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).
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!).
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!).
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!