Monday, 16 January 2017

COUCH POTATO !!! ..........

I'm becoming a couch potato ... scratch that ... I AM a couch potato !!!
BUT, if you can't be one in the depths of winter, when can you be one ?!!

Watched the last in the series of Sherlock last night ... absolutely LOVE it even though I don't understand all of it !!! It needs to be watched a few times for it all to sink in but, I amazed myself by understanding it last night ... but, I don't care if I don't get it all ... I just adore it , from the casting to the filming ... I am entranced !! Please, please, please let there be another series next year.

I followed that with The Dressmaker ... Kate Winslet, Judy Davis and Liam Hemsworth ... revenge, love, forgiveness, murder and everything in between, set in Australia ... really enjoyed it ...

When The Dressmaker finished around 2.30 a.m, I turned over to Eurosport to watch The Australian Open live from Melbourne ... had to wait until 4.30 a.m for Andy Murray to start his campaign but there were other matches to see ... went to bed around 6.00 a.m and got up around 10.00 a.m !!! 

There is some good tele on at the moment ... my joint favourite with Sherlock is Taboo ... directed by Ridley Scott, it's written and produced by and stars Tom Hardy who plays James Delaney, who returns to England from Africa with fourteen stolen diamonds. Set in the early 1800's, he returns to avenge the death of his father. It is encircled by conspiracy, murder and betrayal and his struggle with The East India Company. Period setting ? ... check ... lots of frock coats ? ... check ... atmospheric London ? ... check !!! ... all set in houses just like Dennis Sever's ... check !!!
 If you are missing Sherlock, Mark Gatiss who plays Sherlock's brother Mycroft, plays the Prince Regent in Taboo along with Edward Fox, Tom Hollander, Johnathan Pryce and many other faces you will recognise.

Another good one is The Halcyon ... The Halcyon tells the story of a bustling and glamorous five star hotel at the centre of London society and a world at war. The drama, set in 1940, shows London life through the prism of war and the impact it has on families, politics, relationships and work across every social strata, all set to a soundtrack of the music of the era.

OK, so it has all been done before but the format is tried and tested and works. It is rather similar to Stephen Poliakoff's ' Dancing on the Edge ' but, that's ok ... we really are rather good at drama !!!

For the next fortnight you can think of me watching tennis through the night, drinking lots of coffee to stay awake !!


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Tuesday, 10 January 2017


The annual Christmas installation at Dennis Severs house throws Christmassy aromas, period festive decorations and olde world sound effects into the mix.

This candlelit house has a no speaking rule so your fellow snooper's modern voices don't interrupt your journey into the past { although, a few of our companions failed to comply with the silent treatment !!! }

Its creator was Dennis Severs, an artist who used his visitors’ imaginations as his canvas and who lived in the house in much the same way as its original occupants might have done in the early 18th Century. This he did for his own personal enjoyment as well as for the harvest of an atmosphere, which he then employed to provide the visitor with an extraordinary experience. To enter its door is to pass through a frame into a painting, one with a time and life of its own.
The game is that you interrupt a family of Huguenot silk weavers named Jervis who, though they can still sometimes be heard, seem always to be just out of sight. As you journey off into a silent search through the ten rooms, each lit by fire and candlelight, you receive a number of stimulations to your senses.
It is the smell of food that first aligns your imagination with the faces around you in portraits. Then… Mr. Jervis’ wig, is it not the very same one that hangs over the back of his chair? His meal is only half eaten; did he abandon it when he heard us arrive?

The house's motto is " you either see it or you don't " ...

On the top floor, all is stripped of the lower floors prettiness and the air has suddenly turned cold. Here the lodgers dwell  and life takes on a more sordid picture ..... 

Although there is little money, efforts have been made to cheer the room up for Christmas with a few paper chains ...

and, in the upper bedroom, a recording of Scrooge is playing !!


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Saturday, 31 December 2016

HAPPY 2017 .....

Wishing all of my blogging friend's, wherever you are in the world, a very happy New Year and everything that you wish yourselves for 2017 ..... thank you all so much for your comments and friendship and here's to more fun in the new year.

