Monday, 30 September 2013

WHAT WILL I WEAR???? - Part 3

Our son's wedding is at the end of October, so for me the big question was

What will I wear?


Ok so I hope you read parts one & two  -  if not 
                                           click here for WHAT WILL I WEAR????
              and then on to 
                          WHAT WILL I WEAR???? - Part two  and then head back here again.


 ........ Fred (my husband) liked it too.
               "So are you getting it now?"  he asked.

"Do you think the kids will like it?" I ask.

"Of course they will" he replied.
          "How do you know?"  is my next question.
                    "They are bound to like it, it's lovely" he said.

The solution?

                          TAKE A PICTURE!

            and that's what we do, thank goodness for iPads and coffee shops with Wifi.

Fred took a picture of me standing in the changing room and we headed over to a nearby Costa Coffee (having taken the outfit off and left it behind the sales desk with a very understanding set of shop assistants).

Now you might wonder why I deliberately mention that we went to Costa Coffee.
The answer is because I am not fond of Starbucks and also Costa Coffee have the greatest lemon and poppyseed muffin which I just adore but have been missing out on since trying to lose weight. One of those muffins has as many calories as my full dinner would have.

So we get the coffee (and tea for Fred) and a muffin which Fred says we have to share so that it isn't too many calories for me - isn't he so considerate?  No really, I'm not being sarcastic here because Fred will tell you himself that he is not a muffin eater.

Then connected to Wifi we email the picture to both Linda (South Korea) and Jonathan (Leeds) and start messaging them to make sure they look at their email.

During the time it took to eat the muffin we had a group message conversation with both kids and they encouraged me to go back and buy the outfit.

            But  

"Do you think Daniel & Suzie will like it too?"  I ask

                                        "YES!" is the joint reply

So we head back and buy the outfit.

A few days later we are with Daniel getting the suits for the guys for the wedding and I show him the outfit, he likes it.  Later that evening I see Suzie and show her the picture and she likes it so all is well.

Or rather will be well when I go to the seamstress and get that little alteration done because (back to where we started) 

I am petite 

and the dress is regular fitting so I need the straps shortened.


So I have my outfit, and it won't clash with the bridesmaids.

                          And the wedding is 4 weeks exactly from today!


                      It wasn't such a hard task after all, sure it wasn't?



                         

Saturday, 28 September 2013

The Mysterious Affair at Styles - TV Review

Ok so having read the book again I just couldn't resist watching the TV version again too.

Do I need an excuse to watch David Suchet as Poirot?   No, No, NO!

So I get out my big box set of the dvds because I know that one is in it.

But then I think - I really should have these properly catalogued.

And a few hours later all my Poirot dvds are catalogued by set, date first aired on TV, length of time and year book was written.
I know, I know, I just get carried away but Imdb website and my lists of Agatha Christie's books (by Heron set, by year & alphabetically) are just so useful and interesting.
I will state clearly here that although I am now tempted to do my Miss Marple dvds in the same way I will not succumb to that temptation (well probably at least not until I read the next Miss Marple book anyway).

Ok I digress, but we all do that.

On to the TV adaptation......

It was filmed and broadcast in 1990, 23 years ago during the 3rd TV series starring David Suchet, and 70 years after the book had been published.

Did it stay true to the book?

Yes it did very much so and I was very pleased with that.  
It did however leave out a character which was a suspect within the book if only for a short time but in my eyes this actually helped the storyline for TV.
It also left out a few other little things that Poirot had to sift through in the book but again these in no way took away from the story.  Then it slightly changed one of the relationships of the story but again this helped not to sidetrack any of us as we would watch the 100 min episode. 

Were the characters well portrayed?

Yes I feel the casting was good for all the characters. 
I did feel like all of the family except one were just as I imagined when reading the book but then I have seen the TV adaptation so was I still subconsciously remembering the actual actors?  I did just think that Mary Cavendish would have been a taller, slimmer women but it made no difference to the story.

