January is turning out to be a bit of a rollercoaster ride.  And like most rollercoasters, it’s fast and furious.  Today it is already 20th; eleven more days and it will be February.  Scary or what?  As Einstein said, ‘Time is an illusion.’ (I tell myself that every birthday.)  But is it an illusion that it definitely speeds up as one becomes older, or does it actually speed up?

So, ‘what’s made it a rollercoaster ride?’ I hear you ask.  The answer is that loads is going on and it’s all sooooooo exciting!  Professionally I’m involved with four projects now, … Read the rest »


After a whingey start to last week, things soon picked up, I’m pleased to say.

On Thursday I had lunch in the Dorchester with the Sister and the Brother; it was the Brother’s Christmas present to us.  Fabulous food, great service, as you would, of course, expect. Unfortunately, at the end of the meal I came sashaying out of the Ladies’ Powder Room with my skirt tucked in my knickers.  Fortunately, the Sister was behind me, or I’d have sashayed through the foyer and up Park Lane liike it!  As I said on Facebook – you can take the girl … Read the rest »

Hell Freezes Over

It suddenly occurred to me on Friday night, just how long it is since I was last in Spain.  And how much I miss it.  The Sister and I went to celebrate a birthday dinner with our friend D in La Tasca at Lakeside, along with three other friends and we had a fabulous evening.  The place was buzzing – good job we booked!  The waiter was attractive as only a Spanish waiter can be; the food was excellent; the cava sangria divine and the company smashing.  We laughed and laughed and laughed about old times spent in Ibiza as … Read the rest »

The Vortex

It’s a beautiful morning in Hadleigh.  I’d like to say I’ve been up since the crack of dawn but it would be a porkie.  I’ve allowed myself the luxury of a lie-in today.  Because I’m worth it.

It has been a very busy time since I got back from Antigua on Monday.  In fact, I was going to call this post ‘Am I on my Arse or my Elbow?’ but thought that might be rude and inappropriate.  But I’ve felt as if I’ve been gradually sucked into the vortex of the whirlwind that has been my life over the last … Read the rest »

Island Life

Me chilled!

Although it’s been (yet another!) flying visit, which is rapidly racing towards its end when I board BA 2156 tomorrow evening to head back to Gatwick, I can say I feel much more relaxed now that when I arrived. Even with the bit of racing around I’ve had to do, I do feel as if I’ve had a break, which is the whole point of having Avocado Cottage, nuh?

I’ve had a couple of lovely social events; dinner with B & C on their water-front veranda under a full moon.  Perfect!  This is one of the loveliest spots … Read the rest »

Lonesome Mango and Strawberry Moon

In what has been a very tense, stressful week I was overjoyed to get this photo from my friend and neighbour in Antigua, S.  It is the FIRST EVER MANGO to grow on the tree to the rear garden of Avocado Cottage.  I planted the tree three years ago and for a while I thought it had died.  Yet it’s suddenly flourishing and has produced this large, round, perfect mango. My only sadness is that I didn’t make it to Antigua last week as I’d planned and then I could have picked and eaten it myself!!   Never mind!  No point … Read the rest »

Saturday is Special

I like Saturdays.  When I was young I used to think it was a magical day.  The day was one that you could spend doing whatever you liked free from the restraints of school and Saturday night was Big Night Out.  A dance at St Elizabeth’s Church Hall and I thought I’d died and gone to Heaven.  And yesterday was another magical Saturday; an emotional roller coaster…

I had a fabulous class with my Junior Dramas at Stages Studios.  The youngsters are so talented and I love teaching them and seeing what they’re capable of.  Magic.

And then a private … Read the rest »

And Stage(s) Two Completed

So the first session of the Actors’ Factory has now also happened.

It’s such an exciting time for me, seeing a dream coming to fruition and seeing people like the talented Nick Campbell, actor extraordinaire, coming along to support the group and enjoy himself doing what he does best.  We’ve already started making plans for shooting short films and full-length films and entering festivals and I’m having a ball.  Numbers could have been higher, but it was Bank Holiday weekend and I’m sure that once the ball starts rolling nothing will stop us.  As I said in my last blog, … Read the rest »

First Stage(s) Over

Today I went back to teaching drama.

It made me realise that I’d missed it.  And I’m not ashamed to admit that I was very nervous about doing the classes as it’s been a while since I last stood in front of a class and taught anything.  But it’s like riding a bike; you never forget.

I met some great new students who did some excellent work and already I can see their potential, which for a drama teaching is really exciting.  Classes are small at the moment but I know they’ll grow, especially when new people join and see … Read the rest »

This Sceptred Isle…. This Wonderful Life

It has been a glorious St George’s Day.

The weather, to start with, was doing what it should at this time of year and gave us a beautiful sunny day.  I drove to Greenwich to have lunch with the Daughter finally – we hadn’t seen each other for five weeks as we both lead such busy lives! – and we had a great natter and catch up and as always it was just so lovely to see her.

And as the weather was so good everyone was sitting outside; all the terraces and grass area taken up with people who … Read the rest »