Sunday, 2 January 2011

Happy New Year..........in more ways than one...........

Happy New Year to you all.............sorry I have been absent over the festive period, there has been a lot going on.
The two people in the photo above are my son Steve and his girlfriend Louise, who made our Christmas this year in more ways than one! First was the announcement that they were engaged, on Christmas Day, he proposed on top of a hill, in the snow on one knee.... and she said yes............how amazing is that, we are so happy. Second, well they are going to make us grandparents in June this year too............a double whammy as they say.........
Needless to say we are over the moon, I am beyond excited at the prospect of my first grandchild, it is going to be one very spoilt child (I am allowed, I checked) but from what I am being told by my friends this is quite normal behaviour. Wedding date, well not before baby but they are thinking maybe later in the year or early next year..........too much excitement for one granny I can tell you LOL.
Apart from our wonderful news our Christmas passed fairly quietly really. My DH is ill, still ill, got the cold/flu thingy and still has it......I  ended up with sinus issues and still have that..............all in all we just vegged out and our cupboards are still fairly full as we were not feeling very much like eating, hey ho, less time to spend in Sainsbury's which is fine by me..........hate shopping! Well food shopping anyhow, did some girl shopping with some friends during the week, we had a great day out at the Sales and bought a few bargain goodies.
Today we went to the Theatre. We have a company here in Oxford called the Oxford Creation Theatre Company and they do performances throughout the year in some very unique settings. In the summer we saw Romeo and Juliet on top of the Oxford Business School, so decided to see the winter performance of Rapunzel in the Mirror Tent at the Oxford Mini Plant.
Now this is the worst photo ever of the outside of the tent but I just could not get the camera to get a decent one in the light available. The tent is over 100 years old and is made of wood with a fabric roof. It was rescued from the tip by a company in the Netherlands and each winter it comes to Oxford Mini Plant for the festive season.
This is inside, the centre dome, the circular stage is under this.
This is the left side of the stage, seating is right up to the edge of the stage, it was a very interactive production. The reason this is called the Mirror Tent is that the whole of the interior walls are covered with mirrors. You can just see them in the very back of this picture.
This is the right side............again all the mirrors in the background. The stage had many hidden trap doors out of which popped all sorts of characters.
This is the stage from our seats, the foreground is right under our noses, we were that close.
One of the rather endearing features of these productions is the food, they always do something far more interesting than crisps and coke!
This time it was crepes, sweet or savoury and rather huge! Yum!!
Happy New Year to you all................

13 comments:

Helen said...

Congrats to the happy couple and granny-to-be! Sorry you've had the lurgy over Christmas, hope you both get better soon.

Brenda Brown said...

Fabulous news Wendy, I am sooooo pleased for you, you wait you will love, love, love being a granny.
Best wishes to both of you and I wish you a happy, healthy and peaceful 2011 and hope it is all you wish for yourself.
Take care. Luv {brenda} xoxox

Sue said...

Many congrats to Granny Gale!! You will be in your absolute element come June!
Theatre looks fab....interesting venue I have to say!

Suzie Sews At DOTTY RED said...

Just popped by to see what your up to... what fantastic news, you will make a fab grandparent... Happy New Year to you and yours.

Tracy Evans said...

Congratulations to the happy couple and congratulations to you all on the new arrival, you will make a fab Granny Wendy. So much excitement already and we are only on the 2nd January. Hope you are both feeling better soon. Tracy x

Cher~ said...

Congratulations! How exciting to be a Granny and be expanding your family in more ways than one. It will be a great 2011 for you!

Hels Sheridan said...

I am over the moon and doing a happy dance for you all...tis wonderful news and i cannot wait to be able to call you Grannie and not get a wallop for it ROFL Seriosuly though... a June baby is always the most special baby - especially if he/she is born on the 13th ... big hugs all around... and also for Colin, hope he feels better soon ... lotsa love xxx

Sue said...

Like as I said Super Mums make Super Grannies - lol. I'm Nanny - what will you be? Speak soon xx

Paper Paradise said...

Wow how fantastic. I have been a 'Nanna' for 16 months now and it is as amazing as everyone told me it would be. OOOOOOH I am so excited for you all!!!!!! Sue x

Gez said...

Wonderful news Wendy. My Mum always said being a Nanana is what she was put on this earth for! Hels is right about June being a fab month altho I prefer the 8th ;)
Hope everything goes well..xx Sorry to hear you have been under the weather sinus infections are the pits. Sending you best wishes for the new year. Gez.xx

Susan Allan said...

Such a lot of good news, wow! I ditto what the others have said, Wendy...you will be a fabulous grandmother. So now we know what the new year will bring...enjoy!!!

Best wishes to you and the family for 2011....bags of good things on the way!

Sue xxxxxx

Sarah Anderson said...

Fab, fab, fab news Wendy. How will you contain your excitement til June!!! Hope Colin gets better soon, we've had the lurgy in our house and it takes some getting over, George was in bed for 6 days, which is totally unheard of!

Jennie said...

Congratulations Mrs Granny!! Congrats to the happy couple ;)))
Hugs x

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