Isn’t it funny how good things can come out of sad situations?
I mentioned on last week’s blog that my old dancing teacher, Nora Morrison, had died. One of my dancing school friends, Adrian (who now lives in France), asked me if I would say a few words on his behalf at the funeral as he was unable to make it on Wednesday.
In the course of tracking down the organisers, I managed to acquire the email address of another of my old friends, Teresa, who I used to dance duets with. She has lived in Canada since 1981 so also couldn’t attend the funeral, but she did tell me to watch out for her Mum, Sadie. I missed Sadie at the church but found her at the gathering afterwards, she is amazingly sprightly at 91 years young. I also met the mother of another friend, Susan Townroe, called Lesley. It was so lovely to catch up with them and look at pictures of us all from 40+ years ago!
Strangely enough I had been looking for Teresa on Facebook, but without success, so it was amazing to get back in touch with her. The last time I saw her was in 1975 at her wedding when she married Frank, a classmate of mine from West Bridgford Grammar/Comprehensive School. You can see Sadie throwing the confetti in the photo below- she really hasn’t changed much at all!
As an aside, I have also been looking for my best friend from school, Anne Middlemiss. She lived in Bingham and if anyone reading this happens to know of her whereabouts, it would be great to reconnect.
We took my Mum along to the ‘do’ in the afternoon. She had known Nora for around seventy years and they taught at the same school until about five years ago. It was great to see her face light up as former pupils came over to say their hellos. I haven’t seen her smile that much in ages.
We dropped Sadie home and popped in for a cuppa, before taking my Mum home and heading back to London. Teresa is visiting at Easter so we are going to try and meet up then.
It was lovely to see Mum as I missed her on Mother’s Day because I was working. My day had started with a beautiful bunch of flowers with lilacs, cala lilies, and eucalyptus, as well as cards and chocolate truffles too. The children had also bought me a couple of inspirational signs for the wall.
I love the sign that says: ‘Dance as though no-one is watching’ – so appropriate. When I was about 12, I would push all of the furniture back in our lounge, put the LP of ‘West Side Story’ on and sing and dance my way through the whole thing!
So technically I’m on annual leave until next Thursday, which means I won’t be in for Fashion on Friday today. It’s just as well really as Crystal Palace meet Reading in the quarter final of the FA Cup, and if I’d been working I wouldn’t have made it to the game. I hope we can progress to the semi-finals, it will – in part – make up for our poor form in the league of late.
I will also be missing Fashion Day next Tuesday (15th), so I thought that should be my Focus on Fashion today.
The Today’s Special Value for the day is from Together and here it is, available in a choice of three prints!
Look out for new designs from Andrew Yu, MarlaWynne, and Lulu Guinness throughout Tuesday too, as well as our launch of American brand C Wonder. Hopefully there will be something to whet your appetite.
I’m back on-air next Thursday at 4pm for our Travel Solutions show (featuring our Today’s Special Value; a three piece luggage set) and again at 6pm with Tiana B.
Don’t miss the unveiling of our wonderful new garden set this weekend – it looks so good I wouldn’t mind moving in.
By the way, a bit of bad news re the windows, it seems unlikely we will be able to get them replicated in a double-glazed version, so it’s back to the drawing board!
Well, this turned into a longer blog than intended as I’m supposed to be getting on with writing my third novel. If you want more information about my books, and how to order them, check my web page: www.juliarobertsbooks.co.uk .
Have a great weekend,