Saturday, 30 May 2015

To Me.. To You.. To Me

Yesterday afternoon I took L to see the Chuckle Brothers in "The Chuckles of OZ" at the Marine Hall in Fleetwood. It was the Wizard of OZ panto which was done very well with a cast of six and two others and only three scene changes. Considering that this show has been touring since February the costumes and sets still looked fresh and new.

Anyway back to the show - It was fantastic and had us crying with laughter. It's advertised as being suitable from age 3 to 103. The humour was very cleverly done and in one sketch the children were laughing at the cucumber scene whilst the adults and their imaginations saw something different (so very funny). I don't like slapstick comedy, I find it frustrating but these two guys do it so differently and put heir own twist to it so making less predictable.

These were some accidental mishaps like when Paul (age 68) slapped Barry's face (part a hypnosis sketch and Barry wasn't co-operating, as he does) and later whilst Barry (age 71) was lying on the floor dying, Paul accidentally stood on his leg which was then ab-libbed into the script. I should also mention that the other cast members were very good too.

After the show Barry and Paul came out to sign programmes and any other merchandise. The que was long, and we were near the back, but they saw everyone/group individually and what genuinely nice guys they were, no grandeur or false airs about them. They invited me to take a photo and encouraged L to stand with them and even commented on how nice it was to see a real camera. I asked about Barry's leg and Paul replied "it wasn't bleeding so it was OK" and Barry said "it was feeling better,"

We look forward to seeing them again next year (if they come back) and this time we will take M with us. If you get the chance to see this show I would fully recommend it. The tour finishes at the end of August.

Carolx

Friday, 8 May 2015



Life here at Spring Cottage is very busy at the moment with all the gala paraphernalia.

Building new float sides because the old ones were rotten. Gluing on sheets of polystyrene using lots of PVA. Drawing the design onto the polystyrene. Cutting lots and lots of plastic table clothes into strips to poke into the polystyrene. Getting the parents involved has been hard work but they are slowly coming around.
M has made lots of pink flowers. All will be revealed at a later date we have to keep it a secret for the time being.

Whilst we have been doing all this I've also been making L's costume. The dress is done but for the hem. It needs trimming and then I'm going to use bias binding to make a quick a neat hem.
The train/coat is coming along nicely. Another big sewing day on Sunday and the biggest part will be done.  I need to have the bulk of it done by Sunday because next week I start the exam invigilating so not a lot of free time.

Meanwhile I've managed to complete my first ever blanket. I started it late February when I needed some cheerfulness to help me get through the grief of loosing mum. I love the way the colours have turned out (thank you L for sorting out the colour stripes). It really is bright cheerful. I wanted to separate the colours and I debated on either black or white. I chose white and I'm so happy I did as I feel the colours wouldn't have had the same impact.                                             I edged the blanket with four row of triple crochet on the ends and double crochet on the sides (it's wide enough) and the finished with a simple shell. 
This will end up on L's bed. She just loves it. I worked on this in the evenings whilst watching the telly. I also have another blanket on the go but this is in small granny squares using up all the odds and ends I have. This could take a while to finish. I have 265 squares but I think I will need at least double that. (three round granny squares).                                                                                                                                               I need to get back to my sewing sew so I'll say have a great day and and a fabulous weekend.                                                                                                                                                          Carolx