I Have Too Much To Talk About!

I think the days for sitting out in the garden are going to be few and far between now as Autumn is due, so I’m taking advantage of this lovely afternoon to sit out and write this. It’s becoming my outdoor blog but I’ll keep updating even when the good weather is gone.

Not much to report on the garden front at the moment. Well, quite a lot is in bloom, and the corner garden looks nice and colourful, so that’s good.

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To balance the good, my Black Eyed Susan appears to be dying off. I don’t know if I’ve done something wrong or if its an annual plant which has reached the end if the season. The label didn’t say. It’s a shame as its been a really nice plant.
Also, the tomatoes are not ripening at all. There are plenty of them, but they’re all green. A friend has suggested putting something red into the greenhouse with them, but I have a feeling this will turn out to be an old wives tale. We shall see…

I watched Cloud Atlas the other night. At almost 3 hours I thought it had better be good, to hold my attention.
Within minutes of starting it I thought to myself “this will be going off soon, I don’t think I can stick it much longer”. It was really confusing, jumping from one story to another as each plot was established, and for a time I didn’t have a clue what was going on.
I stuck with it a little longer, and at some point I became hooked. I was totally engrossed in it. What a brilliant film! And the soundtrack is lovely too.
I loved it so much I’ve now dug out my copy of the book, which for some reason I never got around to reading before now, and I’m going to start it. Once I’ve read the book I think I’ll watch the film again, because its so complicated that it would probably benefit from a second viewing. Also, when the credits went up and it showed which roles each actor had played, I couldn’t believe some of them I’d missed.

I wrote the above a while ago and just rewatched the film. By the end I was in tears! I can’t recall it being so sad the first time around! I definitely got more from seeing it again; even though I knew what was going to happen it obviously still had a massive impression.

I also watched Labyrinth last week, starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly. I’m sure I must have seen the film years ago, during my childhood, because I could remember some of it. I don’t think I ever had such a love for it as I did for The Neverending Story, The Goonies or The Addams Family – those were the childhood films I watched repeatedly.
This time round though – loved it. I love the story, and how charismatic was David Bowie as Jareth?!? I loved the ballroom scene – he had on 10 times more makeup than I would wear myself and yet looked so handsome. The music is brilliant too, from the instrumentals to the songs Bowie wrote and sang. I can’t think of many songs quite as romantic as As The World Falls Down, and Magic Dance is a real feel-good song.
Jareth and Sarah remind me Christine and the Phantom, from Phantom Of The Opera, which is another of my great loves (the stage version, not so much the film), so I suppose it was always going to appeal to me. I’ve even been reading fan fiction based in the film, which usually means I feel like writing something myself. Maybe…

I have so much more to write about, but this is starting to get a bit too long, so I think I’ll save it for another time, hopefully another warm afternoon spent in the garden!

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The Ongoing Saga

The Greenhouse Project is an ongoing saga, mainly because we’re racing against the weather to try and get it done. Just when you think we’re in for a nice spring-like day, I wake up to thick fog and pouring rain, and so the delay goes on.

When we do actually get a few good hours in, it’s coming along quite well. I am one for not reading instructions properly, I just go racing ahead, and that’s been to my cost during this project, because a couple of times we’ve had to go back and rectify mistakes. It’s all part of the fun though!!

The framework is complete anyway, so if the good weather ever returns the next thing is to fix the base down then start putting the glass in.
I can’t wait for it to be finished so I can start growing my own plants.
I know I’m probably a bit late this time really, but I’m still going to try.

I want some figures for the patio area outside the greenhouse, so now my wish list is becoming full of gnomes and dragons (!!!!). I can’t decide which to buy. Gnomes and dragons, whoever would have thought it?

I finally watched the Les Miserables movie. I never got to see it at the cinema, but I’ve seen the stage show quite a few times, both on tour and in London, so I thought the movie would have a lot to live up to….

And it REALLY did. I loved it. Now’s the time to mention there’ll probably be spoilers from this point on, just in case anyone hasn’t seen the film yet.
I’d read some pretty scathing criticisms about some of the singing, but I didn’t think anyone stood out as really bad, I actually thought it was pretty well cast, and the way certain songs are rearranged seems to have greater impact, such as Fantine’s I Dreamed A Dream being after she’s resorted to selling her hair, her teeth and becoming a prostitute. It was so sad.
I also loved the scene Do You Hear The People Sing, because on the stage they go from Red and Black straight into the next song, and it’s not clear that anything has changed, whereas in the film they go out into the funeral procession and all the trouble starts from there.
One of my favourite and saddest moments of the show is after the battle, when everyone is dead, the barricade turns to reveal Enjolras and Gavroche, lying dead, as the instrumental plays. That was gone from the film, instead Javert returns, finds Gavroche dead and removes a medal from his own jacket to pin on the dead boy’s top. That made me cry.
Another surprise – I thought Eddie Redmayne was great as Marius. He made the character far more likeable, and even heroic. I’ve never liked his love story with Cosette on stage, it seemed too soppy, but in the film you get it, the fact that he’s traumatised by seeing his friends massacred, and overcome with guilt that he survived. It’s Cosette’s simplicity and sweetness which seems to help him through his turmoil.
By the end I was sobbing away, having enjoyed every moment of the film.

I downloaded the soundtrack as well, because the orchestration is gorgeous. It’s strange, to hear something you’re so familiar with sounding so new.

So, now I’ve seen the movie and the show, it’s made me wonder whether I should read the book?

Onto reading, The Passage is on hold because the library sent my copy of Inferno by Dan Brown and I know there’ll be a massive request list for it so I’d better get on with it. I haven’t read that much yet, but what I have read I’ve enjoyed. I did get to a certain point and just thought… OH…MY…GOD!!!! Not going to say any more, because I can’t without giving away big spoilers.

Am still waiting for The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan. The library have ordered a new copy so I keep checking to see whether it’s available yet. I have more than enough to keep me going though. I also reserved The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult. I’ve never read any of her books before, so not sure what to expect, but the write up of this book sounded like something that might interest me, so I’ll give it a go.