Two pantos in one day!?

So instead of taking photos I decided to draw members of the cast. Less issues over copyright when sharing here because no filming or videos are allowed of the actual panto and I don’t like sharing people’s pictures randomly.

I’m slightly dreading doing two performances and remembering my lines. At least it’s finished today so I can have a rest tomorrow. Then I will get back to blogging here, which I have been neglecting this week.

Cat plate present

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I’ve been given a couple of these cat plates by a friend recently. I really like them. They remind me of Victorian illustration, but the sepia toned cats are on a nice blue background. The back stamp says PrintRun.co and made in China. Microwave and dishwasher proof. That doesn’t give you much information. I could investigate further, but I don’t think I will.

There is a thing which people who live in Stoke-on-Trent do, which is to look at the backstamp on pottery and see where it was made.

So anyway sorry to be quiet, busy trying to learn lines!

Panto went well!

Oh yes it did! All my hard work seems to have been appreciated with the scenery. The panto is a hoot, with compliments about how good it is. The songs were OK. I almost remembered them! I only forgot one line, but non of us were 100%, but that doesn’t matter as the audience haven’t read the script! We even seemed to dance well. All the cast were enjoying themselves and the audience were appreciative, even with a delayed start due to a parking issue. They laughed all the way through and there was some brilliant clowning about.

Well, only three more performances. I’m shattered, but too tired to sleep.

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Playing with canvas.

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This image was created by playing with a picture from my current green woman painting. The bright sunlight was shining across its surface catching the weave of the canvas, so I changed the colours slightly, then flood filled patches with rainbow colours. Leaving some areas normal and some changed. Finally running the image through the layout app to duplicate and mirror it. It ended up looking a bit like a cushion design or a tapestry.

Above our door

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I designed this about 25 years ago. A cat resting in the window above our front door. My friend Phil Shaw who was a carpenter also knew how to make stained glass, so I drew out the pattern and he made this up for me. It’s been there ever since and I love it. When we had our house double glazed I wanted to have this incorporated into a window but they couldn’t do it, so it remains, behind the single glass window. Letting the sunlight in. Coloured patches on the carpet.

I want to post some panto photos.. But I can’t!

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Sneak peek of the washing machine front I’ve painted. Today was the dress rehearsal, one person had a problem as her trouser elastic snapped and they fell off as she was trying to make her entrance. I was practicing part of a song, and forgot to go on stage to sing that song. We got a lot of feedback on the mike’s. One of the helpers or cast got a parking ticket even though they were arked correctly… I still can’t remember all my lines, and in one scene the person before me completely forgot his so I didn’t know where I was! And breathe….

But on the whole we are getting it. There are lots of songs, dance, sketches, a nice story, an evil villan and lots of fun.

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What do you put in your beans

IMG_20200219_153809Baked beans. This is only an idea, not a recipe!

Do you add anything to them to make them a bit more interesting? Since I was a bit bored with them one day I tried adding a bit of malt vinegar. It’s a way of spicing them up a bit without adding extra calories or salt.

Of course since then I’ve added other tastes. A bit of curry powder is nice if you are having them on toast. If we have jacket potatoes I sometimes melt a bit of cheese in with them. It’s better than adding a lot of grated cheese.

You can get baked beans with reduced sugar and salt, so adding a bit of vinegar or a touch of brown sauce to them really adds to the flavour. Just don’t go mad!