Tag Archives: Helen Grady

The stray who came to stay


We have a dog.

We didn’t intend to have a dog.

I went for a walk early one morning last July.  It’s so hot here in July and August that early morning is really the only time I can summon up the energy to do more than potter about.  If I walk on the track, I have to walk past the farm next door.  He has a couple of dogs who spend most of their lives in a pen – and who bark furiously at passers by.   As I made the return journey, I heard the patter of tiny feet.  Except they didn’t really sound tiny, and they were pattering rather fast in my direction.   Continue reading The stray who came to stay

Royal Shakespeare Company

Getting ready to be Jenny
Getting ready to be Jenny

Last year I had the great good fortune to be cast in Gregory Doran’s production of “Death of a Salesman” for the RSC.  Starring Antony Sher and Harriet Walter the play opened in Stratford upon Avon and then moved to the West End.

I had a wonderful time.

It didn’t start well, mind you.  I was late on the very first day of rehearsal. Continue reading Royal Shakespeare Company

Maggie Dealey

Butter Side Up poster.
Butter Side Up poster.

I had never really thought of myself as a writer – yet, looking back, I often did write, and most of it had a performance element to it:

I wrote poems and stories as a child, I wrote sketches at University and while a member of Buxton Drama League and I wrote quite a few sketches for workshops and training when I worked in the voluntary sector.

I only started writing for the stage when I realised I’d be likely to make more money at the Fringe if I didn’t have to pay royalties… Continue reading Maggie Dealey

The Spanish Project

The band playing at Mizala fiesta - with firemen standing by, just in case...
The band playing at Mizala fiesta – with firemen standing by, just in case…

When we first started looking for properties in Spain it was with the aim of buying somewhere where I could run special interest holiday courses.  It was an idea I’d be toying with for some time.  I liked the idea of providing good food and wine in a relaxing environment where people could pursue their hobbies with knowledgeable tutors.  It’s still something I want to do – and there’s plenty of room here – but there need to be a few improvements before we can cater properly for a crowd.  Especially if they’re going to be paying us money. Continue reading The Spanish Project

Buying our property has been – an interesting journey.

Part of the Cactus Patch
Part of the Cactus Patch

The address, roughly translated is Number 1 Mizala Road, or, alternatively: Farmstead in the corner of Mizala.  The postman doesn’t even ring once though, never mind twice – so if you’d like to send anything through the post, please contact us for the post box address we use. Continue reading Buying our property has been – an interesting journey.