Monthly Archives: July 2014

Week 4 – Henley – Miss Givings

‘Just when the caterpillar thought it’s life was over, it became the butterfly…’

[How this works is, each week, I will write to someone on my list, picked randomly and I will post it online on this blog – just in case the letter doesn’t reach it’s destination.  The letter includes a card with a random quote, which I hope you will enjoy (at the top of this blog page).]

The first month is drawing to an end and what a month!  This week, I left my home of 16 years to go straight into a week run of my one woman show – Miss Givings.

Miss Givings

Miss Givings

This was the reason we didn’t leave sooner, as this Festival was booked ages ago and I was keen to be able to do a whole week in one place – quite a luxury for a show of this type.

It was a lot of fun and we ended on a packed house, always good to end on a high.  Some of the highlights for me were seeing the other shows and films (for links of the shows/bands/films I can recommend, go down to the bottom of the blog).  I had some awesome nights out, as there was great stuff to watch and listen to.  Reminds me why I love to watch live performances and go to the movies.  Felt like a week of really great play!  Plus, Henley was beautiful, with fantastic places to eat.  I, especially, enjoyed my hot chocolate and raspberry parfait cake at the ‘Chocolate Cafe’.

The Chocolate Cafe

The Chocolate Cafe

Also, this was the setting for the TV series ‘Midsomer Murders’

Midsomer Murders

Midsomer Murders

and the book ‘Wind in the Willows’

Wind in the Willows

Wind in the Willows

which I didn’t know.

I’m, now, back in London at a friends and did an awesome roller blade through the downtown streets of London – I ,only, found out, on my train ride to Henley, this was possible in London.

Roller Blading London

Roller Blading London

I first knew about these groups from a trip to Paris and have wanted to do it since, so ‘tick’ another thing off the bucket list.  Can honestly say, it’s not for the faint-hearted, but I managed to keep up and up right. (for details on where to hire roller blades click here)

What crazy last minute things have you done?  I’m always looking for new adventures!

Roll on next week!

Love

Debx

Shows/Bands/Films at Henley Fringe:

Women of an Uncertain Age, Sign of the Times

Bands/Music:

Naomi Vallance, Crossfire Hurricanes

Short Films:

Amaqqut Nunaat, The Wires, Four Tails, Things I like about sex and dogs & Keep Fighting

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Week 3 – Leaving Home and heading to Henley Fringe Festival

‘Laugh like no one is listening’

[How this works is each week I will write to someone on my list, picked randomly and I will post it online on this blog – just in case the letter doesn’t reach it’s destination.  The letter includes a card with a random quote, which I hope, you will enjoy (at the top of this blog page).]

What a week it’s been!  I arrived back from Holland on Monday, hitting the ground running by arriving home and then going straight out to pick up my computer, which was had a ‘tune up’ for my trip around the world, then, it was remove the bed from the spare room with a lovely finish of a BBQ on the beach with my walking ladies (a group I started in September and am now having to leave behind!) – what a great way to start the week!

Walking group BBQ

Walking group BBQ

After that, the week turned into a blur of cleaning house, various meetings to finalise things (bills & such) on the house, packing everything which hadn’t been packed, prepping for this weeks run at the Henley Fringe Festival of my one woman show, Miss Givings, various personal meetings and seeing friends.

Miss Givings

Miss Givings

As part of the excitement of the last few weeks, I had to make a whistle stop up and back to London to pick up my mobile phone, I had left there before I went to Holland.  It’s a vital prop in my show, not to minimise it’s helpful communication, now that I have no home = no WiFi.  Good thing my contract has good data roaming.

Also, a bit of drama, my director’s car has blown up and he was meant to drive me and the props/costumes to Henley.  So, last minute change of plans for me to take the train and sort out the box to come on Tuesday for the opening day of the show – fingers crossed!

Henley is beautiful with some fantastic walks along the Thames, lovely cafes and very friendly shops.

Thames at Henley

Thames at Henley

The shops have been brilliant at taking flyers, plus very chatty and interested in the shows – next week will see the end of my run and back off to London.

What are some of your favourite places in and around London?

Love Debx

Week 2 – Beringe, Holland (there are 6 Beringes in a very close radius of this one)

‘Live authentically and savour each precious moment of your journey, because when you arrive at your destination another journey begins’. – Joe Keane

[So, how this works is each week I will write to someone on my list, picked randomly and I will post it online, on this blog – just in case the letter doesn’t reach it’s destination.  The letter includes a card with a random quote, which I hope you will enjoy (at the top of this blog page).]

Wow, already week 2 of my 52 weeks are done! The time seems to be flying, and I’ve not even made it onto the ‘big’ plane to take me back to Canada.  I’ve had an excellent week with John’s rellies in the south of Holland.

We went for a bike ride

Beringe, Holland

Bike Ride – Beringe

around Napoleon’s Canal

Napoleon's Canal

Napoleon’s Canal

– it’s where Napoleon stopped building his canal in Northern Europe, went to the only American Soldiers memorial site for all those who died on Dutch soil – always a sobering moment, made it to a place in which you can stand in 3 countries at once

3 Countries

Germany, Holland and Belgium

– Holland, Belgium and Germany, went to the highest point in Holland

Balancing Act

Highest point in Holland

– not very high in Canadian terms (I would call it a bump), had a Schnitzel and Apfel Strudel in a beautiful medieval village (Monshau) in Germany, went round a maze and had a little help from German friends to get to the middle without getting wet, watch the world football (soccer) series where Germany won, but Holland had a very respectable finish with third and then had a lovely meal in Valkenburg – in the South of Holland – a tourist town with mineral spas and many old buildings and city walls.

What’s your favourite international food?  I’ve just had one of mine, so would like to possible try yours!

Today it’s back to England to do the final preparations on the house for the renters and get ready to do ‘Miss Givings‘ (my one woman show) at the Henley Fringe Festival.

Love

Debx

Week 1 – London, UK (the one all other London’s are named after!)

‘Silence is the music of wisdom’ – Apoorer Dubay

All go

Ready to go!

This is my first letter of my 52 week adventure going round the world.  So, how this works is each week I will write to someone on my list, picked randomly and I will post it online on this blog – just in case the letter doesn’t reach it’s destination.  The letter includes a card with a random quote, which I hope you will enjoy (at the top of this blog page). My first week has our house getting rented, but we haven’t moved out yet, something we had hoped would happen by July 1st, but has been moved back to July 19th, which is perfectly acceptable, but this hasn’t stopped me starting my adventure from July 1st. I went up to London to stay with a friend, as planned.  It was a great break, as it gave me much needed space to finish off one big project – my radio show and get other things done without the ciaos of house cleaning and other repair jobs which were getting done in preparation for the big move out.  Seems the more boxes I pack the more I found to pack! During my time in London, I did something I’d never done which was a ‘tea tasting’ at Twinnings Tea Room on the Strand.

Most popular drink

Twinnings Tea Tasting

It was great fun and I’m an even bigger fan of tea!  I learned a lot more about the history and production of teas and how to really make a ‘proper cuppa’.  It was like learning the history of the world, but in a cup of tea.  Did you know that tea is the second most popular drink in the world, with water being first – take that coffee culture!

From White to Black Tea

From White to Black Tea

Right now, I’m in Holland, as John and I arrived at his Aunt’s house in the south to spend a lovely week with the rellies here before I head back to England to do the final t & i’s  on the house rental. So what’s your favourite drink and where does it come from?  I might have to try some of your suggestions, if I can – just forget about coffee, don’t touch the stuff! Much love, Debbie