Thursday, 27 October 2016

The Games Master has spoken

I think it's time for a little game.
Care to join me?
I sincerely hope that you don't object to my presumptuous, yes.
Okay, imagine if you will, that I am your Games Master.
For the benefit of those who don't know what a Games Master is - I am your friendly, game show host, dressed head to toe in pink and gold sequins. (It's my blog, my imagination, my colour scheme. Let's at least give it a try.)

So, my first question I would like to throw at you is:

On a Friday, how would you rather spend the day?
a) In the office, up to your eyeballs in deadlines and paperwork.
b) At home, cleaning the toilet and clearing hairs from the bath plug hole.
c) Visiting a Jacobean Manor House, with romantic setting consisting of tumbling waterfalls and enchanting walks.

By the way, answers to be given at the end of this quiz, please.

For my next question:

Confirm the ingredients of an ideal meal.
a) Nothing, eating is cheating and for wimps.
b) Watching other people eat, and then helping yourself to any leftovers.
c) A luxurious three course meal, within a grand room, accompanied by candles and roses.

In your opinion, what does a perfect day entail?
a) Spending the entire day stressed and anxious about a never ending work load.
b) At home, in bed, suffering from flu symptoms.
c) Surrounded by your loved ones from near and far.

At the end of an evening, which is the best situation?
a) Passing out from exhaustion, on your desk.
b) Sleeping on a park bench, with only the heavy rain to keep you company.
c) After dancing to Wham! and drinking champagne, you walk across a cobbled courtyard with husband and child, leading to cute room to spend the night.

Okay, now it is time to reveal all!

If you answered mainly a's - you really need to stop working so hard, right now, sit down and chill out.
For mainly b's, erm, how could I put this politely, you are prone to bouts of weirdness.
And if your answers lent towards all c's, you too would love Fanham Hall, Hertforshire, for a family wedding. Good choice, my friend.

The bride and her father.


Tommy and the bridesmaids.


Exploring.



Lawn games.


Building a house for Spider-Man.


The three of us, in our best clothes.


The bridesmaid who seemed to like Tommy but he was more interested in Spider-Man.


More ketchup!


Speeches.


Cutting the cake.


Thank you Fanham Hall, and dear family, for a smashing day and evening.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

The Wine Library

The dusty amber lantern, shines for those who have lost their way.
A winding rusty staircase, trails off into the underground hemisphere.
Daring you to enter its unknown world, sits the sinister black door.
The weathered creaking sign, mocks those who question its origin.
Yes I've often walked past The Wine Library with a sense of curiosity, wonder, and twisted imagination.
It's on route on my daily commute to the office, situated by Fenchurch Street Station, and a short walk from the underground station.
Many a time I have thought it would not look out of place in its own novel.
For years now I have pondered over its hidden contents.
Until one dreary day I texted my friend: Shall we go to the Wine Library?
To which my friend's immediate response was: That's a cracking good plan.
Bring forth the arrangements and pretend cheese names!
Allow me to explain, we googled said place and were informed good cheese accompanies the fine wine. So we thought it best upon table booking to provide the names of Mr Wesley Dale and Mrs E Dam from Cheddar.(Except we then decided it might be inappropriate but it made us laugh anyway.)
Henceforth a merry night of stinky cheese and well-balanced wine.
A night where I discovered the Wine Library does not contain one single book or creepy dwelling.
It's a charming little place, with cosy atmosphere, and as one would suspect, rows of wine to tempt you.
It was also a nice break from normality. For as much as I love bedtime stories with Tommy, the world will not stop revolving if for one night daddy steps in.
And at last, my curiosity for the Wine Library was dead.

Enjoyable night spent here.


Probably the only book was the one for the bookings.


Lots of wine!


Wine and cheese. Great combination. I think it will catch on.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

When Animal Aid came to the village

When a large portion of the world strutted around in platform shoes, flared trousers and gigantic collars, Animal Aid was founded. The year was 1977.
It's now UK's largest animal rights group and one of the longest established in the world.
They campaign peacefully against all forms of animal abuse and promote cruelty-free living. They investigate and expose animal cruelty, and their undercover investigations and other evidence are often used by the media, bringing these issues to public attention.
It's an extremely worthy cause, wouldn't you agree.
Recently my home village raised money for Animal Aid. On the cricket green was a huge inflatable chicken slide, next to a stage of musicians, various stalls and rides. And the cricketer's clubhouse served food and drink.
Despite the sky threatening to rain all day (it didn't), myself, Mark, Tommy, friends and neighbours had a whole heap of fun.
I was too chicken to climb the chicken slide, but Mark, Tommy and my god daughter Faith were clucking to go on it. (Sorry about the bad jokes.) The inflatable house was a success, as was the merry-go-round and strongest man. All washed down with cider (but absolutely not for the kids), ice-creams and burgers (absolutely for the kids and adults). I even had a little jig about to the the bands (I blame that on the cider).
There were police dogs jumping on slides and running through tunnels and lots of cool animal stuff.
Erm, I actually forgot to take any picture of the animals, but the most important thing is, I bought a bunch of raffle tickets and enough cakes, with all proceeds to Animal Aid.
Every year I donate some money to charity, looks like Animal Aid are next in line.
Let's face it, anyone who can find a giant inflatable chicken and erect it opposite my house, gets my vote.*
*Not forgetting all the incredible work they do for animals.

Here it is...


The ice-cream van, popular with children and adults.


Tommy loved the mini police car.


Mummy loved the music.


The inflatable house was a big hit. Pity I was too big for it.


Spider-Man on his arm!


Showing Faith his Spider-Man arm.


Spider webbing us!


It was great to also spend some time with my friend.