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Remember, remember, it’s already November ….

Well October passed by in a flash and the dark nights of November have come around all too soon.

We did manage to squeeze one last bit of Trick or Treating before the month changed and gathered an impressive haul of sweeties from the local estate where houses were decorated brilliantly. We came home to Jelly Brain for tea …. urgh!

We had a French friend visiting for a week so were busy with jaunts to Canterbury, Ramsgate, Margate, Sandwich and The White Cliffs of Dover to make sure she had an action packed week. I am not sure what she thought of Tracey Emin’s Bed when we went to the Turner Contemporary … it certainly divides opinion! The kids shared their thoughts quite loudly, right next to a tour guide and an enthusiastic coach party. Other displays are equally baffling but interesting nevertheless.

 

The month of November is synonymous with remembrance. The children have been learning about this at school and have supported by buying their poppies. This year is the 100th year and we have seen some wonderful commemorations. In Ramsgate, the waterfall was decorated with crocheted poppies and in Broadstairs, a carpet of knitted ones looked stunning. The time they must have taken to make! A wonderful display to honour the memory of so many – thank you. Sadly the ones at Ramsgate were vandalised but were able to be put back in place before Remembrance Sunday.

 

At rugby we marked the silence at our Remembrance Sunday training, and I was so proud of the Under 6s for managing the full 2 minutes and joining their much bigger counter-parts pitch side.

Events of a more upbeat nature were in full flow earlier this month on Bonfire Night, with an impressive display on Broadstairs beach. We wrapped up warm to watch them. The entire area was packed with people – a fantastic turn out for a night of music and fireworks.

 

Fun was had at the Children’s schools to mark Children in Need. Seamus had to dress in spots and had ‘walk to school’ activities all week, resulting in his Infant School raising over £370. Orla took in cakes for her school’s cake sale and paid her contribution to go to school in her pyjamas on Friday, where they raised over £1000!

We have been as busy as ever with the children’s sporting and school commitments. Aoife took part in the Primary Schools Netball competition and achieved a silver medal after losing 2-1 in the final. Well done to all the Thanet schools taking part. She is also representing the school later this month as the Basketball team have a place in the district finals. Fingers crossed.

Orla took part in an all day opera workshop at school which resulted in joining other schools for an evening performing pieces from Handel’s Semele and work they composed with professional opera singers on stage later that week. Absolutely fantastic. Thank you Garsington Opera  and Looping the Loop Festival. I really hope they manage to secure funding for opportunities like this to continue. Orla loved taking part and we really enjoyed watching everyone. She can now tell us the story of Semele and Jupiter and even Seamus has been singing opera around the house “Lucky Omens….Lucky Omens…Bless our rites!”

The theatrics continued with Aoife performing in the Shakespeare in Schools Festival, Romeo and Juliet to a paying audience at the Theatre Royal Margate. We weren’t able to take photos on the night and much as I support these endeavours, I felt the ones they were selling were sadly so overpriced that I couldn’t consider paying any more (£7.50 plus a further £1.50 p&p for ONE 6″x 4″ photo was the cheapest option) hence the recreated image taken on our stairs. Anyway, that aside, it was a wonderful night.

 

She was treading the boards after some great company, as the previous week we had attended an absolutely fantastic performance of Gyre and Gimble’s The Hartlepool Monkey, based on a legend of my birth place. The acting was first class. The cast, although small in number, never stopped for a moment. But it was the puppetry, from the makers of War Horse, which was most breath taking. An absolutely brilliant evening out. We even got to say thank you to a few of the cast as they headed to the pub! #HartlepoolMonkey

‘Twas a cultured few weeks in the O’Sullivan house.  We even got a chance to be ‘hands on’ by taking part in a performance of Almost Always Muddy  a story telling tour with a twist. The children and adults get to build the scene … literally. With everyone adding to the build, the performers then linked everything, with suggestions and ideas thrown in from the kids, into an amazing adventure with puppetry, music and improvised character acting. Seamus giggled throughout and Orla wants to do it again tomorrow. We built with planks, tubes, netting, wheels, material and a huge array of junk to make amazing shipwrecks, factories, islands, aeroplanes and more. A great event, especially as Seamus was able to be included.

