The area where we life is in the Djerriwarrh district (pronounced Jerry Wah Rah) and every year there is a big festival in the town. I posted some pics last year of us at the fireworks at night. I remember being amazed that I was sitting outside, in November wearing 3/4 length trousers and flip-flops! Last year I had just started working at the clinic and this was the first weekend that I had to work all by myself so I didn’t get to go to any of the festival activities. This year, I am very glad it was not my weekend to work though as Ruby was singing with the school choir on the community stage and she was soooooo excited about it!
I knew that we would run out of water within about half an hour but there was no way I was carrying more! I still had my camera to put on top of all that!
We got to the fairground and there was a huge circle of tents with all the different clubs and organisations of the town giving away information and offering demos and freebies. We had time for a go at the pony club horseshoe throwing
(and can we have a big ‘HURRAH’ for the first picture of Ruby in nine months when her skin is not really bad round her mouth?!! Poor wee soul wanted to cut her own head off two weeks ago, it was so bad, but the last few days have been really good – long may it continue!)
Until fairly recently Alexander was planning on becoming a professional tennis player – despite never having played anything more than ‘swingball’ in the garden! His plan was that he would become a pro tennis player and win Wimbledon – all that would take just two weeks of his year but he would get loads of prize money and could spend the rest of the year playing computer games or just doing what he wanted without having to work. Genius! He held this plan for at least a year and really couldn’t see any problem with it coming to fruition 🙂
So anyway, then we had to get over to the community stage where the act before was performing her set. She was a teenage girl (16?) called Holly Marie who was a really good singer. No nerves, really comfortable with the audience, lovely voice – I was all for her until she introduced her last song as ‘a real oldie’ and it was ‘Kiss Me’ by Sixpence None The Richer which was out when I was in high school. That made me feel like a proper grandma! Still, she was very good!
She was really proud of herself for having done it. She’s still a shy wee thing most of the time and so it’s a big achievement for her to get up and do stuff like this. I think choir has been good for her at school though and she seems to really enjoy it. I was so proud of her!
After the choir we
endured enjoyed a performance by the recorder group. I do apologise to anyone who ever had to come and see me play the recorder at school (or listen to me practise at home!).
We came home for bit and then went back out for the fireworks. We took our deckchairs and some snacks to pass the time between staking our claim to a good vantage point and the fireworks actually being set off. We were happy to share – despite the expressions captured in this pic!
Do you think Michael caught a wee bit of the sun today?! He does this every year – first sunny day he comes home like a beetroot!
Those are my favourite fireworks, the ones that burst and then look like a weeping willow tree 🙂
It took five minutes to walk back to the car and another five to drive home. Ruby was asleep before we pulled into our drive and has gone to bed in her clothes!
It was a good day!