Day 54 of 100 Pleats ……. A Wonderful Surprise

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Day 54 of the 100 pleats in 100 Days Challenge and today I have secured my  french pleat with the most beautiful, turquoise Hair Stick.  ….. Isn’t it fabulous ?

But, I’m getting ahead of myself ….as usual.

Yesterday morning the postman walked cheerfully past my window and then …… Plop !!   ….  that wonderful, satisfying sound of something other than a flipping bill being dropped through the letterbox !

And it was this ……


……………………………………….. an intriguing little parcel; neatly wrapped in brown paper …………………

and inside the package …….

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……carefully wrapped in tissue and tied with a silk ribbon, was this ……….


YES !!!!!!   …..An absolute CORNUCOPIA of beautifully made hair accessories !

This is my gift from the wonderfully  generous people at Stone Bridge Hair Accessories ………. a marvellous reward for completing 50 days of the 100 day challenge and to encourage and inspire me over the remaining 50 days !

I was utterly overwhelmed ……I can’t believe the kindness and thoughtfulness ……. I mean, how did they know that pink and turquoise is  one of my favourite colour combinations ?  How did they know how much I would adore the Hair Fork and little, cute, U pin ?

Here are the items in more detail ….each one as stunning as the next ………..

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I shall be using these lovely items many times over the next few weeks ……. they are, already, my new  ‘favourite things‘ … keep an eye out for them..

Incidentally ……the Hair Stick is holding my hair  ALL ON ITS OWN ….really …. And it feels very secure !  So if you have never tried a Stick or Hair Fork, why don’t you give it a go ?  I’m sure the lovely, helpful people at Stone Bridge will be only too happy to advise you.

And, finally, I can not go without saying a huge  THANK YOU  to Claire and Melissa ….. you are perfect jewels !


” Hi, how are you ? “

“How are things with me ?  Well I was just thinking about that ……. … I’ll tell you ……. and thank you for asking ………

Back in the day, I toured with a travelling circus. I had no real talent for any of the traditional circus skills, but I could dance a little and looked good in a leotard. So, there I was ……..six nights a week and twice on Saturdays…….in me sparkly tights and pink tutu,  dancing round with the clown…….who was in reality, a goitred, balding old man with wandering hands.   He must have been about 90 !

This really was a crummy circus. I mean,  to call it second rate would be praising it far beyond its worth, All the performers were right old  has-beens ……..well past their best.

I was the youngest there, the bloomin’  baby !

We had no decent costumes or equipment because the owner was a right old skinflint.  I had to sit after each performance; mending the rips in me tights and stuff, because the mean old bugger wouldn’t cough up for new ones.

The elephant handler was usually lying drunk nearby after imbibing a couple of bottles of whisky. There  he’d be, snoring and grunting like the pig he was, while I tried to simultaneously stitch me costume and fend off advances from the clown.    He used to sneak away from his caravan and try to get off  with  me,  while his missus was preparing dinner for the whole company.

She’d be mashing potatoes to top the shepherds pie we had every blooming night.  She was the designated cook…..gawd ‘elp us.

She hated me.  I’d often see her at the grubby window, glaring at me while she was waiting for the bread to rise, or cutting slices of dust-dry fruit cake. The old clown  told me that he  was  terribly hen-pecked and that she would often reprove him for the slightest thing,
She spites me whenever she can “, he whined.  I wasn’t a bit  surprised ……..he really was ‘orrible and I don’t think he ever washed.
The worst part of my act was when I had to pirouette round him and pretend to fall over into his arms.  He was supposed to catch me and then drop me and all the kids would laugh and giggle at my misfortune.

Well…… this particular night I was prancing about,  trying to delay the moment when I had to get close to him when he just keels over,  I mean flat on the floor.   Dead as a bloomin’ dead thing !

Heart attack !
After the funeral the circus owner said not to worry,  he would ask his nephew to come over from the next town.  Apparently he had agreed to  fill in for the old clown  until a replacement was found.

So, sure enough, this car turns up ………. roaring down the narrow lane.

I remember the car……… it had a spoiler on its boot and I remember thinking to myself,
‘He’s gonna be a bit flash for a clown ‘

Well out he gets…….. gives me a wink ………and dashes into the bosses caravan. He must have been 30ish , quite dishy too.
So, there we are doing our act slap bang in the middle of the ring while Glenda goes round and round on that horse of hers……. blooming old nag it was.  Well I get to the part where I have to fall into the clowns arms so I do a quick twirl and pretend to slip and ….well he up and kisses me full on the lips !   I mean , a REAL kiss ………….and he didn’t stop there !  Fair took my breath away  ‘e did !

Well all the Mums and Dads start covering their kids faces because they ain’t never seen such things….at least, not in a family show.   Old Glenda fell off  ‘er horse in shock and the lion tamer had to drag us out of the ring.
Yeah,  me an’ the clown left that crummy circus the next morning ……………. I wonder where he is now.
Ok love,  ‘a double whopper cheese burger’……. twice, was it ……………………Do you want fries with that ?



Oh ….in other news….. I’m thrilled to announce that my best friend Matt has joined us here on WordPress.  He has been blogging for 10 years on BCUK …… but that site is due to close in December….. Hopefully, this is a link to his new blog page …..      and

About rosiewrites2

Growing old, disgracefully and enjoying every minute.
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3 Responses to Day 54 of 100 Pleats ……. A Wonderful Surprise

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  2. millieweb2 says:

    What a lovely surprise and how thoughtful! I’m already looking forward to seeing them in action.
    You have such lovely hair and a wonderful imagination!!


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