"Be collected. No more amazement." Prospero
(The Captain took his part very seriously!)
The Captain recently performed in his first school play! There are two Lower First (Kindy) classes at his school (about 30 kids) and combined they performed an abridged version of The Tempest. Yes, that would be five year olds acting out Shakepeare and although the play was abridged, the words themselves were not simplified in any way. When I have mentioned this to friends and family the reactions have been varied. Ranging from, "how ridiculous (in the interests of keeping the blog g rated I have edited this comment somewhat...)" to "how fabulous!" To the sceptics though... the Captain can tell you the basic plot of the Tempest, he has a good understanding of the characters and can recite whole chunks of the play. Do we underestimate the abilities of the average five year old? Possibly. It seems his school doesn't though. Thankfully! Most importantly though he adored the whole experience. Well done Captain, I was so proud of you and we all thought you did a marvellous job. Special thanks to Grandma for making the Prospero costumes!
This is Lola.
She has been a house guest Chez Pirate for the last 2 weeks.
And as a child of the 1970s that grew up watching this show:
The theme song of which I can still sing for anyone who cares to listen!
Anyway, ever since I have had a special place in my heart for Border Collies, although Blyton only ever referred to Tim as a mongrel. Having Lola to stay has been great fun though and the boys have adored every minute of her visit. The Captain in particular who is currently as obsessed with the Famous Five as I once was and thus also sees Lola as a surrogate Tim.
We made several visits to the waterfall with her! She loved it there.
Also the nearby lake. Having a dog in the family definitely encourages you to get outside more and at times and moments of the day when you would not normally be out of doors.
I love the photos taken below at dusk. We spontaneously stopped off at the lake on the way home after Music to let Lola have a run around. Normally, I would race home and start the dinner/homework/bed routine but having a dog around encourages you to live in the moment a bit more! I can see why pet owners are supposed to live longer than everyone else!
I will do a renovation post soon, but just to amuse you all in the meantime:
My favourite apprentice!