Saturday, May 10, 2014

The tiniest turtles...

So aside from seeing the most Giant Tortoises in the world
we also happened across some of the tiniest turtles.

Husband and i were so excited about happening across
two little baby turtles taking their first steps from their nest into the ocean.

It was an absolute dream come true for me.
Something i thought you only see on tv,
or in a controlled environment.

This was nature at its best and most natural.

Seeing those little babies use every instinct inside
of them just to make that big journey to the even bigger ocean.

I may have shed a tear of joy.
i felt like a very proud mama.





Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Galapagos -Giant Tortoise

Seconds off the plane from a 27 hour trip
and husband whisks me off to see the islands
most famous inhabitants.

The Giant Tortoise.

I tell you, there aint no better cure for 
jet lag than these little beauties.

They reminded me so much of my wee Del-Boy
(who currently lives with my mother-in-law
who spoils her rotten and hand feeds her each day)
the same characteristics 
only much much bigger.

So adorable.

I think my favourite one may have been the 
one who was in the swamp.

Mainly because she reminded me of 
Morla the Aged one from Neverending Story,
yes there may have been quite a few 
quotes and re-enactments going on there
(luckily i recently introduced husband to the movie so
he is no on parr with my brain waves)

I can also tell you that their favourite food
is Guava, it makes their faces very pink!








Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Returning to reality.....


Coming back to London was like
coming back down to Earth from the moon
with a huge depressive drag of gravity.

no more husband
no more sun
no more amazing exotic adventures
no more old friends
no more new babies
just regular old life

i wasnt looking forward to teaching at all.

but it turned out to be pleasantly surprising.

In my first class none of my regular students turned up
(did they know holidays were over,
i hope thats the reason and not
that i've scared them away)

but a new little girl turned up,
7 years old.
she has been teaching herself ballet from a ballet
book she has at home.

It was so nice to spend the time with her
for her first lesson and not just to have 
her manage to scramble along at the back
as i'm sure i'll have to do next week
(if my students turn up)
as she struggled with each new movement,
'wow! thats really hard'
she would say,
and then she would try a little harder.

My second class i was just covering for
another teacher. A boys ballet class with two 10 year old boys.

I actually really enjoy cover teaching as
i can be relaxed and not worry about
teaching class 'etiquette' or discipline,

I asked them what their favourite steps
where and they told me the ones that they like
but only get to do sometimes,
so we did all of them.
So nice to see some really enthusiastic 
(pretty good) boys.

\i guess i'll make it through
here without husband a little bit longer.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Later Gators....



I feel like i only just saw husband,
its funny how seeing him a month ago counts as recently....

At any rate its my turn to go and visit him.

In the Galapagos Islands.

A once in a life time trip.
I will cherish these amazing times i have to travel at the moment
and explore these exotic far off locations
with husband.

Funnily enough,
currently both husband and i have 
both day dream about settling down 
and just staying in one place the two of us.
Feet firmly on the ground.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Pain in the back....



I always thought that when i stopped dancing all my aches and pains would go away.
Turns out its not that easy.

For the last year and a half i've had aches and pains all over!
some of it is my body adapting to a new life style,
others are left over problems that i never properly sorted out.

Mainly i've been having re-occuring back pain.
It comes and goes some days i'm bedridden and other days its back to norm.

Coming from my dance background it s very hard for me to teach without getting physically involved myself.
my husband always tries to tell me that i should take it easy when i teach, no demonstrating full out to 2 year olds! i explain to him they are the worst culprits for needing to be taught visually.



after a bout of back pain recently that just frustrates me more than anything
(im used to being in pain)
the physio finally persuaded me to go to the Doctor and have a scan.
So thanks to husbands private work medical insurance,
i very speedily got a MRI done.

Unfortunately it did show up some disk degeneration and bulging,
but fortunately nothing that has affected the nerves or bone as of yet.

So i feel so releaved to have some actual proof that my back pain isnt just me whining like an old lady all the time.


Looking at all these pretty ballet pictures at the moment 
just makes me think of their poor spines!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Adventures in the ballet class....

Once a week i teach in a nursery
where the class are more of a dance/drama
based class as opposed to pure ballet.

I find these classes great fun,
and love trying to find out new ways to incorporate 
different stories into our dance adventures.

To make it more tricky the classes are predominately 
filled with little boys.
When i've taught this style of classes before
it was easier to think up stories as
you can pretty much just go through the Disney Princessess.

So lately we have been on a visit to the Dinosaur museum
where we have marched like scary T-rex's
and flown like pterodactyls.


We have been pirates looking for lost treasure
being chased by crocodiles,
and on safari in the deepest jungle.
we have sky-dived into Australia and
jumped like the Kangaroos and spun like the Tasmanian Devils.



These little boys have a lot of energy...
it keeps me on my toes first thing in the morning,
in fact the only way i think i am able to make
it through without going crazy
is from having been the older sister to 5 crazy younger brothers.

Now i've got to think of more Adventure stories....





Sunday, March 23, 2014

Things....

What have i been up to lately.
Teaching, teaching, teaching.
Pilates,Pilates Pilates,


Teaching -


I've changed ballet schools and i'm really enjoying my new school.
Its a very different environment,
the students at my new school have more professional
aspirations (even at a young age)
so i can treat them like young professionals,
and they actually responding well to it,
so rather than thinking to my self all the time,
are they 'having fun' are they 'being stimulated'
i can focus on
are they learning? are they progressing? are they improving?
hopefully the learning and improving is what stimulates
them and makes it enjoyable,
i know thats what ballet always meant to me
and thats what i want ballet to be to my students.

Last Sunday I volunteered at a charity gala held by the
school at the Royal Opera House
where the children performed and auctions were held.
They raised over £300 000 to be used for dance scholarships.

It was just parents watching week...
i hope i survived it....



Pilates



I'm thoroughly enjoying my teacher training with Alan Herdman Pilates.
I know some of the other students on the course struggle with
the style of teaching, but it suits me to a T.
Every week i come away feeling i ve learned so much.

I worry about when i have to go out and actually start finding a job,
its a whole new industry to me,
hopefully i can make the cross over.