I Do Believe in Fairies… I Do. I Do. I Do.

I had forgotten how fantastic Pantomime was, until my son Professional Freerunner Connor Stringer, invited us (his family) down to watch him perform at the Bournemouth Pavilion in Peter Pan, where he is starring as one of Captain Hooks Pirates.

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It was a fun family road-trip and one which resulted in us seeing our son on stage in a theatre show for the first time. The production was small but well put together. The songs a mix of old and new including ‘Step in Time’ from Mary Poppins, to the casts version of Pharrells ‘Happy.’

I do believe in fairies

Pantomime has been around for such a long time, I forgot how clever it actually was, how loud it is and the interactive nature it holds, as I observed the school children in the stalls join in with the songs but one thing became abundantly clear during the afternoon they didn’t seem to know about:

It’s Behind You!

This interested my husband and I so much as we engaged but the children needed a touch of prompting to shout out Pantomimes most favourite saying ever…

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With a sprinkling of X-Factor and a bit of on stage banter. Smee quickly became my favourite character. Although of course my son as a pirate stole my heart during the show. Especially when I was able to see him sword fighting on stage – as a mother it brought to life a five year old son with plastic sword stuck in belt, sword fighting with whomever would give him the opportunity and had me squealing out loud with joy and pleasure at him being able to connect with this small part of his childhood.

The slapstick routine all the pirates performed with trampett, crash mat and gymnastics horse in the second act, was full of energy and vigor considering it lasted 8 minutes. They made me feel tired just watching them but proud – yes oh so proud.

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From start to finish, this production of Peter Pan readily rolled from one beautifully painted scene to the next and we made sure we shouted out and participated in the experience to get the most out of our visit. I had forgotten how beneficial and important this kind of play is to our society  but am so glad that I was reminded on this visit.

Bournemouth

Bournemouth turned out to be the perfect sparkling backdrop for our little family of four. Our very own version of Christmas Day was played out from seafront to Slug and Lettuce Pub. This may not have been December the 25th but for us – it became Christmas.

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Does christmas always have to come at this time of year. What do you do which is a little different?

As always,

I’d love to know your thoughts…

Dreaming of Dubai

Dreaming of Dubai

Reading the AlexinWanderland post about Bahrain, stirred my memory pot and led me to thinking about the United Arab Emirates and the times I’ve visited. When my husband’s dad was living in Dubai.

Now my photos from back then – when I was green around the gills – are tucked somewhere safely in the loft. So you will have to forgive the polished, professional ones I use here, whilst I tell you a story. Continue reading

Escape the problem – by BEING the solution

Originally posted on Travel with the Strings:

So, the kids are growing up and you want to travel, life before now has been about providing a secure base – keeping steady and putting the family first.

Suddenly the home you thought you would live in forever, no longer seems appealing, as you realise that to stay in one place means another 35 years of walking up the same road, parking in the same spot and looking out of your window seeing the same scene.

A re-orientation is upon you.

How DO you balance out being a parent of teens and doing what you want with your life, as they grow older and you do too?

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 Step 1. Work out your priorities

Step 2. Once you know what your priorities are, create your plans with them to mind.

Step 3. Does what you are doing FEEL right and if so, on what level – check it out?

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5 Top Tips on long-term travel as a Family

Originally posted on Travel with the Strings:

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Travelling with a family, especially when leaving  a structured western culture, a few things can be done to make the start of the trip and the adjustment to leaving the family home and community built way of life a little easier. Here are 5 of my tips.

  • A good way to say ‘hasta la vista’ to friends and family is to organise a charity night – where you can all get together, say your goodbyes, let everyone have your blog and/or e-mail addresses, printed on business cards of course – to keep them close, earn a bit of cash for a good cause and have a lasting memory of a fun goodbye combined with a touch of philanthropy.
  • Evening/Night flying – the parental friend. When traveling long-haul with children, booking a late afternoon flight can bring the excitement of flying to them, but also as the evening draws on…

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