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Djembe, Sunset and Choose Love

We are packing up D’s drums to send to him. This is a beautiful sounding Djembe made by D himself after learning how to do so when living in Senegal.

Driving to choir tonight, I just had to pull into a lay-by to take a photo of the sky on fire.

For the Christmas cabaret, the basses made a puppet of our leader, Claire, to everyone’s amusement.

 

Model, Music and Munchies

I have had this little model for many, many years. It was made by S, a very talented writer in one of my English classes. He was a restless sixteen year old who needed encouragement, both to believe in his own talent and to sit still!  I discovered that, given something to model with, his concentration on the literature we were studying increased hugely. One day, at the end of the lesson, he presented me with this precious little model, made of Blutak. It’s me – curly hair, long skirt, a necklace and a scarf, carrying books and a heavy bag of files and with a huge grin on my face. I was so touched and I have kept this little treasure ever since.
Thank you, S. I hope you have become the writer I thought you could become. Maybe you went on to make models in the style of Wallace and Gromit!   Maybe one of my ex-pupils who reads this will tell you of this post!
I first posted this in 2013! I still have my little 5″ model and it still means the world to me. I was reminded of it again yesterday as I was talking teaching techniques with our son, D,  and spoke of how I gave fidgety young people something (Blutak) to play with.

Yesterday, our last day with the family here, D gave the children his Senegalese Djembe. They are going to have lessons at school next term and were delighted with this very special gift.

Last Saturday a neighbour and good friend had her birthday party. We couldn’t go but I made her a tear-and-share Camembert party piece to be finally cooked at the party.  I am told it went down very well!

 

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Surprise, Raven and Hoodoos

We’ve been doing some sorting out and came across this mug given to our son by my parents. The surprise when all the milk had been drunk was a delight to see!  D loved playing the trick on visiting friends!

We weren’t the only ones enjoying the view at one of the overlooks into Bryce Canyon.

Overlooking Bryce Canyon

Later in our trip we visited The Devils Garden of the Grand Staircase Escalante in south central Utah where there are the most amazing hoodoos to wander between.

Hoodoos in The Devil’s Garden

 

Days 16 and 17 – Leaving Arizona, Arriving Atlanta

Wednesday 19th September 2018

This morning we drove to Phoenix, dropped off the car – we have driven 1,506 miles, through mountains and deserts, through small towns and farmland and have flown to Atlanta, Georgia to spend the next four days with my lovely Brother and Sister-in-law.  It will be good to stop moving for a few days!

Thursday 20th September

My Dear SIL planned a treat for us for today – a trip to Atlanta’s beautiful Botanical Gardens and an evening performance of Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Gardens and what a treat that turned out to be! The garden was a story book delight! All the characters are made out of plants and are exquisite.

The Story Book

The front cover

The Dragon (with a Sleeping Princess)

The Phoenix

Rip Van Winkle

Earth Goddess

Camels

We didn’t manage to see everything on this visit as we had to have dinner and make our way to the Theatre space which was on the 63ft wide pond! It was still very hot – it had been a very humid 29C earlier and so, along with the ticket, each member of the audience was given a fan, a lovely gesture.

The stage before the play began

I’m a Theatre Fan!

The play was an absolute delight, sparkling from start to finish with just six actors taking all the parts and clearly loving every minute as we did.

Atlanta skyline at night after the show

 

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Road Trip Day 15 – Monument Valley and Flagstaff

Dawn over the Mittens at Monument Valley – what a treat for the last full day of our road trip.

Dawn

Sunrise

We drove to Flagstaff  after breakfast to spend the night with our friends with whom we have spent the last few days having amazing adventures. Their garden in the desert is full of colour – a tribute to the gardeners – and the Hummingbirds love their sugar feeder.

Road to Flagstaff

Mural seen on the way

Mural seen on the way

Sunflowers

Hummingbird waiting by the tomatoes

Hummingbird silhouette

Hummingbird coming to the feeder

 

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Road Trip Day 14 – Monument Valley

 Monday 17th September 2018

Today, a drive through more incredible landscapes from Colorado to Utah and Monument Valley, that landscape known to many from the  ‘movies.’

The road to Monument Valley

 

Road Trip Day 13 – The Durango to Silverton Railroad

 Sunday 16th September 2018

Great excitement today as we arrived at the station in Durango ready for a two and a half hour trip on the historic steam train through to Silverton and back again. Join us on this delightful trip, enjoy the steam engine and the spectacular leaf colours.

We had lunch in Silverton, took the train back to Durango where we had an excellent dinner at Ken and Sue’s and ended the evening with live music in the Diamond Belle Saloon.

 

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