I remember my Dad taking me to The Tatler picture house to see The Wizard of Oz.
I was about 8, and Dad said it was his duty and part of my ‘education’ to ensure I saw this classic film (I think my Dad had a thing about Judy Garland actually, as he knew all the words and songs from a lot of her films, and I mean, A LOT).
Ms Garland (June 10 1922 – June 22 1969) was a mere 16 when she starred in this 1939 fantasy movie, and if you have NEVER seen it, you really should. It lost out for Best Picture that year to Gone with the Wind but won Best Original Song for Over the Rainbow.
I have heard many versions of this (some were sacrilege), but the best cover in my opinion was by Eva Cassidy (February 2, 1963 – November 2, 1996).
Our Friend is on the road to recovery and in much better spirits than a week ago.
After cleaning the house and doing the laundry, we left around 11.30 and headed home.
It’s been raining here, but after doing a little bit of shopping, we unloaded the car and got everything into the boat without getting wet.
A quick boost with the central heating soon took the chill off, the kettle went on, and our microwave cottage pie went in.
We haven’t had to click our heels three times and say ‘There’s no place like Home’ repeatedly to get here in a jiffy, but we did make good time as traffic was flowing and once on the motorway, it was only an hour.
But, pleasant though it’s been to have space, watch TV if we wanted, cook on my old cooker, sleep in a full size bed and push a hoover around every day instead of using a dustpan and brush whilst looking after our Friend, there really is No Place Like Home.
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