Saturday, 25 November 2017

A Van After Our Own Heart …..

Nigel is more of a shop window sort of guy, rather than the back of a van ………..
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…….. but this van did catch his eye ……
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…… so much so that he jogged after it to get a better look …….
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….. a delivery service, that taking in our rigorous 5 a day (plus) regime just about summed us up!

Friday, 24 November 2017

Darrell’s Weird Imagination .......

While out and about in Worcester this shop caught Darrell’s eye ……  its name in particular …..
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…… thinking it was a name evocative of a dark and sinister Sunday night period drama, (after Antiques Roadshow), introduced with great gravitas ……. “The House of ….. Dogs” ……..  but not actually having a dog(s) anywhere in the plot!  What is he like?

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Darrell Does Worcester A Bit More

There are a couple of very lovely vintage clothing and accessory shops in Worcester, that Darrell likes to peruse when he’s that way…….
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…… And it has to be said that Darrell, with his unique sense of style and self, has always hankered for the retro “vintage” look …….. a look the believes he could carry off with just as much aplomb as Hugh, his best friend and mentor can carry off a feather boa!
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…….. but unfortunately the distinguished and dapper look that Darrell craves so much doesn’t really come in Darrell size, except for the odd scarf and handkerchief….. but, if he could, Darrell says he would choose to dress like this on an almost daily basis, even on the Nursery run …… what is he like?

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Darrell Does An Historic Hostelry

Darrell very much appreciates a bit of history, especially when it also involves a little light refreshment, so it was a no brainer when he nipped into Worcester the other day  for a spot of early Christmas mooching, to avail himself of the hospitality of The King Charles House.
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He thinks it may have possibly been the oldest hostelry he has ever been in …..
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…….. dating back to 1577, which is really, really, really, really old ….. and where Charles II stayed before escaping his enemies after the Battle of Worcester.
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Darrell said that it was absolutely steeped in ancient carved panels and beams that our beloved friend Dianne in hot and torrid Florida would have loved ……..
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……. in fact Darrell said that he just couldn’t help himself stroking the said ancient carved panels in awe and wonder of their oldness and the stories and secrets they could tell ……..
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Darrell said that he didn’t stroke the stair carpet, as he didn’t think it would have been there in Charles II’s time,  he would not have trod upon it to retire to the Royal bedchamber as the stairs, more likely than not, would have been covered in sawdust in those days.
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Darrell also thought it was unlikely that Charles II had sat on the leather settee either ……….. however, in turn, he was certain that if Derek Acorah had been with him (Darrell, not Charles II) Derek would have undoubtedly channelled into something spooky and hysterical historical in this sort of atmosphere.
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But one thing that Darrell never expected to find in such august surroundings was a copy of The Complete Eurovision Song Contest Companion, it was a little out of date yes, but to the best of his knowledge our beloved Eurovision Contest wasn’t around in the 1600’s because there were too many other battles being fought, so Charles II would definitely not have picked it up for a little light reading between his own campaigns.
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All this thinking about history had exhausted poor Darrell, however, he was soon restored to his more normal buoyant self by a mug of coffee served on a heart shaped platter …….. which, he mused, would have probably made of pewter in the much mentioned Charles II’s day.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Nigel Misses Out ….. But Finds Another Reason To Muse ……

Following on from yesterday ….. Nigel got up early this morning with the purchase of an antique Christmas tree firmly fixed in his mind, my arguments against, remained ignored……….
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…….. but on arrival at the shop, money in hand,  Nigel found that there had been obviously someone of the same mind and as such had beaten him to it …… all dreams of an appearance on the Antiques Roadshow disappeared. Only one of the four trees he had spotted yesterday remained.
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In their place, another tree, which Darrell would have almost certainly described as “somewhat aesthetically challenged”, but perhaps I’m putting words in Darrell’s mouth!
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However, it was what was in the window, next to said Christmas Tree that really caught Nigel’s eye ……. two black bin bags pulled over the two mannequins that are usually dressed in a different outfit most days.
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Can I also hasten to add that the “eyes” on the bags are not of a spooky Derek Acorah type nature. They gave Nigel a bit of a start when he first saw them in the pictures, as he hadn’t noticed them at the time, but thanks to Darrell’s forensic analysis of the photos, we shan’t be sending the aforementioned Derek to investigate the shop for unexplained entities because according to Darrell they are undoubtedly the reflection of street lights. But what is under the bags, well, that’s the question ……… I am sure that all will be revealed in the fullness of time ……. any suggestions please on a postcard addressed to The Towers, Evesham ……..

Monday, 20 November 2017

Nigel Spots A Modern Antique!

