Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Hard Shoes To Fill

Yesterday Nigel "found" a pair of the most ginormous shoes he had ever seen, he says the pictures really don't do their size any justice at all, they were absolutely mahooooooooosive!
Young Nigel quickly suspected that this was not your typical Cinderella type scenario, largely because there was a pair of them and not just one. 
His second  impression was that said shoes, despite their size, appeared to be those best suited/styled to that of a female type lady ..... 

....... which lead him to further ponder, but not wishing to appear rude, just how big said lady who had discarded, lost, left them, actually was!  A fabled Evesham Giantess perhaps?
It was all very much a mystery, and one we will probably never know the answers to as the shoes had disappeared by the time Nigel passed by on his return journey, but their size was truly the stuff of legend according to the little fella.  What is he like?

Monday, 18 November 2019

Our Confectionary Of Choice For This Week ......

Although we very much appreciate the Malteser and would never ever dream of giving them up as our confectionery staple and must have, sometimes it's nice to have a bit of a change, which is why, this week we are experimenting with a mix of Lldl apple and peach rings.
It was Darrell's idea after he spotted their amply filled bags in said Lldl ...... and well, it would have been rude not to have bought one of each home for us all to try ........
Let's just say, they did disappoint ..........
...... and as Nigel pointed out so succinctly ....... as they could ".... on a technicality" be regarded as fruit ..........
.......they could legitimatley be included as part of our rigorous and robust five/six/seven/eight a day regime. What is he like?

Saturday, 16 November 2019

Latest Developments On The River Avon .....

Darrell, Nigel and I woke up, almost in unison, very early yesterday morning, all with a spooky sixth sort of feeling in our water.........
........ and went straight to the windows to raise the blinds at the back of  The Towers........
We were greeted by quite a sight.
The river having risen quite considerably since last night, the bank on the opposite side has completely  disappeared, with the water flowing unbelievably fast past The Towers, carrying all manner of debris with it.
Any thought of taking showers, brushing teeth and having breakfast disappeared, as we quickly dressed in favour of seeing what exactly was going on outside.
Just seeing that the river had reached the centre point of the steps that lead down to the river was a good enough gauge as to how far it had risen.
And somehow, during the night all the barges that usually face us had been moved to safe harbour within the marina.
Venturing a little further along we could see that the caravans on the site opposite appeared to be on the cusp .........
....... however, we have heard they are fitted with some sort of rising mechanism, so they should be OK
As for the park ............
........where we went in search of moles on our Halloween Midnight Walk ........
 ...... well, that's now become a lake .........
....... with Nigel beside himself worry about said moles ...... hopefully they have made it to higher climes.
Our managing company are preparing for the worst and sandbags are on their way, although from what we have seen the river has not risen further since we got up.  After breakfast we all assumed our chosen position in front of the windows to monitor the situation. It's all a little bit mesmerizing I have to admit and almost impossible to draw yourself away.
We have had several visits from network rail who are also closely monitoring a mark at the bottom of the bridge ....... with mention of them sending divers in (?????), heaven forbid.
There has also been activity on the bridge which is currently closed, with no trains going to either London or Worcester.
We will continue to keep you informed, we really don't need any more rain, and should the aforementioned sandbags need to be employed, we will be abandoning ship and seeking sanctuary with The Lovely Laura and Tom the Scientist with all our most treasured possessions.

Friday, 15 November 2019

It's TOO EARLY Nigel!

Though it is our very most favourite time of the year..........
....... trying to keep Nigel as grounded as possible as it looms so tantalizingly close is nigh on impossible.
Believe me he misses absolutely nothing, especially when he is on the nursery/school run, and this isn't helped one iota by those who choose to put their Christmas trees up in the middle of November!
No matter how much he pleads and pesters, I have found myself constantly reminding him of our time honoured family pre-yuletide saying ........ "NO tree shall be on view....... 'till November is through"!
........ and that's the end of it!

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Nigel Finds ...... Three Emoji Cushions

Yesterday, while on his travels Nigel happened upon three delightful emoji cushions that he was very taken by ...... outside the charity shop at the end of our road. 
It was such a shame to leave them ...... but knowing how fastidious Darrell is with the interior decor of The Towers, he knew that no matter how much he pleaded for their "salvation" Darrell could never be persuaded to even attempt to incorporate them into the design any of our rooms ........
....... which in Nigel's disappointed and humble opinion was a very grave, missed opportunity to "out trend",  the doyen of all that is the ultimate of de rigeuer, Darrell's best friend and mentor Hugh! Hmmm, I think I could be with Darrell on that one too!

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Darrell Finds Another Much Yearned For Treasure.

