I thought I would start this week’s blog with a quote from Shakespeare, not just in deference to the BBC’s ongoing tribute to the Bard’s monumental talent, but because I have been entertained right royally this last month in a myriad of different ways! And of course many of us will take up the role as we entertain our families and friends for Christmas – what are your plans? Thank as always for continuing to support me here on the blog – I so enjoy hearing about your lives and it’s even nicer that we can keep in touch in the interim via Instagram and Facebook. I was staggered to see the response to some of my more recent posts and it really does cheer me to feel so connected to you..
I’ve have had a lot more time this last six months to socialize, particularly in the evenings and since I last wrote I saw a fabulous musical production of Paul Gallico’s story ‘Flowers For Mrs Harris’ that you may know better as ‘Mrs Harris goes to Paris’ the film starring Leslie Manville. Lovely Debbie Flint organized the tickets for us and we met with producer Andrew Collins at the Riverside Studios in Hammersmith where it was showing. It was one of the most beautiful productions I have seen in a long time. The actors who played Ada, her husband George and her best friend Vi were particularly brilliant, but the whole cast were talented with fabulous voices and accompanied by a tremendous musical score. I wanted to see it again immediately it finished but sadly the run was only until the 25th of November and when I asked at the box office they were not planning on a tour. More is the pity I say! If you’re not familiar with the story, it’s set in the early 50s and stars Ada who works as a charlady in London. She spies a stunning Dior gown in the wardrobe of one of her clients and sets her heart on buying one in Paris. There were several points in the play where Debbie and I were in tears, but it does have a happy ending and is an experience I will never forget.
Entertainment of a different sort when we met up with Debbie Greenwood and her husband Paul in London to enjoy the lights and then a meal at Joe Allen’s restaurant. They are great company and it was lovely to have a chance to catch up. Last week I took a trip up to Bromsgrove to visit my son Jack and stay overnight and we made the best of the clear cold day to visit the German Christmas market in Birmingham City Centre. We had such a lovely time enjoying the scenery, buying a few Christmas gifts and sharing a bratwurst and then rounded the evening off with a steak dinner. It’s been a tough year for Jack in many respects but I’m very proud of how he has pulled his life around and is definitely making headway.
On Tuesday this week Colin and I took the train to Camden where we met up with a few of his old friends and enjoyed a cracking night at the Jazz Café watching Mama’s Gun – a great band who I feel are going to be mighty one day.
Of course it’s far busier at this time of year than normal and although I had great plans for being more organised, still I’m running around like a headless chicken when it comes to buying and wrapping presents! How are you getting on? Have you put your tree up? What would be your earliest memory of Christmas? Who are you planning to spend it with? What was your most memorable present? Do drop me a line below and we can compare notes. I remember my mum making the Christmas cake in our washing up bowl! She always made a massive cake and was probably the only person to eat it – that was if you could chew your way through the icing which was always rock hard 😊 She used to always put a thruppenny bit or a sixpence in the Christmas pudding too, and it’s something I still do to this day although it’s a five pence piece now. We always had a Mrs Peeks Christmas pudding but sadly I don’t think they sell them anymore. Do you make your own? I will be making my own mince pies in memory of Mum and have a few days with my sister next week where we may well do some pre-Christmas cooking together.
So as you’re reading this, there’s only two and a half weeks to go before Christmas Day itself – I do hope that you will be able to spend it with people you love and if you’re working, you will be appreciated. I’d love to hear from and don’t forget you can keep in touch with me on Facebook and Instagram too. I promise to post another blog just before then and we can compare what we are planning to watch over Christmas and if you’ve got any book titles to suggest to me too. Take care, and stay warm!
With my love,