I hope last week was as happy for you as it was for me, it was certainly busy with everything that was going on. The weather was brighter and the chill that prevailed for most of the week finally lifted and allowed the sunshine back in…..perfect! And of course we need the rain so we cannot complain at yesterday’s downpours.
I was in City Place with friends to see ‘Gone Girl’ …. If you have not seen it yet, or indeed read the book, I can thoroughly recommend it, a truly gripping story that has so many twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat, atruly must see film! I love to visit City Place too, always something going on, just like our very own Lake Worth. The Christmas decorations are up and next week sees the start of the holiday celebrations with a family day. There will be rides and games and music and food and gaiety galore, well worth a visitwith the family. Of course my favourite time is when they start the snow everyhour on the hour, the clock chimes in the Plaza and the fountains rise in time to the music and very slowly at first the first flakes of snow start to fall, so lightly that you hardly notice and then it becomes a real snowstorm and it is wonderful to see the looks on the faces of the children and the adults alike……..some children really have never ever seen snow……hard for me to believe! However, it really is magical and you cannot help stop yourself jumping up and joining in the fun as everyone dances around trying to catch the flakes as they descend and slowly disappear away again until the clock chimes again for the next hour…..beautiful! Perhaps we should ask for fake snow at The Evening on the Avenue, that would be huge fun! The Thursday Pedlars continue to pedal although we need lights on almost as soon as we start as it gets dark very quickly. It looked lovely last week as we cycled in the dark, leaving this trail of bright lights behind us and people shout out and wave……..great stuff! Now the weather has cooled down it really is very pleasant, so if any of you would like to join us we would love it, just meet us at Bryant Park at 5:45…see you there!
I was in school on Monday doing my voluntary job, it is wonderful and I have so much fun. The system is very different from England and it is always interesting to note the differences and remember good practises that I see. The students are always goo, well nearly always and the majority of them clearly love being in the classroom. Because I am trained as a High School Teacher, I really do find the younger ones so very different and am aware of myself finding the right language to use remembering that they are much young than the children That I am used to teaching. It is a joy working with these energetic balls of fun…………..
Friday saw me sailing at John Foster Park at Blue Heron Bridge. A friend has built his own sail boat and we went to sail with him. What a lovely place it is, clear water, lots of fish, picnic tables and benches, truly delightful. We spent the day sailing and chatting to each other and others that admired Jim’s boat and the day went by in a flash, another new experience for us.
The green Market was excellent this week with a huge variety of wares being sold, I love to support local industry and enjoy the home grown fruit and vegetables on offer. The home- made bread, cakes and pies are quite exquisite and amongst the most delicious I have tasted. People seemed to better at parking this week and were aware that others needed a space as well, that made it so much easier.
And of course the wonderful Veterans Parade where proud Americans both young and old March together to honour those who have died to allow us to live in peace…the ceremony was moving and the keynote speakers all did a great job and outlined very succinctly the reasons we were there. The lone bugler playing the last post was very moving and you could have heard a pin drop. Wes Blackman made a superb video of the wole event and did an amazing job of putting it together to music, I would recommend a visit to his webpage to view it. Even if you were at the event, there will be snippets that you missed or will love seeing again,and you never know you may see yourself on film!!!! Here it is
In England we have Rememberance Sunday rather than Saturday and there are ceremonies all over thecountry, in towns, cities and villages, small gatherings and large gatherings all giving thanks for our freedom. On 11 November at 11 O’ Clock all over the country there is a two minute silence, traffic comes to a standstill where possible, children in schools lay down their pens, office workers sit quietly at desks, meetings are paused, radios play the last post and God Save the Queen and other relevant music …… Very touching and a tradition of which we are very proud. In my school, music students are dispatched to all corners of the school and if weather allows students can listen outside, and the buglers play the last post……an extremely moving tribute and one which the students respect. I think it is imperative that we never let them forget that the world in which they live today and the freedom that they have all came at a huge human sacrifice and a sacrifice willingly given.
Our porcelain poppy project that I mentioned last week will start to be dismantled on the 12 November in order for the poppies to be posted to all those that have purchased them…. every single one has been sold, which is a huge success. Most people at home have been wearing poppies for the last couple of weeks, they are sold on street corners and in shops for charities which help veterans of the wars. The tradition started all those years ago when poppies started to grow in the Field in Flanders where many soldiers had fallen, since then the poppy has come to symbolise the ultimate sacrifice that these soldiers made….. The two minute silence came after the First World War when in 1919 someone suggested it might be appropriate but the government, as so often happens, were against and said it would never catch on. How wrong they were when the first time it was held, thousands and thousands of people flocked into London to pay respects…….. and so it stayed, people power is an amazing thing and should never be underestimated.
And lastly, we had a fabulously fun time on Saturday evening at Clay Glass Gallery in J Street. There were musicians and vegetarian and gluten free cakes cooked by raw chef Sarah Steinberg and a special show of chain mail jewellery and clothes, it was wonderful! This is going to be taking place each Saturday evening from now and I hugely urge you to visit…..it is by far the best galley in Lake Worth, Joyce is a gem, always the same… friendly, helpful and generally good company….a great way to end the week. Every year one of our huge stores John Lewis brings out an amazing Christmas advert and this year has been no different, I will try and share it here and mention it because I am so aware that this holiday is coming and I am once again I am wondering where the time has gone.
Have an Awesome Lake Worth Week.