Thursday, 25 March 2010

Give Me An "O", Give Me A "K"

We're all talking like cowboys here at High In The Sky.


It started when The Accountant took a phone call and came back up the stairs singing Oh, What A Beautiful Morning. I knew that could only mean one thing. He'd been talking about Oklahoma (where the waving wheat can sure smell sweet). Back in the day, you see, The Accountant had been a bit of a singer. A (school) stage star. Calamity Jane, The Sound Of Music and -his favourite, I think- Curly in Oklahoma. It turned out that the teacher who had put on the show all those years ago is retiring and before he goes he's running it again.


The original cast members decided to gather last night to watch the show and send him on his way.Someone brought a scrapbook (yes!) and it held an old ticket dated 24th March 1983. And last night was, of course, 24th March. Funny. It must have been a fantastic night, though. It's early morning now and I've already been treated to "Kansas City" and "Many A New Day". I hope he does "Surrey With The Fringe On Top" next. He used to start that one when the children were really little and we wanted them to sleep in the car on the way home from Granny's. You could almost hear the horses and sometimes you could see the stars.


 I've been flicking through the old photos; and my hand might even have reached for the scanner. But, no, I'd better not. Instead I'll show you my other cowboy. Maybe you remember the Valentine Horsey received via Deb's World? I've scrapbooked his reply. When I saw the Studio Calico kit with the roses paper and the Western-look alpha's it was too hard to resist.


Oh, Horsey. Listen. The next one's for you. "People Will Say We're In Love.."

21 comments:

Lizzie said...

Ah Sian! That is such a fun story! The Accountant seems to have really enjoyed his stage appearances - why doesn't he join a local theatre group? They're usually short of young gentlemen who can sing!
The layout about Horsey is just great. You've got all the details there - the roses, the Western-style lettering, Horsey's Sherrif star... It's just cool!

scrappyjacky said...

Love Horsey's layout....hope he's suitably impressed.

Deb said...

What a great post, Sian. Fun story, fabulous layout, awesome photos!

I like knowing that The Accountant has a musical background and likes singing around your house - makes for a light-hearted household, I think.

Wow...I really love this layout you did! xo

Carmen said...

I love reading about your family :D What a fabulous story - I bet it was an amazing and emotional night.

Should we all be buying hats? Is Horsey smitten? :P

Ruth said...

I love how we can learn more about each other just by mentioning the simple, everyday stuff. I love a house full of music ~ DS's current favourite is Russell Watson's CD 'The Voice'.
I'm thinking that Horsey should have a fan club, or even a wee blog of his own ...

Cheri said...

An accountant who can sing MUST be a rare breed! Enjoy it!

Maria Ontiveros said...

Great post! So well written and with a fantastic layout. I love the shapes on the page - the repetitive circles and triangles especially!
I'm reminded of Steve Martin, the comedian, singing his version of "Oklahoma," which is "Noooooorth Dakota. . . "
He also changed the sound of music to "The hills are alive . . . with the noise of nature!"
Rinda

Rhona said...

You have a great way of telling stories, I can just picture The Accountant walking around singing this morning ;o) What a coincidence that the ticket on the layout was the same date but 27 years ago!

sharyncarlson said...

What a wonderful story! And an amazing coincidence about March 24th! And of course, yet another gorgeous layout that makes me want to stop what I'm doing and scrap instantly.

Anna said...

(Well, my brain's now gone off on a tangent and is dredging up songs from Show Boat ... How did that happen?)

Fabulous LO (as per usual) :)

humel said...

FAB layout :-) have you needed to buy Horsey a new hat yet? Surely the old one is too small by now? ;-)

Denise said...

What a great story and fab layout too,and we know,contrary to popular belief - Accountants do have a fun side !

Amanda said...

How lovely to be serenaded Sian. Perhaps you should leave a 'request' list around the house with your favourite tunes.

Those flowers look very Cath Kidston like and the title letters are perfect your LO.

Tinkertaylor said...

You've got me humming now, fab LO he still looks so handsome

Amy said...

Beautifully set up Sian! Your page has such amazing detail it is fantastic - and it is a great way to add personality and quirkiness to your regular album ..... who would have thought the stories a hobby horse could produce?
Enjoy your musical household!

SarahLP said...

Fantastic layout Sian, too funny! Love your stories :o)

Scrappi Sandi said...

Oh my...I've gone all 'Windy City' from Calamity Jane!! It'll be with me all day tomorrow now...you see!! Maybe longer as it's only 73 days till our Chicago trip!!

Thanks for bringing a smile (or three!) to my day & I love the LO..as someone else said...very Cath Kidston & Horsey looks so handsome!!

debs14 said...

Wonderful! You have such a great sense of humour!
What a handsome subject to have centre stage on the page layout.
I kind of have a feeling that I won't be the only one humming songs from Oklahoma all day now you have put those tunes in our heads!

Carrie said...

Sounds like a fun reunion! Beautiful page!

Carmen said...

Hi Sian, that book is the subversive one too. I have to practice now, I'm alright on the fronts but my backs end up about an inch thick! *g*

Micayla said...

What a lovely story and the layout is stunning. I love those papers and you totally worked them. Horsey will be proud.
Thank you for the lovely comment, I always love to read yours Sian.
xx

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