Sunday, October 01, 2017

" Ithaca!...Loveliest Of Islands..."



To Ithaca, a fortnight ago....the most beautiful  Greek island we've visited 
Here's the ferry arriving to take us from Sami on Kefalonia.... to Vathy on Ithaca. 
Top snap shows the route from Kefalonia across the Aegean to Vathy...the main town of Ithaca, We stayed 2 miles out of Vathy in another lovely villa. 


Here ( below) is our regular early morning visitor... at our bedroom window.....

Me (Below) getting stuck into ...think this was the wonderful novella by Graham Swift: " Mothering Sunday"...


Part of our living room...


Here ( BELOW) is The Holy Monastery Of Kathara...visited by Ithacans from all over the world....
It's on the south-east  peak of the Homeric Bay of Niritos...in a beautiful nook about 600 m from the sea and 15 km from Vathy. 
The drive up was incredible...countless hairpin bends.... going ever upwards...and totally open to the sea...BUT we'll never forget the breadth and beauty of those views...and the aquamarine of that sea... 



(ABOVE) The 2 Maria's, mother and daughter, who look after the Monastery and have a little cafe in their kitchen...







( ABOVE) The KINGDOM  of Odysseus....
ODYSSEUS...outside the Museum in Vathy.


Part of our villa...



One of our loveliest holidays...

" All Or Nothing!"....Was Certainly Something!


Friday, to STORYHOUSE...... Carol Harrison's Musical written to the soundtrack of the music of the SMALL FACES.......Buzzing Evening.....buzzing Theatre......absolute tonic.... particularly for those who remember this music only too well! ( Itchycoo Park..HA!...part of my own personal " soundtrack"!) 
Audience revelled...great mix of ages etc etc...including Alex Ferguson...and ( it was rumoured??)
Ronnie Wood of Stones...and of course, an ex Small Face.

The story Of Steve Marriott was told both colourfully...and very movingly. This Show was a treat.

" FOOTLOOSE!"

Saw this rolicking  Show at StoryHouse...
The Classic 80's Musical ...invigorating!
Multi-talented cast...dancers, singers, actors, musicians..
By production companySellador Worldwide

" VANYA VISITING CLWYD."


Last week Theatr Clwyd to Dress Rehearsal of Chekhov's " Uncle Vanya" 
This was a new version by Peter Gill....fascinating mix of original with brand new " take".

Performance is in the round...in Emlyn Williams Theatre...perfect for this production.

Jamie Ballard ( above) ...a fine Uncle Vanya...and particularly liked Rosie Sheehy as Sonya.
Directed with style by Tamara Harvey. 




Sunday, September 10, 2017

"Last Day Of Summer Hols..."


 Hot/sweaty after 2 hours trampolining at the fabulous FREEDOME at Cheshire Oaks..
                                            Hasten to add adults were merely spectating ...

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

"LOOKING AT POP ART.....AND MEETING GORGEOUS IZZY!

A visit to Harbury near Leamington..... to meet adorable Izzy....
Here she is with her lovely mum and me, her Great Aunt. 

Arriving at Compton Verney. It's an elegant 18th Century country mansion in beautiful grounds.......near Kineton, Warwickshire...
The house is Grade 1  Listed...and inside is the Compton Verney Art Gallery.

A stunning Exhibition is at Compton Verney for another month....and it zigzags into our brains... with its bold colours...its blacks and its whites... its mind boggling patterns...with work ranging from Impressionists like Seurat...to MC Escher...Josef Albens...and Bridger Riley....who ( it's surmised!) may well have visited the Exhibition recently...totally incognito...!  
My eyes were literally opened very wide by thi visit, believe me. 
We were led around by an excellent very approachable tour guide...who brimmed with fascinating facts...which she shared with warmth and enthusiasm. 

My brother, A, stands before a piece by Liz West....she works ...as shown....with light installations...sculpture...and has a special interest in public art.

And back to my brother and sister-in-law's place...here's Izzy ....with her mother and bright-as-a-button brother!.

BARBECUE(S)...........


Bank Holiday Monday: Family Barbecue here.....hope the neighbours had left the country! 


Family....except Grandpa......HE was doing the David Bailey for us....
" WHOSE David Bailey?" comes a youthful Chorus.



Bank Holiday Sunday  BBQ: hosted by Sally of Chester Theatre Club, TipTop etc  ...
with Fiona, thoroughly enjoying Pippa in Victoria Wood flow....ready for her Inset Day???!  
Don't ask!! 
All 3....very entertaining talented ladies! 


                         

Pud created by A aged 9 on Bank Hol Monday....ready for BAKE OFF???


                               

Don't not LOOK BACK IN ANGER...with apologies to OASIS!


ALWAYS one of my favourites....and now at CTC, dates above. Directed by Alison...whose creative direction will no doubt be A TREAT! Go on....get Booking if you are local...and even if you aren't!

Friday, September 01, 2017

MORE CLUES,,,,?!

I have opened a cupboard I rarely open....here is a hat I wore at a wedding....


..and here is a hat i wore for an evening pretending to be a character in TV's " 'all! :allo!"

Another wedding hat....rather sombre, don't you think??

THIS belonged to my mother.....
AND THIS was for my nephew's wedding....

These hats are possibilities for my play....



Things We Did This Summer.................

Lazing on huge sofa in an Art Gallery at Castle Park, Frodsham.....comfy way to enjoy paintings...with picnic and play on Slides etc afterwards....


Belting about on the sandstone of Thurstaston Hill on the Wirral...I did exactly the same here......a their age.......thousands of years ago.......

Chess with Grandpa.....

Dressing Up at STORYHOUSE....


GOING NORTH....

Enjoyed a weekend with friends in Morland, Near Penrith.......

P is a very successful Florist....she's in her workshop....it's bursting with her fabulous collections... 




Took a trip to the Durham market town of Barnard Castle...loved it....some great buildings...fascinating streets.....antique shops...art/crafty shops....charity shops ...lots of charity shops...( YEY!) ....galleries...shall return! 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

"LOUD HAILERS!"......has its initial read through....!

VERY Excited! 
I've written a 2nd play for the Adult/Youth Theatre at Chester Theatre Club...which will be given its first airing in November. 
Here are some of the cast...we've 6 Adults/6 Teenagers...that's great!.... having our very 1st Read Through in the Salisbury Studio at CTC with Paul, who is Directing. 

And HERE'S Herbert Henry Asquith with Emmeline Pankhurst...big clue as to topic  of my play!?




"SEVEN SULTRY SPANISH DAYS..."


We stayed end of last month in a lovely villa in the Sierra de Tejeda Mountainsts....well above Nerja.. last here 5 years ago


3 books read in one week.... top notch: " Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine" ( Gail Honeyman) PLUS " The Awkward Age" by Francesca Segal.


R locked into " Crisis" by Frank Gardner..... 


Spacious sitting room indeed....


Majestic beautiful mountains...that SHAPE! ...


Avocado...lemons....peaches...and more




Fabulous idea... to cover a baking hot square in Torrox town....


Spot the Goats...we spotted them twice daily...ringing their bell
AND sorry you can't catch the amazing call of the Goat herd .....


                         Amazing what sun/red wine/absolute relaxation can elicit in one's psyche...
                                            never knew I could dance a credible flamenco,,,,