Saturday, July 24, 2010

Cat Service and Stoops to Conquer

Biscuit and Bon Bon - November 2007

Image by Steve Palmer (UK) via Flickr

The day started with us taking the cats over the Patsy's for their six-weekly bath and grooming session. It's always a challenge - they just seem to know when it's that date, making the 'capture process' shall we say, a little more challenging! I'm still not sure which of them is the most resistant. Biscuit always tries the dig-claws-into-owners'-shoulder-and-stay-put whilst Bon-Bon uses the her slightly wider frame to spread herself along the top of the cat basket like a goalie-waiting-for-a-penalty-shot!

A few hours later, I picked them up. Apparently, Bon-Bon had been quite co-operative, but Biscuit had fought the whole time and was hissing at Patsy when I arrived. Ahh bless! :)

They both now look like they're fresh out of the washing-machine - smelling nice too! That's the ordeal over for another six-weeks. Thanks Patsy, we'd rather they took it out on you than us!!!


After a read of the papers, and a bit of chilling-out, it was time to get ready to drive over to Stratford-upon-Avon. We'd booked tickets to see Second Thoughts' production of She Stoops to Conquer.

Hall's Croft, Stratford-upon-Avon We arrived early, about 6.30, so we popped into The Windmill in the town for fish and chips before taking the short walk to Hall's Croft, just round the corner.

When we arrived, it was already filling-up, but luckily, we had reserved seats - and Ian had got us in the front-row too!

Amy Cate Walsh - voice of an angel As always, the production didn't disappoint and even the dry weather held for the duration - apparently that hadn't been the case for the previous productions in the week. For me, the outstanding part was the singing voice of Amy Cate Walsh playing Kate Hardcastle. Saying she had the voice of an angel would be to sell her short - absolutely beautiful!

A good supporting cast Mrs Hardcastle - scary woman!

A great evening - the cast were as professional as they always are and it was good to be so close-to-the-action - and good to be outside, enjoying the warm summer weather.

Hastings and Mrs Hardcastle Sir Charles Marlow

The production finished around 10.15 and we headed home. Another later night for us, as we didn't hit-the-pillow until almost midnight (again!) Dirty stop-outs ehh?