Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Bude At War ………

Bude, it seems, has been at war, but nothing, I hasten to add, to do with Darrell and Nigel descending upon it ……..
Darrell and Nigel said that there has been a lot going on and to see ….
…… on the beach ……
……fundraising among the beach huts …….
…….and exhibitions on the surrounding fields ……. 
……. where Nigel, needless to say, disappeared for hours…… 
IMG_4873…….. drinking in all the history.
There was even a very evocative fly over ………
I don’t think Darrell and Nigel’s visit could have been more perfectly timed and no doubt will come home full of it!

Monday, 25 September 2017

A Bude Dream Come True ……..

Darrell and Nigel are absolutely beside themselves in Bude ……….
IMG_4899……. as they have availed themselves of a beach hut! ……..
……. something we have all always, always, always dreamed of having whenever we have seen one  …….
……… and it has to said that the one they have hired has not disappointed, it’s every bit as romantically romantic, as we had always imagined.  It’s very basic, but they succeeded in making it “home”.
I am just sorry I cannot be there with them to share in all of its pleasures.
They say that the weather is being exceedingly clement, no hint of rain, so they have been sitting outside on their deckchairs, taking in the wonderful sea views, people watching …….

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).
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.
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 ……..
…….. 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.
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!
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!
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 ………
…….. 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.

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…….
……. 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.
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.