Good morning/afternoon/evening wherever you are, its Flat Stanley here.
Friday 8th July.
Having arrived safely from Blogospere in the early hours, after a brief nap and a piece of Stottie Cake (not a cake at all but rather a type of flat bread traditionally eaten here in this part of the world) I was whisked off to a 40th birthday party - not just any birthday party though, a fancy dress birthday party with the theme of Dickens in which my hosts went as a flower seller (hence me with the flowers ..... oh and the almost finished drink) and The Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come.
What a great night it was, lots of gothic style costumes, some Victorian story telling and singing AND a Miss Haversham inspired cake complete with sugar-spun 'cobwebs'. Oh and the 'natives' were so friendly, especially the birthday girl who seemed particularly pleased to meet me as the photograph below shows.
SUNDAY 10th July.
Tonight it was off to see The National Ukele Orchestra in concert at The Sage (that's the building not unlike a giant shell) with Mr PW before meeting PW and 'The Quiz Team' back at the Innisfree for last orders.
What a fantastic night, who would have thought the ukele could be so versatile - honestly, they played everything ranging from Hendrix, to Bowie, Black Sabbath to Wagner.
FRIDAY 14th July.
Today being the first day of Mr PW's holiday, we spent the afternoon relaxing by watching two DVD's. TRON:LEGACY and Invictus.
I must say I enjoyed Tron but, like PW, thought it all a bit, well, like an advert for a computer game. Now, as for Invictus .... I know PW didn't really fancy this one but all three of us ended up watching it and thoroughly enjoying it.
FRIDAY 22nd JULY.
After a quiet day pursuing the books in the Petty Witter library, it was off to a birthday BBQ - not that I got too close to the flames you understand.
Another friendly lot I must say, there were kisses all round though I must say his 5 o'clock shadow tickled a little.
Well fed and watered out came the musical instruments with two of Mr PW's work colleagues on the drums and two playing guitars - one of them having written a song especially for the occasion.
SUNDAY 24th JULY.
My last evening with the Petty Witter's, Lisa from Germany arrives tomorrow for three and a bit weeks.
Spent eating Italian food in a very nice little restaurant, Marco Polo's in Newcastle, I had the pleasure of meeting several other bloggers and their partners. One of them , the guest of honour, Grandmere Mimi (that's her pictured with me above) was even partly to blame for PW starting Pen and Paper for it was with Grandmere's and Mr PW's encouragement that PW began blogging.