Monday, 16 September 2019

Nigel ....... On A Wedding Adventure ......

Nigel is currently in Cheadle for a very swanky wedding, he's been soooooo excited he's almost  been beside himself ............... 
....... having all but lived in his morning suit for the past week. The suit he had specially made from e-bay, you'll remember, for when he went to Buckingham Palace to take tea with the Queen a few years back now.
He is staying at the very sumptuous Oddfellows on the Park, which is costing him almost as much as a Greek Odyssey, but he says, he is wanting for nothing.
He has a freewheeling rollmop freestanding roll top bath in his bedroom, from which he has the most romantic vista over the park ....... and anyone out for an evening stroll, had they looked up, could have possibly caught a very interesting vista of young Nigel dans his de luxe, complimentay bonnet de douche and loofa no doubt!
He also has the most mahoooooosive bed positioned right in the middle of the room so that you can walk all the way around and approach it from all angles ........ 
 ........ and a most comprehensive set of goodie drawers.........
........ containing a Nesspresso machine, which he sadly hasn't used because he says he is frightened of it, bless him.
He's even got a proper Roberts radio, something Darrell has always had a very long felt want for.
Speaking of Darrell, Nigel says he'd be very interested to hear his opinions on the Oddfellows very unusual decor ideas ........
.......especially the full scale horse on one of the landings..........
...... which is almost so life like that Nigel almost felt compelled to check to see if it had left any ....... erm ...... deposits.  What is he like?
Nigel says he is trying to "act normal",  as if he is used to such luxury and that having full scale horse on the landing is normal, after all he has been to Buckingham Palace,  but what he really wants to do is sing at the top of his voice  ....... " ........ if the could see me now!" from one of Hugh's most favourite films Sweet Charity "........ eating fancy chow and drinking fancy wine", he's a darling (Nigel not Hugh) 

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Waitrose Did Not Disappoint

Yesterday afternoon, as planned we all trotted off to the dentist where we were all given a clean bill for the most excellent of dental health with another appointment in six months time.
We then, as Darrell had promised, paid a visit to Waitrose to satisfy my yearning for one (or more) of their summer scotch eggs and gooseberry chutney.  Oh my goodness, it was a world away from Tesco, Aldi and Lldl, our usual shopping grounds, very chilled and relaxed, I could really get used to it.
Even though I can't stand them, you should have seen their selection of olives ...... I have never seen so many varieties.
And the scotch eggs?  Let's just say Waitrose did not disappoint, as not only did they have the pork, pea and mint and the pork, beetroot and cheese that I had dreamt about, but they were also on special offer, 2 for £2, saving me a total of £1.08!!! and the gooseberry chutney I longed for was 50p off too. Darrell had said that if we shopped prudently we could make the trip work to our benefit, he was so right, bless him.
We looked for a few yellow labels and found a few other treats for our tea ..........  it was emotional!  What am I like?
My tea was everything I had dreamt of and more, the scotch eggs were total perfection ...........
...... and the gooseberry chutney ....... was almost too much for me, it was, too wonderful for words.
Darrell said that was it then, our usual Branston Pickle was now a thing of the past at The Towers, from here on in only Waitrose "gussgog" chutney would pass our lips......  and let's be honest, I am certainly not going to argue that decree!  Happy days!

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Soooooooooo Tempted By Waitrose

Now, we are pretty much Aldi, Lldl and Tesco kind of a family ...... but this morning we got a Waitrose pamphlet through the post, I'll be honest, this sort of thing usually goes straight in the bin, but curiosity got the better of me ..........
What can I say? I am extremely partial to a scotch egg and  seemed to be hypnotically drawn to the scotch eggs page,  I admit, I drooled at the sight and thought of all three of their posh varieties; pork, pea and mint, pork, beetroot and cheese, and black pudding and Bramley apple scotch eggs ....... with the suggestion of a gooseberry chutney accompaniment!
It fair rendered me pretty helpless.  When Darrell came into the room, he couldn't help but ask why I appeared to be somewhat catatonic and dribbling ....... so I showed him said feature.  He sighed and then said philosically "Well, we work hard enough for a treat now and again, we deserve a select purchase!"...........
....... and since we all had a check up and scrape and polish at our dentist in the afternoon .....which is  only round the corner from Waitrose, there was no reason why we couldn't just pop in.  There was also a money off voucher at the back of the flyer,  so with a little prudent shopping, we could have a splurge!
Sometimes you just have to love him............

