Blundells' Year Away
Saturday December 18, 2010
Owen Varkey is in The Christmas Story at The Holy Trinity Church downtown. It is Toronto's second oldest church and the production is in its 73rd year so it's all terribly ritualistic and traditional. We went to see Owen and it was a great lark that many of our Waldorf friends were also involved. The production was fearfully Christian and all so it was good that the kids got a good dose of what the true meaning of Christmas is. Turns out it's not the season to be jolly but the season for slaughtering 2 year old boys (ref King Harrod). Nice. Whoops, sorry, was that a bit cynical? I've just spent the Saturday night before Christmas in religion and then in the pre-Christmas sales at The Eaton Centre so you must excuse me.
However, Owen Varkey was absolutely fantastic in his role as Mhyrr minder with Iliana.
This afternoon we went skating with the kids. The delightful Emily Rosa, who I may not have mentioned yet, was there sitting Cesy's friend Laura and the Varkey boys so the kids had a blast with their friends. Emily is the daughter of the Grade 8 teacher and she is also a kindergarten assistant. She is excellent with children and fingers crossed one day she will come on an extended visit to Australia and stay with us.
It was great fun skating. We were at Harbourfront. Connor has skated here with Emily twice before and he, Ces and Elliot had done a school trip here but today was the first time Ian Lucas and I skated here. It was so fantastic. Very very cold. But not if you're in the right clothing! As they say in Canada, no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes. It is true about the weather by the way. A week ago it had a 'warm' snap. So it was six degrees, no snow, big rain and wind. Basically a lot like a Melbourne winter. But that kind of day is rare for these Torontonians. Here they get a lot of minus six and snowing. Which is so much easier to deal with. Very cosy boots, and the other warm things and you can walk as happy as you like out there. There's no wet blowing sideways, there's not umbrella going inside out, there's no cars splashing puddles. Cold snow beats wet rain any day.
So I'm coming to the end of the blog. I don't know how many there are to go. Maybe 7 to make it an even 200. Who knows.
Thank you for reading.
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