Steelpantastic at Rufford Abbey

Rufford Country Park is about thirty minutes drive from Worksop and is a very popular place for young families because of the space for walking and running around,  and perhaps because it is on the site of the old abbey it seems to be a very peaceful place, despite all the active events that take place.

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Yesterday, 21st December, despite the freezing wind, the walled courtyard resounded with the local U3A Steel Band, Steelpantastic, doing a two-hour medley of both Christmas tunes and reggae styles.

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Having seen the genuine Trinidad Cavaliers band in action many years ago in

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Australia I confess the contrast of an all-white and middle-aged band playing enthusiastically for two hours under an open canopy in the wind of a British winter while wearing blue fleece uniform jackets adorned with a jolly palm tree was something I would not have missed for quids!

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Despite being unable to sit for long in the exposed conditions, the littlies were mesmerised by the rich sounds and harmonies coming from the steel drums.

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The sense of fun and enjoyment coming from the band gave a real feel of the spirit of Christmas and it proved a great afternoon.

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Video on Youtube Steelpantastic at Steelpantastic at Rufford Abbey 1(2): http://youtu.be/I6-prWq6WJk

DRAGON DAYS – children’s story for big kids

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Dragon Days

 

One day, when the sun was shining, all the baby dragons in Paula’s house decided to go and play in the woodland.

Mummy dragon, whose real name was Paula, had said they could go on their own this time, because she was waiting for the arrival of their new brother or sister – or both, or two boys or two girls. You never knew with dragons!

Before they set off Paula told them where to find food and drink in the woodland. Then Brown and Spot all set off together with Freddy and Lulu, but being dragons they soon wandered off in different directions.

Spot found the shady pool by the big rock first and the tree root with lots of yummy witchety grubs. 

He wasnt greedy, and left plenty for his siblings. One by one they shuffled into the clearing, tired but happy. They had a great picnic of fresh witchety grubs, green pond weed with slime, and water. When they get bigger, Spot told them, they would be able to throw flame from their tongues to hsve barbecued witchety grubs! “Oooooh”, they all said together.

For the rest of the afternoon the tiny dragons played together; running under the waterfall, sploshing in the mud on the edge of the pond then jumping ‘splat’ into the water, swimming around pretending to be the Loch Ness Monster and making each other laugh so much!

When the shadows came over the pond they knew it was time to go home for tea. They went in a line, like elephants do, and followed Brown home through the trees.

They had a great surprise when they got home. The newest little dragon had arrived! It was curled up in a basket at Mummy’s side, fast asleep. They all came over to see their new brother, very quietly, and Mummy gave them all a hug to show they were special too.

Grandma Dragon had arrived to visit and she made them toasted crumpets with honey to celebrate. Guess how Grandma toasted those crumpets?

Then they all curled up together in.their big bed of soft ferns and fell fast asleep. The End….for now!

©Eunice C English

The Pain of Love

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Why cant love come with an ‘off’ switch?
Or a compartment from which
The batteries can be removed until
The pain drifts down to a throbbing
Sobbing ebb

If love came with a guarantee
Of happiness
We could take it back
Say it broke (our hearts)
Or we couldn’t make it work

Then…
When the hurt had eased
Would it not be the bees knees
If we completely forgot
Where we put those batteries
Or where to switch it back on
And darn, it has gone flat
And we forgot
To buy the charger
But we feel so good without it
We damn well just don’t care!

(C) Eunice C English

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