Wednesday, 24 May 2017

A Most Romantic Nursery School ……

Just up the road from Hugh is a bilingual nursery called La Petite Ecole Bilingue, just how romantic is that?
IMG_2118Darrell has been imagining who unbelievably cute it would be to pick Iris up from nursery and greet her in French, with something along the lines of  …….. “Bonjour mon petit chou chou chou, avez-vous passé un bon moment? Qu'est-ce que tu as fait mon cheri ?” in an exotic Wolverhampton French hybrid accent, with Iris replying with an equally impeccable   “Je suis un peu faim Oncle Darrell, puis-je avoir un gâteau de maïs s'il vous plaît?” as is Iris’s usual way. What is he like, if an incorrigible and hopeless, hopeless romantic!

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Darrell Ventures Into Portobello Road Market

While Hugh was out giving several radio interviews on Theresa May’s election wardrobe Darrell decided to have a mooch around Portobello Market, about a five minute walk from Hugh’s flat.
port 1He said that though he had plenty of money in his pocket, it was safe! There was nothing to tempt him, although he tried and looked very hard, in fact, he said, that the charity shops of Evesham offered far more temptation in prising him from his well earned cash type nature!
port 5It was also VERY VERY busy, Darrell had almost forgotten just how busy and crowded it could be, with pictures being taken of every single thing from every conceivable angle, so without him trying too hard, he reckons that quite a few foreign tourists will be going home to find him beaming in the background of their pictures !!!  What is he like?
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……. And one of London’s greatest mysteries still puzzles with Darrell, how come one of the busiest streets in London has the worst Poundland he has ever been in, and believe me, Darrell has been in a great many. It’s untidy and to be honest pretty grotty, as well as being only half stocked with **** rubbish.  If Poundland have flagship shops this ought to be one of them, but instead it just gives pound shops a bad name, it should take a leaf, for example from Telford or Tamworth, then tourists would be queuing to get in!
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The stalls and shops of Portobello haven't changed a lot in the years Darrell has been visiting, the only new phenomena he noticed was the proclivity of stalls selling vintage headscarves for £1, he delved and was almost tempted by one or two, but he reasoned that though a scarf tied at a jaunty angle round Hugh’s neck looks sooooooo right on Hugh in Notting Hill, it  would equally look sooooooooo out of place in Evesham!
port 8 …….. but, perhaps in twenty years or so time, who knows?

Monday, 22 May 2017

A Belated Eurovision 2017

As you read this, Eurovision is well and truly over, but on the evening, in Notting Hill,  Darrell and Hugh had a wonderful, wonderful night ……..
IMG_2126……. starting with a magnificent tea, prepared by Hugh himself, with his own bare hands, as he had given his “man that does” the evening off to enjoy Eurovision himself.
IMG_2138Hugh was of the same opinion as us re: The Three Amigos, who were our comperes for the night, for being a little too cheesy in manner and Thunderbird puppet stiff of movement.  He was also as relieved as we were to find that national costume and “meaningful” contemporary dance to weird folk instrumentals did not rear their head too much in the interval as we had feared …… but he said that if he had been consulted, he may have been able to swing it for his great friends La Gaga or Madge to cut through all the fannying about and “do” said interval in it’s entirety, as Mr Timberlake had done in Stockholm.
IMG_2125Darrell’s and Hugh’s favourite song was Belgium, although Darrell had said that Portugal, because it was so different from the others, could come in on the outside, as indeed it did.  The favourite Italy just did nothing for them.
IMG_2134They were more on the ball however when they predicted that Spain would be a null pointer.
IMG_2128During the voting Hugh produced a rather humungous selection of gourmet cheeses, after which Darrell said he had an attack of the dreaded Christmas cheese sweats! But, it has to be said, Hugh does puts on a serious candle lit feast!
IMG_2129So that is it for yet another year …… Portugal, the victors, beckons ……. and who knows, it won’t be for the lack of trying, perhaps one or two of us may find ourselves there ……

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Darrell Returns To London

While Nigel and I were in Devon, Darrell travelled down to London for the first time in over a year, as he/we now tend to visit Hugh in his Worcester Cottage Bolt Hole, where he is a very different Hugh to the one we see in Notting Hill when he is living the showbiz life. 
IMG_2205However, Hugh had several interviews and magazine shoots in London during the week,  and so had invited Darrell down to London where they could share Eurovision together yet again.
IMG_2203Darrell said it was a very different journey after travelling from the Wolverhampton to London so many times. This was a lot posher, calling at stations through the Cotswolds and then Oxford, where some very posh people with bound documents got on, talking about important sounding people and funding, in hushed (but intellectual voices) so Darrell had much to eavesdrop …… they also, he noted nodded in agreement as posh people do!  What is he like?
IMG_2201It was good to be back he sighed ……. and Eurovision was but a few hours away ………..

