gadget:techy Fi | 27 Nov 2007
music:festivals Fi | 25 Nov 2007
(the first ever Carlisle Blues Festival – 23rd – 25th November
Friday night to Sunday lunch time a plethora of live blues with some of the BEST blues artists around.
Friday night was Tantrum – very young guys who were so cool they didn’t know they were. Fantastic guitar. Then there as Ian Parker Band – an old fave, and to finish a late late evening was Marcus Malone – a man who could flirt for England. We got home at around 2 and it was f-f-f-f-freezin!
Wandered back to Carlisle at lunch time – He saw Eugene Hideaway Bridges and Steve White while I shopped! I joined him in time for the luscious Connie Lush and Blues Shouter – raspy, grinding, sleazy blues. Then we had a nice Italian meal nearby before heading back for a full evening of a new band to us – The Stumble (my highlight of the weekend!) followed by super sleazy Ian Siegal and closing with Nimmo Brothers. I was well and truly saturated by blues and very tired. On Sunday He saw a brief bit of Ian Siegal and friends while I shopped (AGAIN!). A brilliant festival; well organised and stuffed with quality music.
Photos to follow!
After that we went around the corner to see the film American Gangster. Pretty good.
Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 22 Nov 2007
Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 18 Nov 2007
When He said ‘lets go to the pub on Saturday instead…’ I didn’t think anything of it… after all we were going out with family on the Friday evening.
Saturday was like any other, a lie in and a few chores. He said he preferred to eat before going to the pub.. nothing strange in that either. He said he’d like to go out at 8. Again nothing strange.
At 7.55 I was in a dressing gown on the bed watching ‘Vicar of Dibley’ and feeling none-too-keen to go anywhere really. But, with the thought of some dry white wine to enthuse me we wandered along to the pub as usual and I was almost (!) speechless to see all my best friends there. Helene and Martin from Stafford, Fiona and Chris from Windermere and Heather and Alex from nearby. WHAT a shock! He had arranged a surprise evening for me.
We all took up residence in the lounge end around the leather sofa and the platters of yummy food arrived too (another surprise).
Campbell and Jessica (who looked fabulous!) turned up too and then a cake that He had had made in Peterborough and delivered via his Sheffield office and thence to the pub last week. It was ENORMOUS and completely pink! Lovely.
I was so touched to see everyone and that they’d gone to such trouble to come for the occasion. Later on, just to add to the special night, Chrissie, Rae and Lolly all arrived too! Fantastic!
Did I drink too much? Yep. Did I eat too much cake? Certainly. Did I have the BEST time? Affirmative!
Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 17 Nov 2007
Using my birthday as an excuse, for the first time in ages we got the whole family (Lakes tribe) together for a meal – sadly except Jane who was poorly. We all took Mum to the Wateredge restaurant on the shore of Windermere Lake at Ambleside. Food was good, company was fun and we all had a goodly evening.
Clare (‘Piglet’) gave me a wonderful photo album with amazing professional pictures of her in it. She’s not AT ALL photogenic – obviously!! What a lovely gift.
Then it was back to see the invalid and have cake and tea before heading home.
Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 15 Nov 2007
I don’t know how it happened quite so soon, but I reached 50. The nicest birthday, ever – by far.
Hector made it an extra special day. My gift was a great Nikon SLR digital camera AND… later on we had afternoon tea at the Sharrow Bay Hotel (only a few miles away and luxury on the doorstep)
The views over Ullswater are lovely. The sky was clear and cold and woodsmoke was clinging to the tree tops in advance of a freezing night. As for the tea – SUCH cakeage! SO much yummy goodies on the table for just us two. Blissful.
As we left it was dark and, dropping down to the level of Ullswater, we might have been in the Italian Lakes with calm water and twinkling lights over the black water. A bit of magic to round off a perfect afternoon.
In the evening we shared a bottle of Champagne with Ross and I got carried away with my new camera…piccies of Toots.