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Hamlet: The Dane in a Hoodie!

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Hamlet: The Dane in a Hoodie!

Hamlet: The Dane in a Hoodie!


Last night I left Castle Coop to go out and about – guess what I did!


No idea? Here is a clue: “To be, or not to be: that is the question “.

Yay – you’ve got it! I went to the cinema to see Hamlet, (the Dane in a hoodie), streamed live from the Royal Court with 2 dear friends from when we used to live in Upper Coop who sat either side of me.  This version of Hamlet is simply fabulously, wowingly spectacular!

The Proof:

Try as I might, normally, when I go to the theatre, within 5 minutes I’ve lost the plot & am fast asleep.

at the theatre


It is depressingly predictable even if I am way high on caffeine & it’s absolutely mortifying.

However last night, I morphed into a new, greatly improved version of myself for I stayed wide awake for every second – what a result! This most welcome development was entirely due to the sparkling brilliance of Lyndsey Turner’s version of Hamlet. It was completely riveting;  Benedict Cumberbatch is electricity on legs! Take a look at the pictures below if you need some hard evidence proving just how good this production is.


“Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry”. (Act I, Sc. III).

1a cinema


“The play ‘s the thing wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king”.  (Act II, Scene II).

2a cinema


“The lady doth protest too much, methinks”.  (Act III, Sc. II)

4 cinema


“I will speak daggers to her, but use none”. (Act III, Sc. II).

1 cinema


“When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions”.  (Act IV, Scene V).

Watching the fight scene in Hamlet



See what I mean? If you get a chance to see a live streamed performance of Hamlet at a cinema near you, definitely, definitely GO!

 ‘To be a Cumberbitch or not to be, that is the question’…

Yours knowing that actually, there’s no question about it –  I’m signing up immediately!

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Good Job, Alexander Graham Bell!

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Good Job, Alexander Graham Bell!

Good Job, Alexander Graham Bell!


When we returned from walking the dog yesterday, Chick minimus & I found The Agent behaving like a cat on a hot tin roof. He was talking to Chick major who was calling home from South Africa to let us know that he & Mrs. Chick ma have just got engaged!

We put the flags out immediately & thought very fondly of Alexander Graham Bell.

Congratulations to you engagement !!!!


It’s all so thrilling.

HURRAH for wonderful telephone calls!

Yours applauding The Agent who is rushing to find some bubbles so we can celebrate like mad,

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A Scenic Walk in the Countryside

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A Scenic Walk in the Countryside

A Scenic Walk in the Countryside

I have just taken Martha the dog out for her walk. It is very pretty countryside around here – a lot of visitors come to the village especially to enjoy the scenery as several guidebooks recommend the area for walking.

One guidebook describes a suggested route thus:

This walk is one of three in the attractive chalklands south of the M3  the furthest extension west of the South Downs.

The walk :
It starts in the village of Castle Coop, which lies on the west bank of the River and has an unusual and charming character all of its own, recognised by the designation of much of the village as a conservation area. Castle Coop contains many buildings of special interest, which include the thirteenth century church of St Mary with its Norman chancel and north door, the Malt House with its oversailing upper storey supported on curved brackets and the Mill, an old flour mill reputed to have been working until circa 1935.

The walk, in a figure-of-eight, takes you out of the village around the nature reserve, along the canal towpath, back into Castle Coop, then over the Canal Tunnel and across fields to Upper Coop, to a second church.  For those walkers with an interest in architecture, over a dozen of the houses and farms in Castle Coop alone feature in Hampshire Treasures; see Additional Info’….

It sounds quite good, doesn’t it? I couldn’t wait to try this particular figure of eight out and this morning Martha & I lost no time in setting out for  ‘a scenic walk in the countryside’.

The photographic evidence:

Hoping you’d be interested (especially those of you with an interest in architecture) I was careful to take several photos of all the sights recommended in the above guidebook, so that I could share everything here in The Awesome Hen. Now, even if you live the other side of the world from us, you can see for yourselves Castle Coop’s ‘unusual and charming character’.


Up-to-date views of  the recommended sights on the guidebook’s recommended scenic walk in the countryside:

1. Selfie taken of Martha & me walking past the thirteenth century church of St Mary:

Wet walk 1


2. Photo taken while we were strolling along the canal towpath:

Wet walk 2


3. In this photo, Martha & I were striding over the Canal Tunnel and across fields to Upper Coop

wet walk 3


4. & finally, here you can see Martha & I posing for this last photo while pausing to admire the 12 or so Historic Hampshire Treasures on our return to Castle Coop.

wet walk 4


Which Historic Treasure do you think is the most impressive?

Yours, back at home feeling completely sodden and having utterly failed to appreciate any of my scenic walk in the countryside,

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Our Anniversary!

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Our Anniversary!



Our Anniversary!


Today The Agent & I have been married for 32 years!

Sir Burford Brown came by and seeing our Anniversary cards, kindly wished us a happy celebration. Then he asked if we’d realised that these days, you get less time for murder & roared with laughter.


Happy Anniversary faint

We were married at 2.30 in the afternoon and The Agent was late as he went to the wrong church first by mistake. Without realising he was at St. Francis’ church instead of St. Michael’s, he walked all the way up the aisle with his Best Man, only to find another Groom in morning dress already seated in the front pew glowering at him.

10 reasons why I’m glad the Agent realised his mistake & didn’t marry the other bride (& apparently she was extremely pretty) instead of me :

  1. I like remembering him singing ‘Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer’ at our wedding.
  2. I don’t think my life would be much fun without either him or the Chicks major, minor and minimus in it.
  3. He always brings me a cup of tea in bed on Saturday & Sunday mornings.
  4. He doesn’t get cross when I wake him up in the night to tell him something I’ve just thought of.
  5. He doesn’t mind when I burn the supper. I hope that he doesn’t anyway.
  6. He makes me laugh.
  7. He showed me how to use the gears on my bike and then showed me again.
  8. He gives me flowers.
  9. He didn’t get cross with me when I pranged his car.
  10. He shows me where the constellations are in the night sky and tells me what the stars are called.





Yours hoping that he really didn’t mind too much when I dented the car,

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