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Nigel Gets The Most Wonderful Surprise

As soon as Nigel and I got home from Devon Cliffs the first thing he wanted to do was go down to the lock to check on his swans and their eggs ………..
Nigel 1…….. lets just say it was very, very emotional reunion, I am even filling up a little myself.
Cygnet 1At first Nigel didn’t think anything had happened in our absence, but, as he was watching quietly, a tiny little head popped out from under the mummy swans wings ……
Cygnet 2I think poor Nigel was beside himself at that moment ………
Nigel 2…….. he certainly came home with moist eyes and a drip on the end of his nose ……
Cygnet…… because, he said that when the mum rearranged herself on the nest, as she lifted herself up he was pretty sure there were another two swanlings under her!  As I said at the beginning, it was a very emotional home coming for Nigel ……. and if he disappears now and again I am pretty sure I will know where to find him!  He says when he is a little more together he will have a think of some names for The Triplings!

Friday, 19 May 2017

Upwards and Onwards Or Vice Versa

This morning it was time to bid a fond farewell to Devon Cliffs.
There was time for one last sandcastle to be made for Nigel ……….
IMG_2021…….. and a last quick, chilly paddle for Iris and Lucy ……..
IMG_2014……. before we emptied the caravan of all our paraphernalia, partook in the chucking out of the bed linen …… and the final handing in of keys.
IMG_1999We’ve had a wonderful time, but, this was just a practice run for things to come, the Romantic Isle of Corfu beckons, when the bitter grey sea, cold sands and fish and chips of Devon at the start of the summer season…………
IMG_1918………. will be replaced by the warm azure sea, golden sands and gyros of the aforementioned and much anticipated Greek Isle …………
crop………. Happy Days!

Thursday, 18 May 2017

A Tiny Bit of Beach Respite for Nigel

This morning we decided that we would get up bright and early to be the first in the queue for when the doors of campsite swimming pool opened.  Lucy said that as we had paid for our “entertainment passes” we really ought to use them …….and it also gave Nigel a brief break of all things of a sandcastle and mermaid nature.
The pool did not disappoint, with its wonderful array of slides, flumes spewing fountains and cascading waterfalls …… which we all embraced.
But Nigel just couldn’t help looking to see if there was anything in the shop that he could use to enhance Iris’s mermaid experience later on, on our last afternoon on the beach, bless him.
IMG_1945After a light lunch, we were all back down on the campsites private beach, it was a trifle chilly, even though the sun made a valiant attempt to appear between clouds now and again, but  Nigel and I were very much strangers to our beach bathing attire. We did, however, roll up our trousers so that Iris, who doesn’t seem to feel the bite of the water as sharply as we did, could paddle and fetch water.IMG_1957 We’ve had a brilliant time, and Uncle Nigel has truly proved that he really is the king of the castle, as far as Iris is concerned.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Nigel’s Changing Role …….

IMG_1953Nigel’s role so far this holiday has been chief sandwich sandcastle maker, however, today Iris changed tack in her requests and wanted to be a mermaid on the beach  …….
IMG_1956…… decorated with seashells and stones.
IMG_2033Naturally Nigel has taken this request very much to heart …….
IMG_2032……. and I have to say, his efforts became more and more realistic as day went on, in fact I sort of half expected to see Iris’s tail to give a little mermaidy flip now and then.
20170507_161837Nigel did manage to get the odd five minutes rest here and there when I offered to take over for a while, but young Iris is a very discerning young lady, and she was soon demanding that Uncle Nigel return, because “Uncle Monkey is rubbish at mermaid tails!”  What is she like?

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

A Tour Round Our Bijouxesque Holiday Homestead.

The best thing about our bijouxesque caravan is that we have a sea view from the lounge area ……. the picture doesn’t do it justice, but we can see boats and waves and is, for us, soooooooo unbelievably romantic. We love our view at The Towers, but the only thing we would ever swop it for would be one of the sea.
IMG_1987Naturally, of an artistic nature, the first thing that caught our eye, (after the bijouxesqueness of the caravan)  was the ubiquitous objet d’art hanging over the gas fire, a reminder, perhaps, that our Greek Odyssey of Corfu is fast approaching! 
IMG_1965The kitchen is ample for the making of simple holiday fare ………
I even managed to create a risen scrambled egg a la microwave, something I have never done before (and will probably never again)  but it caused much admiring ooooooo’s and ahhhhhhh’s at breakfast ……
IMG_1983 The toaster blew all the electrics on our first night, a very nice gentleman came to put it back on and we had a brand new toaster delivered to the caravan, by hand, a while later, but after that I am afraid I preferred to use the grill for our breakfast toast.
The shower room is undeniably small, you can ….. erm  do your ….. sitting ablutions with your knees on the door, perfect for avoiding any unwanted intrusions and the need to whistle.
It has to be said that going away with ladies is a very different affair to our usual All Boyz Tour …….
IMG_1971Though Nigel did happen to greatly admire Lucy’s toiletry bag, going as far as asking her where she had got it from, as he thought it would be a perfect present for Darrell, he also being an admirer of Miss Piggy, even if she is just a puppet.
IMG_1969I also have to admit that listening to Disney’s Greatest Love Songs doesn’t really do it for me ……. but there again, it’s another idea for Darrell, who is very partial to belting out the odd chorus of A Whole New World  and One Day My Prince Will Come ….. funny boy!
IMG_1990It is compact, but it is “home” for a few days, Iris loves it and that’s all that really matters …….. and it gives Nigel the perfect excuse of not offering to help me with the chores too much, as he says, he doesn’t want to get under my feet!!!!  What is he like?