Sunday, 17 May 2015

Oxford Earth Science Dinner

When old geology classmates Anna and Hugh suggested a meet up of the 1989 Earth Science group  to "celebrate" 25 years since our first field trip I made an excuse.
It would be in the middle of Megs AS levels - and the Sunday was the FMC Anniversary.
No - I wouldn't be attending.

Then Lee announced on Facebook that she had booked her flights from Australia - 
and my excuses were rather pathetic.

So it came to pass that we left Megs at home revising 
{and sleeping over night at Gma's}
while Al, Ben and myself went to Oxford.

When I was organizing the weekend I contacted my lovely old friend Clare -
hoping that we would be able to meet up after far too long.
When Clare texted me a couple of days before the weekend I was delighted -
and so we spent a Saturday afternoon in the University Parks - 
walking in the sun
watching the punting
{and the quidditch!}
eating ice creams
 and of course chatting with friends.

We've made plans to meet up again this summer - 
I'm never leaving it this long again.

And then there was the dinner - 
a typically Oxford affair at St Cross College.

 The last time I saw most of these people was in July 1992 when we sat finals -
or perhaps on the afternoon when we got our results -

{I remember walking down the High to the exam schools with Al and Cath to look at the boards - and then sitting outside the Kings Arms - and being told off for being too loud by students who were still studying across the road in the Bodleian} 

so it was an interesting and slightly odd evening
with lots of catching up and reminiscing.

There are photographs -
but I missed the pre-dinner drinks {parking issues on St GIles}
I left at midnight {the group shots were done quite some time after that}
and the best shot of me during dinner is of the back of my head!

BUT - there is a picture of me and Bob Spicer - 
and anyone who has heard my 
"there was no grass in the Jurassic - so why is there grass in this dinosaur movie" rant
knows that his palaeobotany lectures must have made an impact with me!

And finally - the 1992 Finalists -

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Happy Birthday Jude! {King Lear at the Lowry}

Originally this was a theatre trip for me, Al and Megs -
but she dumped us in favour of a book signing with Carrie Hope Fletcher
at Manchester Central Library

so we turned the day into a birthday trip for Judianne.

The Northern Broadsides production of King Lear was paired back and beautifully clear -
I've never understood the relationships so well.
Barrie Rutter as Lear - just so very human.
Loved it {though not the cripplingly uncomfortable high seats in the Quays gallery}

Afterwards we ate at Bella Italia -
then walked over to the Blue Peter garden at Media City for a spot of nostalgia.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Early May Bank Holiday - 2015

Sunday and Monday at the caravan

Saturday, 2 May 2015

A Masquerade Ball (with added Strictly)

Jude invited us to the Rotary Masquerade Ball -
{ and while my 14 year old self was aghast at the thought-
we couldn't pass up seeing our favourite Strictly Come Dancing Pro Kevin Clifton }
It was a beautiful evening at the stadium - with lots of friends from church also in attendance


After a somewhat dramatic fainting incident by Megan
{it's been years since she did that - lesson about drinking enough water}
we sat in the reception area when Kevin and his lovely sister Joanne
 emerged from the green room.

They spoke kindly to Megs - who had recovered enough to watch them dance.

Of course - Kevin and Joanne don't usually dance together -
but Kevin's partner and fiance Karen was stuck out of the country with a visa issue.
Karen is an amazing dancer - and it was a shame we couldn't see her -
but we fell in love with Joanne last year on SCD -
and she was just  lovely in person.

And Kevin? Just as adorably geeky in real lie as on TV.

The dancing was definitely

Blogger doesn't want to accept my HTML for embedding the little bits of video I took -

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Saturday in Liverpool

Main Aim: See The Avengers: Age of Ultron at the Liverpool One Imax
Secondary Aims: Burgers at GBK
  Coffee  and book buying at Waterstones
All accomplished
{plus bowling, pool and haircuts for the boys}
Saturday complete


Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Bellowhead at the Parr Hall

Bellowhead -
utterly bonkers - amazing music - fantastic atmosphere -
 singing, dancing and lots and lots of bouncing!
Standing gigs are always so much more fun than seated ones -
and there was a great mix of older and new songs-
including new favourite "Let Union Be"
  We may be tired - overworked and stressed -
but a good bounce to New York Girls can solve a whole host of problems
{or at least it can squash them for a while!}

Other great nights with Bellowhead

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Death of a Salesman

A day trip to Stratford for our third Miller within 12 months
{we saw The Crucible at the Old Vic last July
and recently we saw  the Young Vic's View from a Bridge via NT Live}
The weather was beautiful for the drive down -
 after a quick trip into Waterstones and a chippy lunch
we took some photos in the sun at Bancroft Gardens.

We were trying out a new plan -
don't leave Ben at home -
instead take him with us and let him sit in the cafe -
logged into the wifi with plenty of food -
while we watch the play.
It worked brilliantly!
He even decided that he would like to walk the couple of hundred yards
to the McDonalds to buy himself a McFlurry!
So - Ben was happy -
and we were blown away by yet another amazing Miller production -
Anthony Sher and Harriett Walter - perfection.