As I type it is unseasonably warm. Talk about a late summer! I’ve blogged about my enjoyment of the autumn months once before and much as the clear blue skies are nice, it is too hot for me. By the time it cools down, it’s pitch black. Still, the weather is at least calm, so no puddles to splash through or wind to blow your syrup in umpteen directions.
Last time around, I mentioned the possiblity of a night out. It has been ages since I’ve been out and about, so I was really looking forward to it. Luckily for little old me (Ed: yes, the diet is still working), the Fates smiled and all went well.
After dropping Little Miss off at Granny’s, I made my way to the usual Chameleons haunt and – sssh, now! – after checking the upstairs room was free, quickly got changed. By now tempreatures had started to drop, so I decided to stay with the planned outfit (see snaps later on). I did a quick check to make sure nothing had been left behind and headed back to the car.
Half an hour down the motorway and I was making my way through Leicester. Now, I don’t have the world’s best sense of direction. I guess I missed out on that one – maybe in return for baking or accessorising. 🙂 I had logged a few NCP car parks into my smartphone and that helped me find some place to park up. The only issue, it was on the edges of the ring road and I needed to be in the centre of town. Oops.
Now, I really only know a little about Leicester city centre and that’s mainly from a walking point of view. Given the time between me rolling up and meeting with the girls, I had half an hour to get to the pub. I took a deep breath, checked my paper map and headed off into the night. There were a few folk around and I tried to avoid any really busy places or pubs with folk yelling outside of them. If I was clocked, no-one said anything which suits me just fine.
I reached Dover Street and the pub, Dover Castle. I was about to ring to see if anyone was about and I spotted Maddy. Heading on it, the warmth of the evening hit me, so it was time for a quick hello and to get a suitably cold drink in. Who was there? Emma W, Sam, Mrs Sam (token foxy partner*), Jenny, Bobbi, Gayna, Emma and Julia. [ * Hopefully that comment won’t get me into trouble! 😛 ]
The bar itself was very nice and the music enjoyable, but not too loud so you couldn’t talk. It wasn’t long before my proverbial toe was tapping and I was wryly amused that my music collection had more in common with this venue than the rock set I used to hang with. I guess some of us are just destinued to walk another line 😀 Just opposite the bar was the theatre and a car park that I should have used, oh well! I did catch a couple of theater punters looking – nay, gawking – in the window. I’m afraid I couldn’t help myself but wave and smile at them. That soon put a stop to it! 🙂
Nine o’clock rolled around and I sent Kate a TXT to see if she was on her way. Sadly, she wasn’t as she’d been caught up at work. Off we went to the venue, Las Iguanas and took our seats. The staff were really good to us and we didn’t have any trouble. Just after the starters, I got the camera out (mais oui!) and after hamfisting a shot out, the waiter was kind enough to offer to take a proper piccy. The food was good, the company excellent and time flew by just chatting and laughing.
As 11pm rolled in, I knew I had to start making it back. I paid my dues, said my goodbyes and after thanking the waiter, headed off into the night. Thing was, when I got to the door, there were loads of people in the street. Suddenly, town had got very busy and the only way through was to just do it. I suppose it’s best not to be foolhardy and I felt a little nervous at the night crowd. Again, everyone was cool and I was ignored. My feet were hurting by the time I got back to the car and I was glad of the air-con when I set off. Feeling rather chuffed with myself that I’d managed to find my way there and back, I then upped my game by getting completely lost on the way out of Leicester. 🙂 After the sav-nat got me back on track, all that remained was to get changed (hello, layby) before getting home just after midnight to the Ever Lovely Mrs Jones.
All in all, a truly cracking night. Thanks to Gayna for organising the event and to everyone who popped along.
[ Today’s lyric: Gay Bar by Electric Six ]