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music:festivals &Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 09 May 2013

Stepping Stones and Blues/Rock too

On the Friday evening we went to one of the brilliant blues gigs in Penrith – at the Rugby Club this time – to see The Proof. Pretty good band, charismatic singer. Their guest guitarist was Micky Moody – ex-Whitesnake no less. He was amazing. It was VERY loud, but what you””d want from a blues/rock night.

The next day we had a ticket for Stepping Stones Festival in Brampton. Its organised by Maddy Prior (ex of Steeleye Span – and I loved their stuff way back in the early 70s)
I wanted to go especially to see the compere/comedian Keith Donnelly (long time favourite) on stage with Les Barker (poetry, prose and comedy). As ever brilliant. I dashed home at tea time to feed Rosie and take her a quick walk and back to Brampton. First up were 3 ladies from Derbyshire. Quirky, bonkers, talented song writers, a cappella with attitude. They call themselves Red Ruff. Stripey tights, tutus and corsets. Excellent.
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Then on stage were the reason I had wanted evening tickets. Red Priest. A classical music orchestra led by a recorder player with real panache. On stage too a classy harpsichord, cellist and violinist. They played Vivaldi, Telemann, Bach and others. It was wonderful. They said they had never played a folk festival before.
This is them at another event….

Then was the Karine Polwart band. I enjoyed it much more than I expected… I don””t always like Scottish folk.
Her band were very special. An intriguing woman – called Inge Thomson – on percussion. I was spellbound by her. Stylish and quirky with an ethereal voice. I couldn””t take my eyes off her. The young woman on harp (and violin) was tall and delicate. Her voice too, was angelic. She looked like an elvish girl. Her name is Rachel Newton. Karine write such beautiful songs and plays her instruments with such skill and passion.
This is a film of Inge Thomson.

I really must download some music by these three amazing women.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 09 May 2013

Spring has arrived finally with some warm dry weather

AT LAST!
The garden is bursting into life!

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 09 May 2013

April – whooosh – gone…

So, head scratch – what did we do in April.

Love the low sun in early spring when it shines through the blind in the lounge.
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By mid May – as it is now – I think its a matter of just some highlights of the month.

Hector and his pals in the village practised a lot to be ready for a surprise first performance as Salkeld Dukes at a party at the pub. What a brilliant party it was. Helen (a friend) celebrated her 50th in great style. A fancy dress (1970’s theme) with games, live music, disco etc and hog roast.
Hector was a Bob Marley look-alike – tho it was obvious to everyone that he was a dead-ringer for Eddie Grant. His dreadlock wig was brilliant. He BECAME a different person dressed like that – all cool! I was trying to be a hippy chick (and was strangely drawn to the long blonde wig!) but was mistaken for the blonde one in Abba!
H and I had a go at Mr & Mrs and (along with all other pairs) got all our questions right and won!
Helen had a wonderful time – a brilliant parity.
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Not bad for an IT worker, teacher (Joe) and footballer (Adam)

Theres some film of the performance…

I got a touch of lurgy late April and lost my voice and coughed until I turned purple.

We had a weekend away in Lincolnshire with Chrissie et al. Wonderful as usual. And Lolly was there too which was a fantastic surprise. We had a day at a wedding dress shop – yep – a BIG wedding next year for a Princess Chrissie. As she tried the first one on I almost cried – I have never seen anyone look so overwhelmed with joy. And there are SO many dresses to try before one has to be chosen. A very special day Topped off with a fab long walk in woods in the first warm sun of the spring. And a walnut tree, one of, so the plaque says, 30 million trees on that, and the neighbouring, large estate.
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At the end of April we were joined by Frank and Kate for a two day trip. We drove down to Hebden Bridge and had a nice lunch and wander around the town. Lovely place. Really interesting shops.
We stayed at an Inn nearby and at 8 the next next morning we took our seats on a special Fellsman train excursion which was fully booked and very nice. Old coaches, old engine, some Pullman coaches (big luxury). The trip headed to Manchester then up to Cumbria where it followed the Cumbrian coast line, hugging the marshes and coast, flanked by mountains. Arnside viaduct, other viaducs (forget their names) near Grange over Sands, through a wonderfully timeless landscape. The line is immediately next to the shore and then passes Sellafield – an interesting place viewed from the coastal side.
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A short stop in Carlisle for a cuppa in the Hallmark hotel and back on board (where the train was drawing quite a crowd!) for the return journey on the Settle Carlisle line, back into Yorkshire through Blackburn etc and arriving back in time for dinner at the Inn at 8.30. I loved every minute!

And when we got home it was May Bank Holiday…..