Saturday, July 12, 2014

"MY NEW FRIEND, ZAZA The ZINGY ZIMMER..."

                                          Here she is, my strong reliable new companion.....

I am now the proud possessor of 2 Zimmer Frames: one lives upstairs, one lives down. This is Downstairs Zimmer, christened  Zaza. She will support me for at least another 24 days, when hopefully my left foot can once again be permitted to touch the earth......AND YEY, I'm counting those days!

 I made Zaza's silvery/glittery  acquaintance 10 days ago at the Countess of Chester Hospital...can't fault the great care I had there......after rushing towards M+S Food Hall and falling in Eastgate St, thereby breaking my ankle.....

BUT I'm hoping Normal Life will resume ASAP....Fingers Much Crossed.... 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

THE DAYMONS: TELFORDS WAREHOUSE,CHESTER

OK, you can't make Glastonbury this wk?? Try The Daymons in Chester in July, details above!

Friday, June 13, 2014

" Decades Apart...."


 Here are 2 snaps: a boy, a girl, both pairs pictured in the same location. It's Bridge Street Row, Chester......BUT the pictures were taken DECADES apart!!
Top: me, plus brother, A. Below: grandson, G, just 9, plus granddaughter, A, nearly 6.
                                          History Repeating Itself Yet Again!!
AND PS: For more about the little boy in the top picture, please see: www.vividbrush.com

Saturday, April 26, 2014

ADDENDUM...

   Me Thinks I've Solved The Problem......Snap Successfully Imported........Fingers Crossed!

"CATCHING UP........Pleae Don't YAWWWWN....!!"

OK .
No posts for almost 4 months. Pretty Darn Despicable, Don't You Fink???
But here goes.
A hectic fun few weeks..... and I'll attempt to fill gaps.

***BUT No snaps.....I'm presently failing in publishing my stuff to Blogger..... and I've no idea WHY .... THIS has REALLY been the main reason All Has Been So Mouse-like Quiet....
ANYHOW ( fingers X) I'll eventually work out what's going on ...! ****

What've I been up to??

Straight after New Year, St Ives. Incredibly lucky. Many suffered floods, winds, storms...but we had days of bright blue sky, yellow sun, salty-fresh sea breeze....
and after too long an absence, we fell in love with Cornwall all over again...

Also a visit to Harbury ( village near Leamington Spa) to check on my brother's new hip ( NOTHING will keep this man down) and last week, to Our Friends From The North, newly established in their lovely new holiday home on the Menai Straits....

LOTS OF THEATRE/CINEMA TRIPS:
Some Films:  "Kill Your Darlings", "Saving Mr Banks", " Long Walk To Freedom"...

" Warhorse"( NT Encore) and " Private Lives" ....

"The Fabulous Beast Dance And Theatre Company" at The Lowry ( Stravinsky: " Rite Of Spring") and also at The Lowry, a fine production of Chekhov's " The Seagull".
AND Lowry again this week: " The Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain": ultra talented musicians....

Ballet Rambert at Theatr Clwyd: including the Stones " Rooster" ( Christopher Bruce) which I last saw with my son ( in L'pool)...... at least 15 years ago.....

ALSO Theat Clwid : The best production of " Under Milkwood" I've EVER watched....

Lunch at Forest Hills, Frodsham, as part of Frodshams's Festival......with local playwright Tim Firth charming his audience...

THEN AGAIN Theatr C: a Lunchtime Picnic Play. This was a "snippet" from Arthur Miller's " Elegy For A Lady" ....Great idea. Watched a scene or two while scoffing a rather delicious picnic lunch, generously provided at a minimal cost by Theatr C....NB: NEVER SEEN such huge slices of yummy cake....

And again Theatr C: a children's production of CBeebies popular show:  " Charlie And Lola"...along with O and A, both aged 5.........EAR PLUGS advised! The Littlies express their delight in NO UNCERTAIN TERMS...!

Liverpool Playhouse: " View From The Bridge" ( Arthur Miller) Stunning ...set, acting, sound..although nice if the school kids in the audience stopped their tittering...!

Chester Theatre Club: " Beauty And The Beast" ( adult panto!) also " Honor" ( one of their best productions ) and " Hancock's Last Half Hour" by the visiting White Cobra Company.

Tip Top Theatre: super new play by local writer Mark Newman " Useless Beauty" which I could gladly see again....and also a hilarious production of  " AVENUE Q"....Fabulous Muppet-like Show for adults....Tears of laughter shed by 95% of audience....

Ashton Hayes Theatre Club's " The Cripple O Inishmaan". A long established but clearly thriving theatre club in a Cheshire village.....

Gladstone's Library, Hawarden: Talks from writers Melissa Harrison and Tania Hershmann

Wintery Writing Workshop led by Gill McEvoy and Judi Ugonna. Lots of food for thought and some interesting pieces ensued...

