Hello! Thanks for moseying on by. I’m really glad you did.
I’d like to thank you, also, for all the wonderful comments you write on my blogs. I promise you I read every single one and they mean so much to me. When it comes to social media and blogs there are lots of people who have a little entourage of social media folks in tow to respond for them. Unfortunately for me, it’s just little old me replying! Well, I say that it’s unfortunate but I’m not sure I’d like someone else doing it for me as I love reading what everyone has to say.
I’m pretty good if anyone has a query but, due to being so busy, I don’t always reply to comments but I wanted to reassure you that they are hugely appreciated and sometimes reduce me to tears. I feel like we share a special friendship where we can talk openly about things which matter to us. When you share of yourselves it truly touches my heart so, once again, I wholeheartedly thank you. You are fabulous!
So, what’s all this about movies? Well, I recently took my mum to see the latest Mamma Mia film at the cinema.
I booked us premium seats as she is an octogenarian who has had hip and spinal surgery so she needs to be nice and comfortable. Well, I needn’t have bothered! We had the place entirely to ourselves! A few more came in a little later but this really made me chuckle.
You’ll have to look closely but my mum is actually in this pic!
Luckily, she was also nice and cozy throughout the film. We really enjoyed it. I’ll always love the first one just a little more but I think that’s mainly because Meryl Streep is a long time favourite actress of mine and I felt she was incredible in it. I won’t say any more on the film as I don’t want to spoil it for those who’ve yet to see it but it’s well worth a watch.
Prior to the cinema I took mum for lunch at Wagamama. They do a really great, varied menu. Plenty for my mum to choose from and a whole dedicated vegan and vegetarian menu for me. Did I mention I was vegan now? Only twenty thousand times, I hear you cry, ha ha. I’m afraid it’s such a big part of my life now I’m enjoying sharing with people so they can learn a little about it, too, if they want to.
We both had some savoury dumplings to start and then a noodle dish for our mains. Very yummy and very filling, too. Mum was surprised by how much she enjoyed it. I don’t try to talk anyone into becoming vegan at all but she has decided that she is going to try a pescatarian diet after becoming inspired (by me, how lovely!) to become more healthy. We’re even going to have a look at her local gym together. Go Momma!!
Onto the next movie… this time it was with my best gal pal, Mandy, and her sister, Gerry, also a great friend of mine. As opposed to being one of the latest films, we went to see Pretty Woman! Not in the cinema, though. This was a first for me. An outdoor, silent cinema experience!
How on Earth does that work? Well, the answer is easy. Wireless headphones. The event was held in a really pretty park surrounded by trees. At a guess I’d say there were maybe 150 attendees, or thereabouts. A fantastically eccentric and cheery gent, one of the organisers, provided us with some pre-movie entertainment by singing some great tunes that got us up on our feet dancing and singing as dusk began to turn to darkness.
Once it was dark enough, an inflatable screen provided the backdrop for 90 minutes of nostalgia. We sat in our camping chairs, blankets over our legs, headphones on and coat hoods up munching popcorn and giggling at Julia Roberts (not that one, the other one) and Richard Gere. I’d actually forgotten so much about the film and enjoyed it more now than I probably did back then! Another experience I recommend if you ever get the chance.
The final movie I’m going to mention is Desperately Seeking Susan. My boy best friend, Steven, watches it every year on his birthday. Steven’s partner, Jon, and I secretly planned a surprise visit from me to their home in Cardiff. It didn’t quite go to plan in terms of arrival time. Poor Jon had to keep stalling dinner to accommodate my very late arrival. I hit every little bit of awful traffic and road closures which meant that what ought to have taken two and half hours took six!
Fortunately Steven was engrossed in another retro film, Back to the Future, so we got away with it. I liaised with Jon and told him to leave the door open. Steven is the biggest Madonna fan so I came bounding into the lounge singing “Where’s the party”! Steven was so surprised! Happily, I’m pleased to report! That was one of my worries. What if I arrived and he had been looking forward to a nice, quiet birthday and now he had me jumping around his living room!
Jon is the most amazing chef and he had prepared a wonderful (vegan-friendly) roast dinner for us. It was delicious! Beautifully presented, too. He’s such a darling. Unfortunately Jon wasn’t feeling too well so the next day (Steven’s birthday) we left him in peace with antibiotics for company whilst we visited both Steven’s parents and brother, Neil, and then Jon’s mum and stepdad. A lovely time was had catching up and seeing Steven receive lots of cards, pressies and love on his special day.
Then we went for lunch in Cardiff Bay. I always enjoy being there. Finally, we went to the supermarket and bought every naughty bit of junk food we could lay our hands on! I know, I know… but once in a while, it’s OK. More than OK, I’d say called for! We took our stash back to his place and gorged ourselves silly whilst watching his favourite movie in our PJs. Just perfect.
It’s funny, I’m actually not much of a ‘chick flick’ person but you wouldn’t know it from reading this edition of my blog! I shall have to share some of the films which I like that are a little more off the beaten track. Many, my son has introduced me to. You can’t beat a good film. I rather enjoy British films, myself. Sometimes comedy but also some of the more gritty, or as I call the genre ‘Gritish’. Gritty British kitchen sink drama. More on that another time.
I just wanted to let you know that I’m back on the tools again for DIY this coming Sunday! Hurrah! Seeing as I have done much of the work on remodelling and rebuilding my own home I really enjoy these hours. QVC has a lot to offer in the way of DIY and it’s NOT JUST FOR MEN! Sorry for shouting, hee hee, but we women can do it, too!
I used to be quite a keen crafter. To me, DIY is like crafting but on a bigger scale. It’s not something to be scared of if you have the right tools for the job and a little help along the way from experts. Well, we have both for you from 9am in our two hour show on Sunday so feel free to grab a cuppa and stop by. Even boys are welcome, too!
Love Catherine x