Adrift in the modern world....

The bold enterprize of one woman trying to brighten her day by turning the clock back to the Golden Age of style...when hats, handbags and gloves were de rigueur each and every day.

has her NTLIve tickets

Friday, April 13, 2012

I am so thrilled that I managed to track down a cinema in the near vicinty that is actually showing the NTLive 'Encore' screening of Frankenstein by Danny Boyle. I've currently got a ticket for the screening with Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) as the Creature and Jonny Lee Miller as Victor Frankenstien. I can't decide whether or not should get a ticket for two days later when they show the opposite pairing, as both actors alternated roles each night. I've read fantastic reviews for both actors in both I think I might just have to get the other ticket!!!!

I have been invited to a wedding in Cambridge at the end of May and I may finally get to wear a vintage inspired halterneck dress that I bought over a year ago but any dressy occasion that I could have worn it has been sabotaged by the blasted here's hoping.

Due to the weather, I've not been doing a lot and therefore haven't had a great deal to post about, but I have been reading vast quantities of books, both fact and fiction. A number of books have leapt out of the norm by being both well written and 'different'. The lastest one has been:

This is her third book, I didn't get into the second one but her first: A Company of Liars was amazing.

I've also been re-reading Alison Weir's phenomenal historical books and here are a few of the ones that I think are well worth a look:

I adore her books on Eleanor of Aquitaine; Isabelle, the She-Wolf of France and all her Tudor related ones.

If you get a chance...have a look.




some random bits for Friday.

Friday, March 09, 2012

Happy St David's Day to all!

Thursday, March 01, 2012

On a Cold and Frosty Morning.

Friday, February 03, 2012

OK, maybe cold is the understatment of this very new year; it's bloody freezing! I do not jest when I say that when I scrapped the ice of the car (windscreen, rear and side windows) it was -10c...MINUS 10!!!!!! That's brass monkey weather! But apart from that I would much rather this weather than the miserable rain that lasts for weeks that we get in this part of the world so frequently.

On brighter notes, you might have read in an earlier post that out leading actor had suffered a heart attack half way through the run but he's up and about and recuperating well!

After weeks of rehearsals and script learning I can now have a break and catch up on the films and books I've neglected over the period. I have an eclectic reading list and there's nothing much that I don't read but there is one book that has gripped me; I'd watched the new version of Tinker, Tailor Solider Spy with the marvellous (and now Oscar nominated) Gary Oldman, who I've loved since Dracula; so i dug out all my old John Le Carre Smiley books and started with TTSS. I had forgotten how wonderfully atmospheric his writing is. In places you can almost taste the tension and the secrets in the air. The mood is sombre and dark but the characters are so beautifully drawn that it pulls you into a world that you know must exist but wonder how anyone ever manages to stay sane in it.

I am still ODing on Sherlock, this is NOT being helped by the Mad Lep re-watching them and then either PMing or texting me with a comment and me thinking....Pants! now I will have to go and watch it again....just to verify. And that is such a terrible hardship...not! I can't wait until they start filming the new series as bits of it are filmed in and around Cardiff and they also use the sound stage used by Dr Who which is minutes from me.......I could find myself going out every lunch time just for a peak!!!

Anyhow, due to the central heating being turned up to the max at home and work my skin has been very dry so I pootled down to Benefit and purchased this:

and so far it seems to be doing the trick. I do so love Benefit costmetics not just for the packaging and the names they call the products but they are just so wonderful and I find with my colouring (red hair pale skni) they actually make products for people like ME!!!!!

So as it's so cold I am tucking myself up infront of a roaring fire with a glass of wine and a good book and waiting for Sherlock Series 3!!



Welcome to 2012

Monday, January 23, 2012

To the Chinese Year of the Dragon - which being Welsh I think is very appropriate!

Onto more humdrum things, the run of JB Priestley's When We are Married, went extremely well, apart from the leading actor suffering from a heart attack half way through the run. It put a slight damper on the proceedings but the news is good so we all have our fingers crossed.

On the vintage front, my local source has been very poor of late and I am begining to think that a lot of 'tresures' are being rooted out before they even reach the shops. But I was given a vintage fox fur stole by a friend who is totally vegan and against anything fur and leather but he hadn't got rid of it as it had been his grandmothers (but he felt it was going to a good home when he gave it to me, which was nice). My mother had yet again been marvellous having scouted round charity shops and antique shops to get stocking fillers for Christmas and as a result had various broches and a lovely compact.

On a happy front Dimitri Szarzewski had been chosen for the French Rugby Six Nations side, disappointing that Chabal hasn't been chosen but I'll be happy to watch that one hunky Frenchman.

Finally, after OD'ing on Benedict Cumberbatch over Thursday/Friday and then the weekend - series 1 and 2 of Sherlock AND the Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy last night...well a girl can never have too much of a good thing. Although, I will admit that after watching the final episode of Sherlock I was in BITS, sinvelling and sniffing for hours after...poor poor John Watson and to think that we have to wait another year for the next series!

Pip Pip


comments on the weather!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Once again the British weather does it's best to flumox everyone. This morning was 6c when at the same time yesterday it was 12c, no wonder people are dropping like flies with colds and sniffles. A harsh winter is promised again, which is fine as long as we are prepared for it (which we never are). I suppose if we keep getting harder winters then the authorities will decide to be prepared (like the continent) but while we still only get 'occasional' harsh winters, I suppose we'll be left to the mercy of the weather and the road gritters.

On a brigher note...

I had been so terribly organised and sorted out the clothes I wanted to take on holidays to Italy; there they were tidily laid out in me dressing room - lovely autumnal clothes. Then....I thought that I had better check the weather for where I am going! Result? I had to put all my carefully selected clothes back in the wardrobe and yet again dig out the summer stuff as it's a monumental 25c out there...which lets be perfectly honest, is hotter than it's been for most of the summer here.

So people...this little blogger will get her summer...but in October in foriegn climbs.

see you soon!!

pip pip


was optimistic!

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

After thinking that we might get a wonderful Indian Summer...I have been sadly mistaken and the weather is now back to the usual summer weather: cold, wet and windy.

So all my summer clothes that I didn't put away last week can now continue on their merry way into the suitcases until next summer.

Plus all the local schools have been advised to move all their important work to the next few weeks as severe weather (ie three flakes of snow) are expected in November and December. Oh Joy unbounded.

I like the snow, don't get me wrong, as long as I don't have to try to get anywhere in it. I like sitting by the fire, with a good book or film and a large glass of red wine. Now that is a perfectly acceptable winter activity!