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Monday, 18 June 2012

I'm back

Well, that turned out to be quite a long break from blogging that I wasn't expecting.

The Lady Of The House has been really REALLY busy with lots of projects - and then we had the Queen's jubilee, and the Man Of The House's Birthday, and the Boy Of The House was in a play and the Girl Of The House is shaping up for a new career...... and I still needed to keep up my daily regime of walking, sniffing, eating and sleeping - so blogging ended up taking a back seat.


But now I'm back and happy to report I'm doing fine.

One of the projects the LOTH has been busy with concerns a calendar - and there's a bit of a greyhound connection.

Have you ever seen the film Calendar Girls? A slightly fictionalised account of a real event that happened when some ladies from an English Women's Institute group decided to strip off for a tasteful (but unusually daring) calendar to raise money for a local cancer unit after the death of the husband of one of the ladies from leukaemia?

One of the actresses in it was Annette Crosbie - a real lover of greyhounds in real life who does a lot to campaign for fair treatment for the breed.

Sometimes, as you can see, the media have had a go at her for her viewpoint - but I think this headline (left) was just an excuse to make a 'pun' on the name of one of her most famous TV shows One Foot In The Grave.

In the film there were a few shots of Annette's character with a greyhound and I think it was one of her own dogs. What a nice lady.

Anyway, there's a stage version of Calendar Girls and it's been made available for amateur groups to do for just a short period of time in an effort to get in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most times a play has been performed in one year.

The drama group the LOTH belongs to is going to perform it next March. We don't know yet who will be cast in it - but the LOTH's friend Carol decided it would be great if the ladies of Little Theatre Company did their own Calendar Girls-style calendar to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research - the charity  funding research into blood cancers.

So the other weekend, the ladies all went down to the local arts centre and shot a series of pictures for the calendar. Here are all the brave ladies with the LOTH at the very front of the line - far left.


The LOTH would love it if any of you would like to follow the progress of the calendar being produced at the blog that Carol is writing - http://burtoncalendargirls.blogspot.co.uk/The LOTH said they all had a lovely day and there was lots of love and laughter in the air. They will be selling the calendars later in the year through the blog as well as around Burton-on-Trent.


Off to make some belated visits to my favourite pet blogs now. See you all again soon. (I will be keeping MY coat on, I can assure you).

29 comments:

Casey said...

Sounds like you and your family have been very busy! I suppose that excuses not blogging for a bit, but we've missed you!

tubby3pug said...

We missed you. We have seen that movie and a stage version sounds neat

urban hounds

tubby3pug said...

We missed you. We have seen that movie and a stage version sounds neat

urban hounds

Mr. Pip said...

Wow, Winnie, so much exciting news!! I will definitely follow along the progress of the LOTH's production of Calendar Girls! How fun! Will you be making an appearance in the show?

Your pal, Pip

Molly The Wally said...

Hi Winnie and glad to see you back. Have a happy Monday!
Best wishes Molly

Finn said...

Glad that you are back! We loved that movie, glad that actress is doing a good thing!

Hiking Hounds said...

I love the movie Calendar Girls. Cute picture of you all. Glad things are calmed down for you all.

Jen said...

I'd never heard of that movie, but it sounds wonderful! I love that there is a show as well.

Declan said...

Glad to have you back with us! Deccy x

K-Koira said...

You guys sound busy! It does sound like a great cause though. Hopefully the play is a lot of fun!

Patty w/ Joey and Scout, the greyhounds said...

Welcome back! Your family has been very busy!

Sue aka Greyhound Lover said...

Greyt to have you back Winnie, love and hugs from The Taylor pack

What Remains Now said...

Winnie! So glad to see you! You must check out the Blogville Olympics...they have a digging event! I'm thinking you are gold medalist material. You all have been busy!

gyeong said...

Sounds like a whirlwind of activity in the house. It's a good thing you got your walks and naps in.

Sue said...

Nice to have you back. Will watch with interest as things unfold.

Sarge said...

Hey Winnie!
Wow, I missed you something fierce! I'm so glad you're back and I think your pack needs a rest after all that activity. BOL
Grr and Woof,
Sarge, COP

Sophie said...

We missed you!

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

Winnie.... I am soooooooo very much glad that you are back from all that FUN stuffs. AND Just IN TIME.. beclaws Blogville is gonna have our OWN OLYMPICS... with like 87,000 events and you can get in Any or ALL of them.... It is gonna be a BLAST.

scotsmad said...

Glad you're back. Sounds like a very busy time.

SHE loved the movie and we've just finished watching some dvds of One Foot in the Grave. We're sure the play will be a success.

XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

houndstooth said...

Mom and Dad rented that movie a while back because there were Greyhounds in it, and thought it was a lovely movie. Your LOTH is quite the brave lady and I'll bet her calendar will be a big seller! It's good to see you back -- we've missed you!

Bunny

Kari in Vegas said...

Glad you are back!

Stop on by for a visit
Kari
http://www.dogisgodinreverse.com

Nola said...

So good to see you!
Nola

Bassetmomma said...

Wow! So much going on and a theater version of Calendar Girls! Awesome!

Two French Bulldogs said...

she sure has been busy. Welcome back
Benny & Lily

chicamom85 said...

I am glad you are back and that all is well.

Loveys Sasha

Eileen said...

Good for Annette Crosbie highlighting the plight of racing greyhounds. There are other celebs like Uri Geller and Jilly Cooper who have greyhounds. I know Uri Geller helps raise money for Greyhound Gap.

I loved the film Calendar Girls.
Hope your play does well and very good luck with the calendar.

Rykers Boyz n Allie said...

Woo! Welcome back! We understand "busy" - our mommy's out of town RIGHT THIS MINUTE (we're soooo mistreated, we are - sniffle!)

That calendar sounds like a great adventure!

bigdogzola.com said...

Wowee - congratualtions with the Calender...sounds very busy!

Molly, Taffy, Monty and Winnie said...

Lovely to see you back Winnie, your family certainly have been very busy. We are quite worn out reading about it all.

Molly, Taffy, Monty and Winnie