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Keeping Up Appearances

I used to be a voracious consumer of the BBC sitcom Keeping Up Appearances. When Hyacinth Bucket (who insisted her last name be pronounced “Bouquet”) would answer the phone and trill “Bouquet residence, this is the lady of the house speaking” on just about every episode, I’d laugh like a fool, every time. The show (along with the equally fantastic Rosemary & Thyme) used to run each week on the local public t.v. station here in Asheville. For whatever reason, both were pulled out of rotation years ago, which is a darn shame, because they were great for a laugh and a bit of botanical murder mystery.

Which has absolutely nothing to do with the reason for this post. Not at all. Not even a little. I was just thinking about several upcoming public events I’ll be attending and teaching, began thinking about my need to keep up with public appearances, and found myself strolling off down cinematic memory lane. There you have it.

So, if you find yourself in the area in the next few weeks, here’s a smattering of places you could swing by and bid me an in-person “Howdy!”:

 

Asheville Wine & Food Festival

I’ll be part of a group of local authors signing books at the Grand Tasting event this coming Saturday, August 25th from 3:30-5:00. I’ve yet to attend one of Asheville’s Wine & Food Festivals, so I’m especially excited to be participating this year. Information on the event can be found here.

 

Backyard Chickens Class

Ready to move from poultry enthusiast to full-time chicken tenderer? Come take my class at AB-Tech and we’ll chat about all you need to know before taking the plunge. The class will be taught twice, on a Friday morning and a Thursday evening, so that, no matter your work and home commitments, you’ll be able to pencil the class into your schedule. Information on the event can be found here (you can find my class in the “Practical Skills” section).

1) Friday, September 14th, 10:00-12:30

2) Thursday, September 27th, 6-8:30.

 

Hope to see some of you readers in the real world, real soon!

*I promise to someday soon have another photo of me to share with you. You are, no doubt, quite tired of this one. I’m so often behind the camera on this here little blog that I fail miserably in getting my mug in front of it. Soon, friends, soon….

7 Responses to Keeping Up Appearances

  • Jennifer says:

    I love Keeping Up Appearances! It is on at 8:30 every Saturday on our PBS station, and my husband and I have long considered a weekly viewing to be our regular “date”. Netflix has it in DVD too!

  • Melanie J. says:

    Man, do I wish! I’ll be in Aiken, SC on Saturday, but can’t get away. Soon, friend, soon! :)

  • Hazel says:

    We’re having friends round to supper and husband invited them to Mrs N’s Candlelit Soiree. No pressure then…

  • ddu says:

    Have you ever seen Patricia Routledge’s Kitty comedy routines, forerunners of Hyacinth? They’re a treat. Best wishes!

  • LaToya says:

    You can stream 3 seasons of Rosemary & Thyme on Netflix. I enjoy that show.

  • Tina says:

    I never get tired of watching KUA. It’s even better than going to the best city in the world – London! More episodes should have been made. They could have definitely have more Bucket and co antics. Best wishes to all. x