Saturday, 16 December 2017

Nigel Makes A Brief Return To "The Homeland"

With all the excitement of the falling snow and then the subsequent melting of,  I almost forgot to bring you a couple pictures taken when Nigel returned to “The Homeland” for a weekend with Lucy.
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Before he and Lucy got snowed in, Nigel did manage to nip into Wolverhampton, but although we have only been gone for eighteen months or so he said it had changed soooooooo much and now felt strange and unfamiliar … even our beloved Poundland had changed, with some things now costing a lot more than just a pound, and to be honest Nigel didn’t really linger and mooch as he once would have, the town centre was just too confusing with it’s new lay out and new and relocated shops, especially when added to the general melee of frantic Christmas shoppers.
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……. but now in his eyes, Evesham, especially our beloved marina, will from now and henceforth be known as “The Homeland” and Wolverhampton as somewhere we once lived, very, very happily …….. but we’ve all moved on in our hearts and minds, except Nigel hadn’t quite realised it until now.

Friday, 15 December 2017

Nothing Lasts Forever …….

……. And that is especially true of snowmen …….
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…… all those snowmen lovingly fashioned amidst family togetherness and laugher ….. just for the pure joy  and excitement snow brings.
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It’s hard to know what to say to him when at the end of it all, all that remains are a carrot, two unidentifiable pieces of fruit or vegetable and a handful of bottle caps lying in someone’s front garden ………

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Hugh’s Christmas Miracle

Thank goodness the snow and ice has now cleared …… and unbelievably, out of the chaos, a new life has emerged …… in the depths of Worcester at Hugh’s country pile ………
IMG_5888It seems that Hugh had gone out in the garden to see if the snow had caused any damage, but instead he found the body of a tiny and lifeless chick, abandoned by it’s confused mother. First instinct would have perhaps told you that nothing could be done, but not Hugh, he tenderly picked up the chick and gently massaged him for what seemed to be hours, even Darrell said he would have given up.
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But then …… slowly the little chick showed signs of life ……….
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Still cradling the tiny creature in his cupped hands, Hugh instructed Darrell to fill a hot water bottle with some warm water, fetch one of Hugh’s old sheepskin slippers from under the stairs and a clean cloth from out of the kitchen drawer.
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Confident that “Brian” could now hold his own with Hugh looking over him, Brian was placed in the the slipper on top of the hot water bottle and the cloth placed to keep Brian from falling out.
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Darrell said it was emotion …… very emotional …… very, very emotional ….. in fact, rampantly emotional!
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Then, when Hugh was confident that Brian was getting stronger he moved him in a small incubator ……..
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It’s still very early days, it’s not really the best time for a chick to come into the world ……..
IMG_5869 …… so if he comes through this, it will almost certainly be Hugh’s Christmas Miracle…….
…….and I wouldn't be at all surprised if the Broadway musical, film  screenplay, not to mention the book, the t-shirt and the soft toy hadn’t already been muted …….. The Life of Brian ….. has a certain familiarity and ring to it.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Oh The Weather Outside Is Frightful …….

Let’s just say, now it’s over, last weekend was quite a weekend, with thanks to the all the snow ………
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Before the snow on Friday evening Nigel had travelled back to the homeland of Wolverhampton to spend a couple of days with Lucy, hoping, amongst other things, to gaze upon his beloved Motorworld knitted nativity …….
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…… and then embrace a Jade House crispy chilli beef and egg fried rice from our also beloved ex Chinese Takeaway ………
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……. But alas, it was not to be, the road to both being so treacherous on Friday night as the snow came down that they were forced to turn around, leaving Nigel’s said nativity ungazed upon and their much anticipated meal apologised for, but sadly uncollected, and two Morrison’s pizzas heated up instead.
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Meanwhile at Hugh’s country pile in Worcester, Hugh and Darrell were whimsically tossing logs on Hugh’s blazing fire with gay abandon ………
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…… toasting crumpets and muffins plus the odd chestnut and marshmallow ……
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…….. while outside everything was slowly being transformed into a wonderful winter wonderland ……..
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……. which Darrell proclaimed to be almost too picturesquely romantic in a pre-Christmas, let it snow type way. What on earth is he like?
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And me?  Well, I had a very quiet and peaceful, snowball free, duvet weekend………. sorry no pictures available!!!!

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Just Being Ordinary …… BEFORE THE SNOW CAME DOWN!

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Just being ordinary ………
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……. without a care in the world …….
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…….. with your best friend (and mentor)…….
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……… his chickens ………
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……. and his dogs ……..
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……. it just doesn’t get any better than that!
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Monday, 11 December 2017

It’s Beginning To Taste A Lot Like Christmas ……..

I think Nigel is rather missing Darrell while he is away staying with Hugh at his country pile ….. and I suppose I was a little harsh in telling him to stop moping, but it had the desired affect as a little later he said not to make him any lunch as he was taking himself off to Amber Caf√© Bar in town for a small festive treat ………
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……. to wit one Mint Aero Mint Schnapps Hot Chocolate with ALL the trimmings!!!!!
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And I mean ALL the trimmings ……..
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……… an inordinate swirl of squirty cream with a light dusting of cocoa powder, a flake, a whole host of mini marshmallows, and a mint chocolate √©clair ……. plus hiccoughs
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Darrell? ……….. Darrell who?

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Hugh Embraces Normality

The lady friend of Hugh’s “gentleman that does” usually drops off a three course meal plus cheese and crackers  when Hugh is in residence at Le Chicken Coup, but Hugh, wanting to be just “normal” for a day or two, told her that while he was at home with Darrell they would try and fend for themselves ……. bless him!
IMG_5867Darrell text to tell me that teaching Hugh how to peel a potato had been a very warm bonding experience for both of them …… well, there’s an awful lot of the world you can put right in the two or so hours it took to peel their pound of spuds ……
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……. after which Hugh announced that he felt ready for the challenge of a few carrots, announcing that it was all very cathartic …….
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…….. but a trifle fatigued after that asked Darrell if he would mind doing the cabbage! What is he like?

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Darrell Shows Hugh His Jan The Fan hUGGs

Darrell couldn’t wait to show Hugh, the doyen of all that is de rigueur and en trend, his personalised exclusively handmade hUGG boots sent to all of us by Jan The Fan.
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Let’s just say that Hugh was VERY impressed ……
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…….. and had he not been heading to the tropical climes of Necker Island for the festive season would have been very tempted to commission several pairs for himself …… in subtle shades of all his favourite pink champagnes …….
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…… and perhaps individually crafted, Swarovski encrusted chickens on the heels ………
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……  what is he like ……. if not the teensiest weeniest bit envious of Darrell’s undisputed haute de cuisine pas excellence this Christmas!