Sunday, 24 September 2017

Proffering Gifts

Darrell and Nigel have arrived safe and sound in Bude and are already embracing the salty Cornish sea air, with resultant hearty appetites which Auntie Beth, their host, is trying her very best to accommodate ……. with, among other things, an ample sufficiency of Cornish sprouts. Darrell said that Nigel thought he has died and gone to heaven, sprouts being his number one vegetable of choice!
IMG_4847And in turn, Darrell and Nigel have proffered their gifts, including a very large large bag of hand cooked Gin and Tonic crisps (found in Aldi before they left).
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They were very well received, although not the most appealing sounding of crisps they were a huge success and a most excellent ice breaker.
IMG_4844Darrell said that the gin and tonic element was barely discernable, but extra lime flavour was very palatable indeed.
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So much so that he has made a note on his phone to get a packet or two for us to put away for “occasions”  plus an extra one for Hugh, who is very partial to a nibble with his Bombay Sapphire and Fever Tree in his dressing room after a show and would also greatly appreciate the novelty aspect of such an unusual delicacy!  What is he like?

Saturday, 23 September 2017

A Piece Of Autumnal Peace …….

Peace has descended upon The Towers, a brief respite for me as Darrell and Nigel accepted a very kind invitation to stay in Bude for a few days. The invitation was the most fortuitous timing  as Nigel had been muttering something about feeling the call of the sea one last time before we had to hunker down for the cold months ahead…….
IMG_4777There was a little to-ing and fro-ing from them, feeling guilty about leaving me on all my own, so I took the opportunity to pack their bags and have them standing in the hall ready when they nipped out on one of their mooches!!!!!
IMG_4778As I saw them wave goodbye as they rounded the corner of our flats, said packed bags in hand, I think you could have heard my sigh in John O’Groats
IMG_4779……. let alone in Bude!

Friday, 22 September 2017

Craft Beer Curious.

Not that we “poke around” when we are on child-minding duty at Tom The Scientist and The Lovely Laura’s, but sometimes we can’t help noticing ……..
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…….. and in this instance Nigel couldn’t help but notice that Tom the Scientist’s had taken out a monthly subscription of Beer52, that’s Craft Beer to you and I.
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I think it was the romantic and unusual names that first captured Nigel’s imagination……… swiftly followed by the idea of substituting, and I quote a “juicy breakfast beer”  for  his more usual coffee, milk with two sugars and three slices of marmite toast in bed on a Sunday morning!
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And then, he got very absorbed in the accompanying magazine “Ferment”, a title we all decided that should be read aloud in a robust and manly sort of voice, (preferably bearded), rather than in a soft gentler tone!
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Now, as you know we all rather favour the cocktail as our beverage of choice when on holiday or watching The Great British Bake Off or The X Factor, but I think Nigel is now on a mission to persuade Darrel and I that we should broaden our horizons, suggesting that we might well be missing the untold pleasure in an Ice Cream Pale Ale or said Breakfast Beer ………
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…….. And perhaps he is right!  So I have put him in charge of finding a little “full bodied and lusty” something for our first serious foray into the world of craft type beers, goodness only knows what he will come up with!  I will keep you all informed as to his progress!!!!!

Thursday, 21 September 2017

The End Of An All Be It Short Era …..

As you know Darrell always makes it de rigueur when returning from our Greek Odysseys to bring back a couple of pertinent local beauty products in his suitcase, in an effort, he says, to make the holiday feeling last just that  little bit longer.
IMG_4782This year his Greek products of hair care choice were of a Donkey Milk and Argan Oil type nature.

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They have served and lasted him well ………. his hair has indeed been well nourished and hydrated and with no accompanying donkey aroma, since early June…….
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……. but now they have sadly run out and so for Darrell the holiday is now finally well and truly over ……..
IMG_4783…… and it’s back to the TREsemme until our next odyssey ……. what is he like?

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

A Rose Spelt By Any Other Way ……

I am pretty laid back about most things, life is just too short but I have to admit that there is a tiny little something that does occasionally get to me, and that’s the “fashion” for making new names from old, or being named after a seemingly random, person, place or thing, anything seems to go these days, too many to quote here. We saw a girl called Lemon at the X Factor Boot camp (watch out for her!) But it’s  funny how Brooklyn, Paris and India are all so romantic, whereas Wolverhampton or Kidderminster just don’t have that same ring (……. not yet anyway).
IMG_0020For me, this poster was a perfect example of the name changing trend, in my day this young, bespectacled lady would have been called Sue or Suzy/Susie  shortened perhaps from Susan or Suzanne etc. other derivatives available ……
IMG_0022……. but now she is “Sioux”, an Native American Tribe, shortened, as I am sure Mr D will inform us from the name Nadouessioux. But, I bet she still started off as a Susan and then decided to go all a la mode of a name type nature.
IMG_0021As for throwing letters up in the air to make a new name, well, I have seen the already modern name of Chelsea now spelt Chelci …….. so, in the spirit of all new trends that I cannot change ……. am now considering re-jigging my name and becoming Munnquay!

