Friday, 20 July 2018

Rocking Your World Friday - 29th of 2018

Good Morning lovely people tis Friday time for 

Well last weekend we enjoyed hubbies birthday treat from February, a day away and an overnight stay in our old home town.  I booked the hotel that we had our first meal in and we had tickets for the matinee performance of Macbeth up at the castle.  

First up the view from our room was of the very beautiful St Chad's church.  A beautiful church that we occasionally popped in and had a look at and also enjoyed a Latin service many years ago. 

The reason for booking this particular hotel was due to the fact we could actually walk to the Castle, any of you remember the farce we had the last time we did this (two years ago), may recall the tale of no taxis back to the hotel which was simply miles away.  So this time I wasn't going to be scuppered.  We got up there in plenty of time and hubby tried the bargain ale that was on (last day meant price reductions).  Before the play

It was another scorching day, we were glad for the marquee to sit in before the show which proved a fabulous back drop to the play! 

I loved the bunting filled marquee - so very pretty and it was lovely to take a step back and just spend time together!

This was the view from our seats, unlike a lot of these outdoor plays where you have to take your own seating, Stafford has been holding an annual Shakespeare play for 28 years and they always provide 3 stands of seating where you book your seats.  We were on the third row, chosen in case of rain, however rain wasn't the issue this year, but the sun was.  Thankfully third row back we didn't get the sun directly on us until the last 15 minutes of the play - phew! 

The play was utterly brilliant, the actors awesome, the music element fantastic including bagpipe and Irish pipe players, drums, violinists etc.  Absolutely breathtaking, despite them having to stop the show at one point due to someone taking unwell, thankfully they did return later on.

The walk back into town wasn't quite as long as the walk up and we popped into the Wetherspoon's pub that holds such brilliant memories for us, we took my brother and sister to see Jurassic Park here when it first came back, we were in the top right hand side, the seats are still in situ where we sat - a nod back to its previous life.

They also still have the screen where the bar area is.

We then went and showered and got changed before we headed for our meal out. 

I had to giggle at my Fitbit that night, it gave me a rollercoaster badge (first time ever) which you get if you climb 125 flights of stairs in a day, obviously the walk up to the castle was a lot steeper than I remembered! 

Monday I was at the hospital for an echo cardiogram, they wanted to check my heart out before my op and this cancellation appointment came up so I went and had it done.  The lady that did it said it all looked fine (with the exception of my heart murmur, but we know about that anyway), so it looks like I'm good to go, just need to wait for operation date now.  

Wednesday saw birthday celebrations for my niece who reaches the grand old age of 19 (where do the years go).   We went out for a meal and they had put balloons on the table

My sister had been in and added more balloons and some little love hearts on the table. 

I ordered an orange and spice skinny mocktail, it was lush (so lush I had a second one). 

And managed to grab a selfie with the birthday girl

There was a little chalk sign on the table

These two were on fine form, this expression is the 'Mum are you really taking a photo without warning' expression!

So I said to sit closer together, which proved almost disastrous but resulted in much laughter - which always makes my heart sing!

And then the proper posed shot!

My sister and niece, both looking fabulous!

And the addition of my Mum who was definitely misbehaving that night - hence my sister winding her up!

Me and hubby, enough said I'm still losing weight although the pictures don't seem to be reflecting that story - I think the words - must try harder come to mind.  

And almost a whole group shot

Thursday night and we were off to the theatre on a pay what you want night seeing the play Stiffs.  We were a little confused by the pay what you want, even more confused with the 1 hour play plus Q&A afterwards, until a guy stood up before the show to explain, they were college students who had written and were performing the play, named Stiffs because they were playing two dead bodies in a morgue.  This was their debut performance prior to showing the same play at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and they were wanting feedback!

They were quite honestly brilliant, we really enjoyed it, much laughter was had (always good for the soul) and although it was only an hour it really was exceptionally enjoyable and we were more than happy to hand over the pound notes at the end of the play!  

We stayed behind to complete the questionnaire (which was asking if they needed to tweak anything).

We also stayed for the Q&A session which also proved hilarious!  Brilliant to see brand new talent emerging and local colleges and venues working together to support artists.

And that my lovely people was the week that was.

I hope you've had a great week, if you fancy joining in pop a post together, pop back and link up so we can come and visit. 

Friday, 13 July 2018

Rocking Your World Friday - 28th of 2018

Good morning lovely people tis time for Rocking your world - crikey where are the weeks going we are on week 28 of 2018 

First up is the garden party at Chatsworth, as members we get tickets to go as part of our membership so last Friday we headed over there, picnic in tow ready for an evening of food, music, good company and sunshine.  We were not disappointed. 

