50firsts2012and13

A review of 50 first experiences


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First 20 – a visit to the bee library

The perfect treehouse

The perfect treehouse

17 December – My first visit to the bee library (24 book-nests for solitary bees), created by Alec Finlay. A trail around the lower lake of Yorkshire Sculpture Park that lifted my spirits on a gloomy December afternoon. The perfect home for a bee – or Mrs Pepperpot, perhaps, and great choice of titles.

Marks: 8/10 – I want a home called The Little Book of Haiku.


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First 18 – watched A Muppet Christmas Carol

4th Dec – How can I have got to this ripe age without seeing A Muppet Christmas Carol? Luckily, Gillian’s there to rectify the situation, with daughter, DVD, lovely tagine and tiny strawberry tarts. Very Christmassy.

Marks: 10/10 – points could have been lost for the fact that I felt more and more ill as the evening wore on, but what I remember is the humour, the company, and the spirit of Christmas, and what more could you want?


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First 19 – watched A Christmas Carol live round the streets of York

Scrooge comes face to face with his tombstone

Scrooge comes face to face with his tombstone

19th December – okay, so this is getting a bit repetitive, but inspired by the last post, I bought a ticket for a play which started and ended at the pub, and in between looped round the gilt-tipped cobbles of York. Brilliant acting, and perfect location. Spent the interval chatting with a couple from Indonesia who hadn’t heard of Charles Dickens and were still waiting for the carols to start. Luckily they were enjoying it anyway.

Marks: 9/10 for atmosphere and the fact that I got to wear a top hat. One point lost for the fact that it bucketed with rain all evening.


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First 17 – learning how to make chocolate truffles

– with Sandra at the Cocoa House in York. Loved tempering the chocolate with the hairdryer, and putting my little beauties into a box with a ribbon, just like real chocolates! Followed by tea and chocolate biscuits, of course, with a little chocolate in the teaspoon.

Marks: 10/10. Hardest bit (apart from giving them away) – squeezing the truffle out of the piping bag. The obvious analogy – too many hard bits made for tiny little stools until finally one huge turd made the bag split and we had to start again. Easiest bit – licking out the bowl.
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