A massive thumbs up for Looping the Loop 2017 we’ll definitely take part and watch what’s on offer next year!

We also managed to squeeze in a lovely evening with our friends in Beechgrove Community to see their music festival – with a nod to Scottish, Irish, English and of course some good ol’ USA songs in the mix. We enjoyed the choirs, the Scottish dancing and the fabulous folk band! Seamus was so impressed he now wants to learn the bagpipes! A lovely evening from some very talented young people. Thank you.

Talents of a different artistic nature have been keeping us busy at home with Christmas requests from school – designing Christmas cards and decorating jars. No doubt I’ll have to buy these back at the up coming school fayres! As much as I try to delay it, the Christmas countdown has begun … best start digging out that wrapping paper and finding the tinsel! Here’s to making the most of the dark winter nights.

 

 

 

 


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Bears, Beach and Bubblerush5K

Wow, week 5 of the holidays already! We’ll soon be in the final straight and back to the old routine.

In the meantime, the festivals continued with Broadstairs Water Gala, a brilliant annual family fun day at the seaside – whether you enjoy traditional beach competitions, nautical characters or water activities, there is something for everyone.

We started early with the annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic held at Lilliput Golf Course. We were greeted by a huge Winnie the Pooh and a friendly brown bear, as we headed towards our honey sandwiches. The Mayor judged the competitions and I am proud to say that Seamus is the proud owner of the 3rd most cuddly bear in Broadstairs.

 

We ventured to Viking Bay and took part in the beach games with Thanet’s Sport 4 NRG staff. With the circuit training with sit ups and star jumps, the boxing, badminton and beach volleyball, they really did give us all a good work out! Phew!

This years’ special guest, Titan the Robot was a fantastic attraction which had the kids enthralled with his moves, jokes and music. We returned to the bandstand throughout the day for a magician and music too!

We spent hours at the Water Gala and still didn’t manage to do everything, but we needed to get back in time for our language students and also have a little rest before heading out with them for the fireworks finale! We loved sitting on the beach for a fantastic view and our Bavarian guests had a brilliant evening. My photos don’t do it justice, so the second photo isn’t mine but is taken from Broadstairs Fireworks website.

This week we have spent afternoons hiding our pebbles around for people to find. The kids decorated them with bright colours and showed some wonderful creativity in their designs. We hope they’ve raised a smile to whoever finds them … we met a family in the park who had enjoyed hunting for them around the park near TWRUFC. Next time we’d choose to paint bigger pebbles as some of ours were teeny. It was so relaxing to sit and paint together – I think I enjoyed it as much as the children.

 

We even took some with us for our coastal walk along The White Cliffs of Dover. The weather was glorious and the views were stunning. The kids loved it especially when we were befriended by a lovely Dutch couple and their dog, who Orla adored. We saw wildflowers, butterflies, ferries, the iconic chalk cliffs and the very sweet wild ponies, but no bluebirds, ha ha.

 

The end of the week saw us taking part in the Bubble Run for Demelza (Hospice Care for Children) We dived into the different coloured bubbles at each of the marker points and came out very bubbly indeed. The 5k run took us around Betteshanger Park, which is a great place for cycling and outdoor fun. The atmosphere was lovely, the event was very well organised and the weather was fantastic. The kids had a brilliant time as did Ian and I.  It was our first time and it was a great family activity. We saw people of all ages, couples, families and groups taking part. Thank goodness you get a free t-shirt to wear as I had a very vibrant, rainbow laundry basket to tackle when we came home!

Thank you Demelza – a wonderful event to raise money for your charity!  #demelzabubblerush #bubblerush5k

Ok, that’s week 5 of the school holidays coming to a close. Bar a bit of beach rugby tomorrow (Sunday), I think we will end the week relaxing in the house with a well deserved cup of tea.