Darrell's weekly forays into the many charity shops of Evesham do serve a purpose, because somewhere on his phone he has a very precise list of the various hard to find, en-trend, retro items he would like to proliferate The Towers ..........
...... so when he came home yesterday looking like a dog who'd got two dodahs bones I knew he had found something special .......
....... to wit a vintage "Queen Anne" style, silver plated napkin holder, his little face was a picture. We all felt compelled to join him at the table to admire it's majesty.!   He'd only paid for it 50p and when we looked, out of curiosity, on e-bay we found that they were going (all be it in their original boxes) for between £4.99 and £9.99, which made his/ours a steal!
After a respectable period of group admiration Darrell decided that his precious find could do with a good polish, however, I did warn him against buffing too much as I knew he would be absolutely devastated if any of the silver plate rubbed off too.  Dinner parties at The Towers will never be the same again, especially now as we also have an After Eight Mint holder to grace our table. I know there are still a few more choice items on his list,  but to be honest, I don't really want to know what they are, as it makes his return from his trips all the more.....  erm .......exciting!  Happy Days!

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

A Very Careful Water Watch At The Towers ......

Thank you for all your robust concern due to our close proximity to the river especially after all the rain the country has been experiencing over the past week or so, to quote Blondie "The tide is high"
As soon as we pulled up the blinds this morning  Nigel remarked that the river looked a little closer than it did last night. It was also very murky and was flowing at a rate of knots ..........

........ so after checking for any flood alerts for our postcode, followed by a hearty breakfast he and Darrell decided they had better go down and check just how far it had actually risen.
The water was covering the first step of the bottom flight, with said steps acting as a sort of barrier because on either side of them the water had reached the bottom of the bank and passed the fence.
Needless to say, all fishing platforms have disappeared and the footpath looked a tad treacherous, so I don't suppose we will getting our usual quota of joggers or ramblers for the next a day or two.
We will be naturally monitoring the situation very, very carefully. 
We do have a couple of sand bags but they have been kept outside, to the side of The Towers probably since it was built and have now unfortunately sprouted various flora and fauna, so are no longer usable.
Darrell, to be on the safe side, is currently researching how we can get some more........
....... however, if the river does get that high goodness knows what would be happening to the rest of Evesham, it just doesn't bear thinking about!

Monday, 11 November 2019

Almost Too Much For Nigel's Brain To Handle

There is a house on the nursery/school run that has had young Nigel in a state of turmoil.
Said house is currently undergoing quite a bit of work to the exterior of the building  ........
........ but he is not at all sure about what to make of the "new" front door ..... as it is of a most unusual  design, featuring, what appears, for all intents and purposes, to be view of an inside interior, including a grand piano (????) and what he originally thought was a grey shadow is actually part of the scene??  He doesn't think he likes it ..... but before he casts judgement he says he needs Darrell to go up and give his expert opinion. Perhaps, it's just a temporary feature until a new proper front door has been fashioned? 
The work van parked outside the house has also presented Nigel with another quandary as it says that they are manifestation installers! Now, as you know, we have been the most ardent fans of Mr Derek Acorah for many years  and as such we all immediately tend to associate the word "manifestation" with all things of a spooky, out of this world type nature.  Is this company some sort of reverse ghostbusters, providing and installing said abode with all manner of ghosts and entities to order????  Is this another new weird trend ....... if your house isn't haunted bring some spirits in to mysteriously bump and stuff in the night???

Poor Nigel, sometimes having such an enquiring mind just ends in giving him a mahooooosive headache trying to fathom it all!

Friday, 8 November 2019

Waste Not ...... Want Not?

Yesterday Nigel found himself doing a mahooooosive double take outside the large Polish Supermarket just up the road .......
...... at first he thought he was seeing things ........
..... but on looking again, there actually were real life tomatoes........
....... and lettuce ........
...... and all manner of, what he was pretty sure were romantic smelling herbs growing in the raised beds......
....... Nigel couldn't put a name to most of them, however their pungency seemed awfully familiar, which made him pretty sure that Darrell, being the chef of the house, would undoubtedly be able to recognise them..... 
.... so Nigel thought it might be a good idea to get Darrell up there for his considered opinion.
From memory the beds were/are planted by a local group, Nigel had noticed them before, but this was the first time they had ever looked soooooo abundant and healthy, in the past, to be honest, the old fag ends had greatly outnumbered any growing plants.
Now, whether people passing by and noticing this veritable cornucopia of edible greenery could avail themselves of such treasure is quite a quandary for someone as honest as Nigel and there was no one really to ask.
He recognised the mint by its aroma and the thought of  a proper mint sauce with one of Darrell's wonderful Sunday lunches was a very tempting prospect ...... perhaps a just little surreptitious trimming of one or two said herbs wouldn't be looked upon as too serious a nefarious act...... if he dared?