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,,,,

IN THE ARK.....AGAIN


Returned to the Cathedral for ARK exhibition...this time with Grandpa, O and H. First time for all of them...keen to go again before the ARK sails off at the end of October.....


Fabulous preying/stalking cats by Deborah Van Der Beek


AND O's favourites..... Steven Gregory's Skulls....far right: "MIDNIGHT RAMBLER"...said by the sculptor himself to be a: " A flashy character, NOT to be trusted...! ( I can hear the Stones singing/playing as I write (!)....
also 2nd left: " WHAM BAM!" ...said to show we're always wearing masks...look closely and you may spot the glittery gold tooth replacing an incisor....


" FRIENDS! ROMANS! CESTRIANS!.....Lend Me Your Ears!".."


                                         " Julius Caesar" , directed by  Loveday Ingram,
                          one of STORYHOUSE'S 2 Shakespearian plays for their Opening Season.

AND WHAT a superb start!  Cast of 16, large Community Chorus..brilliant idea...with Caesar played by Christopher Wright, Mark Antony by Natalie Grady and a cast who couldn't be faulted...just praised....and praised admirably!
So very relevant too....a play written long ago for a time  in which we hold our breath a dozen times a day......

"FIVE DAYS DANCING AND SINGING...!AND A SHOW AT THE END!"



Grandson G with new friend after the End Of The Week Show


THE EXUBERANT CAST OF " HAIRSPRAY!" 

A week long THEATRE TRAIN workshop at the Forum, Chester, led to the creation of great songs and dances from the musical HAIRSPRAY...good to see so many children enjoying their Summer Hols so obviously...and showing their talents too!
Parents and siblings and grandparents delighted in the End Of The Week Show...looking forward to another Summer Show next time!

"MURDEROUS NIGHT AT STORYHOUSE......!"


                         Scarrrry Evening last Saturday in the Garret Theatre at STORYHOUSE!!

Kim Finn's Monologues...performed through Ed Green's Urban Trendz Theatre, by 4 actors, including Kim herself...on themes of HORROR! HUMOUR! HOMICIDE...all in a vastly different setting/with vastly different characters..... who revealed their intriguing lives..... through Kim's sharp yet sensitive writing....

The monologues were followed by Kim's " Left Luggage!"......a murder mystery featuring all the right elements..... AND particularly good to see Kim plus lots of Chester Theatre Club members performing at Chester's brand new Theatre...!

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

" SPANISH SCULPTURE...."


In Nerja last week, we visited a wonderful Exhibition. 
Nerja is the nearest town to our villa.... and last week, we saw the work of Jose Luis Martin Garcia. 
The Exhibition was called: "Torsions And Forms". 

Garcia's work consists of ceramic forms...and bas-reliefs...about the female nude ...with geometric and abstract forms.  


The Exhibition has both his paintings AND his sculpture....where Garcia explores themes such as mythology...horses...guitars... 



BELOW is the Gallery...in the centre of Nerja...and Garcia himself  warmly welcoming his visitors. 


"AN ARK IN A CATHEDRAL........."


ARK: an immense and important Exhibition of Sculpture at Chester Cathedral, on until Oct 15th. 


There are 90 Exhibits......3 dimensional works......by Sculptors of international repute....


Sculptors include Damian Hurst.....Sir Antony Gormley......Barbara Hepworth....Sarah Lucas


It's the first time these marvellous works have been grouped together...and the result is MAGNIFICENT..



It's great to see our ancient lofty
beautiful Cathedral supporting the Arts in this way.......
and the Sculptures are shown in a place full of peace ...of open spaces....of quirky alcoves....places where light flickers through stained glass....where candles are lit while choristers chant....all this seems to illustrate their beauty, their worth...in the most marvellous of manners.... 







                                   On until mid October: I shall certainly pay my 2nd visit ASAP!