Archive | January, 2013

When can I move to Stow?

27 Jan

Just back from a lovely visit to see my friend KT in Cheltenham and we had so much fun! It was a real treat to get out of London into the countryside and we headed straight to the idyllic Cotswolds village of Stow-on-the-Wold, somewhere we’ve both always wanted to go to, but never quite managed it. It was so pretty, especially in the snow. We mooched around the shops – fantastic selection of greetings cards at Eklektika, and the most delicious mix of vintage treasures and home furnishings at House Etc – before returning home for a Saturday night in (Take Me Out!!!) with a meze-style supper. Yum!

There’s nothing like a night at the theatre…

26 Jan

Twelfth Night

…and I’ve been lucky to have two in the space of a week! The first was in aid of JP’s birthday when I treated him to a trip to the Vaudeville to see Uncle Vanya, starring Ken Stott, Anna Friel, Samuel West and Laura Carmichael. The excitement started long before the show began with a celebrity star-spot in the theatre’s bar – none other than Jim Carter and Penelope Wilton, aka Carson and Isobel Crawley from Downton! The performance itself was thoroughly enjoyable too – despite Uncle Vanya exploring the human condition in varying stages of misery and depression in true Chekov style.

Next up was an outing to the Apollo to see Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. One word – fantastic! From the staging – you see the cast getting ready on stage and can also pay to sit in boxes on the stage – to the actors (Stephen Fry, Roger Lloyd Pack, Paul Chahidi and Mark Rylance as Countess Olivia – hilarious!), the entire production was cleverly thought out and put together. I laughed throughout. I’m ashamed to say there are a lot of Shakespeare’s plays that I haven’t read yet but I feel inspired now to dig out my complete works and give him another go. Any recommendations on where to start?

Uncle Vanya runs to 16 February; unclevanyatheplay.com

Twelfth Night runs to 9 February; apollotheatrelondon.co.uk

Happy (early) Burns Night!

19 Jan

Going to uni in Edinburgh and being married to a Scot, Burns Night is unsurprisingly an important date on my calendar. And, having discovered The Ceilidh Club in London, it made sense to get a group of friends together and head to their festivities – traditional dancing with haggis, neeps and tatties thrown in (the perfect ingredients for a night out, in my opinion). M came up from Southampton too and, despite feeling gutted that he didn’t have his kilt to hand – in storage – we all had the most fantastic night. Resolution for 2013 – go to more ceilidhs. They’re such honest fun and a much more enjoyable source of exercise than the gym, any day.

ceilidhclub.com

Keep Britain Farming!

16 Jan

Pop-up farm

Pop up farm 2

The countryside came to London today when The Addington Fund hosted its first Pop-up Farm – outside St Paul’s Cathedral! Check out the cute sheep – and the impressive combine harvester. Don’t think the city commuters knew quite what to think. Country Living magazine was also there promoting their current Keep Britain Farming campaign to encourage the public to reconnect with where their food comes from and get to know their local farmers. Definitely a cause to support.

keepbritainfarming.com