9th April 2018

We had the first Dress Rehearsal of Wyrd Sisters yesterday. I didn't go badly at all.
On the right is me doing one of the four characters that I play.
I'm supposed to be a peasant, but I think I look more like an artist here!



2nd April 2018

Spent part of the long Easter weekend doing work in the village hall preparing for Wyrd Sisters, helping rig lights and curtains.
Led a 6-7 mile walk on Sunday during the best spell of weather in an otherwise unsettled few days.


26th March 2018

This week the medical profession checked me variously and said: eyes OK, blood pressure OK, colestoral OK – so I guess that's me OK for a while!


19th March 2018

The mini 'beast from the east' caught us again, and unfortunately Eve's 90th in Winchester on Sunday was cancelled due to snow and ice. Dil had made her a special cushion, and we posted it to her with a card.

Ironically, I'd managed to got to Winchester and back just the day before, for an archives meeting at the Hampshire Record Office, which went well. We also made it to Guildford this morning for my regular eye check-up, so it was just Sunday that was affected by the weather.


12th March 2018

Up to London on Saturday to the O2 (for the first time for me) where Country to Country was on. We drifted around the periphery and listened to what was going on outside, then listened the the main event on the radio on our way home!


On Sunday, I went to see Flora's Garden (see right) opened at the Heatherley Wood natural burial site just up the road from here, named in honour of Flora Thompson and her association with Grayshott.

5th March 2018

Snowfall on Thursday and everything cancelled:— Thursday rehearsal; Friday 'Green Room'; Saturday Wine Tasting. By Sunday it had gone, and my monthly walk took place in spring-like weather.


26th February 2018

We went to Windsor for a couple of nights this last weekend. It's decades since we'd visited the castle, so thought we'd give it a go.

Parking was by the Riverside railway
station, with a view up to the castle.

There is another station in the Town
where this old girl is parked.

The castle wall dominates
this part of the Town.

Inside the walls, it was a lovely
sunny day, but bitterly cold.

The Guards were in their winter
uniforms, and needed to be!

No comment!

The gardens around
the Round Tower.

View over Eton from the castle.
Pity about Slough in the background!

and Eton has its own
sense of humour!


19th February 2018

One of those weeks in which some more ordinary things happened, and a few treats came along.


12th February 2018

On Saturday we gave Dil a surprise 70th birthday party in the Village Hall. She thought she was going to an Albanian evening (which henceforth will be a metaphor for a surprise party.) Folks came from hin and yon for it, and Dil had no idea as she walked through the door. Despite the many months of planning that had gone into it and the many people who knew about it, not a single cat had been let out of the bag. Success!


5th February 2018

On Tuesday, being nice and sunny and with nothing else in the diary, we decided to retrace Jo's grampa's 'little run out' and go to Littlehampton. From there we went along the coast to Worthing for lunch at Harry Ramsden's despite living in this area for many years, neither of us had 'done' Worthing before, and we were quite impressed. Good shopping.

On Thursday, Jo set out chairs in the village hall to see how many we could fit in as audience when we run Wyrd Sisters in April the answer appears to be 80.

On Saturday we had folks round for a 'soup and pudding' evening, proving that you don't need a main course to have a filling meal.


29th January 2018

Once again Dil and I were on stage in the Village Hall to help run the Twinning Association's Burns Night. It was a full house again, and went well – and we were given a bottle each for our assistance.

Wyrd Sisters is cast, and rehearsals begin next week. I have three small parts; Dil is on costumes.


22nd January 2018

The panto's over, it's time to call it a day! It went very well, and audience numbers picked up on the second weekend. This week we audition for Wyrd Sisters. And so it goes on.


15th January 2018

The first weekend of this year's pantomime has come and gone. The show went well, and in particular we've seen some excellent performances by some of our younger cast members see photos but on the other hand we've had the lowest audience numbers since I started keeping records. Why? Was it the title? Humpty Dumpty isn't one of the 'standard' pantos but when we did it before we got good numbers in. Was it illness keeping people away? There's a lot of bugs about at the moment. I guess we'll never know. But when all's said and done, we do it as much for the experience it gives to our cast members as for the audience – and in that we've succeeded. Roll on next weekend!


4th January 2018

Back from a few days away in Somerset with members of both our families, to celebrate Dil's 70th on New Year's Eve. A good time was had by all, and there was plenty of music and celebration.

Now we have to knuckle down to getting the pantomime on the stage. It's Humpty Dumpty this year, a script of mine last performed in 1995! And Dil is playing 'Puss' again!!


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