My sister and brother-in-law are coming and I'm pushing the boat out ... lobster starter, beef fillet with asparagus wrapped in pancetta with a beef jus and to finish, Nigella's Turkish Delight Syllabub .... and a drop of Champers and wine, wine, wine !!!



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Friday, 23 December 2016


{ a photograph of me outside Dennis Severs house on Tuesday in another coat !! ... I'll tell you all about it after Christmas }

Wishing all of my blogging friends the merriest of Christmases.
Thank you all for your continued blogging friendship, the laughs and for the lovely comments that you leave me... it is very much appreciated.

Here's to more of the same in the coming year.

This is how excited we are !!!



Monday, 12 December 2016


It only seems five minutes ago that I was putting the Christmas decorations away and now, here we are again and it's that dreaded time of buying the tree !!! Around mid-December, a deadly hush descends on the 'Home' household.

... a bit of background :  

Many Italians arrived in Hertfordshire in the late 1950's and it was small market towns like the one I live in where they chose to settle. 
From small acorns grow big trees and when a local farmer sold off some of his land, a few Sicilian families bought it and started their own market gardens. Along with fruit and vegetables came plant and flower nurseries and joining the Italians came many Dutch families, and so the area became rich in garden centres.

Usually, I have every tree out for inspection, hum and haw over this one and that one, change my mind back and forth before choosing 'the' tree but, in the last few years it seems to have got easier ... don't ask me why !!

... a look at the carousel ...

... and a mulled wine or hot chocolate watching the skaters and the tree is bought for another year .....

..... and, I'm happy to report that not a tear was shed nor cross word uttered between us !!!

Putting it in the stand was another matter altogether and nearly resulted in divorce proceedings !!!


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Thursday, 17 November 2016

LONDON, OH LONDON ..........

I LOVE London ....... I've lived on the outskirts all of my life ... we now live in the Hertfordshire countryside, but we are still only twenty minutes from the City of London.

Apart from all of the iconic London landmarks, there is a multitude of wonderful spots to visit and, I have seen a lot of it in my 65 years but I have only touched the surface and will never see everything it has to offer. Here are a few places that you might like to visit if you find yourself in Londinium !!

Sir Christopher Wren's Temple Bar is the only surviving gateway to the City of London and stood at the junction where The Strand meets Fleet Street for 200 years. But, because the road needed widening, it had to be removed.
On January 2nd 1878 it was dismantled. 
Ten years later, it caught the eye of Lady Meux, a banjo playing barmaid who had married into a very wealthy family of London brewers. Forever trying to convince Victorian high society of her respectability, she decided to rebuild the impressive Temple Bar to grace her Hertfordshire Estate at Theobalds Park. My Dad remembered it well as it was only a cycle ride away and he remembered climbing up and looking inside the upper chamber and seeing a dining table, candlesticks and paintings. Lady Meux regularly entertained the likes of Edward v11, the Prince of Wales and Winston Churchill 
Temple Bar then started to fall into disrepair ..... I also remember it well as my husband and I used to park up there for a bit of ' how's your Father !! '  

Temple Bar has now been restored and rebuilt at Paternoster Square and is back in it's rightful place.

One of my favourite places to visit is Dennis Severs House ..... The house is both a breathtaking and an intimate portrait of the lives of a family of Huguenot silk-weavers from 1724 to the dawn of the 20th century. We are going again in December when they dress the house for Christmas.

Wilton's Music Hall is one of very few surviving music halls and retains many original features. 

Sir John Soane's museum, housing his unusual collection, preserved exactly as it would have been at the time of his death in 1837

Neal's Yard in Covent Garden.

St Dunstan-in-the-East ... originally built in 1100, severely damaged in the Great Fire of London in 1666, damaged again in the Blitz in 1941 after which it was decided not to rebuild. In 1970 it was opened as a public garden ... a beautiful secluded gem.

Dinner at Les Trois Garcon's ..... an unusual dining experience !!

Strolling along the Thames at dusk, you might just catch the end of Sand Art on the Thames. 

You can even have a Cockney experience when taking money out of the hole in the wall !!

Just a few more experiences of London ... it is never-ending.


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