Monday, 18 January 2016

Swan Lake and Swimming Gala

I made it to the ballet and it was fabulous. The costumes were lovely and the orchestra definitely added to the drama of it all. 

The swans were mesmerising and I could have watched them dance all night. The ballerinas were so graceful and light on their feet, even as a big group you could barely hear them. And the men, well what can I say. White tights and lovely bottoms, that I admit I couldn't take my eyes off. What more could a middle aged woman ask for. 

Sadly, no opportunities for photos, we weren't even allowed to take the drinks we bought from the bar into the theatre, so I had to neck my pre-show G&T pretty sharpish.

All in all, it was a lovely evening and even though I got the shivers at the interval and the beginnings of a headache, nothing could detract from how wonderful the whole night was.

Today I'm feeling 99% back to normal. Mark made me a smoothie of mixed berries, mango and a spoonful of vanilla yoghurt, which seemed a good healthy way to start the day. 
My Avon delivery came. I ordered a diffuser and a small bottle of perfume to keep in my handbag. Not that I'll remember it's in there. Might be best if I just put it on the bedside cabinet.
I've started The Husband's Secret and I'm also getting on with the jigsaw. Thanks to Rachel at Eternally 28 I know the names of these birds now. And Sue's post today over at Our Quiet Life in Suffolk reminded me that at the weekend Amy, who has really bad eyesight, was looking out of the window and asked me what bird had a really bushy tail. It was a squirrel!
My treat of the day was a coffee and walnut cake with a cup of tea while watching Call The Midwife, which I thought was an excellent episode. 
It was Thomas' swimming gala tonight. No photo opportunities there either I'm afraid. He'd been chosen to do breast stroke which isn't his best swimming style, made obvious by him only being half way up the pool when everybody else had finished. He persevered like a true champ though and got there in the end. 

He wasn't the worst swimmer but I was amazed at how good some of the children were. It's obvious some of them go to clubs, so you had the equivalent of 'Team GB' vs. 'I can just about swim a length without drowning'. It was all good fun though. 

He fared much better in the freestyle relay where he did the crawl but to his dismay his school got through to the next round and he has to go again next week. He thought it was a one off which is why he agreed to do it. 

So, this weekend we are definitely in training at the pool. The only plus side I see to this is a long soak in the bath Friday evening so I can shave my legs. 

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16 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you were well enough to go to the ballet, it would have been rotten luck to have missed it. I'm even gladder than you enjoyed it so much! Aren't they marvellous? Now you understand my irritation at reading the scathing 'review' about that particular ballet company on a blog. I think for the amount of travelling they do, they are pretty fabulous. I always sneak a few photos at the end, which as far as I can tell, we are allowed to do here.

    Glad you've had a day with treats and nice things today. Ooh, your cakes though. They really do look good. I'm going to try your tip, see if mine turn out better next time I bake some.

    Yey for Thomas and his swimming. Well done that chap.

    xxx

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    1. I really did enjoy it. I'm no ballet expert but I can't understand why anybody would comment negatively on them. They were marvellous and the way they danced was fantastic. I don't know if you'll know what I mean by this but when the swans were on it was a little bit like watching something in 3D. They start in a line and before you know it they're in some completely different formation without seeming to have moved. And their arms go on forever, all graceful and lithe right down to their fingertips.

      I've had a lovely day of doing nothing much, not unlike the weekend, but today I was feeling better so it was a nicer day all round.

      Aww, Thomas was a trooper. His old school were taking part and they all recognised him and stood up chanting his name to encourage him. I caught up with a few of the Mums afterwards as well which was nice.

      His old teacher was there as well, he was one of the reasons we moved Thomas, and I don't mind admitting I could have cheeerfully pushed him in at the deep end. xx



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  2. I'm howling at Amy asking what kind of bird the squirrel was!!!!
    The ballet sounds fab. Me and the HG are off to the races on Saturday!!! It's something I've never done or even wanted to do! It's on the firm he works for and we were just told we've been upgraded to the sit down restaurant with panoramic views!! Jacket and tie for gentlemen, smart for ladies and children. I'm just thinking WTF can I wear??!!! I've no idea what to expect!

    I really feel for Thomas and his swimming palace. It's like that here. One school's team is like a squad of Russian athletes, all in matching costumes and swimming caps with logos! And the mothers!!!! Oh my lord!!

    Your day sounds very relaxing X

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    1. Her eyesight is terrible Rachel. It's a bit of a concern really as she's only had her new glasses 9 months and already she says they 'don't work' any more. I should really ring and make her an appointment.

