Sunday, September 10, 2006

Shopaholics and I spy puppets

Well it has been a truly manic weekend. Saturday was one mega shopping trip. Largest item purchased - a caravan! Couldn't resist it, six years old, full winter van (will cope with temperatures up to minus thirty) excellent condition. Also bought the full winter porch awning, sun canopy and snow chains. Only slight problem is our current car is not heavy enough to tow it so we are now in the market for another car. Guess that will be next weekend's project then. The shopping trip also included a trip the the Metro Centre. I have to admit I hate the place. It is just not my idea of a pleasurable outing. That said the pain was worth it and we got some great bargains. Thea, James and I all got some track suit bottoms for running in. I tell you there must be some pretty big kids out there these days, I managed to get a pair from the kids section, excellent no VAT to pay. Nigel and I also got some Karrimor KSBs reduced from £70 to £20, wow. Whilst we were close to Northumberland we took the opportunity to visit some good friends who we haven't seen in over a year. It was great to catch up with them again.

On Sunday Thea, James and I took Nanna to Redcar and Cleveland's first puppet festival. It was a brilliant day and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. We had tickets for two performances - "The Worm that Squirmed" and "Each Peach Pear Plum". Both performance were just great. As well as the performances there were puppet shows for one, craft sessions, storytelling and the Yorkshire Olympics - very funny!

Thea was so inspired by the puppet shows she produced her own little show when we returned to Nanna's house. The show - The Naughty Chicken - was hilarious and had a great story line. It was amazing seeing just how much she had learnt from watching the puppeteers at work. We are all hoping the festival is repeated next year.

The worm that squirmed

One of the many beautiful puppets from The Worm that Squirmed.

Three minute theatre for one. Thea mesmerized by Dan's Baby (Dan the World's First pregnant Man). It all looks a bit strange I know but honestly it was quite harmless.

James takes his first deep sea dive!

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