I hope that wherever you are it's thawing out a little, and that the snowfall we had didn't cause too much distress!
Not that we can really grumble considering the appalling weather conditions that the Northeastern States of America had to cope with…
My nephew lives in New York and was luckily unhurt but unable to work for a couple of days because of the flooding in the subways there.
Aside from snowfall and rainfall, what about Skyfall?!! Have you seen the new Bond movie yet? What did you think? Personally, I loved it! I do think Daniel Craig is completely convincing, and it was good to see more of M in this one!
The new Q was well cast too, and Colin and I recognised him from a brilliant BBC Drama – the third series of which begins again this week! Adele's rendition of the theme song (which incidentally she wrote as well) is particularly catchy and reminds me of Shirley Bassey and Diamonds are Forever, and the special effects in this film are exceptional!
Oh, just one tiny flaw – M has a scene where she is discussing her future, and carefully places her handbag by the side of her chair and her coat over the back before sitting down. When leaving, she only takes her coat!! Clearly my continiuity skills are wasted!
Infact, looking back over the last week or more, we've done a fair bit of partying and socialising with our family and friends. The weekend before last was Colin's daughter Vicky's birthday, so we went out for supper and then on to his son, Dan's Halloween party.
We all had to dress up, and Sam joined us for the evening, so we had a great time, although felt a little dusty the next day!!
I lost my beautiful headband with the cobweb on it, but have kept the black wig for another day I did though, find this lovely photo of the children when they were tiny – we always used to have our own little party with pumpkins – good times
On Tuesday, directly after my Percy and Reed show I met Colin and we headed off to the Albert Hall to see Diana Krall perform. Such a talent, and an incredible voice – most of the songs were from her new album Rag Doll, which I don't have, but will now buy. I really enjoy her music, but particularly when she sings the classics, but with her own twist.
Talking of music, Colin would like me to thank you so very much for watching his video and listening to the songs from his album – he's had over 3,000 plays! I have been given a list with e mail addresses of all those of you who wish to buy the album, and will be mailing you asap – Bless You!!
This Saturday saw Colin and I travelling to Surrey to spend the evening with old school friends of mine – including Ros and Chris – for a very enjoyable catch up.
The food, wine and company were exemplary, and Ros and Chris saved the night by bringing their aero bed for us, as I'd remembered the quilt – complete with Northern Nights flannel covers – but forgotten the bed to sleep on!
Of course, November 5th rolled round again, and as it's tradition with our family, I got the children together, bought the hot dogs, and set up the fireworks. The weather was perfect – cold but dry – and Sam and Jack took up the igniting duties We always have Catherine Wheels in memory of my dad, because he insisted on them, and inspite of his best efforts they NEVER worked!
We'd all gone indoors, eaten the soup and sausages, and he was still outside by the coal bunker, trying to work out what had gone wrong! The funny thing is, the legacy lives on, and it makes me smile, as I'm sure he has something to do with it…
This year, the first one fell off the tree after a rather pathetic attempt to sparkle, and although the second one started well, a section of it came adrift, and it was more like a flame thrower than a Catherine Wheel!
Still, a good time was had by all, and the sparklers never disappoint It will be my last Fireworks night in the cottage, as hopefully we should exchange on the new house soon, and be moving by the end of the month… It was 1st December 2010 when I actually moved in here – I can't believe it's been almost two years!
Let's hope the weather is kinder this time when we come to load the lorry – a foot of snow and frozen conditions didn't help at all last time!
I'm off on Thursday with my girlfriends from the village for our annual hideaway in a cosy cottage, so I should have few stories and photos to back them up!
Keep in touch, and as always, I'll look forward to hearing how your week has been.
Stay warm, and well, love Ali xxx