      I've never been to the races either, it's something I've never fancied, but my sister and hubby have been loads and always have a fantastic time. Sister's husband has his own company and they used to book a table for clients and because my brother and sis-in-law were into it as well, they got invited. The women just wore a nice dress or smart trousers and top with a wrap or jacket to hand in case it was chilly. Something along the lines of what you'd put on for a special meal out. They love it so I'm sure you'll have a fantastic time, especially if there's a group of you going. How nice that children are included. You don't find that very much these days.

      Haha, You've got the swimming gala properly weighed up. One school did have matching caps for their girls! Thomas' old school and teacher were there and watching him made me want to push him in the deep end. He was that loud and stood on the side doing all the strokes, it was ridiculous. Thomas said that his PE teacher, who is really understated and just goes about his business, had said afterwards, "some teachers are very competitive aren't they". Ain't that the truth! xx

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    2. Now I feel bad for laughing at her :-(
      Don't delay in making an appointment X

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    3. No, don't feel bad, we couldn't stop laughing either and nor could she. And I can't be that worried really, because I've still not made her an appointment. But now you've reminded me I was going to I'll do it tomorrow :) xx

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  3. Oh bless Thomas & well done to him for sticking to it. It sounds like you've had a nice day after your illness has nearly cleared & thank you for the comment on my blog x

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    1. I always enjoy finding a new blog to read, and I look forward to getting to know you better.

      He carried on like a proper trooper, I was so proud of him. He even gave himself a clap at the end! He absolutely hates being the centre of attention so even saying he'd do it was a big thing for him. I did feel for him when he realised he has to go back next week. He loves swimming and is pretty good (in his own way and in his own time), but some of those kids were fantastic and he's definitely not in their league. xx

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  4. Glad you enjoyed the ballet - and well done that Thomas!

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    1. The ballet was lovely. The ballerinas spend so much time on pointe it's no wonder they go through so many shoes.

      Thomas was a star. It's not often he agrees to do something as he hates being the centre of attention, so I really felt for him when he was so far behind. But his old class mates really cheered him on and he got a massive cheer and round of applause from all the spectators when he finished. More than the winner actually! xx

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  5. Good for Thomas for participating, and not giving up when he knew he was way behind. And, OMG, he's got to do it all over again next week! I'm sure he's thinking 'this isn't what I signed up for'! His old teacher sounds like a real dork. His new teacher sounds much better. Glad that you are feeling better and you got to enjoy the ballet!

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    1. I know! His face was a picture when he came out of the changing rooms. Talk about feeling like he'd been duped!

      His old teacher was a right p**t. He was in his late 40's and newly qualified when Thomas had him and the Head put her most experienced TA with him to help him out. After working with him for 2 weeks the TA asked the Head to move her to another class, she'd never worked with a teacher like him! He ended up with the worst TA in school who nobody really wanted, which then meant the class had a newly qualified teacher and a rubbish TA. It pretty much went downhill from there, although there were other issues with Thomas as well apart from the education side.

      He's much better where he is now, and watching his old teacher last night just reaffirmed we'd made the right decision to move Thomas. xx

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  6. Well done Thomas. You must have been very proud. I'm glad you were well enough to go and that you enjoyed the ballet. I did wonder what was in the wine glass. It looked suspiciously like some medicine I was forced to take years ago for earache. X

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    1. Hi Jules, I was willing myself to feel better and also for it not to snow (but only on Sunday!), so I could go.

      Haha it does look a bit like the strawberry antibiotics the Doc used to prescribe. Do you remember when you could choose between banana or strawberry flavour. I wonder if they still do that? Touch wood, nobody here has needed a/b's for a few years so not sure. I've probably just jinxed the whole of Number 38 now. xx

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  7. Good to hear you enjoyed your night at the ballet. I love it (trained for 13 years, don't you know!) and even manage to drag the mister to Matthew Bourne's productions every year (have to buy him family size bags of sweets to chomp on throughout but still). Sounds like Thomas did himself, and you, proud. As they say, it's not the winning, it's the taking part, and I think that's such a good lesson for us all to learn.

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    1. Oooh a real life ballerina. I bet you could do everything after training for 13 years. Is it true broken toes are normal for a ballerina, or does that just mean they're doing it wrong? My cousin did ballet and I'd go and watch her performances. I was so jealous of her! It all came to an abrupt end when she discovered boys though! Your mister does very well to go with you. Mark wouldn't be interested at all. I was sat next to a couple and halfway through the first part he started fidgeting and cracking his knuckles (can't abide that noise), thankfully they didn't come back after the interval.

      Thomas was a champ carrying on. A couple of the children had to stop half way, it was obvious they were struggling. I agree, taking part is a good lesson in life but sometimes it seems unfair if the odds are stacked so much against you. xx

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