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Look for a Book Evesham

We are soooooooo excited, we've joined "Look for a BOOK Evesham" on Facebook.
Darrell, as he has the best handwriting, wrote the notes, while Nigel and I watched on admiringly, before we put our chosen books in their wallets ........
....... and posted on the Facebook page that we were ready to "rock and roll"
Followed by Darrell and Nigel merrily walking into town to do the hiding .........
....... one outside the Post Office ........
...... and the other on a bench behind the small Saturday market.  

We can't wait to see who finds them, if/when they post their find on Facebook.  We will let you know.  We are also really, really, really hoping that Iris and Bertie find a book when we are out and about with them on the nursery/school run, our eyes will be firmly peeled, they would be so excited In the meantime Darrell has a whole new pile of notes to write ........ we are monkeys on a mission!

Monday, 9 September 2019

Nigel Does Carnival

When Nigel was asked if he'd like to go to the carnival this weekend he didn't need to be asked twice, especially when the invitation also included a picnic lunch!
Let's just say it was a most ample feast leaving him with just enough room afterwards for a very small candy floss!
Although we've been in Evesham now for three years, because of other commitments this was actually the very first time any one of us had attended.
It was in turn a little bitter sweet for Nigel as it bought memories flooding back of all the times we'd sit on the wall outside Castle Greyskull, with our bags of pennies, excitedly waiting for the carnival floats to come past ...... and you'd  always hear the very distinctive sound of the marching band approaching ages before they came into sight.  Halcyon days!
Sadly, the Evesham parade isn't able to come anywhere near The Towers, due to there only being one way into the estate and that's a dead end leading to the river  ........ and what with the on street parking, it would be total mayhem.
However, on the field Nigel was kept very busy by the demands of two small children wanting to hook ducks (ones of a plastic type nature, of course, not a live one from the river), there were Lucky Dips to plunder ........ 
........ as well as some very interesting activities to try out and rides to pester Uncle Nigel to have a go on.
  
It was a wonderful day but it was hot, hot, hot, even Nigel was flagging visibly by the end of the afternoon and he hardly ever flags and needed to avail himself of several glasses of the most excellent  "Doggy Beer" 
....... but happy days nevertheless, shared with little ones ......... and it just don't get any better than that!

Thursday, 5 September 2019

Time to Get Back Home ...... With A Possible Hint Of Another Adventure

Nigel is now safely ensconced back at The Towers, home after a wonderful few days away with the PE and Finance Lady .......
........ but not before stopping off for a pot of tea and a slice or two of choice cake .......
....... in a quaint little cafe, on the canal, that they'd spotted along the way and decided to pull over.
It has to be said that the two ladies do love their cake ............almost, it seems, as much as Nigel.
The ladies said that it had been soooooooo lovely to catch up and spend some quality time with Nigel, it was just like the old days back at the Girls High School, ........ he was such good company, with lots of stories  and hilarious observations to share. With this in mind they wondered if perhaps they should do it all again sometime next year ................... 
.......... somewhere, though Rhyl and Llandudno were really lovely ....... a little more salubrious and romantic .......  Nigel is keeping it all very close to his chest for the moment  ....... not wanting to tempt fate of any sort, so, for now, that is all I am privy to ........

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Nigel Says Thank You

Nigel has had a wonderful, if exhausting trip with the PE and Finance Ladies to Ryhl and Llandudno and as a special  "thank you" he said that he would treat them to their last meal together, money no object 
............ which, when knowing that both said ladies share a very healthy appetite was very brave of the little fella.
A table was duly booked on recommendation, a select choice of cocktails quaffed and let's just say ........ more than one sharing platter  plundered ........
........ along with a whole bevy of main meals and more than one pudding each, after it was decided that it would be a pity to leave anything un-sampled!
It was a wonderful night, the staff had already laid for breakfast and were just hanging around when it was finally came time for Nigel to pick up the bill and for everyone to head back to their hotel ..........
.........  splitting the taxi fair, to the penny, between four.  Happy Days.

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

A Little Stick of Llandudno Rock.

On their last day away Nigel and the The PE and Finance Lady found Llandudno very lovely .......
........ if not a little bracing for the time of year.
They had a walk along the breezy Prom and then headed to the town ........
....... where there were, again, the ladies said a couple of charity shops to be explored.
Nigel said he would meet up with them in the Lilly Bar for half a shandy and a bag of crisps a little later as he thought he'd like to get a couple of  things for Darrell and I, and the babies (Iris and Bertie) before he came home.
He did spot a few very shiny trancklements that he rather liked, but decided that as Darrell is quite particular about what he likes to put on the shelves at The Towers, a gaudy considered purchase might not be the best of ideas .........
....... so instead opted to splurge his cash in the Welsh Rock shop ...........
...... after all, what's not to like about a couple of Welsh cakes, some fudge, a bucket of candy floss and a couple of sticks of proper Welsh rock. Good lad!