On the 4th I took Shelagh to see My Cousin Rachael (Daphne Du Maurier) at the Malvern Theatre. It starred Helen George (Trixie from Call the Midwife) and was very good. I had read the book some years ago but had forgotten the details. On the way home we stopped for something to eat at the Dog at Harvington.
One of the projects I am looking after for work is to review apprenticeships in Wales. This meant three trips to Wales during December to meetings. 5th to Camarthen, 10th to Mold and 16th to Builth Wells. There was also the Lantra Christmas lunch on the 6th at the Warwickshire Golf Club and our own team Christmas lunch on the 11th at Chesford Grange.
On the 8th I went with Mark, Michelle and the children to Hanbury Hall as they had a 70s/80s Christmas display. It was a real blast from the past with all the food, drinks, sweets, toys and games that we had when my children were little and The Two Ronnies on the TV!
We agreed to meet up at a NT property on the way, Canons Ashby. It's an old Tudor manor house and each of the rooms was dressed for Christmas from different periods from Tudor to Victorian times.
The Harry Potter Studio tour was fascinating. The attention to detail never ceases to amaze me. The last time I visited was Brendyn's 9th birthday and he is now 13. As it was his birthday he got to open the doors from the Great Hall. There are two new exhibits, the Forbidden Forest and Gringotts Bank (before and after a visit from something big and nasty!)