Winter Breaks, Birthday Treats and Parking Tickets – T.B.C

It’s little bit of a bizarre title; Winter Breaks, Birthday Treats and Parking Tickets – however that’s precisely what one in all our lives has been about, recently. B from TBC went on a little bit journey to Tenerife – it was an early birthday current for themselves, after which the actual birthday deal with was a beautiful weekend away in wee bonny Scotland solely to come back house to a parking ticket!


I had no concept that Tenerife was one of many largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, and an island sitting on a dormant volcano; Mount Teide. As we flew in to the North facet of the island you may see the volcano from the sky. Snow capped and peaking out of the clouds – it was magnificent.

I used to be travelling alone. I felt a little bit bizarre travelling to a different nation, alone. I don’t know why it affected me a lot initially – I’m an actor, I’m at all times travelling someplace, alone. So why a visit overseas for a couple of days ought to make me really feel lonely was a little bit past me. Maybe it’s as a result of it was my birthday and I wished to be across the people who I beloved, consuming cake, ingesting espresso, celebrating one other 12 months and placing the world to rights. You may’t actually do this by yourself – or so I assumed.

Though I missed not going with T, I really beloved being alone. I beloved with the ability to transfer in my very own time, make fast and simple choices that happy me about the place to eat, the place to solar bathe and what to purchase. To not say that I can’t do this with my accomplice, however when there are two of you there are two opinions and two minds to think about. It was really actually beautiful to only… take into consideration myself.

I went for lengthy walks and bought to grips with the city fairly rapidly. It’s not so massive and what I beloved probably the most was the colorful buildings; every home totally different to the subsequent. That meant that I might use these homes as markers – for instance, I knew after I bought to the crimson home on the nook, by the zebra crossing, at a crossroads, with its inexperienced define of home windows and doorways – that I want go up that hill in the direction of my lodge. So distinct have been the buildings, I felt like Hansel and Gretel setting out markers for my manner again house. It was straightforward and nice.

The climate was OK – I had anticipated extra sunshine and opposite to the idea that it by no means rains in Tenerife, I bought each rain and sunshine, in equal measures, with beautiful rainbows too. Apparently Puerto de la Cruz, within the North is vulnerable to extra rainfall then the South, therefore the inexperienced lush panorama. Nonetheless, when it did shine – oh my god – it was heaven. I adored being sat on a seaside with black sand, listening to the wild sea, studying my e book. It actually was bliss. I beloved the sand and sea air in my hair, it made my curls wild and bouncy making me really feel wild and bouncy myself.

I booked a bundle vacation; half board through On the Seashore holidays. Flights, lodge and all choices included. They do some nice offers and it was straightforward sufficient. Subsequent time although, I may e book room solely within the bundle, purely as a result of there have been restricted choices for vegetarians on the night meal. The truth is there was nothing – simply salad!

The Beekeeper of Aleppo

With a lot wonderful time on my palms I learn my e book – The Beekeeper of Aleppo. I’ve practically completed it to say I solely began it the opposite week. The time meant I might actually fall into the pages of the e book and picture each breath, emotion and picture and take my time doing it.

I discovered myself in Aleppo; listening to the sound of bees buzzing, making honey, when the bombs dropped and fireplace unfold via the bee hives, ruining Nuri and Mustafa’s livelihood that they’d fastidiously and delicately cultivated over three generations. I felt Nuri’s heartbreak as he fished Mustafa’s son’s physique out of the Queiq (the river on the backside of the hill) and the deep quiet ache of Mustafa as he washed his son, figuring out in that second – it was time to go away battle torn Syria. He didn’t need to go. It was his house, however along with his livelihood destroyed, his house decimated and his son gone – what was there to remain for. I travelled with Nuri and his spouse Afra in jeeps within the useless of the night time, on boats in treacherous situations, being handed from smuggler to smuggler to finish up in refugee camp; Greece, Leros smelling of damp, urine and different soiled smells. The couple do make it to the UK and are presently ready on searching for asylum – I’m but to seek out out if asylum is granted for them and certainly the opposite refugees holed up in a b n b someplace within the UK.

