Nails are manicured Friday evening in preparation.
The packing takes a while.
Foundation. Foundation brush. Powder. Powder puff. Powder brush. Eye shadow. Eye shadow. More eye shadow. Eye shadow brushes. Eye liner. More eye liner. Mascara. Blush. Blush brush. Lipstick. Gloss.
Toothpaste. toothbrush.Makeup remover. Razor. Cotton wool buds. Cotton wool.
Panties, panties, panties.
Bra. Bra. Bra. Bra. Bra.
Tights. Tights. Tights. Stockings.
Hair. Hair. Comb.
Shoes. Shoes. Shoes.
Dress. Dress. Dress.
Rings. Earrings. Necklace. Watch. Bracelets.
The suitcase is just large enough for one night as Andrea … though it would hold a weeks worth of stuff for Andy.
And no. I have no idea what was going through my mind when I packed so many bras to accommodate two boobs.
Laura arrives soon after 4:00 pm
We’re on the road soon after.
Sat Nav dictates a motorway-free route. Nice scenery with a selection of tiny little bridges over canals.
The sound system informs us that Lucy has arrived at the hotel.
Susan arrives soon after.
17:37 and we arrive.
Chloe is outside reception chatting, but by the time we park has moved n to pastures new.
So many to choose from.
First choice is a front fastener. Even though this particular bra has an infamy of its own. It has been known to release its captives at inopportune moments.
Two attempts and the fastening is secure.
Pop in the puppies.
Over the past several months Andrea has been dieting.
The fastening is far from secure and the puppies are planning a break out.
Five was definitely an overabundance. But at this moment Andrea is glad that she has a choice.
The front fastener is discarded, the alternative offers a much higher security level.
In the background Laura coaxes the television into life and paints nails.
Foundation. Powder. Shadow. Liner. Mascara. Blush. Lips. Scent.
Dress. Necklace. Hair. Earrings. Watch. Bracelet. Rings. Shoes.
Texts to Chloe, Susan and Lucy.
The bar. Chloe is already there. Lucy and Susan arrive soon after.
A change of dress.
A walk across the road.
Down the steps.
Scrutiny of the handbags.
Up the steps. Obediently whispering.
A drink and a seat by a fire outside.
Amanda and Denyse arrive.
At 10:30 the other bars open so it’s inside and upstairs.
Sitting, socialising and picture taking.
Andrea snaps Chloe, Lucy, Laura, Denyse, Amanda and Susan
Then passes the camera to Denyse. “Sit on my knee” jokes Laura. Andrea obliges.
A trip to the pink room.
Bright lights and conversation.
Andrea taking a picture.
Of Chloe … taking a picture.
of Andrea taking a picture …
You get the idea.
A girl in wedges looks at my heels.
Do they hurt?
I smile, knowing that they will.
She empathises, and says that wedges are much more comfortable.
We meet the Guy with the Dragon Tattoo.
The book that I read was about a girl and the tattoo was on her back.
This one is on his arm.
It is red.
He is Welsh.
Hence the dragon.
He explains a whole group of people have dragons in all kinds of places.
We take pictures.
Though, sadly, not of dragons.
Would you like me to take one for you?
Pictures are taken and I say hello. Karen is from Sheffield. Visiting friends and visiting Pink Punters.
Heading out of the pink room.
Looking down … the writing on the floor says … “Mind …”
“Mind the step” says the man with the dragon.
Karen laughs and suggests that he’s a t**t.
He smiles in denial.
Susan and Andrea chat a while with Karen and Alan.
Andrea discovers that she is common.
Something everyone has always suspected.
The dance floor beckons and welcomes us with YMCA followed by John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John and a little it of Grease.
The prophecy of the girl with the wedges gradually comes to pass.
Denyse is offered the chance to check that the passing girl is 100% real.
Back upstairs we converse.
Seven of Nine.
Amanda and Denyse head home … we think.
Chloe heads back to the hotel.
Susan heads back.
Lucy and Laura discover the trans music room.
Before we know it it’s almost 04:00.
A guy asks me who I am.
A girl encourages me to smile.
Another holds ands and dances a while.
You look great she says.
Thank you I say.
A guy she is with takes my hand and we dance a while longer.
I’m always amazed at the friendliness of people here.
Laura and Andrea think Lucy must have headed back so they head back as well.
Back in room 209 Andrea’s phone rings.
Lucy hadn’t headed back.
She heads back and drops by to say goodnight.
After Lucy leaves it’s time to say goodbye to the makeup.
The alarm is set for 10:30 … the phone says that is in 6 hours and 3 minutes.
A lovely, lovely evening, night and morning.