Globe Trotter

31 Jul

And so the 50th birthday celebrations continue!

First of all, an illustration:

You’ll find more illustrations like this at Mark’s blog.  Hit the pic to access it.

That’s my way of saying ‘thank you’ to everyone who offered me a place to stay if I could get there.

I can’t tell you how touched I was by your generous offers; or how desperately the Hub tried to make it happen (a little too desperate for my liking; but that’s an earbashing for another day).

Finances, however, want me to celebrate in modest style; and so I will have to decline your kind offers.  I’m so sad about that.  Thank you, thank you, thank you all!

The Hub, keen to get me out of the house, won’t let me be sad for long,  He has managed to make me deliriously happy on a budget and without Maltesers: I’m going to London to visit the Queen.

The Scottish Queen, that is; from centuries ago: Lady Macbeth.

Okay, that was a long-winded, round-the-houses, you-readers-have-a-life-you-know way of saying that I’m going to watch Macbeth at the Globe!  The Globe! The Globe!

A reconstruction of the Globe Theatre in Londo...

A reconstruction of the Globe Theatre in London, originally built in 1599 and used by Shakespeare (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have been once before and it is on my bucket list to do again.  In fact, it will always be on my bucket list; I will never get enough of the Globe.

The Hub is not going with me, but fear not – I won’t get lost in London because Spud will be there to hold my hand.  We will take the train (a two-hour express) down next week Thursday; see some sights; and then book into our hotel-come-hostel-come-student digs thing (told you we were on a budget).  We could have saved more money by taking our own bedding but I don’t want to carry it for two days.

I will get no sleep because I’ll be too excited but I’ll manage the breakfast they promise; and then we will head to the theatre for our tour and exhibition (pre-paid), before standing as groundlings.  Groundlings pay a fiver to stand (often in the rain) to watch the show.  It’s the only way to experience the Globe – I had a seat last time but gave it up to be a groundling, squeezing in to lean on the stage during the second half of the performance.

I have so much to look forward to: flea pit hotel; theatre pit in the rain; smelly armpits if it’s sunny (menopause symptoms stink).  

I have the best husband!


34 Responses to “Globe Trotter”

  1. Janie Jones July 31, 2013 at 14:46 #

    Sounds grand. Much better than being groped at the airport by security personnel. Again with the Happy Birthday!


  2. Terry July 31, 2013 at 15:04 #

    you have a great time and make sure to tell us all about it when you get back!!!!


  3. Grannymar July 31, 2013 at 15:08 #

    Don’t forget the camera! Have a wonderful time.


  4. Karen Snyder July 31, 2013 at 15:27 #

    Sounds like a grand adventure all around! Hope it’s all that you expect and more (except for the “smelly” parts 🙂 )!


  5. thehutts July 31, 2013 at 15:34 #

    Have a great time – an early 50th for me will be taking my Mum to Hexham Abbey for an art and music festival in September! Her tickets for the flights are now booked thank goodness as I had to do it with her advising on Skype. She hasn’t told me yet what she wants me to buy tickets for:


  6. Janet Williams July 31, 2013 at 15:47 #

    Indeed, groundlings are the best. I last saw Mark Rylance playing Henry V at the Globe, and I was standing and was very close to the stage, I could even feel his flying saliva during his emotional monologue. What a fantastic experience. Hope you have a wonderful trip.


  7. July 31, 2013 at 16:00 #

    Hub: take a bow. You couldn’t have pleased her more.


  8. Al July 31, 2013 at 18:29 #

    Giving up Maltesers to go to the Globe? Thou honoreth Shakespeare immeasurably, m’lady.

    Happy 50th!


  9. restlessjo July 31, 2013 at 18:50 #

    Is it bad blogging manners to comment to somebody else in a bloggers comments box? Especially when they’re announcing happy “almost elderly” birthday plans. Humble apologies, Tilly. I know you’ll have a grand trip. 🙂
    I never yet managed The Globe but it’s on my list, whenever I get back to The Smoke again. (isn’t that a strange expression from the bad old days?)


  10. Laurie Nichols July 31, 2013 at 20:45 #

    I’m so happy for you!! The Hub is one heck of a good egg. 🙂 I think that going with Spud makes it even more stupendous because he shares your love of the arts. I went to the Globe eons ago and it was one of the best experiences ever. Hooray for Tilly, Spud, the Hub and the Globe! Macbeth is perfect for the Globe. 🙂


  11. slpmartin July 31, 2013 at 21:59 #

    Have a wonderful celebration…travel safe.


  12. Elaine - I used to be indecisive July 31, 2013 at 22:06 #

    Sounds like a fabulous trip and now that I have been to the Globe myself, I know what a great experience that will be. 🙂


  13. August 1, 2013 at 01:08 #

    Add one more bed in PA USA to the list Mrs. !!


  14. Three Well Beings August 1, 2013 at 05:47 #

    What a wonderful birthday experience! I hope you’ll share more about it when you return. Happy birthday…and if you ever come to California, you can always stay with me–birthday or no birthday. 🙂


  15. bumblepuppies August 1, 2013 at 08:47 #

    I assume this is for your husband’s 50th birthday because you don’t look a day over 35…


  16. colonialist August 1, 2013 at 23:53 #

    Now all one has to hope for is that The Globe doesn’t blow its filament!


  17. bluebee August 10, 2013 at 23:41 #

    The Hub and Spud – what sweeties.


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