Well I thought it was about time I blogged again! I honestly planned to blog in March and here we are a day away from May *sigh*
I am so grateful I have had lots of fun things to do because things at work things are a bit crap. To cut a very long story short, my colleagues and I have been doing a lot of extra work prior to being regraded, and instead we have just found out we will actually have to reapply and be interviewed for our own jobs, and of course there is no guarantee we will actually get the job because they have to be advertised!
As you can imagine morale is at rock bottom and I certainly feel like a prize prat with 'Mug' tattooed right across my forehead for having done all this extra work.
Anyway enough of that and talking of rock and April I went to see not one but two musicals with Rock in the title that month.
First up was the anniversary tour of Rock of Ages with my besties Soo and Jenny.
Kevin Clifton (from Strictly) and Kevin Kennedy (Curly Watts from Corrie!)
The next week Himself and I were back to The New Theatre to see The Rocky Horror Show.
I've also been to the cinema, first to see Captain Marvel which was great
Wasn't Easter glorious? My line manager suggested I use up some of my plus time and take an extra day off on the Thursday and as you can imagine I didn't need much persuading. I spent a blissful day gardening followed by my usual pilates class in the evening (more of that later.)
On Good Friday Soo and I had decided to take a trip to Kew Gardens.
I had been warned it would be super busy and weirdly bits of it were but other bits weren't at all, I guess it helps that Kew is vast, I genuinely hadn't realised it was so big. We were there for five and a half hours and felt we had done it justice because we barely paused, so I can understand why at a slower pace it might take a couple of days.
We traveled by train direct from Reading to Richmond which took an hour and also meant we didn't have to cross London. From Richmond station it's a 15 minute walk to the Lion gate at Kew.
First stop was the Marianne North Gallery. I have been wanting to see it for years, literally years. Basically ever since I bought a book about her in a sale when I was a penniless art student and it certainly did not disappoint.
No photos were allowed but please do google her to see her stunning paintings, she really was an incredible woman. She just took herself off on her own around the world painting after her beloved father died, in an era where women just didn't do such things.
We mooched for a bit with a vague direction in mind, here's the restored Temperance House, stopping wherever took our fancy.
I have to say I surprised myself as I never get travel or motion sick as a rule, but because it was very busy the whole walkway was just constantly swaying. I was fine when I was moving but as soon as I stopped to take a picture I just could not get used to the motion and it made me feel really, really sick. So I grabbed a couple of pictures then galloped round and back down.
We ambled back towards the gate we came in at
All in all a wonderful day out and now I know Richmond is so easy to get to I will definitely go again.
On the Saturday Himself and I went out for a walk and just like the fabled Mad Dogs & Englishmen it was in the midday sun. As it was the first walk of the year we did a gentle six and a half miles and called in at a pub for a restorative or two.
On Easter Sunday my Aunt, Uncle and Cousin came up from Ipswich to see Dad so we popped by the care home to catch up with them and then on Easter Monday we headed back with snacks and the latest Fantastic Beasts films to watch with Dad.
My Mum arrived with a full picnic complete with prosecco, then my brother and his wife arrived with scones, jam and cream so no one needed any dinner that's for sure!
I have a week off work in May with no real plans other than maybe a trip to the V&A for the Mary Quant exhibition and a bit of sorting out/de-cluttering (we shall see how that goes...)
I'll leave you with my latest purchases, all bags, no frocks.
Finally this lovely Gerbra. I adore them and have several, they usually have one or two flowers at a time like the orange one here, but I had this cream & red one in a shady spot so it had never flowered before. I moved it into the light and it's gone slightly mad, just like it's owner.