If I ever tried to run away and join a circus, I suspect I would be sent home. I'm wary of heights, can't catch, have dismal balance, and prefer my comedy verbal rather than physical.
Life is proving to be a challenging lesson in juggling at the moment, and I freely confess that it is a struggle. Unfortunately, the ball I'm dropping most frequently is blogging.
It's tedious to keep repeating the same apology, so I'll just say that if I don't comment on all your posts, or I'm slow to do so, it isn't for lack of interest and involvement. I'm really busy with an irregular work schedule, attending end of term events with the kids, and trying to squash domestic and leisure activities into the remaining hours. If anything has to give, it's likely to be blogging, although hopefully this will be a temporary state of affairs.
Do bear with me, please - I miss you all, and am in slight mourning for my previous freedom...
Last weekend, we traveled down south to stay with my sister Belinda and celebrate her 60th birthday with a trip to Giffords Circus.
Nell and Toti Gifford produce wonderfully warm and entertaining circus shows every summer; we've been before (the post is here) and were very happy to have the chance to see this year's production, Moon Songs.
That's big sister Belinda in the white trousers (bottom left); the supermodel in the pink dress is my niece Leala (Nina is besotted with her!)
Me and my big girl; brother-in-law Alan in the floral shirt with Mum, and glamorous elder niece Samara.
We saw the circus in Oxford - that's Keble College in the background.
It's a show full of traditional circus skills, performed with skill and good humour, accompanied by live music from the fantastic band. This year, all the songs were moon-related.
amazing flexibility and strength...
juggling, dancing acrobatics, and a bear riding a horse. Of course.
These spectacular hats were designed by Philip Treacy.
As the sun set, we went for dinner in the Circus Sauce tent.
There were even fireworks in the distance to enjoy.
The kids really appreciate staying with Belinda and Alan, not least because of the pool and the pets.
While I can't imagine living anywhere other than an urban setting, I do like the space and green of the garden and its beautiful woodland setting.
The kids do too.
Owen only has a week left at primary school. If they took SATs in face-pulling, he'd get a level 6.
Time with Grandma.
And then back to work and school.
It's all go!