Was the filming good?

The outdoor scenes were better than the indoor scenes just simply because of the lighting, indoor tended to be darker than you would like when trying to watch for clues and see things clearly.  The backdrop of the beautiful building used as Styles was great as was the village. 
However because of the length of time which has passed since it was all shot it did seem a bit dated but then the story was set during the first world war so it may actually have helped to make us feel the older time set.


An added bonus for me was that they kept Hastings as much in the story as the book had and it was lovely to see the relationship between him and Poirot at that very early stage so gently portrayed.

I'm sure there are lots of other people who adore the books and TV shows which include Hastings too, aren't there?

Now this would go on my Shelfari Bookshelf of Dvds if there was such a thing.


UPDATE
If anyone is interested in other Christie TV Reviews see the links below

Elephants Can Remember TV Review


A Caribbean Mystery TV Review



Wednesday, 25 September 2013

WHAT WILL I WEAR???? - Part 2

Our son's wedding is at the end of October, so for me the big question was

What will I wear?


Ok so I hope you read part one  -  if not click here for WHAT WILL I WEAR????
                                   and then head back here again.


So 

You see something you like but immediately you start thinking -

 will it please everyone else as well???...


My first reaction was  "Oh I think that is just me!"

However I know that sometimes I like things that are a bit different to the norm but that doesn't mean that I wear really different or strange things, at least I don't think so anyway.

So I decided to send a picture of the outfit to Linda in South Korea, thank goodness for ipads with their screenshots and email and messaging and facetime.  (Sounding too tech savvy here and I really am not like that.)

Well she liked it and what did she say?  Did you guess it?
She said "Oh mum that is just you!"

Did I run out and buy it?   No.

I kept looking online for a few weeks and then finally I showed the picture to Fred and he thought it was nice so he said "That's nice, do you like it?"

I wonder why I was talking about an outfit for the wedding and showing this to him and he had to ask me if I liked it?   

 

Are all men like this?


"Well do you want to get it?"  he asks then when he realises by the look on my face that I obviously do like it.
My answer "I don't know."
So he was probably thinking

Why is she making such a point of showing me this if she doesn't know if she wants to get it, I thought she liked it, was I wrong?

So another few days go past and then I start hinting that I want to go to a certain shopping centre.
Finally I just have to say to him that I want to go and see if I can see the outfit "in real life" in the shopping centre and not just online because I need to actually see exactly what it is like and then I need to try it on because I'm not sure of the size I would have to get but I want him to go too as he needs to see it too.

So off we go and when we get there he thinks that he's just going to go into the shop with me I will try it on and that's that.
No, no, no,  I direct him to a "Bose" shop and I go in to look around and hope that it is there.

I enter the shop and the first thing I see is the outfit, so I try it on and the 3 ladies working in the shop all think it is lovely on me, so
     they bring me the shoes to match,
           bag to match,
                 hat to match,
                     take hat away
 (hats at the moment are very large and I think definitely too large for me)
                           bring fascinator to match,
                                  take fascinator away (even the fascinator is large)
                                         and bring smaller fascinator to match.

And I liked it!
     I phoned Fred, he came and the ladies ushered him into the changing room.
          He liked it too.
               "So are you getting it now?"  he asked.

"Do you think the kids will like it?" I ask.






Thursday, 19 September 2013

The Mysterious Affair at Styles - Book Review


Synopsis

Injured and sent back to England from the First World War, Lieutenant Hastings finds himself in a convalescent home very much to his disliking.  Thankfully his old friend John Cavendish invites him to spend the rest of his sick leave at the beautiful Styles Court.  Here, Hastings meets John’s step-mother, Mrs Inglethorpe, and her new husband Alfred.  Despite the tranquil surroundings Hastings begins to realise that all is not right.  When Mrs Inglethorpe is found poisoned, suspicion falls on the family, and who better to investigate than Belgian war refugee Hercule Poirot, another old friend and a retired police detective.




