Magical experience I will never forget
Where do I start? Here we go a call from a fabulous lady six at night, remove myself from the front room into my study so I can listen also not worry about being to loud when hubby is listening to the news. So we have general nice chit chat when my friend Trish, asks me if I’d like to do a few days in a German style Christmas Market, in Coventry in March. Yes of course anything to help promote my little business, I’m up for most things. Trish then proceeds to tell me there will be a film crew there to, wow I thought I started to cheer with Joy, when I asked is it for The Nativity Film, yes she replies but don’t tell a soul it’s top secret. My husband comes running in hearing me thinking something bad was happening, no I said I’m ok well more than ok Trish am I allowed to tell the hubby, ok she says but just him. So we knew for a good few weeks as I got all my Christmas things out for my stall to use in the film.
Obviously I’m game for most things especially where certain things lye my family, business, and Socially Shared, my granddaughter Loves The Nativity films, she watches them back to back all day long, even when Grandad gets in from work it’s still on, even in January, so I really wanted to do this for her. If I’m in for one second it will all be worth it.
My first day was when we had a visit from The beast from the East, and wasn’t it just, got there at 7.00 am lucky loaded car evening before. I found a parking space in the snow, emptying car with all my Christmas delights a 6ft Christmas tree decs tinsel plus all my normal face paints, posters, roller banners, all good. Someone asked if I’d like to go into a stall to keep warm, so I got all items into stall which when closed was pitch black, I put one of my chairs up a sat down still freezing I got my hot water bottle out, as I’m used to doing Events in cold, then got my onesie out and my Christmas blanket and put them over my lap to keep me warm. After about an hour people came and helped set up they disappeared for filming, so Jake came to help then he disappeared too. Right think happy thoughts setting up as it’s so cold, the snow is not giving up the wind is bitter, but my little haven is helping. Jake suddenly appears again saying the lady wants you up the top, er no I’m meant to be on my German Market Stall, so he goes backup the top of Bailey Lane again, five minutes later he’s back to me they want you up at the top for filming as some people haven’t turned up. What I’m thinking in my head wow what!!!! So first thing the two costume girls change my look a little, with a grey scarf, I really hate grey but never said a word. I have to hold packs of baubles and put by a Christmas tree while walking by extras, oh my word I never expected this, but I was having so much fun too. Just watching what was happening to other extras, the film crew the sound lights clapper board lady producers director security guards all lovely. We had to pop into a pub to keep warm, the wind seemed to cut like a knife. I was asked to do some walks past a hot dog stand, then they changed my hat to a super snowman, very funny as I don’t usually wear hats I dont think I suit them. After quite a few takes past the camera, having lots of fun, well I was enjoying myself, but at this point my lips started to go numb, I found it hard to talk as it was so cold.
At two I found myself on a minibus with all these extras and actors going for lunch sitting in a mobile eating a meal with people I’ve never met before, I was so lucky these were nice people as I find it hard on stairs they helped me up and down quite high steps with my dinner in tow. On the way back I pinched myself as it was all so surreal for me I couldn’t quite believe I’d being filming in the Nativity Rocks film and how much my Granddaughter loves it. Thought I may of dreamed it all, and said to myself are you really Christine Cooper?
Afternoon back to filming on the steps of Coventry Cathedral just so amazing in the snow it was also like being at the OK chorale with snow whipping up in the wind, like tuffs of tumbleweed, I was worried for the extras as they may of slipped at any time. I also couldn’t believe how rude passers by are walking into screen shot when filming they really believed we thought they didn’t know what they are doing. How very stupid. While talking to an extra Wendy knew her face to so happened we had met briefly mid 2017, so we both laughed about that, small world. We had a hot chocolate while in the Russian artic snow storm, we were all so so cold but still having fun although no snow ball fights. Nightfall was upon us in no time after quite a few takes, me watching all eagerly taking it all in this wonderful experience.
Home time the quietness of the snow on the cobbled street, bobbling along slowly not to slide until I reached the main road, it then took me one and a half hours to get home normally twenty minutes, bumper to bumper, when I reached home feeling tired but elated, I had to thaw out cold to the bones.
