Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Bluebells

Bluebells are one of my favourite flowers and I have seen plenty when we have been out on our bikes this weekend. They look lovely against the green grass and have a beautiful fragrance. These at Brock Bottoms were just starting to come out and will look amazing in the next week or so.





St George's Day Parade

The boys looked very smart on Sunday for St George's Day parade.


Tuesday, 11 April 2017

ELO Experience - Preston Guild Hall

On Friday night we ventured into Preston to see The ELO Experience at Preston Guild Hall. We are both fans of ELO and were looking forward to the show.



A What's Good To Do Review

Since Simon Rigby took over Preston Guild Hall a significant amount of money has been spent and the once tired Guild Hall Arcade is looking fantastic and vibrant again. The addition of excellent restaurants and bars has transformed the Guild Hall Arcade and means you can make a night of a theatre trip.  There are ambitious plans to elevate the complex back to its previous former glory and the planned new bowling complex will be a great addition to the venue. Looking at their website there is an exciting programme of events this summer and we are looking forward to seeing more shows this year.  

We arrived promptly and found our seats which is more than can be said for a lot of people. We couldn't believe the number of latecomers that came in and it did become quite annoying after a bit. Two ladies came and sat in front of us, they should have been a few rows forward but because they were late and it would have meant disrupting a whole row they came and sat on the seats in front of us. We have been going to shows for many years and I have to say these were the two worst audience members we have ever had the misfortune to sit behind. They just couldn't sit still and it was unbelievable how many times one lady took her jacket on and off. They disappeared off to the bar a couple of times and there was also a mini drama when one of them couldn't find her phone. Whilst it didn't spoil the night they were incredibly irritating and had no consideration at all for other members of the audience.

The ELO Experience have been touring for 11 years and they put on an amazing performance, playing plenty of old favourites as well as some lesser known tracks from the 1977 “Out of the Blue” double album. Opening to the distinctive ELO sound of Cellos and Violins, the ELO Experience took to the stage with “All Over the World.” My feet started tapping at the start of this song and didn’t stop all night!

The ELO Experience is fronted by lead vocalist Andy Louis who does a great impersonation of Jeff Lynne in both his voice and the trademark hair! Andy is joined at the front of stage by lead guitarist Jan Christiansen and Bass player Pete Smith. Liz Stacey on violin leads the string section consisting of herself and two cellists. Musical director Steve Hemsley plays the all important keyboards and backing vocals and Tony Lawson completes the band on drums and percussion.
The whole band really seemed to be enjoying themselves on stage - especially the two cellists but it was Liz Stacey’s performance on her blue violin that really stood out, the audience really responding to each of her solos. Much of the time the band went straight from one number to the next but occasionally Andy took a few moments to talk to the audience and added a touch of friendly humour to the night. He also encouraged audience participation even including singing along to the French lyrics in “Hold on Tight”.

The sound and lighting, including video projection, was great, nothing too fancy but perfectly complementing the performance. The opportunity for the audience to purchase blue glow sticks in the interval added to the atmosphere and looked quite stunning in the second half of the show.

Fans don’t just want a “Greatest Hits” show so this performance included some of the album tracks from the hugely successful 1977 double album “Out of The Blue” as well as our favourites Xanadu, Roll Over Beethoven, Evil Woman and The Last Train To London which changed its destination to Preston to the delight of the audience!

The band are currently touring until November so there is plenty of opportunity for fans old and new to share the ELO Experience. We had a great night out and would thoroughly recommend the show.





Disclaimer - we received free tickets for the purpose of this review but all words and opinions are our own

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Painting the fence


It was lovely and warm this morning so Mark decided it was time the fence was painted. Luke got his overalls on and started spraying the fence and Mark painted the top bits that were difficult to do with the sprayer. It's amazing how much better it looks with a new coat of paint.




Silverdale



Last weekend William was helping at Cub camp so once he had finished work we drove up to Silverdale and dropped him off at Silverhelme campsite. It was a nice day so we went for a walk to Arnside Tower and Jenny Brown's Point.



Mark helped Luke with the map reading and we found a little cafe close to Arnside Tower where Luke had an ice cream and me and Mark had a lovely home-made cake.




















When we reached Jenny Brown's Point the sea was in so we made our way across the rocks and eventually arrived back at Silverhelme. We had a really nice afternoon and we both said we should go to Silverdale more often as there are some lovely walks around the area.


Friday, 7 April 2017

Monday, 20 March 2017

Aldi Mother's Day Gifts

It can't have escaped your attention that it is Mother's Day this Sunday. I tend to stick to the traditional flowers or chocolates but having seen Aldi's great range of Mother's Day gifts I think I will be breaking with tradition and surprising my Mum and Mark's Mum with something different this year.


Mark's Mum is a member of the Ramblers so this handy flask will be perfect for taking out on walks. It will easily fit in her rucksack and is a bargain at just £4.99. I like the purple and pink colour combination and I'm sure she will do too.




My Mum doesn't own a computer and still writes letters to her friends so this set of four notepads would make a lovely gift for her. The largest notepad is slightly smaller than A5, it has a pretty floral pattern across the top and is lined, a huge help when letter writing. The four notepads graduate down in size and all have a similar floral design. 



The blue notepad is lined and is the perfect size for shopping lists and the unlined notepads would be perfect to have by the telephone or on a coffee table for jotting down messages.




Prosecco is a popular drink and Aldi have Valdobbiadene Prosecco in store, light and refreshing it goes especially well with with cake! A bottle costs £7.49 

If you still need to buy your Mum a gift then I suggest you pop down to Aldi and have a look at their Mother's Day gift selection. The gifts are all reasonably priced and you can pick then up when you are doing your weekly shop which for busy Mums like me is a real bonus!






Disclaimer - I received these products form Aldi for the purpose of this review but all words, photos and opinions are my own.