Thursday, 17 August 2017

Jade's birthday meal and Thor: Ragnarok International Trailer (Strange)

After work it was off to Ziyafet in Eltham for Jade's birthday meal. There was a whole bunch of us there, Toni, Jade, Aaron, Bob, Jamie, Iain, Callum and Ryan.

We had a brilliant night, everyone had fun and we enjoyed some delicious food. It was nice to get out and catch up with everyone and also lark about a bit.

The final surprise was a cake for Jade :)

To cap off a wonderful evening Marvel have released their latest international trailer for Thor: Ragnarok. Lots of clips that we have seen before but this time we have some Dr. Strange!

Toni and I also made it to the very end of Bones! Wow, that was a wild ride through twelve seasons of delightful television. What an ending! If you haven't seen Bones before I would definitely recommend it.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Work disasters, new tattoos and Bones

Following on from firefighting yesterday it was more of the same today. Disasters were popping up left right and centre with a trail of schoolboy errors all over the shop. Frustrating it was, VERY frustrating. It was one of those days where you just start to despair.

On the plus side there is a whole load of good analysis about to be done which hopefully might help to alleviate some of the problems in time. Fingers crossed that that all goes well.

I did manage to have another Dark Forces session at lunchtime which was great fun. Another level down.

Toni was back in the tattoo artists chair today and came home with some more amazing work done. She is like a walking piece of art these days.

Our evening was spent rushing towards the end of Bones. Only a couple of episodes left to go now!

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Boring, interesting, firefight and stuff

Today was a mixed bag work wise. It started off with a presentation about the new company pension scheme which was as interesting as it was boring. I know that doesn't make sense but you'll just have to go with it LOL.

There was a bit of s slow slump before chaos started to break out again. I am fully rested now so was quite happy to dive straight back in to firefighting mode. I think I've even got the hang of doing it while not getting stressed too which is a serious result!

In the evening we watched Midnight, Texas and then LEGO Star Wars Freemaker Chronicles until Sam drifted off to bed and then we resumed our Bones marathon.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Late start, slow day, pig trains, GOT and Bones

Today started in an amusing manner. Sam was working the late shift which means I get a few extra minutes in bed. I got ready and headed downstairs and waited for Sam but there was no sign of him. I knocked in his door and he'd managed to sleep through all of his alarms so we left even later than we had planned.

My working day was a little slow although it did have some very productive moments. I did get to play Dark Forces at lunchtime though so that was a high spot!

Sadly the journey home was a bit of a pig due to a broken train so Sam and I had to detour via Eltham although we did cheat getting back thanks to Uber.

Dinner was accompanied by the latest episode of Game Of Thrones. Wow, this season just gets better and better. No spoilers here but I am loving it so far.

The rest of the evening was spent knocking off some more episodes of Bones taking us to the end of Season 11 into the start of Season 12.....

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Crow Dancers @ Artemis Gathering

It was another glorious day as we headed to Banbury to The Artemis Gathering for another Crow Dancers performance.

We go there and it was time for a quick set up and get make up applied.

This was my first ever gig using in-ear monitors which was an interesting experience. It was better than I thought it would be and certainly saved a lot of wear and tear on my old lugs.

The gig itself was really good. Once again things moved in the direction that spirit took us which made for a great experience for everybody (us included). We seem to have hit our stride now on working with each other to go with the flow and we had nothing but positive feedback afterwards which was fantastic.

I'll update with some pics at a later date if some start to appear.

Our next challenge is to work out how we now commit what we do on stage to a recorded format so that the album accurately captures what we are about.

We have one planned gig left this year which will be on Friday 6th October at Witchfest in Brighton. Tickets for that can be bought here (scroll to the bottom): Witchfest 2017

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Off to Nottingham to meet Lydia

Today we were up reasonably early and had a nice breakfast before heading off to Nottingham to visit Sophie and see Lydia for the first time. It was a lovely day which made everything start well.

We had a really smooth journey up there and it was lovely to be greeted by Sophie and Kenzie. Unfortunately Scarlett was away with her dad for a few weeks so we didn't get to see her face to face although we did speak to her on the phone.

Sadly there is still an embargo on posting photos of Lydia but she is absolutely lovely. Truly set and squishy and I can't wait for the day that I can post some pics.

Fun was also had with Kenzie and photos were taken :)

As is always the case time ran away with us and it was time to head back to Stratford-upon-Avon. It was another smooth run and when we got back we went out to Bella Italia for a meal before sitting in the communal garden to sit and watch the meteorite shower.

Happy Birthday Jade

Happy Birthday Jade
Hope you have a fantastic day

Friday, 11 August 2017

Gluten free inkypol and off to visit mum

Forgot to add this to my blog entry last night but we discovered a wonderful collection of gluten free inkypol in Tesco so we decided some sampling might be in order.

We can't wait to start sampling some of there :)

I worked from home this morning and then had a half day booked so that Toni and I could jump in the car and whizz off to Stratford-upon-Avon to visit mum. Before we left we watered the plants and I managed to capture this lovely web. You will probably need to zoom to see it properly.

The journey to Stratford was not an easy one with may of our roads acting more like car parks.

We did get here in the end though and were greeted with hugs, a smile and then gin and tonic and some lovely nibbles. I passed on the G&T but I did have the Angry Orchard cider that is in the horde above and it was lovely.

It was nice and relaxing just sitting around chilling.