Engagements – We’re Dancing with Joy!

Nick and Sam engaged!2016 started wonderfully well for us, with the delightful news that son Nick and his girlfriend, Sam Raine, had become engaged. We are so happy and welcome Sam into the family with open arms. Don’t ask when the wedding will be, because they themselves don’t know. A few days after Nick asked Sam to marry him he went off to Madrid on a six month contract! They can fly back and forth quite easily, but weddings would be difficult to organise. Continue reading Engagements – We’re Dancing with Joy!

Henry V Live!

Live on the screen that is…

You may remember we went to see Henry V at Stratford last month, and found it most compelling. So compelling in fact that when we had to the chance to see it again, not live but on the screen in the Showcase Cinema de Lux in Derby, we jumped at the chance.

Sadly, only about a dozen other people either knew about it, or were tempted to come, so our friends Gill and David, and John and I sat almost alone, surrounded by empty seats. Continue reading Henry V Live!

‘We Few, We Happy Few’…

Although perhaps even fewer are quite so happy after losing the rugby to Wales last night…

Henry V ProgrammeBut, yes, John and I are happy enough to have just been to see Henry V at Stratford, having already seen Richard II, and Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 – thanks to our good friend Trevor who valiantly oversees the dramatic programme of a few fellow keen theatregoers.

Waiting for Henry V 24/9/2015Pics as always thanks to JFS although I took this apparently illegal one in the theatre as we waited for Henry. Continue reading ‘We Few, We Happy Few’…

A Peak Behind the Scenes…

It’s been a bit silent, blog-wise (which I trust does not come as a relief…).

Scarlet Chested Sunbird in Malawi

John has been working really hard sifting through and editing all his bird pics, then making CDs for me to download for the blog. It then takes me some time (time rather than skill) loading them onto the blog and titling them all, especially when we don’t always know what the birds are called.

Shiwa House, from the garden
Shiwa House, Zambia

I am also hoping in the next day or so to write a bit more about our time at Shiwa Ng’andu, staying at ‘Africa House’. John also has some photos which I shall add to our John’s Photos gallery.

 I have also started transposing – if that is the word – my Great Grandmother Grace’s diary of 1870

Fifty Shades of Marigold

A couple of weeks ago we decided, with our friends Gill and David, to go to the Second Most Exotic Marigold Hotel, in the Showcase Derby Cinema de Lux in Westfield (only – to add the any possible confusion, Westfield is now called Intu). Gill confessed she never had much success booking online so I over-confidently as it turned out assured her I’d do it, no bother… Continue reading Fifty Shades of Marigold

Musical Weekend in Vienna

IMG_4460There was a time when our family trailed around after us. Imperceptibly, there has been a complete turnabout and we are now trailing round after them, very happily and much more excitingly. We have perhaps to a fault never overpraised our children but I will fleetingly admit they do seem to us to lead rather more successful and interesting lives than we ever did at their age.

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