People find it hard to believe I am a model. I find it hard to believe as well, especially when I look in the mirror and see the R101 with a beard staring back at me. But I have done a few modelling photo shoots over the years as Henry. And today I had another assignation. And where would this photo shoot be taking place? Which exotic distant sun kissed shore would my delicate little size 12's be plodding around on? San Tropez, perchance? Rio de Janeiro, maybe? Close, but no cigar folks. I had to be at Barrington Court near Ilminster by 8am this morning. Hey, who said showbiz wasn't glamorous?
I was to meet up with local professional photographer Simon Plant. I arrived just after 8am, and then attempted to find somewhere to get changed. Most of the Court House was still locked up and alarmed, so I headed for Strode House next door and eventually found myself in the big disabled loo, using that as my luxury dressing room. Well it was lovely to be out in the sun for the photos. The early morning sun across the sculpted manicured lawns at Barrington looked lovely, and Simon happily snapped away. He mostly wanted me to look mean and slightly intimidating. I've been very good at that lately it seems, and I carried on by scowling merrily at the camera whilst clutching a big stick. We got a few puzzled looks by passing early morning gardeners, but after only half an hour we were done. Simon was very pleased with the results and has promised to email me the final proofs when done. I shall post a load on here when they are done and your comments would be most welcome folks.
I got changed and then bumped into the sainted Matthew Applegate, and then the equally sainted Rachel Brewer. I hadn't seen Rachel since the Mistletoe Fayre last year, so it was great to catch up. And still my meetings weren't over - just after this Rachel took me to see Sarah Kennedy, another NT lady, not some ex-BBC Radio 2 lush. I hadn't seen Sarah for ages either so it was nice to see so many old friends. I stopped off at Ilminster on the way home for a cup of tea at Bilby's and a natter with Tris Pinkney. After all of this I got home and it was still only just 11am. What a day!
The afternoon was bound to be a let down and was. The highlight of the afternoon was a visit to my Doctor who took my blood pressure again, grunted at me and invited me back for more excitement in the same vein in 30 days time. I can hardly wait.
I am back at Barrington Court on Sunday for a Henry walkabout, and will be accompanied by Emma and Darren from Tudor Roses for their debut at the Court house. I hope the weather holds up for us. And now back to sitting on the sofa by myself and sighing. What a wild way to spend a Friday evening!