Thursday photo #293

Christmas holidays are in sight. Between them in the past week, the girls have done a nativity play, four ballet shows and a carol concert. We’ve all watched one pantomime and Libby has watched two. They’ve both been swimming twice and had a piano lesson. They’ve both auditioned for their school end of term concert and been chosen to sing on their own. School Christmas jumper day and Christmas lunch somehow slotted in there and today is their Christmas party. Even by our standards, it’s been a busy week. New year’s resolutions At this time of year, I always start…

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Aladdin Pantomime at Malvern Theatres: Review

Malvern Theatres in Worcestershire hosts some incredible shows throughout the year. However, the pantomime is always a highlight. This year Aladdin, Wishee Washee, Widow Twankey and evil Abanaza take to the stage to captivate audiences with their comedy, singing, dancing and all-round entertainment. As always, it’s a real family performance. There’s plenty to get the children on their feet dancing and a few laughs thrown in for the adults too. Aladdin: The performance The audience let out a collective gasp as evil Abanaza appeared on stage. His story of the magic lamp introduced us to the powerful genie. Abanaza wanted…

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Thursday photo #292

Next December, can someone please remind me not to take on more stuff just because work is calming down? As a blogger, the end of the year is always relatively quiet. There’s the odd Christmas review or day out and subsequent write-up. There are emails to respond to and things to add to Christmas gift guides. Realistically though, most people are done for the year. So I could be winding down, relaxing and getting ongoing admin done. Instead, I’m moving furniture and attempting to redecorate. I’ll never learn. “I’m not interested in politics” When I was younger, I didn’t know…

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Enchanted Witley: Review

Witley Court is a beautiful if somewhat eerie English Heritage property in Worcestershire. The building itself has been abandoned since 1937 when it was destroyed by fire. For selected dates in December, Christmas pays a visit to the court and gardens in the form of the Enchanted Witley illuminations. Light, colour, music, fairground rides and a talking tree are on hand to entertain visitors. We visited Enchanted Witley to see what it was all about. Bubbles the dog came along too. About Enchanted Witley Enchanted Witley is a light trail around the grounds of Witley Court. Lanterns hang from the…

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Thursday photo #291

It’s that time of year again when time speeds up. We’re galloping towards Christmas at an alarming rate. There are presents to buy, performances to attend, festive press trips to go on and write up. Rehearsals, carol services, nativities, ballet shows, school Christmas fair… the list goes on. So of course, I’ve made my own life more difficult by starting some DIY. Winter days out with the National Trust We’ve had an annual National Trust membership since the children were tiny. We might even have had one before they were born. I frequently mention on here that I’m sure it’s…

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