Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sunday thought....

"Nothing is impossible,
The word itself says I'm possible"

Audrey Hepburn

Friday, January 29, 2010



When i'm walking down the street
and its late at night
and i think that no-one is watching.

i let go of inhibition and
I dance along wildly
to the music on my ipod


i dont stop
even when i realise
that there are passers-by
looking at me strangely

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A List of Demands to a Smuggler.....

Captain Tim is returning from his recent sojourn in the UK and called
to ask if i'd like anything brought over.
Silly Boy!.....The rest of the conversation proceeded with me
interrupting him every two seconds with things that popped into my head
that i want smuggled into Slovenia

So he told me to write a prioritised list (reminding me that
he only has one bag which also has to contain his own belongings)

Here is what i came up with....

1.ibuprofen muscle gel


3.strawberry/cherry pop tarts

4.stuffing mix

5.instant chicken gravy granules

6.porridge oats

7.time out chocolate bar(any cadburys chocolate really)

8.Klear Floor Shine (for hardening my pointe shoes)

9.Pink Radox bubble bath

10. Gold bars (biscuits)

11.Mr. Kiplings French Fancies
(which was added after reading this post)

Did i miss anything important?
What would you ask for?

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Guilty Pleasures.....

My bank account has been feeling rather poorly as of late, mainly due to my over-exertion of it at Christmas time.
This means i have been exceedingly self-disciplined and not gone in ANY shops which has been tremendously hard as there were lots of things i was eyeing up to buy in the January sales, and the only way i can not spend is not to go into the shops at all as if i go inside inevitably i will buy.

Feeling very proud of my self for my skimping so well, l
ast week i made the mistake of browsing on-line....

Self-control went out the window...
.although to be fair i blame it on the friendly shop assistant.

I notoriously avoid shop assistants.
I feel that i have perfected the answer to the cheery 'can i help you' with The-non-eye-contact-move-on-quickly-sharp-and-decisive-'No', which has saved me from the peril of walking out with items the shop assistant has convinced me look ,'grea!t'
even when i know they dont.

Yet i made the fundamental mistake of emailing the online seller to ask how much it would cost for them to post to Slovenia, simply out of curiosity.....
Their reply was so friendly, nice and accommodating,
that i felt that i couldnt back out of the purchase and simply had to buy it of course so as not to be dis-courteous.

but to be honest its any old excuse really...
as i'm anxiously awaiting it in the post any day no...

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sunday thought....

"Be the change that you wish to see in the world"

Mahatma Ghandi

Friday, January 22, 2010


This is Julie Kent
She knows what it feels like to fly...

I on the other hand
may have to rely on this.....

Now if only i was strong
enough to open the jar.....

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

In the studio.....

One of the dancers in the company took some photos during the recent rehearsals.
I love them...
i think they really capture the essence of what it's like in the ballet studio....

from the boys weekly hand stand competition to us falling asleep during corrections....

P.S Check out my Dear 16 Year Old Me letter on Red Boots

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Monday, January 18, 2010

Happy Martin Luther King Day

Last year, i came across an autobiography of Martin Luther King Jnr in the library that i decided to read(i say of as he never technically wrote an autobiography, but this one was commissioned by the family and as wholly made up of his words from interviews and speeches)

Boy Oh Boy am i glad that i read it!

I will admit that i was moved to tears more than once when reading it.

He was an inspirational man who understood how the power of love could change the world.

In America today is Martin Luther King Day so I thought I'd share a few of his words with you......

Martin Luther King Jnr Born January 15, 1929

"When I hear 'people aren't ready' that's like telling a person who is trying to swim, "Don't jump in the water until you learn to swim'. When actually you will never learn to swim until you get in the water"

1955-56 Led a succesful effort to desegregate Montgomery Alabama buses

"I would rather be a man of conviction than a man of conformity"

1963 Wrote 'Letter from Birmingham Jail' arguing it was his moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws

"If you cant fly then run, if you cant run then walk, if you cant walk then crawl, but whatever you do keep moving forward"

1963- Delivered his I have a Dream Speech to civil right marches in Washingon DC

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere"

1964- wins the Nobel Peace Prize

"There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because conscience tells him it is right"

Kings efforts were not limited to civil rights he also spoke out aganst povety and the Vietnam War

"Like anybody I would like a long life, longevity has its place, but I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do Gods will"

Martin Luther King Jnr Assassinated April 4th 1968

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Happy Birthday Mumsy!

(wee me and my mummy)

Today is my Mummys birthday....
i wont tell you how old she is or she'll have my guts for garters!

I will tell you a couple of other things about my mum though....

My Mum has 10 children....(plus our semi-adopted brother)
People often ask me, "How does she do it?"
I always reply,
"I dont know, you should ask her not me"

My Mum is a cultivator.
I was talking with a friend a while ago who asked me when did i start reading so much, and i told her i always had done ever since i could remember. i told her my mum bought me books and i read them, by the time i was 11 i had read half of Jane Austen and Gone With The Wind, by the time i was 14 i had read Les Miserable and Mill On The Floss (which i recently tried to re-read and found too difficult! but i remembered loving it when i was younger). My friend told me she wished her mum had done that for her....this is not the the only aspect of my life that she has helped to cultivate....there are too many to name

My Mum loves to give.
Whether it is her time or energy or something from her wardrobe......

(mum with some of her girlies)

My Mum is more sensible than my Dad

but sometimes she surprises us
My mum taught all her kids to love musicals....
Yes, until i was about 12 years old i did not know that any other kind of music existed.....we are all well versed on the ins and outs of broadway.

My mum is a people person.
This was something that i discovered today, as i would not ordinarily think of my mum as a people person, yet, as i was trying to find pictures of my mum to put up here i could only find ones where she is surrounded by large groups of people....and then i thought - actually that is very fitting as my mum is indeed always surrounded by people who she can share her love with.

In the words of Abe....
"No man is poor who has a Godly mother."
Abraham Lincoln


Friday, January 15, 2010

Tortoise Top Model....

I put up a poster of Del-Boy's favourite model next to her little house.

Sometimes she likes to look up at it and hopes that one day she too can be a Tortoise Top Model.

I tell her she is beautiful and can do anything she wants.....

but then again i'm her mummy so i'm biased.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Lions and Tigers and Bears...Oh My!.....

My friend decided this weekend that he wanted to go to the zoo. I was dubious. Dont get me wrong i love going to the zoo, in fact i'm sure i go more often now than when i was a kid, but it was snowing very heavily outside and i wasnt dressed quite as warmly as i should be for such an adventure...but nevertheless to the zoo we went.

We were the only people there....

of course there was the occasional animal too....although most of them were smarter than us humans and were inside rather than wandering around in the cold.

(thats a kangaroo in the background)

My favourite exhibt were the eggs...i think its the first time i've seen them in a zoo.

I'm pretty sure Ljubljana has the worst zoo in the world. The very few animals that the have are so old that i'm sure they are going to pop their cloggs any if u wanna go u should go soon before this happens....

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Getting in touch with my inner (ex) Yugoslavian....

I picked up this map in a second hand book store a few weeks ago.
Its an old German tourist map of (now former) Yuogslavia form the '70's.

I love it....

Especially as it shows me where i can go hunt bears and whatnot....

My Slovene friends laugh at me for trying to get in touch with my inner-Balkan.

Personally i think it looks lovely on my wall.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day.....

I love this movie.
About a dowdy governess who ends up as a secretary to an American socialite for a day.
Was watching it again this weekend.

Miss Pettigrew- "He was a good solid man.
You would have called him down and out,
but he smiled whenever he saw me
and we could have built a life on that."