Happy Endings and New Beginnings…

It’s hard believe than another year of blogging is at an end. Looking back it’s been a bit dull in parts. It’s had its ups and plenty of downs, but here we are! Everyone is well, the kids are doing great, the choirs are busy. As I get older I find myself watching my kids repeating much of the family life that I gave to them. I was always so happy making them my priority and made sure they felt loved and secure. Fairy cakes for after school, a Roald Dahl book and red licorice for Ol, Pop Tarts and football cards for Ru, post office supplies (stolen) and a cream egg for Beth. I was lucky to be an at home mum, always there to walk them to and from school, hand in hand. Normal, happy family life, board games and cheese on toast. We never used to do that much; we weren’t into museum trips or regular outings, but our home was full of laughter with kids running in and out, someone ALWAYS playing the piano, a cat hanging off the curtain track, piles of wellies in the porch and something burning in the oven. Kids were kids for so much longer then. What a sad childhood for those growing up in war-torn countries. The savage war continues in Ukraine. Russia is increasing the intensity of its operations and trying to encircle several towns that I can’t spell.  Zelensky said the Russians have organised a massacre, to destroy everything living, in Donbas.  A Russian diplomat at the UN in Geneva has resigned over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine…interesting.

My pots of support for Ukraine are very lovely!

Bloody blimey – what a slog it’s been. Just finished everything for Choir Actually – last few arrangements for small groups, tracks mixed and folders in order. Hearties had their first complete run through last night and I think it’s a GREAT set! There are a couple of unusual choices in the running order, but that’s actually far less than usual. ‘She’ has been slotted into the My Fair Lady set, as it was a massive crowd pleaser when we did it with Wayne several years ago AND it fits my theme, which is to celebrate all the lovely ladies in the choir. I also added, I who have nothing, to Dreamgirls and a little extra Motown to Sister Act. I have solved the mystery of why we are finding it so hard to keep in time, for ‘What’s inside’ – it wasn’t just us rushing! I lined it up with a click track and noticed that when the actual song starts (after the intro and silent bit) that it’s at least a whole beat late!! I am feeling flustered due to my workload over the next few weeks. I am grateful for all Carolines help with events as she handles the logistics, which I could never manage now with the increased workload and babysitting etc. So, next is the Jubilee dinner and dance for St Michaels Village Hall. “Yes, we can help with your fundraising,” I said. The following day, it’s the Rockits Jubilee Picnic at the park in Tenterden. The Town Council are organising this, but we are kind of hosting it, “yes, we can help with this,” we told them. It’s a little Rockits-Fest with a tea tent, singing AND cream teas! What more can you want in life? We are allowed to give any money raised to Macmillan which is GREAT. The following Friday the Hearties are out once again, with a big production called, Choir Actually. This is a new venture for us in many ways as we are trying a new approach to performance work. The KPG (Kate’s Performance Group) are a handful of ladies who are brave enough to do a few twirls, learn the songs off by heart and dress up! I could not be in this group! The KPG will change for every show, but we are very short of time so the same faces pop up for a few bits, as rehearsals will be few and far between and no doubt held in Kate’s kitchen. After Choir Actually, I plan to lay in a darkened room for two days, haha.

It just had to be done! Haha.

Beth and I looked at a little premises in the high street, to use primarily for Baby & Toddler Rockits. Just right. How exciting! She needs a home for her sensory and music sessions as they just keep on growing! At the moment she carts so much equipment around and the cost of renting suitable halls is very high. I have no idea how she fits in her car with all those bongo drums, bubble machines, balloons, mats and maracas. Toddler & Baby Rockits has become a very special little thing, but I think that’s because Beth really understands and loves music and babies. It’s totally who she is. This cosy, little premises will be turned into sensory heaven for little ones and used for occasional Rockits singing sessions too! Coming soon… The Rockits Hub! Nige has already purchased the coffee machine and is being our hot drinks sponsor. Bless him. Here’s to new beginnings…

Little Max and his Pokemon collection. Like father like son.

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