Sunday, 8 December 2013

What's happening in our neck of the woods.

The East Coast has taken a bit of a battering this past week, we haven't suffered here apart from a few things blown over in the garden. My boss at work had his neighbours shed picked up by a huge gust which then flew into his garden smashing the (brand new) fence and landing on the rabbit hutch - the rabbit was unhurt luckily!

The pictures on the news of the huge waves and the resulting flooding are terrifying though.
These are pictures taken in Cromer, the pier has almost disappeared under the waves!

 The resulting devastation
Photos from the Daily Mail website
Houses have been taken by the sea in some areas and many people were evacuated into safe schools and community buildings.
 I can't imagine how awful that must have been and how frightening.
But onto other things, our trip to the theatre in the last post was "interesting", quite an odd play with very little to do with cricket. Only 2 actors took on all the characters and exited the stage only to return wearing a different coat and hat to play the next part - quite confusing! We had driven a 50 mile round trip to drop all the children at their respective sleepovers (eldest was left in the city centre with a friend to get a bus to his destination -
not a great idea when you have a brain the size of a pea!).
After a busy week at work where the builder had worn himself to a frazzle he proceeded to nod off several times during the performance which was over 2 1/2 hours long. I nudged him frequently as I had visions of him falling over the seat in front and down onto the stage! The seating has an unusual arrangement on benches lining the barn whilst the performance is in the centre area.
The play itself revolved around 2 couples having affairs with each other and the resulting fallout!
However we would go again as it was a very atmospheric theatre!
Number 1 son appeared home the next day with tales of a broken down bus, an extortionate taxi fare, no credit on his pay-as-you-go mobile phone and no charge on his friends phone! An hours walk as they hadn't got the address of the friend they were due to visit..... a huge learning experience I feel!
The builder is away this weekend with friends on a music weekend - well I say music but have a feeling this will be dulled by quantities of alcohol!
I have been a Billy-no-mates and attended my works Christmas do without a plus one!
And last night I had a long awaited trip to the Theatre Royal with friends to see
 Jason Donovan in Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
Oh and what a night it was, one of the best shows I've seen in a long time! We all loved it, the costumes, the music (proper sing-along) and the whole show and cast were superb. Sadly although we had booked it months ago we only managed  seats upstairs near the back so next time (and surely there will be a next time) we will be front row!
Have you seen it?
Maybe not everyone's cup of tea, it was as camp as can be, but we loved every moment.
All has been trimmed up at home and there is an abundance of twinkly lights every where, as the builder is away I decided I could cope with tree purchasing etc, it may be wonky and could fall down at any moment but no one better complain! We just have a few outdoor lights still to go up but as all our ladders appear to be on other jobs (never any useful tools at home! and I include the Builder in that description) - the kids declined my suggestion that we pile some chairs on boxes and they stand on each others shoulders to reach the roof.....
My Dad arrives tomorrow for his annual visit (he didn't make it last year so this is the 1st time in 2 years he's been here) He'll arrive mid school Christmas activities so will have to be prepared to eat on the run and attend a carol service, ballet and possibly gymnastics!
Oh well it'll be a busy week! Have a good one yourselves - I am reading a few blogs but as it's usually on my phone I'm struggling to comment, and if I do manage a comment the predictive text usually makes it gobbldy gook!


  1. Glad you were unscathed in the recent storms. We've got no decorations up yet - I'm a bit bah humbug about it all!

  2. In a hurry so will just comment on Priscilla - lucky lucky you - I've seen and loved the film but I'd love to see the theatre production.

    Speak soon, Lx

  3. I am so happy you were not harmed by that storm. This global warming stuff is not good...

    Have a lovely visit with you dad!

  4. Hope you enjoy your Dad's visit and spending time with him. So glad you didn't suffer too much with the recent storms on the East coast. I have a husband who regularly drops off when out at the theatre or cinema. SO embarrassing but he just tells me he's resting his eyes!!
    Patricia x

  5. Glad you weren't really affected by the storms. One of my colleagues, who lives in Gt Yarmouth was badly flooded - raw sewage through the downstairs of his house, which he has had to vacate till it is sorted. Not good, especially at this time of year.

  6. Thanks for all the fun news - or at least your writing makes it seem so. (Never any useful tools at home! and I include the Builder in that description - so funny!) I love the movie Priscilla Queen of the Desert, but haven't seen it done on stage. Sounds wonderful!

  7. Those photos of the storm damage are very scary indeed. Glad to hear you are all ok though.
    The play sounded like it was in a really unusual venue. And the JD musical sounds like huge fun!
    Hope your dad has a fab visit with you all.
    Lisa x

  8. Glad you survived the storms. I was thinking of you.That seating does look a bit strange at least your hubby didn't add to the performance! It must have been wonderful seeing Priscillia, hope you have a lovely time with your Dad.
    Sarah x

  9. Very scary weather & terrible damage. I saw the lost houses on the news, so awful.

    That play sounds bonkers & the seats look very hard ! I would LOVE to see Pricilla. I bet Jason Donovan was brilliant in it.

  10. My goodness! The storm really did some damage didn't it?!? I love your reference to Billy-no-mates which I have never heard of before. Our equivalent is "Nigel-no-friends" :-) Loved the film Priscilla so can only imagine it would be brilliant 'live' and with Jason Donovan....have a lovely time with your Dad. We have told all our Christmas guests the same - come at your own peril, there'll be concerts, assemblies, parties etc etc
    Mel x

  11. I feel so sorry for all the people who have been caught up in the storm, some really scary photos. We lost a fence panel and half the greenhouse, but we managed to retrieve it and it's all back together again now. I went to see Jason Donovan in Priscilla in July and thought it was fabulous. The other two main characters were brilliant two. I've seen Jason Donovan twice previously in Joseph and he's always been fantastic. I love trips to the theatre.