The weather this week has been wonderful; warm enough to dry laundry outside and to give the lawns a much needed cut, with just the odd day like yesterday when the air was damp and the sky was grey.
I've also been looking after my neighbours' cat whilst they have been in Wales closing their caravan down for the winter. They gave me a lovely bouquet of flowers to say thank you.
We are off to the New Vic this weekend to see Northern Broadsides again, this time the play is called 'The Game'. It has had good reviews both locally and nationally so I'm really looking forward to it. It is set in a Northern town in 1913, written by Harold Brighouse the author of the play Hobson's Choice and is about a family caught up in the financial crisis at a local football club. Sounds quite topical!
Usually there's not a lot to watch on TV on Saturday evenings other than the repeat of QI but tonight there is a new historical drama on Chanel 4 which I 'm thinking about recording. The reason I'm only thinking about it is that I'm actually reading the book it is based on at the moment and I'm torn because if I start to watch the programme before I've finished the book I'll start to 'see' the characters in the book with the faces of the actors who are playing the parts on TV and I've already got pictures in my head of what the characters look like. Does this bother you? If you've read a book before seeing a film are you disappointed with the way it has been dramatised or with the actors playing your favourite characters? Or if you read a book after seeing a film or TV drama do you then see the actors as the characters in the book or can you separate the two? I was so disappointed with a recent adaptation of one of Peter Robinson's books 'Aftermath' - characters not as I'd imagined them, their 'back histories' altered and so much cut out or changed. I probably shouldn't have watched it!
Programmes I am enjoying at the moment are Michael Wood's 'A History of England' on BBC 4 on Wednesdays and 'Downton Abbey' on ITV on Sundays. Also Autumn Watch is back but I'm missing Simon King! What are your favourites at the moment?
Whilst walking around Trentham this morning we came across this fellow in the woods - there were some others but this one I thought was topical after the wonderful news of the rescue of the 33 Chilean miners. What brave men they were; as were their rescuers - how awful must it have been to be the last one to come up in the capsule?
Next week I'm off on the train to Shrewsbury to meet a friend for lunch and perhaps some shopping - I'll take my camera with me!