Much of a muchness

Things that make you go 'hmm'…


Doesn’t time fly when you are having fun? I’ve just realised it is almost a month since my last post. Oops. I have no excuse other than I have been doing other stuff so that is a good thing in my book. When I used to post every day, I was in a very gloomy, bored and down in the dumps place – not from talking to you lovely people, I hasten to add, but from personal circumstances.  Being too much in cyber space at the expense of a ‘real’ life is not a good thing and so as my real life gets busier,  my blog gets neglected, I’m afraid. I am particularly fortunate in that I have great friends who drag me out to have fun when I start getting too wrapped up in bookbinding and web designing and stop me turning into a hermit. Thank you, people. :-)

Anyway, here are the highlights of what I have been up to at the expense of writing my blog – a black tie dinner and dance in aid of the NSPCC at a beautiful house called West Coker Manor (lots of dancing, my knees killed me next day), several dinners and BBQs with good friends (I’ve been to more BBQs this autumn than all summer), a wonderful day at the Goodwood Revival , a trip up to London to see my #2 son, a visit to the cinema to see ‘District 9’ (very good film), games of tennis (knees held up). In between all this activity, I have been working on a wedding album for a friend’s daughter (76 pages of beautiful photographs), designing and writing my new website (yes I’m finally going to start selling my books!), maintaining and updating various websites for clients and research for a new web design project I am about to start. Phew.

#2 son and I went to the Royal Academy to see the Anish Kapoor exhibition only to find it hadn’t started yet which was very disappointing but we did see this amazing construction which was outside. If you look closely you can see us reflected in the silver shapes. At least I have a very good excuse to head up to London again to see the exhibition which has now opened.


The Goodwood Revival is worth mentioning in more detail. What a fun day! For those of you who haven’t heard of it, this is what it is:

The Goodwood Revival is the world’s most popular historic motor race meeting and the only event of its kind to be staged in the romantic time capsule of the Fifties and Sixties.  As well as recreating the golden era of motor sport, the Revival offers exceptional wheel-to-wheel racing around a classic circuit, untouched by the modern world.

It was fantastic, most of the people attending the three day event, dress in clothes of the period of Goodwood’s heyday – the 40s, 50s and early 60s. The motor racing is SO exciting, there was an air display and as it was Stirling Moss’s 80th birthday, there was a parade of 80 of the cars he has driven during his long motor racing career. I’m not a motor racing afficionado but who could not love these beautiful old cars and to see them racing was such a thrill.


I ‘ummed and aahed’ about what to wear and eventually wore a dress I had in my wardrobe that looked a bit ‘Mary Quant’ – very unadventurous perhaps and after seeing the effort other people put into their costumes, I shall do better if I ever go again! I’ve also been stressing out about what to wear to my god daughter’s wedding on Friday. I had it all sorted – smart dress, cashmere cardigan, kitten heeled shoes, (same outfit I wore for the wedding at Lulworth Castle) until I actually read the invitation and it said

‘Dress Code – Smart suits with ties and fabulous frocks, the more glamorous the better.’

Eek! I am now thinking my original plan is too…well, unglamorous. What to do? Time is running out so I have just bought some killer heels (and believe me, with my knees they will live up to their name) to jazz up my frock and that will have to do. At least I do like my dress, now, about the bag….


14 responses to “Oops.

  1. strugglingwriter October 1, 2009 at 3:15 am

    I love that comic and the cars.

    I’m glad things are going well for you, which I suppose takes a bit of the sting away from no Diane blog posts :(

    Take care!


    • Diane October 8, 2009 at 4:29 pm

      I am so rubbish at the moment – haven’t even replied to any comments, just been so busy which I explain about in my next blog post if I ever get roud to writing it….

      Hope you are well!

  2. Daddy Papersurfer October 1, 2009 at 8:42 am

    Hello!! – very glad to see you haven’t been on holiday again – that would be toooooo much to bear.

    Piccy of RA brought back memories of when I worked there. I used to commute on a motorbike and park it on the right of your photo, tucked into the corner. I guess I wouldn’t be allowed to do that now.

    You can always jazz up your frock with cooking foil and safety pins – that’s what I always do …… I don’t approve of that cartoon at all …… naturally ……….

    • Diane October 8, 2009 at 6:29 pm

      Hmmm, the words ‘pot’ and kettle’ are running through my mind, I wonder why?

      Managed without the cooking foil – and the new dress. It was a LOVELY wedding.

      I’m loving that you used to work at the RA…

  3. Jane McKell October 1, 2009 at 11:50 am

    I love your blog – but we need to lunch as ladies should – I need to get out as been busy getting the autumn tour off the ground with our new scrummy actor taking on the male roles. I am hoping you will drag dear JR to the Gala on Friday 6 November at the weymouth pavilion in the presence of our patrons, MP and Employment Minister Jim Knight, and the wonderful crime-writer, Minette Walters; but more importantly the original women. Lots of news to share – but face to face I hope; lets make a date. xx Jane

  4. Teresa October 1, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Cool cars, although the idea of using a finite resource (I’m talking fossil fuels, not cars…LOL!) to race is beyond me.

    What an amazing sculpture outside the Royal Academy!

    I’d have to decline an invitation to be glamorous. I hope you’ll show us your fabulous frock. :) Love that cartoon…LOL!

    And, I’m so glad you’re having a fun time – even though I miss your wonderful blog posts, I’d rather you be enjoying life!

    • Diane October 8, 2009 at 6:32 pm

      Thanks Teresa. I seem to have lost my blogging mojo at the moment – so busy! So apologies if I haven’t been to yours recently. I will get better…

      Still no pics of me in frock I’m afraid :-)

  5. RennyBA's Terella October 3, 2009 at 12:35 am

    You don’t need an excuse, but of course it’s of nice to see you back again and as always with great pics and observations – thanks for sharing!

    Btw: Happy Weekend – enjoy it :-)

    • Diane October 8, 2009 at 6:33 pm

      Thank you Renny – and apologies for not calling at your place in a while…

      Hope you have a happy weekend too – even though it’s the one after the one you are talking about :-)

  6. 70steen October 6, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Oh I love that silver ball structure… my bestest mate got her MA at the RA … mmm maybe I could persuade her to come and meet me there to view the exhibition …

  7. Diane October 8, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    You and your silver balls!

    I am definitely going up to London again soon, #2 son and I really really want to see the Anish Kapoor exhibition. We should get in this time!

  8. Jeffrey Stubs October 19, 2009 at 8:53 am

    There is nothing wrong in having good fun :) For example sometimes I miss my hobbies and other stuff by being totally sucked into some sort of activity like fishing, reading good book or watching some movie series. The Goodwood Revival looks like a great event. Those classic cars are great.

    Jeffrey Stubs

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