That night I thanked God as I truly believe he guides us through, I said my prayers for lots of people that I know that’s poorly or need help, was already looking forward to my next days there. Seven in all dressing as Mrs Santa, I didn’t need the pillows either! Working with Jess, Sandra Godley, some Celebrities we’re also amazing stopping for selfies Anna Callerhan was so lovely to everyone, we all had so much fun, I think Lady Luck was there for me, it’s been one of the best experiences of my life truly. A big thank you to Trish for putting me forward for this super time this will stay with me forever.
I felt terrible telling little white fibs to friends Karen, Becky, Shelley, Kate, Emma, Phaedra All superwomen, now you know I can keep a secret, now I’m allowed to talk about this fantastic new film Nativity Rocks out November 23rd 2018, by the wonderful Director Debbie Isett.
I can completely understand if your a Mummy at home with children maybe a baby, running to the door because a sales person is at your door, you’ve baby sick on your shoulder of which you meant to wipe off earlier, your hair is propped up by a crayon again which you meant to take out. Your clock watching to do the nursery run, maybe catch a bit of the news or Jeramy Kyle, while changing nappies doing the ironing mopping hoovering dusting prepping dinner or just cleaning the loos out!
Playing with the baby, getting them ready for another trip out today to pick up child from nursery right rush back home while popping to shops for bread and milk. In undress children make their lunch you grab a bit of theirs as you’ve no time for yourself. We change baby again get them to sleep play with the older child so they have you time, then ready to go again, everyone ready back to school to pick up older child /children. By now it’s raining so you all get wet, so have to dry out clothes do dinner sort lunches book bags pe kits wellies or shoes read with older children write comments in book. Prepare clothes for tomorrow put the washing machine on wash up bath read to children pop them to bed, then sort baby.
Well I can hear you say when will I get time to face paint let alone train, just to let you know all the people men and women who face paints loves it, I love it with a passion and wish I’d of done it years ago. It takes time and practice, you can practice in the evenings, or morning if baby falls asleep. The training day I obviously would ask for help maybe a friend could pick older child up for you Mum could look after the baby and another friend pick up the toddler from nursery for you in return you could do a child’s party for free only one mind we don’t want anyone taking advantage of your good nature. If you decide to get help you then do a party so you also get practice too so it helps your business become popular, people will book with you so you add more and more as you go. Maybe even been asked to do the local nursery and school for fates and for summer and winter events.
Learning how to face paint is a great outlet for a hobby craft art work, fun enjoyment and so much more. Once you start you cannot stop it’s addictive and great for your
own family as you’ll be good at it too. Anyone that moves you’ll be practicing on you’ll have fun all the time.
I’m starting to train people as there is enough business for everyone or you may like to do as a hobby. it is going to be lots of fun on the day plus you’ll have a written copy so if you need help it’s available quickly. There are going to be other courses to achieve to in the festival scene too this is going to be good. Come along and enjoy with other happy people.
Check eventbrite on link above to book your ticket. See you there.
- New business Soak.com based in Nuneaton organised a launch of the business which deemed to be very popular with customers coming from Nottinghamshire and Northamptonshire. We all had a fabulous day, I made stencils of the logo which went down well. Owen Jones the well known Mancunian photographer also attended with his fantastic flair in the modelling world, he was an asset to the day making everyone comfortable. There were videographers taking great shoots of the day with testimonies of the day. Let’s wish Soak.com many years of bathroom selling.
Well now I can feel a blog coming on, I have had a nice weekend as my life is a little bit glass half full rather than half empty. I’d like to think I’m a happy person, but on occasions I have to dig very deep.
This last three days I’ve been at a fun packed Christmas festival the entertainment has been second to none, the organisers have had everything covered I’ve had Street entertainment coming to me to make me laugh, at first I was quite scared as they had mistletoe in their hands. The older one that looked like a Victorian chimney sweep with a real cockney accent to match, had a small piece of mistletoe saying you wanna kiss with his black face and teeth! Then the younger one comes along with his large bunch because he is younger, very funny. They popped by all the time to keep us all entertained.
As I’d found out Monday I’d be doing this event, which I was very excited about all week making lots of Christmas stencils and also plaques as I make them too, to help as gifts for people for stocking fillers. So all week have been painting constantly, putting pictures together for the event, finding my flask for hot water and my Starbucks drink flask, my granddaughters Micky mouse flask. Then there’s the matter of my hot water bottle as when outside it’s nice to have just in case. Putting food together for the weekend as your so tired when home you cannot do anything. I also do lucky dips for the children so I have to go out to buy some to top up what I already have, so when in I’m almost wrapping myself up there’s that much paper, keep loosing the scissors oh not the cello tape has got stuck again get the nails on it.
