Day 361 & Tales from Fraggle Towers

Phil’s little tank thingy is now the proud owner of a S I G 33 heavy infantry gun. Made from the parts in 2 different kits, and also some of it was built from scratch. Once the tank body is painted he’ll attach the gun, do some figures, and Bob’s your Uncle. That might take a while yet.

Day 361 ~ SIG 33

In other news today we’ve had our Christmas lunch, which of course took most of the day to cook, Leg of Lamb in a garlic & herby rub, with roast Balsamic and honey Brussels, roast parsnips & carrots in a honey & maple glaze, cauliflower & broccolli in cheese sauce and Dauphinoise potatoes. Took most of the day to cook and 15 mins to eat πŸ™„πŸ€£ `Loads left over but it won’t go to waste :).

I’m liking Netflix, we have discovered that you can watch it through an Xbox 1, which Phil has, and have now found out that you can set up the X-box sound output for dolby atmos, which is cracking great sound, and our TV room is set up for that.

SO we’ve been doing movies of course, with all the bells and whistles. Firstly – 6 Underground starring Ryan Reynolds, an actor I’m quite fond of through his Deadpool rolls. The movie is directed by the love-him-or-hate-him Michael Bay, and the script written by the same guys who wrote Deadpool, though this is no way a super-hero movie. It’s a roller coaster action movie, and worth watching for the car chase scene through Florence in Italy at the start of the movie. Phil and I sat there going wow that’s incredible CGI, and when I read up on the movie found it wasn’t CGI at all but the real thing. The movie is rated R which means when people get shot or stabbed or whatever they bleed and lose body parts which is always good fun. 🀣 There is a plot, and it’s nothing really new, but interesting characters and the acting is done with seriosity and enthusiasm. It’s funny a lot too. If you like action movies, this one’s on steroids, you’ll love it. Sequel’s look likely from something that you see in the plot.

We’ve also done The Hateful Eight by Mr.Tarantino, more blood and brains and guts, (really we are nice gentle people here at Fraggle Towers!) and some great ham acting by Samuel L Jackson, Kurt Russell and Tim Roth (love him) and a corker of a performance by Jennifer Jason Leigh.

On Christmas day while I was doing the ironing I watched The Christmas Chronicles also starring Kurt Russell, he has the best hair! I don’t like Christmas movies, but Keith over at Keith & The Movies convinced me it was worth it to see Russell doing Santa, it kind of was, but really there’s only one good bit in it, I’ll leave you with a clip of that just to put smiles on your by-now christmas~jaded faces πŸ™‚ Kurt Rocks and watch out for the multi talented Steven Van Zandt of Bruce Springsteens E-street band & who also played Silvio Dante in the Sopranos and can currently be seen in The Irishman, πŸ˜€

4 days left now until the 365 photo project is finished, and this blog can have a little rest.

Day 359

Phil has got all his Mum’s wartime correspondence, a great treasure. His Mum Ethel, her sisters Maureen and Betty, went off to Aldershot to work in the N.A.A.F.I and later Ethel did her nurse training and became a Sister in the Queen Alexander Royal Army Nursing Corps. Betty met her husband Walter, a Canadian, while working in Aldershot, and they got married and ended up in Canada after the war. In 1944 Walter was on his way to Italy, and sent Sister Ethel a Christmas Airmail, which Phil still has. πŸ™‚

Day 359 ~ Christmas 1944

Day 354

Well Christmas is looming, and though it’ll be a very quiet one here (Phil is working) I do like the bling that goes with it. Today my hair & nail lady Kendall came to tart me up a bit, so my hair is all lush and the roots are the same colour as the rest of it 🀣 and I have sparkly-dipped nails. Kendall always asks me to do a picture of the nails for her instagram/facebook business pages, so of course I did, hers is in colour though.

Day 354 ~ bling!

I sometimes wonder if, at the great age I’ve reached, I should just give in to the oncoming decrepitude, but Kendall has been ‘doing’ me every 3 weeks for over 10 years now, and in the chats we have while she works, we have such a good laugh, and know all the ups and downs of each others lives, that I can’t bear to give that up! I’d miss her so much. So onwards ever onwards, I will go to my grave without grey hairs, and sporting sparkly nails. πŸ˜€

Day 346

Like most people, over the years we have accumulated many and diverse Christmas tree decorations, I have all my Mums, all my own, and all Phils from before we met, so I’ve loads to ring the changes with each year and never need to buy any more. But while doing my weekly shop today I noticed this rather sartorially clad tree bauble, hard to resist I thought, so I didn’t πŸ™‚

Day 346 ~ Puss