Sorry things have been quiet, we have been up to my Mums to visit them, Sheffield and catch up with old friends.
On Thursday we arrived and after no more than a few minutes Emily was happily settled with her Grandparents. We were fed an excellent lasagne and then we started the process of getting Emily to sleep whilst geting ready for Cath and I's first night out together without Emily since 2006, whilst Mum and Dad keep there ears on the baby monitor. Eventually Emily settled and we were dropped off at a freezing tram stop to catch the tram to Sheffield city cenre, and Sheffeld Acadamy (of which we found out about an hour before hand our friend Richard Hunter is now manager- more later) where Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds awaited us. Upon arrival whilst waitig for a beer our first familiar face appeared -Ju, who was there on his tod as great mate Jase hadn't made it into the venue at that point. We had a good catch up ordered several beers and then showtime!
Suffice to say maybe the best set I've seen them play in terms of back catalogue although the Abattoir blues tour in 06 (or was it 05) sounded amazing with the gospel choir.
Songs played (not complete) included We call upon the author, Lazarus dig yourself, The Mercy Seat, Deanna, Tupelo, The Weeping song, The Ship song, Stagger Lee, Nature Boy,Red Right Hand, I think in to my arms and Jack The Ripper were played too.
Great gig although it was nearly cut short by Nick Cave falling of the stage during Nature Boy, which gave Richard H a bit of scare i fond out later as a similar incident involving Ian Brown in summer lead to a short gig and ugly scenes.
During the gig we met up with Mark Jackson, bumpedinto Coupey and Di and arranged to meet Pip and Step who were in the balcony aterwards.
We made an attempt to go for late drinks near the venue however it just shows how old we all are as no body knew a venue that was open late on Thursdays, otherthan studenty division / west street. So we went home and raided Mums fridge. Unfortunatly we were awoken in the middle of the night by Emily so I disturbed night was had by all.
Friday say early us all rising and me feeling a bit rough. We had plans though- today Cath and Mum had concocted a plan to go to Holmfirth- yes that Holmfirth of last of the summer wine fame. It appears theresa knittingmecca there (a Rowan discount shop apparently) so off we went on a freezing morning to wander round a cold Yorkshire town, with Cath searching for kniting, Dad pointing out TV landmarks and me feeling hungry. Eventually managed to get pie and peas down me, and Cath managed not to buy the shops stock before journeying home for a well deserved nap before dinner at my Nans (who makes the best Yorkshire puddings in the world).
Friday night saw us make another attempt at a night out in Sheffield this time with me driving. Plans were for a meeting in a quiet pub with friends to chat, but as Emily settled quickly we managed to pop into see other mates who were attending Pete H's newish lady's birthday bash. Here we managed to see Pete, Rob T, Coupey and Di again and have a chat before heading off to the Red Lion.
Upon walking in we saw Pip straight away- who could miss the hair, and saw that Step and Nailsey had bagged a table. Top surprise though wa the unarranged presence of Richard H in the pub on a post work drinks thing. Darren and Sue arrived not long afterwards as did Andy B and a good chatting/ catch up session was had by all. We were even joined by people from the previous pub at around 11. Just like old times at Collegiate cresent on Thursdays or the NMB on Tuesdays.
One interesting idea was th idea raised by Rob and Pip about the od Epitaph Dissolution mob getting together for a one off night just for fun. Its a thought thats crossed my mind too although I ave to say the music would have to be not focussed whats cool / popular with the current goth scene as really none of us look like goths anymore and I guess we don't really keep up with the scene. Ideally it would be aight where the DJs play sets of music they love to a hopefully appreciative crowd. I'd like to say no requests but I'm not sure thats fair if we charge entry -which we will have to do to cover a venue/PA hire. Anyhow theres loads more to think about before its a goer but well watch this space.
To close an excellent Friday Cath and I hit a drive through Mcdonalds (all that we could find open) after dropping Darren and Sue off at home.
Saturday brought a hectic morning packing , collecting cakes from my Nan and heading to Dave Nails and Julies new house to meet their children George and Oliver. We had a top time it wa soooo good to see them, and meet two great boys, with a fantastic Thomas the tank engine collection too! Its a nice house as well, with loads of potential, and nice to see that Dave and Julie have succumbed to the charms of suberbia like us.
Arrival home via foggy roads didn't take too long and Saturday night saw Cath make a brilliant curry and I watched the film Black Book about a WWII female dutch resistance agent which I enjoyed, although Caths comment everytime she looked up from her knitting was that there was either violence or nudity on screen which isn't a true a reflection of the film, honest.
Sunday say me work for a few hours and also help out with some hand print pictures Cath and Emily were doing.
Right I can smell dinner which is ranch style chilli ! so I'd better go.