Thursday, 20 April 2017

#ThrowbackThursday - where we were on this day in Aprils past

After a whole year of Throwback Thursday posts (already!), I have brought this monthly blog feature forward a week so I won't be repeating myself. Throwback Thursday will now be the second-to-last Thursday of the month. This month's post just manages to cover five years of blogging because my first memory goes right back to April 2012.

I first attended Eastbourne's Underground Theatre Sunday Film Club on the 22nd of April 2012. For one Sunday afternoon a month the theatre becomes a cinema showing, usually, a vintage film followed by tea and cake in the cafe. It's all very civilised! On that afternoon we saw The Clouded Yellow, a 1950 thriller starring Trevor Howard and Jean Simmons. I don't actually remember much about the film now, but my commented review says I thought it a 'fairly thrilling thriller' and I know I enjoyed the event as a whole because I went on to attend lots more of the films while we lived nearby.

On the 20th of April 2013 I was in Sutton in the middle of a wonderful week of theatre trips and other cultural events that included a one man show about Oliver Reed, intense drama The Wife, The Mistress, The Chair and a screening of the Cloud Atlas film. The Sutton show was Sutton Theatre Company's production of Return To The Forbidden Planet which I remember was very funny and had an amazing futuristic set. If you live anywhere near Sutton, STC's newest show, the musical Curtains, is on from the 11th to the 14th of May and Tickets Are Available Here!

April 2014 was the first Easter since my Mum had died in the previous May and I was still finding it difficult without her, especially at a family-centred time like that. I delved into childhood memories and spent the day baking the Farmhouse Fruit Cake that had been my 'signature recipe' when I was growing up. The secret to a good moist fruit cake is to use cold black tea instead of milk for the liquid!

It was all change by April 2015. We had sold our Polegate home and were starting the UK leg of our 20 month caravan tour. Our Caravan Club CL campsite, Wideham Farm, was on the edge of Thetford Forest and within very easy walking distance of a fascinating replica Anglo-Saxon village at West Stow. The site includes several reconstructed houses and buildings incorporating experimental archaeology to test out theories. There is also a good visitor's centre with lots of interesting artefacts from the local area. Most pieces are genuine and include lots of flint axes, arrowheads and the like, plus pottery, glass and jewellery. A few things are replicas such as gold bangles, silver dishes and 'the Sutton Hoo helmet'.

And this time last year we were still in our caravan, pitched up just outside Torquay to begin exploring Torbay and the flat hunt which resulted in our present lovely home. I was much less impressed with Widend campsite, but it fulfilled the requirements of peace and a convenient location! We had just been wooed by a visit to Totnes, still my favourite town around here I think, where we bought the Wild DVD I currently have for sale on eBay. It's a good film for walkers! Click the photo to buy!

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