Thursday, 14 December 2017

Hugh’s Christmas Miracle

Thank goodness the snow and ice has now cleared …… and unbelievably, out of the chaos, a new life has emerged …… in the depths of Worcester at Hugh’s country pile ………
IMG_5888It seems that Hugh had gone out in the garden to see if the snow had caused any damage, but instead he found the body of a tiny and lifeless chick, abandoned by it’s confused mother. First instinct would have perhaps told you that nothing could be done, but not Hugh, he tenderly picked up the chick and gently massaged him for what seemed to be hours, even Darrell said he would have given up.
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But then …… slowly the little chick showed signs of life ……….
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Still cradling the tiny creature in his cupped hands, Hugh instructed Darrell to fill a hot water bottle with some warm water, fetch one of Hugh’s old sheepskin slippers from under the stairs and a clean cloth from out of the kitchen drawer.
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Confident that “Brian” could now hold his own with Hugh looking over him, Brian was placed in the the slipper on top of the hot water bottle and the cloth placed to keep Brian from falling out.
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Darrell said it was emotion …… very emotional …… very, very emotional ….. in fact, rampantly emotional!
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Then, when Hugh was confident that Brian was getting stronger he moved him in a small incubator ……..
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It’s still very early days, it’s not really the best time for a chick to come into the world ……..
IMG_5869 …… so if he comes through this, it will almost certainly be Hugh’s Christmas Miracle…….
…….and I wouldn't be at all surprised if the Broadway musical, film  screenplay, not to mention the book, the t-shirt and the soft toy hadn’t already been muted …….. The Life of Brian ….. has a certain familiarity and ring to it.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Oh The Weather Outside Is Frightful …….

Let’s just say, now it’s over, last weekend was quite a weekend, with thanks to the all the snow ………
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Before the snow on Friday evening Nigel had travelled back to the homeland of Wolverhampton to spend a couple of days with Lucy, hoping, amongst other things, to gaze upon his beloved Motorworld knitted nativity …….
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…… and then embrace a Jade House crispy chilli beef and egg fried rice from our also beloved ex Chinese Takeaway ………
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……. But alas, it was not to be, the road to both being so treacherous on Friday night as the snow came down that they were forced to turn around, leaving Nigel’s said nativity ungazed upon and their much anticipated meal apologised for, but sadly uncollected, and two Morrison’s pizzas heated up instead.
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Meanwhile at Hugh’s country pile in Worcester, Hugh and Darrell were whimsically tossing logs on Hugh’s blazing fire with gay abandon ………
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…… toasting crumpets and muffins plus the odd chestnut and marshmallow ……
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…….. while outside everything was slowly being transformed into a wonderful winter wonderland ……..
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……. which Darrell proclaimed to be almost too picturesquely romantic in a pre-Christmas, let it snow type way. What on earth is he like?
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And me?  Well, I had a very quiet and peaceful, snowball free, duvet weekend………. sorry no pictures available!!!!

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Just Being Ordinary …… BEFORE THE SNOW CAME DOWN!

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Just being ordinary ………
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……. without a care in the world …….
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…….. with your best friend (and mentor)…….
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……… his chickens ………
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……. and his dogs ……..
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……. it just doesn’t get any better than that!
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Monday, 11 December 2017

It’s Beginning To Taste A Lot Like Christmas ……..

I think Nigel is rather missing Darrell while he is away staying with Hugh at his country pile ….. and I suppose I was a little harsh in telling him to stop moping, but it had the desired affect as a little later he said not to make him any lunch as he was taking himself off to Amber Caf√© Bar in town for a small festive treat ………
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……. to wit one Mint Aero Mint Schnapps Hot Chocolate with ALL the trimmings!!!!!
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And I mean ALL the trimmings ……..
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……… an inordinate swirl of squirty cream with a light dusting of cocoa powder, a flake, a whole host of mini marshmallows, and a mint chocolate √©clair ……. plus hiccoughs
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Darrell? ……….. Darrell who?

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Hugh Embraces Normality

The lady friend of Hugh’s “gentleman that does” usually drops off a three course meal plus cheese and crackers  when Hugh is in residence at Le Chicken Coup, but Hugh, wanting to be just “normal” for a day or two, told her that while he was at home with Darrell they would try and fend for themselves ……. bless him!
IMG_5867Darrell text to tell me that teaching Hugh how to peel a potato had been a very warm bonding experience for both of them …… well, there’s an awful lot of the world you can put right in the two or so hours it took to peel their pound of spuds ……
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……. after which Hugh announced that he felt ready for the challenge of a few carrots, announcing that it was all very cathartic …….
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…….. but a trifle fatigued after that asked Darrell if he would mind doing the cabbage! What is he like?

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Darrell Shows Hugh His Jan The Fan hUGGs

Darrell couldn’t wait to show Hugh, the doyen of all that is de rigueur and en trend, his personalised exclusively handmade hUGG boots sent to all of us by Jan The Fan.
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Let’s just say that Hugh was VERY impressed ……
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…….. and had he not been heading to the tropical climes of Necker Island for the festive season would have been very tempted to commission several pairs for himself …… in subtle shades of all his favourite pink champagnes …….
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…… and perhaps individually crafted, Swarovski encrusted chickens on the heels ………
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……  what is he like ……. if not the teensiest weeniest bit envious of Darrell’s undisputed haute de cuisine pas excellence this Christmas!

Friday, 8 December 2017

Everyone Wants Hugh!!

Darrell was desperate to see Hugh before Christmas because from what Hugh had told him it would be goodness knows when before he would probably get the opportunity ……
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The news of the “Royal Engagement”, followed by the impending nuptials in May has thrown Hugh’s 2017/2018 commitments into a state of absolute chaos due to Hugh’s impeccable insider knowledge of all things of a Royal type nature, his world renowned fashion critique ( ……. not to mention flair) ……. and well, what Hugh doesn’t know about wedding planning can be written on the back of a dolls house stamp, and as a result his agent, Monsieur Marc, has been deluged from all areas of the media, on both sides of the Atlantic, for Hugh to commentate, advise and speculate on all aspects of said wedding.
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Monsieur Marc said such demand was unprecedented, however several very impressive contracts have already been signed…….
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……. resulting in Hugh’s understudy having to take over Hugh’s acclaimed  Widow Twanky, for the entire panto season, hard platform heels to follow and much resizing of flamboyant costumes and wigs ……. but in turn a theatrical break that would probably change young Sebastian's life forever!
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So with Hugh’s panto season halted before the curtain had even gone up, Hugh’s agent advised Hugh that he would need to get away from it all for a few weeks before the unrelenting onslaught of wedding fever took over  ……… hence Hugh’s imminent departure to the exclusive Necker Island. As Hugh told Darrell, “Never has Say Yes to the Dress been more relevant …… or making the right choice of Royal Wedding tea towel (when they hit the shops)  so de rigueur.
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Though Darrell’s stay will be all too fleeting and very low key he is rather hoping that in all the excitement,  just for once, Hugh might let slip a few hints of things to come ……..
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……. but knowing Hugh, that was VERY unlikely!!!

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Can You Work Out What It Is Yet?

This really isn’t us, as Christmas is our very most favourite time of the year  ……. and we really had to rack our brains trying to work out how to put the clues together …………..
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……. to make Bah Humbug ……. What are we like? And, although it’s not quite the done thing to discuss such matters in public, we almost wet ourselves in the process, giggling for the photo.  Happy Festive Days!!!