Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Interesting Times

Well, it has been an interesting week. We have made a sudden decision to have a conservatory (which I am quite excited about), found some amazing new authors for the September issue of Workshop on the Web, made great inroads in the preparation of pieces for the DVD I’m making and been to the Warner Studio set to check out the Harry Potter experience. No wonder I am shattered.

The conservatory came about because the east wind that has been with us for so long has made the back of the house very cold, in spite of double glazing. This, coupled with our council’s new recycling scheme (which involved Clive braving the elements to feed four different bins, as well as bringing in the logs), made us think about a porch. This led to market research on Facebook as to how useful conservatories are – an overwhelming yes vote - and we were hooked on the idea. Hoping it will be finished in June and planning the furnishings.

The Harry Potter thing in Watford is amazing. We were taken by daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter and it was wonderful to be driven. We knew we would like it, being fans of all things Potter, but it exceeded all our expectations. The sets are so detailed and to walk down Diagon Ally, looking in the shop windows was a surreal experience.


Love the Owl Emporium………….


But the best thing for us was the chance to see the detailed designs and the white models, so carefully made.




At the end there is a model of Hogwarts which is simply beautiful, photos can’t do it justice but I might try in another blog when I've stitched all the photos together. 


The grand-daughter loved it, especially the Butterbeer.




Clive and I already want to go again.

The only down was the long queue to get in, even with a timed ticket. Still worth it, though.

It has taken me days to get over it as I’m not quite back to normal after the flu thing but it was well worth it.


liniecat said...

I want to go there too! It sounds fabulous lol

Heather said...

So glad you enjoyed your trip - that bug really takes it out of you, doesn't it? I would have enjoyed seeing the models and walking down that street even though I haven't read the books or seen the films. I often have a greater interest in the settings, props, etc., than in the film itself.
You've had a busy time with all the other things to organise.
Feet up this weekend, dreaming about the conservatory!

dorothypandorasbox said...

Sounds like you are haing too much fun Mrs grey! :-)
Sounds like you are building the conservatory to house the bins and the wood.....:-)
I got my cane conservatory furniture from the garden centre.
We shall, of course ned pics in due course.

Peneller said...

You're doing the right thing getting a conservatory. Ours faces SW and is lovely and warm even with a cold east wind blowing! It will be worth it!

Robin in WNC said...

Oh what a great trip, would love to do that. The conservatory is going to be great, love to see pictures when it is up.