Back after a wonderful week in Edinburgh where we played to sold-out shows in the best venue ever – the brand-new Spiegeltent in the Assembly Gardens. Absolutely breathtakingly pretty and just right for us.
So what's new? Mixed news, I fear.
FA – Firstly, the bad news – there are no touring plans. Adèle is awaiting an operation courtesy of the NHS waiting lists, and the doctor's strike won't help her get on that operating trolley any quicker. But be assured, she's still clear of the cancer, she's doing incredibly well, and she was back to her old form in Edinburgh. The operation is merely to correct some discomfort that she's been left with after her big operation last year.
FA DVD – Secondly, the good news – we made a DVD of the show at the Spiegeltent and it's being edited as we speak. I found a lovely company called LA Media and I think we will have a fab product ready early November. New songs, new Bulgarians, new rewrites, songs you haven't heard in forever – it felt like a very new show. Lovely interviews, etc, and the usual extras. You will be informed as soon as we have a release date.
CALENDAR AND OTHER BUSINESS – Thirdly, Liza and I are continuing our solo peregrinations around the country – she has a terrific CD of her Hollywood show and I have been persuaded into producing a calendar… a publisher friend (Nick Battle of BAFFA) has persuaded me to let him produce it and I am extremely nervous about it, but vanity got the better of me… Nick decided that my other life as farmer's wife (or, as the Irish might say, a farmer's mot, as I'll never be made into an honest woman) would have people gagging to buy a calendar featuring pictures of my garden and recipes from my kitchen… eek… we'll see!!! Actually, I am very proud of it – it's really charming, and I do hope people buy it. And no, there are NO nude pictures of me with my modesty guaranteed by an artfully placed trug. I only feature in one photo and I am fully clothed. And yes, all the recipes work. It will be available from BAFFA very soon and in the meantime, to whet your appetite, here is the front cover. You have to agree, it's decorum itself. We'll be back to you shortly as it will be ready in a couple of weeks – meanwhile, keep your eye on the merchandise page.
Love from me as usual,