Saturday, September 29, 2007

Sorry it's been so long..

Well, hello there. It's been a little while I know since I bored you rigid with my thoughts, musings and general nonsense, but I've been busy, busy, busy. In the garden, doing theatrical stuff, and all the other mundane little chores that life throws at us.

So, what have I got to tell you? What wondrous things have I seen and done in the last 3 weeks?

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There's been two theatre trips, a touring production of Chicago (average) and Slava's Snowshow (wonderful). Jo has posted a short piece about the Snowshow which says it all!

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I've had my 44th wedding anniversary. We all went to a very nice Chinese restaurant but, just as the starters were being served, Thomas suddenly began to feel unwell and I volunteered to take him home, where he went straight to bed and completely zonked out without even getting undressed. I had a sandwich and watched the telly!

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I've joined Slimming World, but have yet to see a weight loss. I can't go for the next two weeks because I'm doing Front of House duties for the Woking Drama Festival but I'm hoping to stay on the straight and narrow nonetheless. Unlike Jo, I'm not going to start a special blog about it 'cos I'm not clever and witty like wot she is.

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I've worked really hard in the garden and I think I can see a light at the end of the tunnel, although there's still a lot to do. Every year I promise myself that I will wrap up warm and work at it all through the winter, but at the first hint of cold or damp I find that I'm making excuses and staying indoors. THIS YEAR WILL BE DIFFERENT.

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Last weekend Jo, Thomas and I went for a circular walk along a short stretch of the Basingstoke Canal followed by a visit to Brookwood Cemetery (see Photo Hunt post). As the walk started and finished at a pub it was followed by a very nice and tasty lunch! I managed to get a few photos but I'd forgotten to charge my camera battery. hmmph!


This is one of the gravestones that caught my eye:


Did that mean his horse was buried with him? Were they both killed in the line of duty? The grave wasn't particularly large, so did they bury thee horse standing up? When I related all of this to my husband he gave me a withering look and informed me that the initials O.C. stood for Officer Commanding and Lumsden's Horse was the name of his regiment. Pretty stupid name for a regiment if you ask me.

There were loads more interesting things to see and read and, as we only covered a very small area, I can see that the next visit will have to be a day trip with a packed lunch and camera fully charged and ready.

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Right, what else? Oh yes, I've had some bits of colour put into my hair..... twice in the last couple of weeks. You see, I get very bored, very quickly, with my hair. I can't really change it by growing it as anything other than a short style looks awfully awful on me, so over the years I've messed about with the colour. About this time last year I was a brunette with lots of different reds going through it. But because my hair grows at a mile a minute the lighter coloured roots were showing through very quickly indeed. So, I decided that it would be interesting to see what my natural shade was after all these years and that turned out to be very much a whiter shade of pale. It's actually a very nice colour, but sometimes nice can be, well, boring. So, I had a few coppery bits put in. Nobody noticed. A bit too subtle. Another appointment was made and yesterday I went along for another makeover. "Let's be a bit bolder", I said, poring over the colour chart. "How about that lovely, plummy, mauvy colour with one or two of that coppery shade thrown in". All went well until the towel was removed from my head and John started on the styling. I had a dark purplish stripe on either side of my head, just above my ears. I could easily have played the part of Badger in Wind in the Willows. (Funnily enough the top was fine). I was swiftly moved back into the colouring area and my Badger stripes were banished!! I was in there all afternoon.

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Treasure Island is the Ottershaw Players next spectacular at the end of November. The posters and flyers have been delivered and are awaiting distribution, the box office is now open and the phone has started to ring, and I have got to seriously buckle down and think about what I'm doing for costumes. Lots of pirates and a couple of big frocks. And in the middle of it all Christmas will be lurking.

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Oh, and I've booked a weekend break in London, visiting the British Museum to see the Terracotta Army exhibition and the 02 (Dome) to spy on Tutankhamun.

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So. dear friends, if my blogging is a bit sporadic please forgive me. Even if I don't post for a while I do make sure I read all of your fantastic writings, just so I don't miss anything. And you know I'll always be back; you won't get rid of me that easily!!!!!!!

8 comments:

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Gosh , you have been busy! Sorry Thomas was ill on your anniversary. Great canal photo and also that grave is intriguing. Good to have you back!

Liz said...

I thought 64 was a bit old for a horse. Stupid name for a regiment, I agree.

Why did you take Thomas home when it was YOUR anniversary?! Congrats on 44 years, and many more to you together.

Do we get to see a photo of your hair?

Andrée said...

After reading what you've been doing, I need to go to bed.

But the O.C. thing? Male stuff like that really catches my eye. they write in secret code and then give us withering looks when we don't get it!

As Mousie would say: "GRRRRRR"

Chris said...

Hello Welshcakes. It's good to be back!

Well, Liz, I drove but didn't take any money (neither did David). Jo had to stay 'cos she had to pay. PT had to stay 'cos he was the only one with a car and had to bring the others home. David doesn't do looking after sick kids. I'll see what I can so about the photo (perhaps).

I quite agree with you, Andree (and Mousie). Grrrrrrrrrrr

MaryB said...

Sheesh! Your list looks a bit like mine (except for the 44th wedding anniversary). I haven't had time to blog or comment on everyone's blogs with any recognizable regularity of late. I am trying to keep up with the reading of said blogs, however.

I second Liz's request for a photo. Aww, go on . . . .

jmb said...

Gosh Chris I was just reading the poetry post and I looked at this post and saw the photos were gone. Then I looked below and saw the Photo Hunt image was gone too. I lost mine too. I wonder if tnchick took the Photo Hunt one down off her site. I had copied it to my hard drive and I upload it from there.
I'm sorry that we are both having this problem but I'm glad that it is not just me since it means I didn't do something stupid.
regards
jmb

Chris said...

It is a bit of a pain, isn't it, JMB? Trouble is I can't remember which photos I posted!

jmb said...

Hi Chris, I remember one was a celtic cross. Just put any old ones back. It is driving me batty and I guest posted on Welshcakes site this week with photos and I am hoping they don't disappear. She would be devastated.
I am guest posting her on Photo Hunt this week with a photo from Italy so be sure to visit. The same one for both of us, so don't forget to visit me too!
It will be up later at both sites.
regards
jmb