The One When Chesca Came In From The Cold

Yesterday:

Something very exciting happened yesterday – Chesca has moved in for a couple a weeks! ย So now we are 5 ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฐ

Chesca is studying ๐ŸŽ’ at the moment, so I spent yesterday testing her on her Arabic vocab – quite tricky for both of us.

Bumble ๐Ÿฐ also decided he wanted to learn Arabic, his method was slightly different – munching on the book ๐Ÿ“˜. ย I mean he might well be fluent now, who knows. ย He’s a very secretive bunny ๐Ÿฐ.

I also attended the Ballet ๐Ÿ’ƒyesterday which was a delight! ย My friend Laura who has a very serious job indeed (something to do with accounting ๐Ÿ“‘, she has told me multiple times but I am still not really any the wiser) wasn’t able to get out of work in time to attend the performance and she very kindly, indeed, gave me her ticket. ย It was fabulous – a really excellent choice Alex ๐Ÿ˜Š. We saw Le Corsaireย at the London Coliseumย a swashbuckling ๐ŸŒŠtale based on Lord Byron’s poem Le Corsair (I thought important to add the original title without the ‘e’ ๐Ÿ˜‰). ย It was in three acts, and told the story of a pirate ๐Ÿšฃwho journeys across the sea to recuse the girl ๐Ÿ‘ธ he is in love โค๏ธwith from a harem. ย At least that is what the website tells me happened – there were certainly a number of pirates ๐Ÿ‘ฑ๐Ÿ‘ฑ, beautiful girls in a harem ๐Ÿ‘ธ ๐Ÿ‘ธand a charming, rather large, sultan ๐Ÿ‘ต (who I suspect was supposed to be a bit creepy, but I think had a jovial twinkle in his eye.)

I loved the beginning of the third act – which appeared to be ‘the sultans dream ๐Ÿ’ค’ – many girls in wonderful pale pink tutus, others in pale green danced ๐Ÿ‘ฏ about the stage, some holding flowers ๐Ÿ’ – in a sort of ‘ideal’ garden ๐ŸŒณ. ย It was a rather beautiful sight. ย The end was quite unusual for ballet, a shipwreck ๐Ÿšฃ which reminded me of Theodore Gericault’s ‘The Raft of Medusa‘, all sea water and bodies everywhere.

Anyway – I love ballet ๐Ÿ’ƒ, I love the way you can get lost in the movement of the dancers and the music, and it doesn’t matter too much what is going on. ย I once went to the ‘opera’ ๐Ÿ˜ฎ in Budapest with some friends when we were inter railing ๐Ÿš‰. ย We waited and waited for them to sing – but they just never did, and I am secretly pleased that we ended up at the ballet ๐Ÿ’ƒ by mistake. ย I find opera ๐Ÿ˜ฎ tricky – they repeat themselves so much, and I can’t help looking at the subtitles which is such a bore. ย It also goes on forever – and I never quite trust young people ย ๐Ÿ‘ถwho ‘just love’ the opera ๐Ÿ˜ฎ. ย I mean do you really? ย Or do you just think you should… I reckon it’s an acquired taste. ย (By the way, anyone who I have been to the opera ๐Ÿ˜ฎ with, I haven’t been conning you, I have hopefully been increasing my appreciation for it….. it really can be splendid.)

Today:

Today I met up with Gabby, who has a super job at the British Museumย ๐Ÿค. ย I cycled ๐Ÿšด over to meet her for lunch – it was bitterly cold โ„๏ธ today – I do not recommend cycling ๐Ÿšด in loafers ๐Ÿ‘  in this weather, my toes had almost frozen off โ›„๏ธ by the time I got there. ย Gabby had an hour for lunch so we popped along to Clive’s Midtown Diner, on Museum Street for a burger ๐Ÿ”. ย It was fun to catch up, and we had some good burgers and I indulged in a cola float ๐Ÿน. ย We did consider wine as it’s Friday – but I kind of just wanted a cola float โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿน.

After some excellent BM tips from Gabby, I waded my way through the endless school children and went to see theย Egypt exhibitionย ๐ŸŒž, the Rosetta Stone๐Ÿ—ฟ, andย popped in to see the crocodile mummy ๐ŸŠ (both kinds – it had mummified babies ๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿฒ too – they are called hatchlings). ย The part I enjoyed the most was a nosy around The Waddesdon Bequestย which was so intriguing. ย There were all sorts of wonderful ‘things’ ๐Ÿ”‘โณ๐Ÿ†. ย I love things – Baron Ferdinand Rothchild had a whole room dedicated to them at his home Waddesdon Manor. ย I didn’t agree with them all, there were some very odd objects indeed – but also some really fascinating ones, and I am going to write โœ๏ธ about this more soon. ย I really liked this quote from the Baron ‘My dearly beloved relations continue purchasing artistic wonders. ย Oddly enough they never admire each other’s purchases, and while extolling their own discrimination, ridicule the follies committed by others.’ ๐Ÿ˜‰

Catch up soon.

Alice xxx

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Bumble learns Arabic
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Bumble during Arabic lesson (quite smug – bunny not Chesca)
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The Ballet!
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Ballet outfit! Great J Crew trousers and not bad Oasis shoes ๐Ÿ˜
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Getting better at the selfies
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Cola thanks.
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Speedy burger
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Me and my backpack – I fit right in with all the school children / proper tourist
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Reflection in Rosetta
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Creepy croc and croc babes
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Waddesdon Bequest – a prayer nut…
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And a nice photo of Chatty off on a adventure in a pair of super Penelope Chilvers boots and a Rebecca Minkoff handbag

Please let me know what you think ๐Ÿ˜€โœ๏ธ

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