Miss Hazell Dean & Mr Pete Waterman.
These two photos were taken decades apart...but the big bear hug is exactly the same! Happy Days.
Hi Everyone.How to start the blog for Nov....well, I did a show on the wrong night to start with.Let me explain, I'd had this particular show in my diary for a VERY long time. Contracts had been signed and exchanged and the date had long been on my website, so nothing strange there......or so I thought......Off I drove to Hunstanton on Sunday 10th Nov, plenty of time to get there and sound check. Pah! The drive from Hell. The M11 was closed and what should have taken me 4 hours actually took over 6?On arriving I was already, shall we say, a little fraught and had been swearing like a trooper for the past few hours.So, I arrived, just in time for my soundcheck, and I mean JUST in time....to be greeted with "Hazell!!! You should have been on last night with Modern Romance!!!"Thankfully it was a weekender, and the organisers had checked my website (and presumably the contract that they had signed) and realised that the mistake was not mine.As it goes the show was GREAT,and everyone had a fantastic time. Unfortunately some guests had booked for the Saturday night to see me, and I of course was at home, watching "Strictly" oblivious to themix up. I am really sorry if you were disappointed, it really wasnt my fault!Anyway, after the show, I trotted back to retire for the night with a cup of tea and a bit of TV.Let me say, I have NEVER been so cold in my entire life!! I was still shivering at 2am, so decided to get up and get ready to leave. Wrapped in 2 duvets,I struggled to get dressed. I got stuck in another hold up at 4am in the morning, can you believe it, A diversion at 4am.....good grief.Another long drive back to London, and guess what? I arrived back on the M25 just in time for the start of the morning rush hour, once again much swearing and cussing.I eventually got home and collapsed in a heap. KNACKERED!!!!Apart from that November has been pretty nice, and quite chilled in a........school run, dog walking, house cleaning, shopping, sleeve note writing, invoice posting kind of way. There seriously arent enough hours in the day.By the time the family are fed and watered at dinner time, I can just about manage to drag myself to the sofa to stare at Emmerdale & Corrie : )My Christmas shopping is DONE, but not wrapped. The Dean Towers halls are decked with boughs of holly and Im feeling quite festive already.
This year Christmas is going to be very family orientated, with my mum coming to stay for the duration.
My little girl is going to be 9 years old between Christmas and New Year (where does the time go??!!) and is currently moaning daily at the contents of her Advent calendar, put together with love by co-pilot, each day has a wooden drawer filled with chocolates and small gifts.Last year she moaned that all the Christmas fairies brought were "chocolate and sparkly animal rings!" This is not strictly true, there was a selection of chocolate and sparkly animal shaped jewellery items.This year, co-pilot made a big effort avoiding animal rings and filled each drawer with chocolate, sugar mice, bracelets, keyrings etc, but made one fatal mistake with chocolate brussel sprouts.
OK, they do sound terrible, but they are only wrapped to LOOK like sprouts, the chocolate is perfectly normal and delicious and she does woof them down.
We are only in the first week of December, and she is moaning already....in a spoilt brat kinda way...."I dont want the fairies to leave chocolate covered brussel sprouts!!! I dont like them!!!"Seriously, she sounds like Verruca Salt.SO.....we, or should that be The Christmas Fairies, have removed every single chocolate sprout from the drawers up until the 20th Dec, after that she gets them EVERY day until the 24th and if the moaning continues WE are going to eat them and there wont be an advent calendar next year!!! Tough Love rules apply in Dean Towers,She also has the grumps because we dont have the time to go and see Father Christmas this year.......or at least that's what she thinks!!!Anyway, off you go and do your Christmas shopping, I have a Mary Berry Christmas cake to get in the oven.Oooh, I almost forgot, "We Belong" available from Energise from 7th Dec. Pop over to their website and check it out.Also, The Bacharach & David album on Cherry Pop, available VERY soon!!!!Have a great December!