So that’s sorted the lucky dip yes I think I’ve enough boys and girls too yes happy with that, food sorted, flasks, hot water bottle, bags to put it into, and condensed everything down to make less trips when I’m there. Oh then there is the matter of the weather, so I keep checking, on the Monday when I found out I was working, we had 6”-7” of snow so obviously it’s cold, all week below degrees. Friday -1 clothes are an issue to keep as warm as possible. So let me prepare so I don’t have to worry about this in the morning, right pants tick skins top and bottom tick, a nice sports top that is tight on waist and wrists, to top off nice thick jumper that always keeps me toasty. A pair of tights thick jeans then a pair of thick socks with fur on the inside, great all sorted oh hang on scarf gloves and my Uncle Teds flouresant coat bright yellow cannot miss me now. I’ve popped them on my radiator so they will be toasty when I put on in the morning. As I’m getting all these jobs done to prepare for my big weekend I’m getting excited now, then Thursday is here so shower and straighten hair to look as nice as possible. Load up car with all bags boxes tinsel Christmas lights, so until morning I’m ready to rock and roll.
Alarm set yep all good, until my brain realised I have to be up early and won’t sleep just in case I don’t wake up for my alarm, so it decided I didn’t need my sleep that night, great thanks for that. Hence to say up before alarm goes off.
Up I get ready fast not messing brush teeth hair shoes coat on and off I go, oh my life, out to car there’s almost an inch of frost to scrap off really? So get engine on then go around every window to be able to see, I still have my sticker on Coventry City Of Culture 2021 on the inside, we won last week so it made me smile. Well I managed to get in car drive very slowly out of Street once on main roads not to bad but people driving extremely carefully so took ages to get there. Go to drop off my bag boxes etc, all people great so far Ady is there so at least there is a Face I know which makes me feel better. I get a ticket for the parking, put all my items in the gazebo drive to car park then take the walk back as fast as I can to the market. Wonderful I’ve a lovely lady next to me we looked after each other all weekend if we need the loo etc.
My day is setting up putting tinsel up around to make it look visually nice. Checking everything to make sure it all looks appealing for my customers, yep all good. I generally sit down as I’ve arthritis in both my knees, so I let people read my plaques laugh then I ask which one they are reading so it then gets the conversation started rather than jumping on them as soon as they step inside.
Normally I don’t drink much so I don’t have to leave my stand but it was unbearably cold I had to have hot drinks to keep me warm on my hands and to keep my body warm too. So then the worst thing happens then oh nooo have to go the loo, so I head off as a friend of mine came to see me which is very much appreciated and I run to the loo. Well this is a feat in itself, off I go to Starbucks forgetting I’ve three layers on, I go to get in the loo, oh my it’s one of the smallest I’ve ever been in, I had to put one foot in swing on the door and swing in the other leg! Just before me is a guy whom pissed on the loo first brilliant start, so as I’ve a cold fab I have a tissue I wiped the loo seat. Then get underneath my coat unzip Jeans pull everything down then slump onto the loo heaven go as much as I can look for loo roll oh god none, and I’ve used my tissue already ugh??? Well ladies it’s shake shake shake, flipping great we then there’s another issue I pull up pants then go to get jeans which aren’t going anywhere why what’s happening underneath this massive coat and tops I have on! Oh god yes the tights and skins too get them up first tuck them in so I get comfy. Wash the hands and go swinging both legs out the door to get back out and trying not to look like a fool on the way out.
I get back apologising for taking a while, but relieved I’d been. As the day goes by people watching enjoying entertainment selling a couple of plaques, no face painting though today, trying to stay warm, the cold was creeping through my ugg boots then three pairs of socks, to my toes, cold attcking my legs back nose fingers every part of my body, I thought at one time someone will find me frozen on my chair in a sitting position. It was unbearably cold, with a bitterness in the air.
lucky on of the stallholders was very kind and filled my flask so I could keep warm by having warm drinks, wow thank you very much! Wonderful people stallholders all the people involved Steve and Roy helped me with my gazebo and information too, so helpful thank you guys.
Jacobs 4th Birthday and Francesca’s 18th both fantastic