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
 FAB U LOUS!





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.