As we drive along the highways and byways of our Island the roadside gullies are covered in glorious pink, mauve, purple and white blooms. Yes it Lupin season here on PEI. Fields of the hardy legume (yes lupins are actually a legume and have been used since Roman times as a food source) dotted the landscape as we took a Sunday drive to Orwell and Point Prim.
And watching them waving in the fresh sea breeze coming off the Northumberland Strait reminded me of the much fabled, in song and story, Dennis Moore.
This post is dedicated to my dear friends Maggie and Joseph – lupins have a special meaning for them.
So it appears that July 8th is Math 2.0 Day! Over the weekend we missed World Kissing Day on the 6th and Tell The Truth Day on the 8th. So much for no kiss and tell!!!
At a wonderful birthday party on Saturday I was chatting with one of the guests and we were talking about how to keep the brain active as you get older mature and are no longer have the stimulus of work. (I am assuming here that work was stimulating????) Crossword puzzle, word quizzes were the first thing that popped into mind. She mentioned that she played along with show like Jeopardy and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire which I recall doing back in the days when we had a TV. I was pretty good at them – including the Italian version of WWTBAM – learned some really obscure Italian phrase on that one! But the British series Mastermind was a guaranteed 50/100 and on one or two occasions maybe 65/100.
The writing and wit on that Two Ronnies’ sketch is 100/100 – a brilliant piece of comedy writing. As is Eric and Ernie’s take on it.
Officially June 2nd was Leave the Office Early Day but given that it was Sunday it has been transferred to today. Not sure how as a retiree I’m going to celebrate that one.
Much of this past weekend was taken up planning a bit of a vacation in September. The original plans had included a 14 day cruise on Norwegian from Southampton to the Fjords of Norway and a little jaunt around Iceland. However a few things put me off about Norwegian Cruise Line. After I had shown a bit of interest in the cruise I received three phone calls from their rep and six – count them six – emails within four days. When I finally made a tentative booking with deposit I received an email every day reminding of when the final payment was due. That and some of the reviews had me reconsidering.
So further investigating was done and we are now on a 7 days cruise with Holland America out of Amsterdam – only to Norway but with more forays into the Fjords that dot the coast. Iceland is not on the itinerary for the cruise but plans are being made to make a stopover in Reykjavik on the way over.
Which leads me to this little bit of lunacy for a Monday morning. Cissie Braithwaite (Roy Barraclough) and Ada Shuttlebottom (Les Dawson) are planning a holiday.
One of the things that mark these two “ladies of a certain age” as Lancashire lasses is the mouthing of words (or “mee-mawing”). It was a habit of mill workers trying to communicate over the tremendous racket of the looms, and it then worked its way into daily life for delicate subjects such as discussions of the “Kama Sutra”. And what Bert wants Ada to do … well you can just imagine.
May 27th is listed as Sun Screen Day which would be all well and good if we had some bloody sun!
We don’t have – collective gasp – Netflix! But after having watch a few clips of the new British series Derry Girls I’m almost tempted. It’s hysterically funny and at time brutally honest about the foibles, dangers, prejudices, and preconceptions of life in Northern Ireland during The Troubles.
Perhaps it was serendipity that I saw the first clip just after reading Thomas O’Grady’s poem “Delivering the News”. Much like his young newsie the chief concern of the teenage girls (and boy) from Derry are of the moment: exams, getting to a rock concert, dead dogs, and a young priest with fabulous hair. The larger troubles, what one of the adult characters refers to as the “civil war”, and attempts for peace are present but pale beside their own “troubles”.
I must admit there are a few times when the Derry accent can be impenetrable and the dialogue often comes fast and furious but so do the laughs. After a successful second series Channel 4 has confirmed that a third (and most likely final) series is in the works.
Though the cast is a ensemble I have to admit my favourite character is Sister Michael, the headmistress at Our Lady Immaculate College, the all girls (well except for James) school.
Please be warned that there is “strong language” and some of this may not be considered “safe for work”. But what the frig it’s British TV, what did you expect?
Series creator Lisa McGee isn’t shy about taking the mickey out of the attitudes of sectarianism that are prevalent in Ulster. Sadly there is an underlying reality to the humour in this little episode.
I keep hoping that someone will upload the whole series to YouTube. Stranger things have happened – like the – and I say this with all sincerity – blessed Good Friday Agreement.
May 20th is Be A Millionaire Day, which I’m sure we can all go with. It’s also Strawberry Day so we can send the staff out to pick some from the manor garden to go with our bottle of 1996 Dom Perignon Rose Gold Methuselah.
Telling the stories of the history of the port of Charlottetown and the marine heritage of Northumberland Strait on Canada's East Coast. Winner of the Heritage Award from the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation and a Heritage Preservation Award from the City of Charlottetown