For the umpteenth time, I’ve tidied-up my DVD collection. It should have been one of those jobs that was completed during the early days of ‘lockdown’, but you know what they say about that Round Tuit??? 😊
We now have ‘classics’ on the left (far too many to fit in the cabinet!) and Blu-rays, front and centre, with my growing 4k collection on the top-shelf.
PS Apart from me, does anyone watch DVDs anymore? 😁
Jo and Janet joined us for a night of munchies and a movie… Oh, and some G & Ts! Whilst I prepared the DVD player, the lemons and the limes, Ann got busy in the kitchen.
Our movie of choice tonight – Avengers:Endgame. There isn’t much that hasn’t already been written about the final film (for now) in this franchise – especially on a certain blog – so instead, I’ll concentrate on the food and drink! 😁
On the menu tonight was homemade Lasagne and that was followed by homemade Fruit Strudel. I think we all enjoyed it so much, none of us took any photos! 😊
The movie turned out to be as excellent as we remember it (and with its fairly complex narrative, probably benefited from a second opportunity to watch it again!) 🤔
At just over 3 hours long, the movie was a test of stamina, if nothing else! And as a result, we didn’t say our goodbyes until just after 11pm – very late for us two! 😊
A great night – and good to see Janet and Jo again!
On arrival, the weather was disappointing to say the least (Summer’s not quite over surely???) Oliver was sporting shorts and I was in a short-sleeved shirt. Consequently, both of us were woefully ill-dressed for the conditions – a plummeting temperature followed by rain! ☔ ☔
1.00pm: However, It didn’t stop us enjoying our picnic though, as we sandwiched ourselves between ‘Robert‘ and the car next door to act as a wind-break! Brrrrr! 😁
1.55pm: I think the c*** weather made us eat more quickly, and we soon made a significant dent in Ann’s extensive picnic.
As soon as we’d cleared up our bits, we headed straight for the House. Word to the wise: Since our previous visit, there’s been one major change here! ALL VISITS ARE NOW TIMED, so it’s not just a case of turning-up and hoping to get in straight away. But, as it happened, it was perfect timing on our part, as there were five slots on the very next admission – the 2.15!
2.10pm: We’re in! 😁
Given our previous visits, from a photo point-of-view, I decided to concentrate on the less well-known/seen pieces on show inside, together with less obvious views of the property and surroundings.
3.05pm: Time for a cuppa, especially as the damp weather from earlier had returned, but this time it was torrential!
A quick, but determined sprint to the nearby tea-shop got us more-or-less to the front of the queue (followed by the rest of mankind) and we were soon seated in the Stables enjoying our cuppa and cake!
3.35pm: Next stop was the Gardens where the weather, perfectly on cue turned from rain to warm sunshine! 😁 At last!
9.45pm: And what could be better than a good film to finish the evening? The answer? two films! Choice-wise, the consensus was Thor: Ragnarok (in 4k DVD). Although it’s not my favourite from the Marvel stable, it’s still a very good yarn with everyone acting their heart out, helped along by outstanding SFX and a comedic theme (that in spite of all the death and destruction, seemed to work). The day however, eventually got the better of us, and we only got about two-thirds of the way through it – still there was always tomorrow to finish it off!
11.05pm: That’s it! 😴😴😴😴😴 Nighty-night!
A lie-in for me until the unearthly late hour of 7.15 whilst the others slept-on.
9.10am: A little bit of Queen, courtesy of Spotify to get the day started!
9.45am: Breakfast is served – Porridge with Strawberries followed by a Bacon Butty! 😁
10.30am: Jane, Oliver and I watched the rest of Thor: Raganarok, Roger caught up with the Daily Telegraph, whilst Ann put the finishing touches to lunch – this was a real family-foodie weekend, and just how we like it! 😍
12.15pm: Pre-lunch drinkies!
1.00pm: Lunch is served. Roast Chicken with all the bits!
2.30pm: Lunch over! A bit of clearing up followed by a long natter.
whilst listening to something a little more relaxing!
3.45pm: Well, where did that weekend go? It passed really quickly – a great sign of a great time! 😍😍
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With almost all our preparation done for our forthcoming holiday, I took a breather and watched Skyscraper (one of the 4K DVDs that Ann bought me for Christmas). Starring Dwayne ‘The Rock‘ Johnson it turned out to be a cross between Die Hard (1988) and Towering Inferno (1974).
In my book, that’s a good pedigree! 😊
How was it? Well, it certainly wasn’t Shakespeare and the critics hadn’t been too kind to it when it was first released in 2018 (awarding it a lacklustre three-out-of-five).
Still, for a Saturday night, and with my brain set to ‘low’, it was an enjoyable romp, with some very convincing special-effects that probably out-shone the storyline (and maybe the actors too!)
Perfect Saturday-night-in fodder then! 👍