By crikey! I almost got whiplash from the speed January has flown by. Seems like only yesterday I was compiling the Christmas photographs to be included in my last blog and here we are, in February! Welcome ☺️
I think February is one of those great months where you definitely get a sense of new beginnings. I’ve got a few snowdrops poking through the pots in my garden and a row of reckless daffodils have put in an appearance too, but the most exciting event is my son Jack’s 31st birthday on the 2nd of the month. I’ll never forget the day he was born. I was two weeks overdue that February in 1993 and quite frankly looked more than a little like the Queen Mary coming into port, so I was somewhat relieved when he was delivered by emergency Caesarean weighing 10 pounds, two and a half ounces! He was such a beautiful baby though who rarely made a fuss and spent most of his early years smiling! Funny to think I was 32 years old when he was born and now he’ll be 31… Colin and I are heading up to Bromsgrove on Friday to take him out for dinner and stay over so that we can spend Saturday with him too which will be lovely.
It’ll be nice to escape from all the paint and dust at home to be honest. We had a lovely break over Christmas, but in January, we started work on our bedroom and having under coated most of the skirting boards and panelling that Colin has made and secured to the walls, it’s now time to rub down, fill in and apply the topcoat! There are units too, and wardrobes, so a fair way to go yet. We also have to choose a wallpaper to go inside the panelling and that is proving to be surprisingly difficult. Not because Colin and I disagree on what we want, but because there doesn’t seem too much choice out there of the colour that we would like which is a kind of burnt sienna or mustard tone. It’s a very sunny room, and we think it will complement the darker copper tones in the bathroom. I have a very clear memory of a bright yellow wallpaper I chose for my bedroom when I lived at home. It had gold line drawings of the sun all over it, and I absolutely loved it. I bought it with my first month’s earnings when I was 16 and mum helped me to hang it. I painted the bedroom myself and was delighted with the results. I used to have my little record player set up in the corner while I painted and my album of choice in the late 70s was Stevie Wonder’s ‘Songs in the Key of Life’. Listening to it now still can make me smile…
Music is to be the theme for Colin’s eldest son Dan when we celebrate his 40th birthday on the 7th of February! Colin is still reeling from the fact he has a son of that age and I think Danny is finding it hard to believe too! I keep telling them you’re only as old as you feel and I’m sure that our karaoke birthday event in London to celebrate will soften the edges ☺️
Something that certainly softened the edges and warmed my heart was the film ‘Wonka’ which my sister Jenny and Linda took me to see. I very much enjoyed the original Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory film starring Gene Wilder and then the somewhat darker version starring Johnny Depp, but this is the story of Willy Wonka’s childhood, and how he comes to own the chocolate factory. Timothee Chalamet stars and captivates with his charm, twinkling personality and beautiful singing voice, and he is accompanied by some mighty names. Olivia Coleman, Hugh Grant and Rowan Atkinson are marvellous; Cala Lane who plays Noodle is exceptional and even Sally Hawkins makes a cameo appearance. I was completely transported and can’t recommend it highly enough as it is utterly delightful with a fabulous soundtrack. Have you seen it? There are some truly great movies out at the moment, and Colin and I were thoroughly spoilt by Sam and Elise at Christmas as they treated us to a year’s membership of the local Odeon! I can’t wait to visit again.
In fact Sam and Elise were with us just last week when they stayed overnight so that I could drive them to Heathrow airport early the next morning to catch their flight to Bangkok. It’s the first leg of their extended honeymoon travelling across South East Asia. Four years ago, they left England on exactly the same day to travel around Thailand as friends, and now they are married! It’s a wonderful opportunity for them both and although we will miss them, I can’t wait to hear all about it once they return.
And I’ll look forward to hearing from you too if you have a moment. Jot down any comments below and I’ll always get back to you. It’d be great to know what you’re watching or reading or where you might recommend we go for a holiday? After the Flood on ITV is definitely worthwhile, and I am looking forward to the BBC Drama Maryland starring Suranne Jones and also Trigger Point with the amazing Vicky McClure!
Take care and thank you for keeping in touch,