Martin Hussingtree, Worcester, Thur Dec 3 - Day 3

Trip Start Nov 30, 2012
Trip End Jan 31, 2013

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Fiona's Comments:
Martin took us into Worcester where we wandered around, bought some warm clothes and shoes for the kids and Zed and went on Martin's tour of the town. He took us past the cathedral, past beautiful old buildings, one of which is a museum where his great grandmother worked as a volunteer. Martin's family have been in Worcester for generations and only moved down to London during the depression so his dad and Uncle Fred could get work.
We all had a pretty cruisey morning. Sof spent the morning outside playing with Georgia and photographing her. Sof has a great enthusiasm for photography and I am really enjoying her view of the world. She has a real eye for composition and it is a delight to see her results. Bella is drawing again and also taking lots of photographs - she too captures details and perspectives which I admire. Nik keeps hunting for pigeons.
When we got back, Caroline had an early dinner prepared. She had set the table in the front room overlooking the front garden and surrounding farms. It was a beautiful setting and we had beef bourginone with Yorkshire Pudding. It was amazing and everyone just stopped talking and ate. It was an incredible meal - a real celebration of all being together at a beautifully set table with delicious food. It was so cosy.
One thing that has pulled me up being with Ray and Louise, Marg, and Martin, Caroline and Anne is how important it is to take time to stop, sit down and enjoy meals together. Spend time setting the table, pulling out the good glassware and crockery. It is a joyous event and I am determined that we will do this once a week when we get home - Saturday night dinner or Sunday lunch. I haven't broken this news to Zed or the kids (they will all just groan) - I will just try to create it once a week without going too nuts.
As a family, our meals are such a higgeldy-piggledy mess worked around kids' schedules and crazy timetables. And before we left to come over here, everyone was living on Lite N Easy. Zed had successfully been on it but I had forgotten to cancel the order in the crazy few weeks before we took off. We had Lite N Easy overtaking the freezer so whenever the kids said they were hungry I told them to go and get some Lite N Easy - dinner, snacks, desserts. Bonus. We had made inroads but there were still quite a few meals in the freezer before we took off. Martin and Caroline had organised tickets to the opening night of Cinderella The Pantomime in nearby Malvern. So after our early dinner, Martin took us to the Pantomime. The theatre was full and our kids didn't quite know what to make of it all. When the audience yelled "Look Behind You" or "Oh Yes She Did!", Martin, Zed and I heartily joined in whilst Sof, Bella and Nik slunk further in their seats from embarrassment.
The actors were fantastic and the guy who played "Buttons" is on CBBC and Nickelodeon. He was brilliant. The fairy godmother used to be on the show called "Heidi Heidi Ho" (not sure about the spelling) so at one stage the audience yelled out "Heidi Heidi Ho" and more slinking by the kids. It was a fantastic rollicking night and we all enjoyed it so much. None of us apart from Martin had ever really experienced an English Pantomime before and I tried to explain to the kids how it was unique to the country and that during Christmas Pantomimes were being performed all over the country with some very big names in acting appearing in them.
This was our last night in the Cotswolds (take note of the date as this is when I read the ticket for our flight to Amsterdam the next day).

Zoran's Comments:

The pantomime was excellent.  I have never been to one before but I knew that they are a big deal in the England.  Many Australian actors go to England to perform in pantomimes.  I really enjoyed myself and laughed many times.  It is a very informal entertainment medium where audience participation is expected.

I think this would work in Australia given half a chance but it would take time for Australians to know that it exists.
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