Thursday, December 4, 2008

tricky days...


flip its nearly christmas and everyones birthdays..as well the obvious one. and haven't done a sodding thing about it. at all. and i suddenly realized that we are about to embark on a massive three week safari and that i wouldn't be talking to you for a very long long long time and thought it proper to swing by and say happy christmas y'all.

time is reeling along - it's like a marlin running with the hook in a wild ocean. well. right now my boat is being towed by this great fighting fish called Time, and i'm hanging on for what its worth. trying to slow the buggar down, tire him out. i'll catch up with him. you'll see.





so many things have happend. oh the play the play! you will hopefully be as delighted as i was when i tell you we had to be censored! we performed in front of the primary school and someone, no names mentioned, (not you jd in case you sometimes still visit) stormed into the secondary head's office shouting her head off that the entire play was a disgrace, filled with explicit sexual inuendos, that it was disgusting, that the whole thing would have to be called off because paying parents would be horrified and blah blah after repressed blah. she was outraged over MY group of girls who were reinventing the musical Chicago.


"oh what will the fathers say?" she bleated on.

um. what about the mothers? i wanted to say afterwards. what did you expect a bunch of 16 year olds to perform? the fucking sound of music in striped pinafores?


!!!???


i was stupified. What was even more gobsmacking was that she didn't raise her sexually repressed eye brows in the first section where the Nigerian Girls gyrated completely explicitly across the stage. oh no. that was ok apparently...you know, them being africans and all....suddenly i loved and adored the play. this was art. it created ripples. it exposed. isn't that what good art does? anyway. last night, it was excellent. i was so proud of all of the kids. they pulled it off impeccably and everyone loved it. ah. ah. ah.


so. phew. the play is done. and it was magnificent in the end. i am so glad i hung in there. when is the next one?



school breaks up tommorrow. we head to zambia en famille on monday. but BEFORE that:


1: friday afternoon end of term tea party at c's house ..have i ever? but i know the cake is going to be unbeatably delicious. definitely worth the sacrifice. and everything will be so proper and safe and comfortable. lovely. crisp mint lush lawns and white linen and silver outside.


2; friday night: staff party (last night i allegedly made drunken promises to the music teacher that we would be performing Georgia, Summer Time, Autumn Leaves and I'm Dreaming Of A White Christmas vocals: me, keyboard: him. this is simply so not going to happen tommorrow evening. what on earth was i thinking? i know what i was drinking.)


3: saturday morning: recover. squeeze in one more ride if it doesn't rain. take the white merc out for a canter or three...clear the head.



4: saturday afternoon: hair salon. last desperate attempt to look young and vibrant before i attend farewell party for friend getting divorced from psycho ex friend. it will be an emotionally high charged afternoon undoubtedly. i will be late because of salon.


5. sunday morning recover. start long and hard thinking packing for safari, packing up the house, getting all the kids packed. lunch time at the H's to see visiting brother from Europe.




6. sunday evening: rush to music festival in the fever trees - perform solo. (note to self: insert in all of the above - guitar practise.) finish gig. drop into bed exhausted.

7. monday morning: leave for zambia. then dar es salaam then pangani at the beach then home on 26th december.


whew. and before ANY of the above: pay TANESCO bill, truck of murram, truck of sawdust, landrover full of horse food, blah blah and on we went.

AND on top of 4 horses (soon to be 7), 4 dogs, 3 cats - there are now 2 hedghogs trotting about the house...they are the darlingest little pin cushions i have ever laid eyes on....i tried to take a picture for you - the darlingest little creature eating from the cats bowl. . . but he scampered away too soon.


and lord above, i haven't even started on the great recession....


so my blogging bestest, it might be a while before the next time.


unless i can squeeze in some blogging between now and monday.




i am going to skip kitchen board. not because there isn't anything on the board, but because the gate is locked, i can't be fagged to open it and it's certainly my bed time. . .




so instead, tooooodely old pip until next time. merry christmas and all that malarky. bisous, cheeky ones under the holly... x x x j



yeah happy christmas. . .





















19 comments:

family affairs said...

OH NO!! YOU CAN'T LEAVE US ALL FOR THREE WEEKS!! That is far too long. Find an internet cafe in the bush...otherwise I will have withdrawal symptoms. Well done with play and I so know you will be singing tomorrow night - big love and have a great xmas Lxxx

tut-tut said...

happy parties, singing (I bet you do . . .), traveling, children, riding. What a great description of Time.

See you soon!

Bill Stankus said...

Safari? That sounds down right awesome. I dare you to not think of blog ideas during the next weeks!

Bill

tam said...

Haahaaaa! that Gabby. Where DOES she get it from?

Toodlyloo darling. I wonder if i might see you en route, grappling my own feisty fish. Plan are afoot, she said, darkly.

Val said...

the perfect description of time - got one on the hook meself!! also love the driftwood version...
ouch! three weeks.....! well enjoy, travel safe and see you on the other side of christmas :-)
xxx

Val said...

oh yes and hopefully your small parcel will make it there sometime soon...

Mud in the City said...

Good luck for the performance and I'l lMISS YOU! Can't believe you'll be gone for 3 whole weeks. Most upsetting.

Looking forward to hearing the stories on your return though!
x

Elizabeth said...

What an exotic and amazing life.
Make New York City seem very tame.
Have an amazing trip.

Joëlle said...

Bon voyage Janelle!

karen said...

thanks for the update on the play...how marvellous!

and good luck with the whirlwind calendar: singing, partying, riding, safari-ing... happy christmas to you too, and make sure you take notes, so as to update us when you get home all those weeks away! love and festive wishes x

Janelle said...

oh thanks thanks you all..well. am still here for a few more days because hah hah hah zambia airways has cancelled the flight we were on and we now travel on tuesday...
thanks for all your kind comments...oh i will miss blogging terribly..love it...xxx

Emm said...

Bon voyage! i hope you have a great trip and loook forward to your stories on your return!

Lori ann said...

mimi nataka kwenda safari Janelle!
is that right??

Have fun!!

Merry Christmas!!

love,lori

Ernest de Cugnac said...

so I'm just in time to wish you merry christmas and have a good time n all. Don't get too pissed. And well done the play.

alex said...

yeah well done with the play you gorgeous brunette you! especially love the fracas it caused! and happy happy christmas safari to all the Dorias. I have requested Danu be my FB friend by the way...I will be crushed if he rejects me.
Love all these pics. I love that marlin. It's fantastic! I want it. I love the cool fairy chickie. I want her too. she should sit atop your tree...X

great word ver...mulaxop

Mud in the City said...

A bit late now - but I tagged you over at mine!

family affairs said...

MISSING YOU! I hope you don't mind, but I've nicked a picture - as it is without your permission I will obviously give it back if you want me to - it's only on my blog x

Dick said...

Late as usual! So welcome home, Janelle, and hopes for a recession-defying 2009 for you and yours.

QUASAR9 said...

And A very Merry Xmas
to you all out there on the hill