It hasn’t gone unnoticed by Nigel that almost all the charity shops of Evesham have received a whole plethora of unwanted, donated Christmas trees, especially the one on the corner on the road to The Towers, which has no less than four boxed trees in the window.
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As an avid watcher of the Antiques Roadshow on a Sunday night, Nigel thought that the tree, still in its original box (which is always an important factor when an item is  being valued) would probably precede the sad demise of Woolworths by several years and would therefore be almost an antique and logically …….. valuable!
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He came home in a quandary as to whether to make a considered purchase of the tree  and then find out when said Antiques Roadshow. preferably the “Christmas Special” was recording, as no doubt the tree would have a great nostalgic interest as a “modern antique” and be featured.
IMG_5669  …… And, if it was as valuable as Nigel anticipated, he had already worked out what he would say as the valuation sank in ………. which certainly wasn’t going to be that it wasn’t going to be sold. but was going to stay in the family ……. to be enjoyed for many years to come …… oh no, Nigel was going to ask for the phone number of Bonhams or Sothebys ……… what is he like?

Sunday, 19 November 2017

A Retro Delicacy To Look Forward To ……..

Darrell spotted something in a poundshop the other day that he thinks was quite a delicacy in the olden days, but which has fallen out of favour in recent times …….. a bit like Findus Crispy Pancakes or a Vesta Chow Mein!
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I can confirm that there is now a Fray Bentos minced beef tinned pie gracing our kitchen cupboard, with Darrell proclaiming that we are in for a right royal treat as he is planning a special retro meal to help brighten up our cold November nights. I am now fearing what the accompanying pudding might be, as I can remember the tapioca pudding of my youth, otherwise known as gubby lumps or frog spawn …… I am girding my loins …… and digestive system in …. erm …… culinary anticipation!!!  

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Autumn Pumpkins Akimbo

Iris was desperate for her beloved Uncle Nigel to go with her to her Nursery Autumn Festival ………
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……. let’s just say ……. he found it both magical and emotional!
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Everyone had been invited to send in a decorated pumpkin which were then all lit up and put in the courtyard and along the paths in The Meadow where the children play and learn about nature.
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Our effort was a very simple affair, however having seen how high the bar had been set by others, next year, when Bertie will have also started nursery, Nigel said he was determined to try to give a better account of our carving skills!!!
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Iris and Nigel walked hand in hand as they made sure they looked at every single pumpkin that had been laid out, as well as spotting all the creatures that had been hidden in the trees.
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There were also lots of stalls to test your guessing skills, like guessing the weight of the mahooooooosively gigantic pumpkin, which Tom the Scientist tried to calculate using a scientific formula involving area, incapacity, volume, velocity and a Venn diagram!
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It all sounded rather complicated to Nigel so when it came to the conkers in the cauldron and pine cones in the barrel, he just put the first number that came into his head and pretended not to hear Tom the Scientist tut at his randomness.
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There were also popcorn, hot dogs, pumpkin soup, face painting and biscuits to decorate. Sadly Bertie’s biscuit didn’t get as much as a sniff of icing or sprinkles as he was more intent on just eating it, unadorned, but Iris spent a long time carefully decorating hers as Nigel stood on, proudly watching.
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Nigel also purchased a strip or two of raffle tickets as there were some VERY ample hampers of fruit and vegetables to be won, sadly on this occasion Lady Luck wasn’t looking down on him, but she did shine on Tom and the Lovely Laura …….
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It was a lovely, lovely evening, ending with fish and chips when everyone got home …….. but it did however leave Nigel with one pressing question ………
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……. what was the name of this strange vegetable Nigel spotted decorating one of the window ledges …….. we’ve certainly never partaken of it even on of our rigorous 5 a day regime ……..
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…… and it could make an interesting addition ……….. should we be able to obtain one or two!  Mr D any educated suggestions from Mexico?????

Friday, 17 November 2017

Darrell’s Final Brush With Celebrity

On his way home from London via Paddington Station Darrell couldn’t help notice this “homage” to Paddington Bear ……..
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……. and well, it would have been rude and not a little remiss not to take advantage of such a celebrity photo opportunity! 

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Darrell ……. Out And About On The South Bank

Darrell didn’t really have that long in London, but still managed to have a bit of a look round the South Bank, somewhere he hadn’t really delved much before ……
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…… everything he saw seemed to have an artistic bent ….
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……. even what he thought were telephone wiring boxes (?)
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And there were statues to find out more about once he’d got home, this one round the corner from The Tate Modern ………
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Darrell very much appreciated the fact that people who live in posh flats in London have mahoooooooosive windows and no net curtains …… so he could have a good look at  admire their décor, his only regret was that he hadn’t got his binoculars on him, but noted this for his next visit.  What is he like?
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There were plenty of flats for sale, Darrell reckoned that they were probably even more bijoux than the Towers, but cost goodness knows how many more millions ….. but in common, they both share spectacular views of rivers, The Thames and for us The Avon!
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Talking of the Thames……. Darrell did notice that it had a bit of a beach and the tide was out, ……..
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…… it did cross his mind to go down and see if he could find himself a holey stone …….
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……. but time was against him and as a stranger to The Thames he wasn’t sure if it was prone to quicksand, and thought he’d best ask Hugh (who is currently having his eyelashes tinted in Marbella) before he ventured near.
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And a final observation ……. on The South Bank they appear to bag up their leaves for collection, in Evesham we have a man with a blower, who just seems to have fun blowing said leaves every which way!!!