2018 has been an amazing year for me, especially when you consider that on March 23rd I turned 93. I think I will tell you, as briefly as I can first about my travels. In February Yasmin and I went on a coach trip to see snowdrops in the Midlands. On the way we visited the National Memorial Arboretum, a remarkable huge area planted with thousands of trees and over 350 memorials to every conceivable military and civilian person who has shown heroism in conflict—including animals, doctors, Sikhs—everything!
We stayed in Retford and next day in a place called Hodsock Priory there are 12 acres of snowdrop covered woodland—all at their peak…glorious. And we had a few hours in Cambridge on the way home.
In April Yasmin, Dave and I went to Malta, a place I have always wanted to visit and I am very glad I did.
In August I fulfilled a long-held ambition and went to Ukraine. I wanted to see the places where Peter’s parents were born. I took with me his niece Leora and her son Cody from Canada. We had a week’s cruise from Kiev to Odessa on the Dnieper river to the Black Sea. Then with our wonderful, beautiful guide, Margareta, a Jewish girl from Kiev, and in a private mini-bus with a remarkable driver, we had a 4 day trip to the towns of Peter and Leora’s ancestors. Back from Odessa to Kiev. Margareta had organised someone local and knowledgeable to show us around each place. We even visited the grave of Rabbi Nachman in Uman. Fascinating and memorable.
November a sunny, happy, love-filled trip to Israel. Plus in July a weekend in Sussex celebrating the birthday of my dear cousin Ann, and a Friday to Monday visit to Israel for a Barmitzvah. Also an unforgettable magical day at the Wimbledon Tennis tournament with lunch and tea in the Members enclosure, great seats and my darling Roger Federer on court.
Now for my working year. May and June filming for my TV series BAD MOVE which went out in September and October. A Christmas special goes out on Christmas Eve at 20.30 on ITV. In it I am a Sherry alcoholic!! In May I was filming on location in Yorkshire, including my home town of Leeds, and in June back here in London. I loved every minute.
In August I did my one-woman show to a sellout wonderful audience at the Pheasantry in Chelsea. In October I rehearsed and in November I performed the part of Golda Meir in our play MOMMA GOLDA at the Kings Head theatre here in London. First presented on Broadway with 37 actors, I first played it in South Africa in 1978 with 13 actors. Then Peter and I adapted it to 2 actors and we performed it in the eighties. So 30 years later I had to re-learn it and am thrilled that every performance was sold out and at the end of each show we had a standing ovation. It was a big effort, but worth it.
As yet I have no plans for 2019, but nothing could surpass the excitement and wonders of 2018.