The e book takes you on the journey of refugees transferring via a damaged world. The story strikes swiftly forwards and backwards from the attractive olive groves, bee hives, and luxurious vegetation bathed in wonderful sunshine in Aleppo, to the bitter chilly, harsh seas, PTSD, the lack of life, thoughts and coronary heart via to the place they find yourself. I’ve at all times stood up for refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and immigrants, I’m the daughter of an immigrant. I imagine all of us have the fitting to security, love, peace and a greater life. And though we hear of individuals making that journey throughout Europe and on to UK shores, I had no thought of the precise journey. The precise quantity of braveness, resilience, stamina, psychological and emotional energy it takes to cross, the sheer desperation that drives folks looking for security, is unfathomable. Nobody leaves eager to, as a result of it’s harmful and fucking arduous and it breaks me after I see folks and proper wing newspaper articles saying “why are they coming right here”, “they need to search asylum within the first protected nation they land in”, “we don’t need them”. Or when a bunch of individuals really feel they’ve the god given proper to STOP RNLI rescuing folks. The RNLI whose sole job is it to rescue folks from this type of disaster. Or after I hearken to LBC (a UK radio station) and I hear folks saying “Afghan’s are cowards, they need to keep and struggle…” Keep and struggle with what and for what? A little bit of rubble? Decimated houses, or the cafe that has it’s electrical provide reduce and a caved in roof, due to a bomb. All of the folks that might struggle have their numbers marked. They’re targets – for serving to the British and American troops throughout a 20 12 months occupation.

Nobody has the fitting to find out who lives and who dies. Nobody! And but… right here we’re.

There may be a lot to say on this and you’ll see I’m fairly obsessed with such topics. Though my vacation was about switching off – I additionally couldn’t cease my humanity get in the best way of what’s occurring on the planet. I do HIGHLY suggest The Beekeeper of Aleppo, except for what I’ve shared, it’s a e book superbly written. The descriptions of individuals, locations and feelings are intoxicatingly evocative. It actually does hit deep and makes you realise simply how fortunate we’re simply because we… have been… born… right here and them… there.


…As at all times was beautiful. It rained and snowed and the snow was the prettiest I’ve ever had on my birthday. We (T&B) stayed in a 4 begin lodge in Queensferry, though it felt like 5 stars. We had probably the most wonderful view of Queensferry Bridge crossing, all lit up at night time and a huuuugggeee mattress. We went to the theatre to look at A Christmas Carol; inventive use of the area, imaginative and compelling storytelling that had adults and youngsters alike mesmerised. With an unique reside musical rating that despatched shivers down my backbone – this has bought to be the perfect Christmas Carol adaptation I’ve seen in a very long time. It was breathtakingly magical. We ate like kings and spent such a lovely time connecting with one another. It was soulful.

Queensferry Bridge Crossing

After which I got here house to discover a PARKING TICKET on my automotive. The parking allow had run out the day earlier than and the council did not ship me a reminder. YES, I’m blaming the council – they make sufficient cash on us legislation abiding folks who don’t intentionally break the legislation. I’ve paid so many fines over this final 12 months, all as a result of I’m a brand new driver.

And now it’s again to work, though my birthday celebrations aren’t but over. I’ve eaten my weight in cake and candy treats over the weekend with a household meal on Friday. Saturday I travelled as much as Huddersfield to meet up with C and another mates for my birthday and Christmas. It was fantastic. All of us purchased a dish every – I finished off at a service station and picked up a number of the finest Mince Pies ever. Heston Blumenthal’s mince pies with a lemon zest are actually what it’s about this Christmas. With a shortbread, crumbly texture and a fragile filling of candy fruit – these mice pies from Waitrose are a MUST for anybody’s Christmas procuring record.

With one other potential lockdown looming we thought we should always most likely reap the benefits of the liberty.

That’s about it!


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