Here is my Mum, my sister and me all sat putting the world to rights

I spent the afternoon cooking gallbladder friendly picnic food - which means fat free.  The items went down a storm which was funny because I'd only taken a limited amount!  I will remember for next time though - they preferred the homemade to the shop bought! 

Me and said 17 year old had a good natter, the 'top knot' is done to his girlfriend, she did that to his hair whilst we were away and the penny dropped that it keeps him cooler, he's now growing his hair out even more so it is easier to manage with the band - Alex what have you done - LOL

The evening sunshine was stunning and it was really warm, so we got to enjoy the evening

Just to prove hubby was there too

The sunset was lovely

And whilst said 17 year old and hubby were off finding shots on the main camera, we grabbed a selfie - the sequence of photos was hysterical, this is the best of a bad bunch

Saturday was another hot day, we decided it would be 'cooler' to cook on the barbecue, but then hubby decided to do homemade pitta bread again so the oven ended up on anyway.  He has always denied his cooking genes (his Mum and Dad ran a fish and chip shop for many years), but he has a real flair for baking, you will be pleased to know he was wearing shorts, the shot made me giggle though because that wouldn't be apparent! 

I've been trialling making flowers recently, as we have a potential event happening at the end of summer at work.  These are my very first origami flowers, I really enjoyed making them, they weren't quite as difficult as I had expected.

I also made some fabric ones which were good fun, but very time consuming, strangely I seem to have omitted taking photos of them! 

I was supposed to be off on Monday, but said 17 year old had volunteered to crew a boat trip so I ended up in work, I had a very busy day Tuesday.

Wednesday I was on a course, which was really good and I thoroughly enjoyed talking to lots of people about their respective charity work and made some good contacts, so lets see where that takes me. 

Thursday was a day 'off' but I ended up working it albeit that I was at home, mind you it was worth it for what I got done.  I also had to drop my car at the garage as she failed her MOT and needs some work, please keep your fingers crossed that I get her back today - I'm feeling relatively stranded at home at the moment, my grateful for this - hubby bringing me back home afterwards before he headed into work it would have been a mighty long walk home otherwise! 

And that brings me back to Friday, I hope you've had a fabulous week, if you fancy joining in, pop a post together, pop back and link up. 

Friday, 6 July 2018

Rocking Your World Friday - 27th of 2018

Good Afternoon I'm running late - sorry time for 

So first up hubby taking a couple of days off and us deciding to put our Chatsworth tickets through their paces.  For an absolute age we've spoken about just going with a picnic and setting up and painting/reading etc, rather than rushing around the house and garden (which is what we normally do). 

We tootled down on Friday, going past my favourite view (I always feel like I'm at the top of the world)

And as you can see gorgeous blue skies and rather hot, but we found a lovely tree to be shaded from the sun and were soon set up and ready. 

This was our view

Me and said 17 year old set too with the watercolours (bear in mind I don't technically paint - well not that sort of painting) 

I was pleasantly pleased with my finished piece - I literally beat it into submission

As usual loads of time left so I set too on the Belvedere, alas I made it too narrow and did away with a large quantity of bricks, they could have saved a fortune if I'd built it! 

Before pointing myself at the green vista

All in all I had a grand time painting on the day and definitely fancy a repeat. 

When I looked up from my seat this was my view

And as the day progressed the sun moved around

The weekend was quiet (the heat has been a tad unbearable for me if I'm honest), we had a lovely weekend overall albeit quiet. 

I'm loving all the gorgeous fruits at the moment and am enjoying a mix of fruit with Greek yogurt, honey and seeds.  I'm still following the low fat diet due to the back pain with my gallbladder, so its nice to have something sweet to eat. 

Me and hubby had a night on our own on Saturday, we were going to go out for a meal, but decided to do a banquet style meal (which usually does us for a couple of meals).  It was our take on Nandos and was lush, homemade houmous, chicken, some little potatoes and homemade pitta bread that hubby popped together - bliss! 

I managed to pick up some new trousers over the weekend, but they needed taking up (trying to keep my legs cool in this weather) so I dragged the machine out, they didn't take too long and the stretch stitch was a blessing.  

I was in work on Monday (unusually) and I've been mighty busy.  Wednesday I had my pre-assessment at the hospital, there are a couple of potential complications (blame the heart history in the family) which might mean open surgery rather than key hole but that's not a definite.  I'm now on a 6 week waiting list for an echo cardiogram and the surgery for my gallbladder will be any time after that up to 18 weeks.  In the meantime I'm going to try and shift some weight because I'm sure that will help on my recovery time and it has been on my 'to do' list for far too long.  The nurse was fabulous and really lovely, so I felt very blessed to be so well looked after which is lovely as our NHS celebrates its 70th birthday this week. 

