Wednesday, 23 July 2014

School's out

Benjamin finished school today at 12.15 -
I was there to pick him up, having finished yesterday.
That's year 8 over and done with
{ony 3 more years at High School to go!}

Of course Megs finished weeks ago after her exams.
Let the holidays begin!

Saturday, 19 July 2014

The Crucible at the Old Vic

We usually only manage a couple of London theatre trips a year -
and so far in 2014 we'd seen the rather good Michael Grandage Company Henry V and the amazing Clarance Darrow at the Old Vic.
But the lure of Richard Armitage and a stellar cast in The Crucible
 drew us back to the Old Vic.
It was spellbinding.
Smoke and burning herbs greated us as we entered the theatre - with the round arangement it was being like on the edge of a witches cauldren
{but of course the witches aren't real}
As the play started, with a groaning, droning soundtrack, and the most wonderful, ritualistic movement setting the first scene the tension built and built.
The whole cast was brilliant - from the veteran actors, to the young Mary and Abigail in their first professional roles, and the outstanding presence of Mr Armitage.
It was the perfect play for Megs -
{fresh from surviving 5 years of cliques at High School}
Another standing ovation -
so very lucky to experience this!

If we go and visit Jonathan...

 ... you can bet that we come away with lots of Katharine cuddles.

We were on one of our theatre day trips to London -
but catching an early train meant that we had nearly 3 hours with Jonathan, Karen and Katharine.
Jon is well into his chemo/radiotherapy treatment now -
1 chemo, and 8 radio sessions down -
but was really well under the circumstances -
which is good to see.
We've not got another London day booked until September,
{and there are engineering works on the West Coast Mainline}
but I'm really hoping to fit in a mid week day visit in a few weeks time.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

I love....

Bill Nighy - so cool.
Carey Mulligan - such wonderful actress - so still - so emotional.
That set!
NT Live - no chance to get to London to see Skylight -
live broadcasts to cinema are a godsend.
Kathie - spending an evening sharing this play with her was pretty wonderful.


Sunday, 13 July 2014

Grandparents and Grandchildren

As they grow, this pair love being with Gma and Gpa more and more

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Twenty Five Years Ago {Our Origin Story}

 On the 12th July 1989 Al and I went to see Dirty Rotten Scoundrels -
at the end of the evening he asked me out.
Of course this was just meant to be a summer romance,
as I was off to University in the Autumn,
but after three years of daily letters we were still together.
Over the last twenty five years we have seen an awful lot of films.
The AMC Warrington is now an Odeon,
and of course Widnes has it's own cinema once again.
We love the IMAX screens in Manchester and Liverpool,
and every holiday at the caravan involves a trip to the Cineworld at Llandudno Junction.
We used to see films as a couple,
then Megs came along and bounced through her first movie at 18 months of age
{it was the Tigger Movie!}
When Ben arrived, Megs was a confirmed film addict -
so his first film was Ice Age when he was just a few months old
{he slept though it!}
So - to celebrate 25 years together -
a cinema trip
{with Ben.}
Transformers: Age of Extinction was his choice -
He sat in the D-Box and thought it was awesome.
We sat in the stationary seats and thought it was pretty dreadful.
But a film is a film.
And a trip to the cinema is always good.
Here's to twenty five more years,
and lot more films!


Friday, 11 July 2014


The day after prom
Another "Best Day Ever"
Meeting one of her very favourite authors at Waterstones in Liverpool
Megs and Jamie with Rainbow Rowell