It is a true thing Dear Reader, that no one can have too much Jools in their lives. His band is sublime, the guest singers eclectic and there is of course the big bald bass player…. And so it was that we 10 found ourselves once again at Ryde ice rink for another evening’s splendid entertainment courtesy of Mr Holland. We are incredibly lucky as one of our party used to be a bit up close and a tad personal with the bass player and so we go as guests. Which makes the night even better!
Friday guest number one was Marc Almond who, if you’re ancient like me, will remember from the eighties. He looked exactly the same as he did in the eighties which was slightly disconcerting but did no disappoint and belted out Tainted Love and Say Hello Wave Goodbye for those of us who still remember all the words with no effort at all. It was funny because he looked like a kid who’d been told that he could go onstage for Christmas and was determined to get the most out of he. He looked thrilled skinny to be up there which was lovely.
Next up was Mel C who I could take or leave. Very affected. Lots of hair swooshing and Tales of the Unexpected arms (old people like me will remember this) and whilst she gave a performance, it was not my favourite of the night.
Performance of the night goes, as it always does to Ruby Turner who knocked spots off the rest of them and actually had TG wiping a tear from his eye, so moved was he by her vocals. An amazing lady and I told her so after the show. A marvellous evening but I may have regretted the 1.30am bedtime on Saturday…..
Fast forward a couple of days and me and the small peeps went to visit friend Tina’s new-born flockette. They are beyond cute. I had the slight technical hitch of an 18 month old who refused to be put down and so the photos are not quite what they should be but you get the gist I’m sure!
Love their jumpers!
This one (Coco I’m told) was born a few days earlier and so was therefore more up for a photo opportunity than the littlies. Her mother was also a little less wary of visitors….
Below is one of my favourite photos ever of the small people. Stand by the sheep I said. Look at the camera I said. Smile for Nanny I said. And this is the result. Epic fail!
It was a full on weekend finished off nicely with a lovely roast (can’t tell you what it was as I might offend the above sheep) with friends. Marvellous.
This week has been all about rushing around, being briefed, learning new things and finishing this month’s book club book. Thankfully the book wasn’t too long so I’ve managed to get to the end in the nick of time. Book club is at the Priory Bay Hotel tomorrow which should be fantastic! I have also been learning some lines (after a fashion) for a show in June in which I play a Scottish medium…..need to do lots more of the line learning stuff……project for the bank holiday
So that’s that then. Bank holiday approaches. Lines to be learned and a million things to do in the garden. Enjoy yours Dear Reader whatever it is you might be getting up to!