And that my lovely people was the week that was, I hope yours has been grand, if you fancy joining in, pop a post together pop back and link up so we can come and visit.  I'm having issues with some of my comments not appearing (gremlins in the system), so I will check back to make sure they are appearing (Kate I apologise I promise faithfully that I commented).  

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Rocking Your World Friday - 26th of 2018

Morning all its Friday time for

So first up was last Friday, despite feeling a little rough after my hospital visit, I was eager to show my niece around the local Uni to check out the degree work completed by their students.  

This was our second visit and we got to look at some fabulous work, the fashion work was in the cafeteria, so we got to enjoy the catwalk film, some of the actual pieces and their accompanying book and a cuppa at the same time. 

We headed back into the metalwork studio that we'd already visited with said 17 year old, I still love these! 

The illustration department had yet more epic pieces

And the fine art gallery was stunning

We all enjoyed a look around

Probably one of our favourite pieces was this one

My fabulous niece

All that lovely laughter - completely fills me up when I'm running on empty 

My fantastic Mum, how awesome does she look! 

This was the art installation that the teenagers loved

Including the epic shadows it cast

Friday night was date night for me and hubby, we went off to the local theatre to enjoy The Final Test, thankfully it wasn't too heavy on the old cricket element and was more about relationships

It was done by a local theatre group and they were fabulous, we really enjoyed it and it made a great change when it came to a night out!

Saturday was mighty hot and we didn't get up to much it has to be said, but we did have tickets to see the man engine down at the local heritage centre, it started at 7.30pm with the main event at 10.30 (as it was such a light evening), we headed down there around 9pm and had fun having a wander around, I loved this mechanical device puffing 'smoke'

We headed through to watch the man engine

The sky was clear and the moon bright in the sky

It was a piece of historical theatre, linking local mining heritage with that of Cornwall (which is where the man engine and its crew had come from)

I didn't fancy the walk up the big ladder that the young lad did. 

The light levels dropped enough to let the man engine really 'come to life'

With pulleys and mechanical movement the man engine came to life. 

I love the light on this one, it was just the way my camera caught it!

The bit with the crucible was brilliant

Sunday we were off up to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, not only had a new Underground Gallery exhibition commenced by Penone, but my key pull was the fantastic work of Mr Finch, a self taught textile artist.  I was so giddy to see his work!

He uses a combination of material, vintage materials and found items

All the little detail

The toadstools were fabulous!

The moles were my favourite

All the characters are stood up, despite there being in excess of 75 pieces, all but 3 had sold (despite the fact the exhibition only opened on Wednesday!)

The fox looked beautiful

And the hares with their long ears and toadstool umbrellas

My other favourite was the hedgehogs, all made by Mr Finch's own hand - two years work to bring the exhibition together!

I loved all the found elements and reused items, from cross stich samplers to tapestry!

The exhibition is called the Wish Post and there is a book to accompany it! 

The letters were stunning

We took a couple of atrocious selfies

And the giddy moment of the day, I got to meet Mr Finch in person!  He was so lovely, happy to talk to all the people that had queued, honestly a fantastic moment for me! 

The new exhibition by Penone

Yes before you ask this is a pile of potatoes, although you may notice some with ears and facial parts - they were the cast bits in the pile of the potatoes!

A tree cut in half and hollowed out to the point of one particular ring in its life

Black canvas with graphite - I loved this! 

Stunning work with thorns

Bronze casting

Encased laurel leaves

This piece started as a finger print and was worked from there, it took 12 days to finish the installation, not all done direct by the artist!

Hubby loved this, carved from marble, the 'bark' is a bronze cast around the marble

Said 17 year old enjoyed getting the relevant photos!

There were a few poetry pieces we saw as well

Busy week at work, but Wednesday night saw us at a play at Wentworth Woodhouse, Wentworth Woodhouse has the largest frontage of any building in the UK, but was actually an extension to the original house which is on the west side (the extension faces east), in effect you have two houses linked but back to back.  The play was held on the west side that you don't have access to, normally, so you can imagine how giddy we were to get to see a play in front of it.

We took chairs and coffee and hot chocolate and lots and lots of blankets, because despite the warmth when that sun sinks you really feel it quickly! 

My sis came as I'd bought her a ticket as part of her birthday box and my Mum came as well

This was our first glimpse

The house got better as the lights were put on when the light levels dropped

The theatre company were called Chapterhouse and were brilliant - Midsummer Night's Dream - which was very apt given the current time of year and the glorious weather!

It is a completely mad play but oh so much fun to watch

And that my lovely people is your lot, it has been a busy and fun week which I've really enjoyed, I've got my appointment for my pre-op but no operation day at the moment. 

I hope you've had a fabulous week, if you fancy joining in pop a post together, pop back and link up and I shall come and visit.