Morning all. Rather unusually for me, I thought I'd do a photo free post today. Did anyone else see the RSC Live to celebrate Shakespeare 400 on Saturday? R had booked tickets to see it at our local Corn Exchange before realizing on the day that it was actually being televised on BBC2! Ah well, we keep telling ourselves that it was an evening out and it did look good on the big screen, but even so! I really enjoyed it, it was an all star cast and, for me, David Tennant and Ian McKellan shone; they make it all look so easy. One of my favourite bits was 'A Line of Hamlets', see here.
I do love a nice Shakespeare production and we always try to visit Stratford upon Avon in the summer for a bit of rowing and a play. This year we may try Regent's Park Open Air Theatre again, although it tends to be a bit hit and miss with our English weather!
On Saturday, L went to Oxford to stay with her boyfriend, J. I dropped her off and popped in for a quick cup of tea and a play on his new toy - a Virtual Reality headset. You have to clear quite a bit of floor space, don a visor and headphones, then 2 remotes allow you to control the action. I had a little go flying aircraft on an island (although my landings left a lot to be desired!) and then tried an art game which allowed you to draw 3D pictures. It was such fun! It did feel a little strange when you removed the equipment and were back in the real room and I imagine it would be very easy to become hooked - Saturday was lovely and sunny (if a little chilly) but I suspect that when I left them they probably spent most of the day inside playing with it!
One last thing (and you may not want to read the next bit if you're particularly squeamish!), yesterday I was happily filling up the bird feeders, when I noticed what I thought was a bit of fluff blocking one of the holes in the sunflower hearts feeder. It was already hanging from the tree at the time and, without thinking too much about it, I gave the fluff a tug. It seemed quite hard, so I tugged a bit more and then had a closer look. Well YUCK, it was actually the remains of a mouse which had become trapped in the feeder (don't ask me how) and died. Presumably the magpies or jackdaws had been pecking away at it, so what I was actually tugging on was the remains of its abdomen. Never have hands been scrubbed so much! R came to my rescue as I was trying not to chunder and, tipping out the seeds, managed to extract what was left of the poor wee beastie with a stick. Filling the feeders will never be the same carefree experience it once was and I can't even look at the feeders at the moment without wanting to run for the tap!
Enjoy your week, everyone and, if you'll excuse me, I've just got to go and wash my hands!
Toodle Pip for now. x