Saturday, 12 November 2011

Rest, Relaxation and Music

Last night Gavin and I had the opportunity to have a night away and toddled off to the Guildhall in Gloucester to see Steve Hackett in concert.  What a performance.  Gav has recently finished producing their DVD "Fire and Ice" which was filmed at the Shepherds Bush Empire in London Last year....

"On 30 November 2010 Steve Hackett and band returned to the Shepherds Bush Empire to resounding applause after many stops abroad with the "Around the World in Eighty Trains" tour. While snow fell outside in a London blizzard, within the atmosphere was burning. The band on fine form and hot to trot was joined by special guests Steven Wilson and John Wetton"Fire And Ice captures the whole concert"

We booked into a really nice bed and breakfast not far from the Guildhall and my Beautiful Girl came up to look after Lizzie and open the shop of us this morning (with help from my lovely friend Jenny who braved downpours and flooded lonely dark roads to collect her from the train station at Craven Arms!  thank you Jen (and Jess), you're a sweetie).
These photo's of Steve and the band are from the Birkenhead gig last year

It was nice to get away from the mess here, even just for one night.  However, there is progress, the builder is due to arrive a week on Monday to do the structural work to the rooms and Gav's started fitting the flooring in the guest bathroom.  On Monday we're off to the Halls Auction viewing in Shrewsbury as we're looking for persian rugs for some of the other rooms.  We've found this gorgeous runner for the middle floor corridor, we needed it 25 foot long and i love the colours in this one:
The shop is getting busier, i still can't believe the amount of visitors there still are in Montgomery.  We have loads of stock and it's disappearing nicely, even the vintage stuff (which is going out at a worrying rate - because it's more difficult to buy in).  The phones that Gav's restoring are going out quicker than he can do them, some of the more quirky ones are not lasting more than a day in here - but we're not complaining.

Naughty Lizzie is now a chocolate brown retriever instead of a golden retriever after deciding that the soaked soggy soil in the garden pots looked better all over the yard as opposed to sitting neatly in the pots!!!  Not entirely happy from doing all that she decided she'd have fun rolling around in it - needless to say she's been sent to her bed (at least until she dries off anyway), then a bath is in order i think.

We're all off out to the Montgomery Town Hall Quiz Night tonight.  We have a team of seven and Nicci and her friend are coming so i sent them off to learn all the kings and queens of England since William the Conqueror!!!!!   Anyone would have thought i'd asked them to strip off and run naked around Montgomery singing the Welsh National Anthem!!!! 

So i gave them a rhyme to learn, it's six only lines each:

Willie, Willie, Harry, Steve
Harry, Dick, John, Harry three
Edwards one, two, three, Dick two
Henry four, five, six then who?
Edward four five, Dick the Bad
Harry's twain and Ned the lad

Mary, Lizzie, James the Vain
Charlie, Charlie, James again
Will and Mary, Anne o'gloria
four Georges, William and Victoria
Edward seven, George five
Edward George and Liz Alive

Wish us luck!