A Catch Up

A Catch Up

Hello? Is anyone there? It’s March already and yet I’ve only written just three blog posts so far this year. I have no excuses! So, what have I been up to?

At the end of January, I had a conference down in London and I decided to make a proper trip of it. I made the most of the West End New Year Sale and bought a ticket to see Wicked The Musical. It cost me just £40 for a seat in the third row of the stalls (a lot cheaper than the usual price!), I’d wanted to see Wicked for years and it didn’t disappoint. Such an amazing soundtrack! The following evening I went to see comedian Frank Skinner and his support act, Pierre Novellie (who I definitely want to see again).

Wicked The Musical – Outside Apollo Victoria Theatre in London.

Just a few short days later, the oven door decided to come off one of the hinges when I opened it and I managed to burn my wrist in the process of juggling the oven door and a tray of vegetables.

A few days after that, I fell over in the car park at work – grazing both knees and doing who knows what damage to my foot/ankle which twisted as I fell. I could barely walk/hop/hobble for a few days or so.

I began to wonder if I should just stay in bed. After all, I should be safer there!

February mostly consisted of storms and floods, weekend after weekend after weekend. Even getting to work was fraught with wondering if I’d manage to get there or even get home. One road out of the village is currently closed as the road has given way and others in the area are awaiting repair. Despite this, we are quite lucky… Those further down the River Severn (Shrewsbury, Ironbridge etc) have had it much worse.

Thankfully, the awful weather subsided enough for my friend Kim and I to be able to get to Liverpool for a couple of days of fun. Last Thursday evening, we went to see Kiefer Sutherland at Liverpool’s O2 Academy for his Reckless & Me 2020 tour. It was a fantastic evening. Kim even managed to get Austin’s (Kiefer’s guitarist) plectrum off him when she bumped into him in the corridor just before they went on stage (she also caught a plectrum at Def Leppard’s concert in Wolverhampton many moons ago… She must have a collection by now!).

Kiefer Sutherland - Reckless & Me 2020 at O2 Academy, Liverpool.
Kiefer Sutherland – Reckless & Me 2020 at O2 Academy, Liverpool.
Kiefer Sutherland - Reckless & Me 2020 at O2 Academy, Liverpool.
Kiefer Sutherland – Reckless & Me 2020 at O2 Academy, Liverpool.

We decided to do some shopping in Liverpool the following day, but not before we’d visited The Cat Cafe. I’m in two minds about these kinds of places, but their list of dos and don’ts before we went in put me at ease. Plus it got us out of the rain (when will it ever stop?!). The cats were beautiful, but most were having their mid-morning nap (I don’t blame them, I could have done with one after the previous night’s concert!).

A cat fast asleep at The Cat Cafe in Liverpool.
A cat fast asleep at The Cat Cafe in Liverpool.

One of the cats at The Cat Cafe, Liverpool.

Primark, Lush (the biggest Lush store on the planet, apparently!) and lunch at GBK followed The Cat Cafe. One thing to note though: Paper bags may be eco-friendly, but they’re not rain-friendly. Paper bags, Lush products and torrential rain don’t go well together! We just about made it back to the car without the bags disintegrating and Lush products fizzing all over the place.

What else? Well, with all this wet weather, I’ve managed to catch up on some films I’ve been wanting to watch (I recommend Mrs Lowry & Son and Darkest Hour) and some TV (Torchwood is back on BBC iPlayer).

Here’s hoping we’re in for a drier spring!


  1. Kelly says:

    Your busyness sounds like a reasonable reason for not having posted much this year. You’ve done some fun things! Sorry to hear about the burn and the spill, though.

    Anca has also shared photos of the cat cafe and I think it would be a great place to visit! 😀

  2. Kris P says:

    You’ve been busy despite your horrid weather. I wish you could redirect some of that rain this way – our weather has been nearly summer-like but the down side is that we’re headed back into drought status.

  3. I have also seen Kiefer Sutherland and his band recently , in Blackburn. Was a great night! And cat cafes are always fun to visit. Been to ones in London, Paris and Manchester. 🙂

    • Nikki says:

      Kiefer was excellent, wasn’t he?! I think it was my 5th time seeing him in concert (previous times in Manchester). We’ve got a local-ish cat cafe I now want to visit.

  4. Jo says:

    You have had a busy start to the year. Wicked is such a great musical, I saw it a few years ago, it was Eleanor who wanted to see it, I wasn’t that bothered but I’d definitely go again, it was so good. I hope you’re feeling better now after burning yourself and your tumble.

  5. jeanie says:

    It’s so good to see you here! You cat photos are really exquisite.

    No wonder you haven’t posted — sounds like a grim scene of bad luck with the ankle, rain and everything else. Glad it has straightened out. Liverpool sounds fun and Wicked is ALWAYS a good idea! We don’t have Lush here — thanks for the link; now I know!

  6. Anca says:

    I saw the first picture and I thought that it looks like it was taken in Liverpool, at the cat cafe. I was right, but is not that surprising considering that I’m going there so often. Today I’ve spent over an hour in there, playing with the cats. It’s so relaxing.

    Your story about the paper bags is so funny. I wouldn’t want to have a bag filled with Lush bath bombs on a rainy day.

    • Nikki says:

      My first time at the cat cafe was last week (although I had walked past it previously). We’ll definitely be going again!

      I was almost hunched over the bag of Lush stuff in the hope I could keep it a little drier.

  7. It sounds like a mixed couple of months but you sound busy! I’ve been there with the vegetable tray burns a million times now and I still wonder how I managed it every time. Those cats look so cute! x


  8. Cheryl Churm says:

    I am sorry to hear about your early year traumas. I hope you are fully recovered from them.

    The weather has been atrocious in February and I hope that Spring is really just around the corner putting all that nonsense at bay!

  9. Nancy says:

    It is so cool that you got to check out a musical! Oh no, I am sorry to hear about the injuries. Hope you got the oven door sorted out. OMGGGG the cat cafe is so cute!! I’ve been wanting to go to one for the longest!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

  10. Sheryl says:

    The burned wrist and fall in the car park don’t sound like fun. Hopefully you are well on the way towards recuperating from these accidents.

  11. Whilst I have no fancy for Wicked, I would love to have seen Frank Skinner.

    Like me you sound what Mr T describes as an ‘accident waiting for somewhere to happen’. With a burnt wrist and a fall, lets hope that things don’t really come in threes.

  12. ed says:

    I’ve also seen Wicked (a couple of times, actually) and thoroughly enjoyed it. Not so sure about all this falling over malarky though. I suppose it could have been worse if you’d toppled carrying a Lush fizz bomb in the rain.

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