Friday, May 8, 2015

Friday 8 May - Hilary and Yalena visit and Dirty Dusting

This is the old theatre building turned into offices and apartments.  We are on the third floor facing back
View down the street from the theatre

The closest drinking establishment is just across the street
There was a freight train in the platform which resulted in Hilary's train from Newport being a couple of minutes late.
This Canadian built diesel was burbling away with a typical GM sound
The delay gave me an opportunity to see the massive signalbox.
Yalena is an excellent guide dog.  Hilary let her off the lead in the Quarry Park and she romped around and had a fine time.  She jumped into the river for a short swim - twice.
We had a leisurely lunch at The Armoury and because it was raining, decided to take the 45 minute river cruise.  We were the only people on the boat.  Back at the station the railway people were very good and came out to help Hilary on to the train.  However, as she was about to get on two blind people with guide dogs were getting out through the same door.  The dogs were all well behaved but there was mass confusion as the leads all became tangled up.  It was quite easy to sort things out but must have been very confusing for the blind people who could not see what was happening.

This evening we went to a performance of Dirty Dusting at the Theatre Severn  It concerned three ageing cleaning ladies who were about to lose their jobs and decided to go into the phone sex business.  It was hilarious and there were many slightly blue jokes that the audience loved. The audience was mainly the older crowd,  Some six old women were sitting together, all with canes which they carefully folded up and put away in their purses.

We had a drink at the Three Fishes on the way back.  I had only missed one day and there were four new beers on tap that I had not tried. Impossible to keep up.  We had a good chat with Danny, the barkeeper and a man who came in about a variety of subjects including the usefulness or otherwise of mayors. The term bouncer cannot be used now as it has derogatory implications.

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