The week that whizzed …

Wherever did this week go?  It’s been quite a full week – noticing the golden weeping willow against the blue boats whilst walking along the canal into town for lunch at the local chip shop cafe, Saturday morning coffee in search of Mr Longshanks Scribbler, a check up at the vet’s for Kizzy, a visit to Miss Dancing for afternoon tea, a trip to see Mr Dancing’s son and LMD II and have dinner with them.

It was also off to the cinema to see War Horse at The Westway Cinema in Frome.  I love it there and not only because it is, or was, one of only 2 licensed cinemas in the country – people queue firstly for tickets, then sweets or popcorn and then perhaps a glass of beer.  They sell sweets during the intermission in a little area next to the screen – a quick whipping across of a curtain enables you to purchase sweets at normal prices!  Give me that rather than a soul-less multiplex any day.

War Horse was very enjoyable – the casting was good and I particularly liked Albert Narracott (although my mind kept drifting back to years ago when I used to work at The Narracott Grand Hotel in Woolacombe).  The Dartmoor scenery was beautifully shot. The Devonshire accents were a bit wonky at times and I was a little thrown when Albert’s father walked to the local town to sell Joey … in real terms he went from Dartmoor, tramped across Somerset and ended up in Wiltshire at Castle Combe, where the architecture is more Cotswolds than Devon (cob and thatch cottages rather than limestone ones would have been more authentic).  That aside, I really enjoyed it – it made me think of how my grandfather served in the First World War and worked with horses.

I started to read the book since seeing the film and can’t quite come to grips with the horse being the narrator.  I abandoned Graham Norton’s autobiography to read it so perhaps it’s just a culture shock.

This week I caught up with the second and final episode of Birdsong on TV.  I’d read the novel years ago.  Another beautifully shot drama although, from memory, Sebastian Faulkes’ book covered life in the trenches in greater detail.

After a much-needed hair trim on Monday I peeked into the florist’s shop.  A bunch of flowers for £3 or a pot of hyacinths?  No contest.  When we got home, Mr Dancing delved into the shed to find the blue and white pot to complement them.

Bitterly cold weather has meant warming spicy vegetables to serve with delicious organic sausages.  The vegetables went on to be made into elastic soup – the kind that lasts a couple of days.
Cold weather has meant that, if you are a dog, a tight curl in bed is necessary.
Boxes of sorted cranes keep calling me …
I’ve managed to thread a few strings of them and taken heed of the message on the office wall.  After experimenting with translucent jewellery thread, wire and crimping beads, I tried the dental floss.  It’s perfect!  It’s easy to thread, doesn’t slip and, when knotted, doesn’t give way like the slippery transparent stuff.  Below each bird is a bead which is double-strung and then a sequin which acts as a stop.
Mr Dancing’s old fleece-lined anorak almost went in the RNLI charity collection bag but it’s been given a new life …
After a good wash, it’s been converted into a foot muff for Little Man Dancing!  Keeps the cold wind off the tootsies in this weather.  Yesterday I added an extra fleece liner, made from an old top.  As with the anorak, sleeves were chopped off,  the neck was sewn up and slits made to accommodate the harness strapping.  Little Man Dancing doesn’t like wearing his mittens, but now he can put his hands inside and keep them toasty(ish).  His Guernsey sweater was also finished (at last!) when I managed to find a suitable fastener – a metal jeans button did the trick.
By the end of this week, the hyacinth was out in full bloom, lurching towards the kitchen sink enhancing the lot of the washer up!

18 thoughts on “The week that whizzed …”

  1. Enjoyed traveling along. Such a lovely blog. The first picture so calm and pretty. Haven’t seen War Horse yet – not sure I can. My dad worked with the mules in WW II as he was a farm boy before. You are so smart making the warmer for your son – he’s cute. Enjoy now…even the fussy times. They grow up so fast. Thanks for the nice morning start!

    1. Thank you for your speedy comment Philosopher Mouse! Good to meet you … yes they do grow up extremely fast – it seems only five minutes ago that Little Man Dancing’s Dad (my son) was his age. Now off to catch up on your blog.

  2. WOW, there was so much to read I lost track of any comments I wanted to make! However I can smell that beautiful blue hyacinth from here! xx PS, lovely photographs and love your GS’s hat.

  3. ooh a lovely post S. Great idea for the nearly lost fleece! I love the cranes, what a fantastic effect they have all strung together. I must learn how to make them in case I have an occasion! of course I would not be attempting the great amount that you are doing! where did you get all the lovely paper?

    1. Glad I made use of the fleece and lined anorak before this chilly snap, A.

      The cranes are very therapeutic to fold. If you want to have a go, the paper I used was from Roze – I really enjoyed using this Chiyogami paper – there are smaller sized packs available – I needed the quantity!

      I bought all the origami paper from them – there’s a huge range and I can certainly recommend this company – excellent speedy service.

  4. The photo with hyacinth in full bloom is really striking and beautiful. I wish I had green fingers, but any plant I touch dies. My husband is not much better either but at least for him, the plants die more slowly than in my case. Little Man Dancing seems quite warm – I envy him :)

    1. Ms Life – thank you for stopping by and taking the time to make a comment. My fingers aren’t particularly green – the hyacinths were already potted when I bought them so I’ve just had to watch them, water them and smell them.

      Yes, I envied Little Man Dancing too.

  5. LOL! oh dear I have just followed a video tutorial on folding paper cranes…ahem! mine don’t look as neat as yours! I will try again though and I have bookmarked the paper link thank you x

    1. Well my first cranes were pretty rubbish-looking! Having the proper paper does make a big difference too. I used some cheap paper initially and it didn’t fold very well. Bear in mind that I folded quite a few hundred before I began posting photos!

  6. Elastic Soup . . . after the poem? Looks wonderful. And beer at the movies. What a great idea. I’ve been going to the wrong places. I’ll have to remedy that asap! I like the foot muff. I’ll bet it’s very cozy. And you’re doing the paper cranes proud. They look lovely.

  7. Hi, amazing what you find when searching. I enjoyed War Horse and also kept thinking about the Narracott hotel when Ted Narracott was mentioned. Not that I worked there but I do regularly stay at one of the apartments they have converted at the sea end of the hotel. The rest of the hotel has been closed for about 3 or 4 years. Keep hoping it will be redeveloped.
    A lovely part of England.

    Enjoyed the film too.

    1. I remember going with a tray of tea to the owner of the Narracott Hotel (some 40 years ago!) and he lived in an apartment at the sea end of the hotel – such a wonderful view. I was sorry to read that the hotel has been closed for some years. I remember the regular discos that were held there and those at The Marisco Tavern. The Red Barn, I see, is still there and thriving although it has a different feel about it now.

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