Good Morning to you all from a Gloriously Sunny Winter’s Day…...no snuggle alerts here, although I love to see that on the weather in Florida, it always makes me smile because the weather is usually far from cold, well by my standards anyway! I have just returned from the pantomime that I mentioned last week, it was such fun and the theatre it was performed in in a superb building, full of character, built in 1912, little has changed and the original design has been preserved…lovely!
In fact Prince Charles is visiting the Palace Theatre in a few weeks, to attend a drama festival, he will be accompanied by Camilla, should be interesting! There was a practise run last week, with a cavalcade testing the route the cars will take.
Southend on sea has been on television this week, Jamie Oliver, a great English Chef, has opened a restaurant on the pier and there have been a number of celebrities visiting and cooking with him, makes a very interesting programme, Usain Bolt was one of them, I was surprised that he took the train, I thought he would have run down the pier in record time! The pier as you know, is the longest leisure pier in the world, a claim to fame for us. We have an interesting art project taking place at the moment at the TAP (Temporary Art Projects), I have included some pictures here, I liked it very much. The building is the old water works and has been transformed into great gallery space with around 15 studios rented to local artists.i want to try and persuade artists to create art works on the blank wall that exist in the community…..watch this space for a little of Lake Worth here.
I do not know if I have mentioned it before but we also produce the most wonderful ice-cream here in Southend, it is called Rossi and is an Italian ice cream that has been produced here for Yeats…it really is the most gloriously creamy ice cream ever. It is traditional here to have ice cream vans that drive around the neighbourhoods and stop in designated places and play a musical melody to let everyone know to run out and get ice cream. I was not aware of this for years as when we were children we were told that when the tune was playing it meant that the ice cream had run out! I could be scarred for life through that…..I accompanied a friend last week when she went to pick up her family history which she had ordered, it makes absolutely fascinating reading, her father’s side went right back to 1634. In fact there is a very apt quote at the start of the tree……’to forget one’s ancestors is to be a stream without a source, a tree without a root’ …interesting and got me thinking about how much we know about our family histories.
I am enjoying chronicling my 100 happy days, I rather like AnnaMaria’s idea of keeping a book and creating a photograph each day, that way you can look back on what made you happy. Another friend is putting a note in a jar for a 100 days and will then be able to recap that way…can you think of anything else?
I think I have gone on long enough and I have a bowl of Rossi Ice Cream waiting for me, so have a wonderfully happy week……