Home on Leave with Paul at The Watercress Line!
Christmas Day Lunch with Fredie at The Berystede!
Hello every-one – alow me to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy New Year! As you can see I’m now back at my desk after enjoying a busy Christmas and New Year season and for those of you who follow me on facebook will have already seen I’ve posted up many of my photos from my time away
as I promised. I still have loads of e-mails to go through, not to mention lots of contracts to type up and send out. So if you are waiting for me to send you a contract don’t worry I’m on the case. I’m looking forward to a fantastic 2016 and dates are selling fast. I’ve already sold over 100 shows for 2016 with the Queens 90th Birthday celebrations trending through the months of April, May and June. Easter falls early this year and is taking place on the last weekend in March which always sells well for me along with my Pearly Queen St Georges Day show and Halloween. I know it may seem a little early but much of my Christmas for 2016 has already sold with 13 dates gone so far. So if you would like me for your 2016 Christmas function it’s always best to book early and I would be delighted to hear from you.
I love this Painting!
In the meantime I have so much to tell you about my time away. On Christmas Day I was engaged to perform my Great American Song Book Show at The Macdonald Berystede Hotel in Sunninghill. As it turned out my show couldn’t have gone better and the audience just loved my choice of music. But then when it comes to The Great American Song Book what’s not to like and it did make a refreshing change from all those Christmas songs! I was then invited to join the guests for Christmas Day lunch afterwards and I had a wonderful conversation with a charming gentleman called Fredie whose company I enjoyed amensly. Afterwards I took some time out to look at some of the paintings which hung in the foye including one of a very distinguished lady from the 1920s. I don’t know who she was but her painting was lovely to see. For Boxing Day I was over to do a show in the village of Much Hadnam and then on Sunday I drove down to see Paul at The Watercress Line’s 1940s Home on Leave Event.
Paul and I at The Pavilion New Years Eve!
Paul and I had arranged to meet at The Bell Hotel in Alesford. Paul had booked a table for 1.30pm and it had been my intention to be with him at the railway for mid day. As it turned out the traffic on the M25 was horrendous and I just made it into Alresford for 1.20, just in time for lunch – phew! The Bell is a great place to dine having dined there once before and as you can imagine we were both ready for lunch. Sunday was one of those rare days where I wasn’t engaged to sing so it was a real treat to spend some time with Paul and not be expected to perform. It was my first visit to the Watercress Line and I enjoyed riding on the steam train very much. Something else I usually never have the time to do as I’m always singing. For once it was fun just to be a member of the public!
Off to the Ball!
Paul was able to join me on stage for my shows in Chichester and at Hayling Island and then we traveled along the coast to Bournemouth for New Years Eve. This December I performed 32 shows but oddly enough the way they fell left New Years eve free and Paul and I were sure to make the most of it by booking into the The Royale Hotel. We had tickets for the Bournemouth Pavillion Ballroom Dinner Dance which was just lovely. Of course I couldn’t decide when I packed what to take in the way of evening gowns so I took a selection and in the end I went with my 1920s beaded Gatsby gown. The wonderful thing about these 1920s style dresses is they alow for a wonderful freedom of movement and I do love to dance. When I sing I sing for others but when I dance I can dance to please myself as Paul and I danced our way into the wee small hours. We even caught the New Years fireworks.
Changing into my 1920s Dancing Shoes!
On New Years Day I had a show in Aylesbury which I had to dash back for and now I have a busy January ahead with so much to sort out before I start filming on the 24th. Next weekend Paul and I will be in Rochford in Essex for a very special occasion. We have been invited to a Vintage wedding and we are both looking forward to the Wedding very much – but more on that in my next blog!
I must dash now as I need to do a few jobs before bed. Thank-you for following and Toodle Pip!
Happy New Year!