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Nigel’s Fruit Of Mystery Update

Nigel’s fruit of mystery from the other week certainly got a few heads scratching, but no definitive answers, so the first thing Nigel did when we got back from Swindon was to go and get a few to dissect in a Tom the Scientist type manner, to see if said fruit would give up any more clues/answers.
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On arrival at the tree spot Nigel said that an awful lot of said “fruit” had fallen, lying prostate prostrate on the ground, an indication, perhaps, that it was ripe?
IMG_4773And when Nigel got home, laden with his samples, Darrell helped the little fella to prepare the dissecting area, the board and the blade ……..
IMG_4775I think we have found the answer, but still with questions left to ask. The fruit contained no mass of seeds, like, for example, a pomegranate as some readers had thought, in truth they looked, felt and tasted (yes we did, very tentatively) like very tiny oval apples ……. which I think we can now safely assume they are.
IMG_4776But why are they so small, did the tree experience a traumatic event in the spring as the blossom was forming that stunted their growth, but, if this is actually their normal size, why so small, are they a known breed, and if so what is their generic name?
I think Nigel has decided to lay the matter to rest until this time next year when he can see what size they are then, but until then Nigel’s mystery fruit will probably go down in our anals annals of history as Nigel’s Evesham Fruit Enigma of 2017.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Time To Bid A Fond Farewell To Swindon.

Sadly it’s time to bid a fond farewell to the pleasures of Swindon and head back to The Towers, but not before availing ourselves of one last sample of Swindon’s finest Holiday Inn cuisine …….
IMG_4579…….. no, not an extra large dollop of caviar ……. as you might have expected …….
IMG_4581…….. but a more humble platter of their most acceptable giant couscous …….. nom, nom, nom!  What are we like?

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Our Holiday Inn Express Room

I don’t think we have stayed in many Holiday Inns, if any, and although the name conjures up visions of Danny Kaye and Fred Astaire kicking up their heels, whimsical flurries of snow and romantic festive crooning, our room, sadly, did not reflect this ideal, there wasn’t a Christmas Tree or a ladies muff in sight.
IMG_4574IMG_4575However, we did get an iron, an ironing board and a hairdryer in a bag marked hairdryer ……..
IMG_4651We didn’t get a large, obligatory “hotel” type picture on any of the walls, instead we got some rather large wooden knobs.  We think they were of a decorative purpose rather than anything functional, as the top one was far too high up for a coat for example, and if you did manage to get your coat up there and you’d been caught in a shower of rain, it would have undoubtedly marked the walls …… so really, who needs a series of useless knobs in their room?
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We were not very taken by the main light either. Darrell said it could possibly be very on trend, but he’d have to check with Hugh. To me, the uninitiated, it just looked like the electrician had fitted it with a cord that was too long and had added a makeshift hook in an effort to shorten it!  But, what do I know?
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However, Darrell, in turn, was very taken by the hospitality tray (note to self - no biscuits included) with its square caddy divided into sections for tea, coffee, sugar etc. and wondered if it would be possible to purchase something similar for our guest room back at The Towers.
IMG_4638Darrell is all about the detail, and if he can’t find a similar hospitality tray to grace said guest room, he said he will certainly be looking for some disposable coasters or perhaps a doily or two in the meantime for inadvertent drips.
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The bathroom was perfectly sound, but no little complimentary bath products which we all so greatly appreciate,  there was just the now de rigeuer dispensers pumping out a “one product cleans all” type confection The angled mirrors however impressed Darrell, who was able to study his profile and hair from every position ……. and at great length, bless him. Happy Days!

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Spooky Goings On ……… With A Logical Answer

Last night, as Darrell entered our room he said he had suddenly come over all funny, saying that he had felt a very distinct weird sort of sensation as soon as he came in, despite only being on the Diet Coke all evening.
IMG_4635 He said it felt as if the floor was undulating under his feet.
IMG_4641He then tried standing in other spots in the room …… 
IMG_4642……. and could still feel it ……
IMG_4572…… so I stood very still too and yes, I could feel the strange undulations too.
IMG_4646Then Darrell lay on the bed ……. and within a few seconds could again detect some sort of rippling activity, which Nigel confirmed when he decided to join him.
IMG_4647The movement had really lasted too long to be anything of a seismic type nature and we quickly ruled out any kind of spooky spiritual activity by ringing reception and them being able to categorically confirm that the hotel had not been built on top of any medieval plague pits, monasteries or battle fields.
IMG_4645And then Nigel got up and slowly ambled over to the window ….. and pointed out that there was certainly nothing untoward going on in our room, we were in fact right next to the motorway, and all the undulations we could feel were, in fact, the vibration from the heavy traffic that was running alongside. 
Well done Nigel, we could have so easily embarrassed ourselves by asking to be moved to a “more stable” room.  What are we like? But I still can’t help wondering if Darrell is also still experiencing a few of  after effects from Hank and Marvin’s room the other night!!!

Friday, 15 September 2017

Nigel’s Secret Fascination

Darrell and I like to keep Nigel as far away of a hotel’s corridors while any vacated rooms are being serviced ……
IMG_4657……. because he has a hypnotic fascination for a housekeeping trolley.
IMG_4655It’s not the lure of the fleeting thrill and prospect of helping himself to the odd extra sachet of coffee, milk pod or free pen ……
IMG_4658…… we managed to wean him off doing that a very long time ago ……
IMG_4654…….it’s just catching a glimpse of this sort of thing (above) on said trolley, that makes his insatiable hotel curiosity go into overdrive ………
IMG_4653Now, are those our, the customers, “deadly sins”, and if so, what are the consequences, if any, when we leave? Or are they enormous faux pas in room servicement, that have consequences for the housekeeping staff if they do/leave them? The pictures are a little ambiguous and confusing to the uninitiated, to wit one Nigel. I just wish he hadn’t spotted it, as he’s now been mulling over it’s meaning for far longer than is really healthy, what is he like?