The shops are filling up with Christmas wares and I can’t even bring myself to contemplate the prospect of Christmas, let alone start preparing for it!
This week has been so unseasonably warm, that I can’t believe that Autumn is well under way. It seems so strange to see the leaves turning and falling from the trees, when the sun is out and I have yet to venture outdoors wearing a coat.
This has all been good for our ‘Treasure Trails’ Somerset sales, which have been higher than average, although with the second most visited City in the UK, Bath, in our territory, weather doesn’t play too much of a part in the equation, as you can see most of this beautiful place on foot, enjoyable and fun for all the family, whatever the elements throw at you.
It doesn’t seem possible that it is a year ago since I sat and wrote a post about our annual visit to The Wyvern Theatre, in Swindon, Wiltshire, to see the latest production by local organisation SALOS (Swindon Area Light Operatic Society).
This year is the society’s Diamond anniversary and to celebrate, they chose for their production an extravaganza called ‘Crazy For You‘, which was a celebration of songs and music by the great George Gershwin.
The show, as usual, was superbly choreographed, produced and edited and the volunteer cast were supremely professional in their execution of this adapted version of the musical.
Several of the memebers reminisce on the SALOS site, about their time spent with the company, among them my niece’s new mother-in-law, Mary, who has been with them since her youth, for some 40 years. The tradition is well and truly being carried on by the younger members of her family, with her daughter, son and his new wife (my niece), all working as behind the scenes crew, to ensure the success of every performance.
Combined with a very hospitable welcome and pre-show supper at my brother and sister-in-law’s house, with my younger niece obligingly clearing the dinner things whilst we were at the show, altogether a very civilised evening.
We ordered and received photographs of aforementioned niece’s wedding this week, which brought back some lovely memories of a very special day. Now I need to purchase a couple of frames to do them justice, as they take their pride of place.
Hubbie is busy at present, setting up his new desktop PC, after the previous one breathed its last, earlier in the week. All is quiet from the office, apart from the odd expletive, when plug and play, doesn’t quite live up to his expectations!
I finished The Children of Men by P.D. James, about which I am still busily compiling my thoughts, however I can say that it is one of the best books I have read in a long time. To read a small taster from the first chapter of this engrossing story, click here
My next book is Eulogy’s Secret (The Huntley Trilogy), the latest Georgian historical romance from UK author, Grace Elliot. Although this book is part of a trilogy, Grace reliably informs me that it works as a stand alone story. I had the pleasure of reviewing Grace’s first historical romance novel last year. ‘A Dead Man’s Debt’ was a great triumph for her and my review can be found here.
Here’s to another, not too eventful week!
Happy reading everyone