This last year I was delighted to reconnected with a friend whom I had not seen in almost 35 years.
He's now on the minuscule list of non-quilting men who are kind enough to read Cactus Needle.
(I'm guessing his lovely wife, who is an award winning quilter, probably eased him into the culture.)
On several posts I have written of how much I enjoy a good British film.
During dinner one night, my friend asked if we had seen the TV show Doc Martin, produced in England.
Neither Mr. Cactus or myself were familiar with the series.
When my friend, who also happens to be a doctor, spoke of the humor and social ineptness of Doc Martin, I knew we needed to check it out.
Now, after watching the first 4 seasons and howling with laughter, we are big Doc Martin fans.
Mr. Cactus seems most taken, and has even begun quoting him at the dinner table.
Doctor Martin Ellingham is a brilliant surgeon who develops a debilitating fear of blood. To cope, he moves back to his childhood home (set in the stunningly beautiful sea village of Port Isaac) to serve as the town doctor.
He's cranky, emotionally detached, compulsively analytical at all the wrong moments, and yet you just have to love the guy.
We found ourselves wanting to protect the vulnerable Doc by shouting warnings at the TV.
"Don't say it Doc! Just kiss Louisa without a diagnosis!"
Season 1-4 can be ordered through Amazon. com
Season 5 is scheduled to be aired starting in September.
Thanks Doc Dalton for a great recommendation.