This was the first Agatha Christie novel and apparently publishers were not interested in publishing it. 
         Why?

Of course once one publisher did decide to give it a go then Mrs Christie had lots of interest from many publishers due no doubt to the great interest everyone had in reading and buying this book.  The following and other great reviews of the time will also have helped.

                       "Though this may be the first published book of Miss Agatha Christie,
                                            she betrays the cunning of an old hand..."
                                                                    The New York Times Book Review, 1920


I had read it years ago and I did remember who the murderer was but did not remember all the fine details so perhaps because of this I have realized now just how good this book is and especially just how good it was for a first book.  All the clues were there, so those who say that she hides some clues are mistaken here. We really just have to read the books carefully to see it all.  

I was even taken with the structure of some of the sentences, very carefully done so that things are not given away immediately but written so that it can get us thinking.  I normally refer to Agatha Christie novels as light reading but if we take it too lightly we will miss the clues, the background info which can often be very important and of course the subtlety in Poirot's musings. 

Written so well in the voice of Hastings, it was no wonder she kept him in many of the Poirot novels and if I had to give my view she should have kept him even later too.

If you are interested in this book have a look on The Agatha Christie Website where you will see that it is the book clubs read for this month.

I think this one is good enough for my Shelfari bookshelf here so that means it is a favourite of mine.


UPDATE
I've also done a TV adaptation review for this one now see 
TV Adaptation Review

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

WHAT WILL I WEAR?????


Our son's wedding is at the end of October, so for me the big question was


What will I wear?


Having been through (for our kids alone)

4 graduations,


1 installment as a pastor


1 installment as a teacher in the church


 -  I have learned that there are important things that have to be dealt with so that your children approve of your outfit.


Short or long?

Hat or no hat?
(Definitely YES to a Cambridge Graduation!)

Hat or Fascinator?

Can I wear Trousers?
(Definitely NO to a Cambridge Graduation!)

Do I have to wear high heels?

What colour?

Who not to clash with?

Who to tone in with?

What jewellery with the outfit?





Oh I'm tired already just thinking about it before I start to talk about it, 

 

I think I need a coffee!





I'm not a fashion conscious person really!


My main problem is I am petite.   See my previous post in July here


Most places either

  • do not do petite 
  • have a very small selection 
  • only have more old fashioned outfits in petites 


so I hate having to look for something for particular events.



Also as Mother of the Groom:

First thing you know is you don't wear white, ivory or cream;  that is just too close to what your future daughter-in-law will be wearing and it is her big day so she should stand out.

Secondly once you know the colour of the bridesmaids you need to avoid colours too similar and other colours that would clash with it.

Third thing is you don't go strapless;  unless you have a jacket to go on top.
It is one thing having a young bride with bare shoulders but another thing completely to have an older mother-in-law with bare shoulders.

So after you have dealt with those 3 priorities there is then the wait to hear that the bride's mother has got her outfit and find out the colour so that you don't pick the same colour or something that will clash with it also.


Okay so all of that has probably involved numerous cups of coffee and that hasn't helped the effort to lose that weight you had been trying to lose from even before they got engaged but are still having to work hard on.

Then you start looking seriously for your outfit and you want to have it well in advance in case you need to have any alterations made once you lose all that weight you are working on.

Then

You see something you like but immediately you start thinking -

 will it please everyone else as well???...





Sunday, 15 September 2013

My friends laughed at me!

           And asked why I had done it?

Am I really strange?

All I had done was show them the labels I had put on three baskets in our cloakroom cupboard.

Well when you have a husband who asks the same question each time he goes to the cupboard to get a hat or scarf or gloves - then this is a very sensible thing to do, or so I thought.

Do you label your baskets?
 I mean the ones you are using for storing things or keeping things neat in a cupboard, not the ones you use to go shopping. 



Later when it was pointed out to me by someone else that I had written "snoops" instead of "snoods" on my basket label I had to laugh as well.

 Please tell me I am not the only person who labels their baskets.