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!
Zxx

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.

video

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.
Zxx

Sunday, 4 December 2016

BEDD - December 4th

 My second Christmas cake for 2016.


A new recipe for me, from Eric Lanlard on Food Network.

A chocolate and orange cake with whole roasted hazelnuts, whole cherries, (my fave), and orange liqueur.

I have made 'my' version....more cherries, less walnuts and Southern Comfort instead of the liqueur. I checked out some 'booze' options and didn't fancy spending 12 quid plus on something that would hang around, even if we make cocktails all over Christmas, so I've risked it.

picture from Food Network
It's been in the oven for an hour and a half and is smelling gorgeous!
The picture above is from the website and shows how the finished cake should look.

Not sure if I'll decorate it like this, but it'll be a nice alternative to our regular cake, which I may actually cover in ready made marzipan and icing.
I am not a marzipan fan, so we shall see!
Zxx



Saturday, 3 December 2016

BEDD - December 3rd

My Christmas Cactus.
 
This one of those impulse buys. You see it sitting there on shelf and think " Ooh, pretty" and plonk it in your trolley, knowing it'll probably die before you get it home!


I've had this little plant for several years now.
Each year it flowers its' little heart out.

Probably one of the best £1.99s I've ever spent!
Zxx

Friday, 2 December 2016

BEDD - December 2nd

A very special loo roll holder.


When I went back to college for my final year, after a long illness, the group I was in had been students together for several years and were great friends.

Come Christmas they all pushed the boat out to make wonderful, fun, out-of-the-ordinary 'cards'.

Antony made us all these loo roll holders! (There was about 8 or so in the group).
He is now in charge of the Props Department at The Royal Opera House.
I think we all had an inkling he would go far.


I wonder if it is the only one left in existence?
Just another little tradition.
Zxx

Thursday, 1 December 2016

BEDD - December 1st

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me

a partridge in a pear tree.

This large picture is 50 years old! My dad made it for me to go above the fireplace in my bedroom when I was 6 years old.

It was more a chimney breast with an electric heater as opposed to an open fire, just in case any one is thinking H&S!  We did have open fires in the sitting room and dining room, so I became quite adept at building fires and raking out the ashes and bringing in the coal at a young age.
My mother hated all the work they involved, but I guess it was her left to do all the hard graft...my dad went off to work in London daily and I went to school.
It could be a hard life being a housewife in the 60s.

My picture comes out every year and sadly is showing signs of fading and the gold tape around the edges is long gone!

But is still a very important part of my Christmas traditions.
Zxx

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

100 Out; But Not Forgotten

Today my father would have celebrated his 100th birthday.

Daddy, mummy and me
I tried to find some photos from when he was a commercial artist, but to no avail.
But I've several from when he was a Desert Rat in Egypt.

June 1942
Mummy, my aunt, Daddy, his brother, (my uncle) and me
Climbing The Pyramids

Daddy, his mother, (grandma), me and mummy



Happy Birthday Daddy.
Gone but never forgotten, but always missed.
Oh to be able to have one more hug.
Zxx

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

I'm Going To BEDD

I'm going to blog every day in December.
(Or I hope to!)


I have been unravelling faster than I can darn myself up, which doesn't make for interesting blogging in my eyes.

But with BEDD, even if I don't get out of the house, I stand a good chance of having 'all things Christmas' to write about, even if I have to re-use old photos.

So, a month of foodie stuff, fancy outfits even slob-at-home days, deccies, cat photos, anything'll be game for a post.

It would be great if you fancy joining in!
Zxx

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Oh for October

I do hope that October is going to be a positive month!
It hasn't started that well with a miserable, wet and cold day, but tomorrow is supposed to be better. I find that the weather sometimes has a really rough effect on how I feel; think I may be dusting off my Lumie Lamp, one of those SAD-helping lights. It certainly won't do any harm!

It is a bit of a blow that on day one of a new month I am already beating myself up.
It is the Gala Night for The Tempest, a new ballet that Mr B has been working on and I had a ticket to go, but didn't make it. With luck, I'll get to see it in Plymouth at the end of this month, but, oh, the things I have missed out on over the years, with this damned depression.
Grrrr!


Also feeling a bit non-plussed about my body pain levels. My GP thought it might be due to a problem with my gallbladder, (which I then had to Google to find where it was!!), causing referred pain. I had an X-ray appointment on Thursday, which caused enough problems and upset just to get there. But I did and for all there is so much knocking of the NHS, my results were there for my GP yesterday morning. She was amazed!

My gallbladder is okay as are my other organs that were ultrasound-ed at the same time. There is some fatty tissue in my liver, which could be caused by anything from my being overweight to my medication.

But they did find an 8cm fibroid. Due to my age, it should start to decrease in size, which is good news. But it could be behind my bladder problems as it could be pressing on it. All in all, good news, but no reason for the pain, so a new prescription is being delivered by my chemist on Monday.

the view from the end of the road where we stay in Plymouth
Not the best start to the month, but my health is better than it could've been and I have a trip to
Plymouth to look forward, so, hurrah!
October...bring it on!
Zxx

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

August Break 3 - Handwriting

So, I'm not putting my handwriting out there to be deciphered.

This is a photo taken 28 years ago, when Mr B and I got together; an old fashioned camera with negatives and real photographs!

ran out of 'O's in this tin, that last word should be lots

Yes kids, I know you are always told not to play with your food, but we're adults and we're allowed!

The really bizarre thing is I don't like tomato sauce and spaghetti makes me retch. So I can safely say that this wasn't my meal!

Can you even still buy Alphabetti Spaghetti?
Zxx

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

August Break 2 - Leaf

Or, in this case, leaves!


On yet another grey damp day, this is what I can see from my back door. French beans, Virginia Creeper and an unknown tree on the other side of the fence.
Zxx

Monday, 1 August 2016

August Break 1 - Morning Light

The light this morning was not good.
One of those grey-white skies that makes my eyes hurt!

So I'm choosing a photo of Devils' Point in Plymouth, taken in 2010. As for the light, probably more lunchtime than morning, to be honest.


Just one of my fave photos of my fave places.
Zxx