Waverton Good Read: featuring Lezanne Channaclan with her 1st book " Jelly Bird"

AND cant possibly omit local Music Theatre's  " JIGSAW"' production of " The Firebird", including my grandson, G, aged 8. This is a fabulous enterprise, much appreciated by children/their parents alike...( AND, of course, their grandparents...)
MOI? ..................Very proud indeed!!

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

"Hope A Happy New Year is On The Horizon.....And Here's Some Snaps Of Our Christmas......"...

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Posted by PicasaLovely times with family, friends....
AND a Panto ( Tiptop's " Snow White"....fabulous............where A met SnowWhite.......G appeared on stage with Simple Simon...........and O "named" the panto rabbit " Arthur"...in honour of his OWN toy rabbit, the much loved Arthur....)
PLUS " The Snow Queen" at St Mary's ( adapted by Russ Tunney with Matt Baker's music, gorgeous as usual...) and various gatherings where lots of fun was had.....

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Chester Theatre Club: UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL.....

 
 
 
Posted by Picasa12 new Posts, all at once....so here goes with Post Number One....
( AND a Merry Christmas To Anyone Reading This...!)

Last Saturday: Chester Theatre Club's Annual Christmas Bash....
easily best theatre party I've been to....mainly due to brilliant organizers......
tasty nosh from DeliKate ( Handbridge)........hilarious Cabaret from Malcolm, Ray and Anthony
......and games devised by the utterly unstoppable Andy Hutchings...
Hmm: HAVE YOU ever played Hide And Seek ( with 40 other folk) in almost a WHOLE theatre ....including auditorium, Bar, Green Room, Studio......!!
Pictures show ( from top):  "The Squashing Up Together On An Ever-Reducing Square Game", followed by same again (!) ...followed by Andy's version of " Just A Minute" with Laura, Ray, Alison and Jane eagerly participating....
ROLL on next Christmas!   

" Listen To The Daymons....!"





Here's my son G's EP which will be 
officially launched at Telford's Warehouse, Chester, on Friday January 17th. Posted by Picasa

Great music, written and played by this talented Band.

You can find it on itunes.apple.com and also download it from Amazon.

Here's wishing them lots of success and great gigs for 2014XXXXXX

"Birthdays...( Part 1!)

 
 
 
 
 
 
Posted by PicasaOK,  family birthday celebrations.......for me ( who shall be ageless..)  and Holly ( aged 2!)
We like getting together for such events and I appreciate that.

These snaps ( from top) show:

Aged birthday grandmother, squashed by rumbustious but wonderful grand-babes.

Mustachioed elder son,G, sitting beside younger son's grinning wife, K, who is next to G's beaming partner, L.
.
The gorgeous H, just 2!

H's Birthday Party: her oh-so-proud Daddy ( younger son, R) looks on as she receives her Ballerina doll...
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Cousins A, just 5, and O, nearly 5, looking suitably scary at said party....

AND last but very definitely not least: My sons' lovely ladies, L and K,,,,,,,

"17 Hoole-igans Scoffed In A Ballroom...."

 
 
 
 
 
 
Posted by PicasaMy creative writing class...nicknamed The Hoole-igans ( coz we meet in a place called Hoole)
We're
supposedly called " Write Stuff" ( by W.E.A )....BUT henceforth we're to be known as "The Right -Stuffers" after our Christmas lunch at Upton Golf Club last week.
Here's some of the cast ( from top): Pat, me, Elizabeth.
THEN: Brian and Sue, followed by Judith, Murielle and Pam, then Elizabeth, Neil and Rebecca,
next Michael, Russ and Mike ( sticking together, the Traitors!) and lastly ( BUT certainly not least by a long chalk!!)..Gwen, Carol and Gill....

" Four Baby-Boomers Get Brollied In Coniston...( 4th one did the snapping" )

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Posted by PicasaLovely weekend with Our Friends From The North.
They've lived on the shores of Coniston for 30 years...and have every intention of enjoying another 30...!

Pictures from top: Frolicking down to the BlueBird Caff.....

view from house ( shows boules court....Hagg Wood and a peep of the lake beyond....)

Zefferelli's cinema in Ambleside ( we went to its sister cinema along the road....F ellini's...to catch the superb " Philomena"....Dame Judi wonderful...and  very fine performance from Steve Coogan...

AND finally visit to Brantwood, home of  John Ruskin. Late afternoon, murky sky tinged with December pinks
AND featuring the loveliest of wallpapers too.......

" Cabaret Noir: A Welcome Come Back..."




Once again, the talented and ebullient Lisa Miller produced/directed another superb evening of Cabaret and Burlesque at Chester Theatre Club.
AND this one even surpassed the first!

Music, Dance, Drama, Burlesque....delighted the buzzing, filled-to-the-rafters audience ...and I bet everyone's watching the theatre website to discover when there's MORE...

SEE: www.chestertheatreclub.co.uk .

Particular mention MUST be made of Tony O'Byrne, longtime Theatre Club actor and member, whose singing.... ( WHY haven't we heard him BEFORE???) and comedy was nothing less than superuberduper...