Thursday, January 18, 2018

Peter Pan

It has been very busy with us since last Sunday. That day we drove down to Bellarine Peninsula with a stop for a light lunch along the way, picked up Mother and ABI Brother from Sister's where they had stayed overnight and took them to Queenscliff to see Little Jo play a boy in a stage production of Peter Pan. It was a small part but she acquitted herself well. We very much enjoyed what you would probably call a pantomime by The Queeenscliffe Lighthouse Theatre Group.

It was of a high standard with four professional actors in the cast. Sam Cameron as Peter Pan absolutely shone. I can remember him from one Little Jo's Music Box acting class performances. There are some photos on the website above. You may recognise an actor from the tv show Doctor Blake. Captain Hook is a master of voice overs.


Sister and Bone Doctor put a lot of volunteer effort into the event, especially Sister who travelled on the Queenscliff to Sorrento ferry with Little Jo in character and Sister dressed as a pirate. R had  lunch with a couple of friends earlier in the week and must have been discussing the show with them. A photo arrived to our phones from Sister of one of the lunch attendees. Coincidently they were in the same Queenscliff pancake place and the friend guessed it was Sister and Little Jo by the Peter Pan promotional tees they were wearing.  She went up and spoke to them and they all had a jolly old time.

Little Jo went to the kids after party and we went back to Sister's for afternoon tea. Bone Doctor stayed on to help with the clean up as it was the final performance. Little Jo put a lot of effort into the show with a month or more of rehearsals and two one and a half hour performances a day for ten days. Sister and Bone Doctor were going to the adult after party later. Mother and ABI Brother left, we took the dog for a walk with Sister and eventually Bone Doctor and Little Jo returned. We gave her the Pokemon poster in appreciation of her work and she came home with us to stay for two nights. She is not a great sleeper normally, but she slept straight for twelve hours that night. She must have been exhausted. It was nearly seven before we got home, so we had pizza for dinner.

I had to work the next day and at her request, R took her to Scienceworks Museum. She loves going there. Lasagne for dinner. She wasn't so keen to do much the next day, so R just took her into town for lunch and some shopping and a visit to another favourite place of hers, Dymocks Bookshop. Sister, Bone Doctor and a friend returned from seeing tennis matches in the Australian Open for a barbeque. R is is his own worst enemy. Little Jo had made a cake for desert. I drove them to So Cross Station to catch the 8pm Waurn Ponds train home, ok, the Geelong train.

My immediate work superior is an attractive blonde female and a wearer of sensible shoes. She greeted me at work yesterday with, ah, did you have a sick day on whatever day? This is subtle pressure. She went on to say, I've been on two weeks holiday and just catching up on paperwork. You didn't present a certificate? I am just checking in case I missed it.

Well, they are under work pressure, perhaps more than I am. I actually quite like her and she is much nicer than my last superior. I politely asked if she went away for her holidays. Yes, camping with my partner in Bright. Today Sister, Bone Doctor and Little Jo are going camping. Guess where? Yep. Bright. I never noticed an overwhelming presence of lesbians in Bright when we were there eighteen months ago. Perhaps I missed something. It is a delightful town, but has become overwhelmed by the number of visitors.

Just to note, I never realised Mother will turn 84 in March this year. She did really well for two Christmas events and did really well to see Little Jo perform. Yes, there was plenty of help for her, but just that she made the effort was great. There is the Mother cat story to come.

A friend is terribly unwell in hospital and perhaps dying. Posts and comments may be irregular.

22 comments:

  1. Gosh you have had a busy time Andrew. Fun to see Little Jo in her play however small the roll. Were you implying that because your immediate work superior the attractive blonde wears sensible shoes she is a lesbian 😀😀 I imagine there will be a big family dinner for mum's 84th, quite right too. I'm so sorry your friend is unwell Andrew, sending positive vibes xox

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    1. Grace, no comment on the time you posted. Yes. I am reliably informed my team leader goes the munch, so to speak. I don't know what we will do about Mother's birthday. Haha, as if we will have a say. She will tell us what she will do.

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  2. Where has the time flown!
    Congrats to Little Jo, hope the acting bug holds her in good stead and keeps her as a book shop customer to which she has become accustomed.
    Always thought Ian Rooney was underused in his part in Dr Blake.
    Sympathy to you and yours on your friend's health xxx

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    1. Jayne, yes, no longer that blonde curly haired toddler you met. Her hair is dark, longish and still prone to great curliness. Of course with the new series to be made by Channel 7 now being cancelled, Mr Rooney will be out of work. Thanks.

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  3. A busy time was had by all. Glad you have the stamina to keep up.

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    1. Diane, you knew exactly what I meant by saying we were exhausted.

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  4. Congratulations to Little Jo for her part in the play.
    My Dad will turn 85 in March.
    So sorry for your friend and hope he's not suffering too much.

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    1. Sami, thanks. You just saw your father mid year. I hope he is doing very well.

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  5. Good on Little Jo. Most young girls want to go on the stage, I suspect, and she did it.

    I hadn't heard Peter Pan mentioned in 45 years, then I was writing last week about Alice in Wonderland and started thinking about Peter Pan all over again. It is a very small world!

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    1. Hels, I think I may have mentioned about Little Jo performing in Peter Pan in a past post. Perhaps that is why it came to the fore. And, mid last year, she performed in Alice in Wonderland.

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  6. A few coincidences there Andrew.
    You have been rather busy.
    Hope your friend will be ok, or have a good peaceful passage .

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    1. And even more Margaret if you read my reply to Hels above. News of our friend was better today.

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  7. Little Jo is a trouper! Ten days of two shows, she certainly earned her twelve hour sleep. Perhaps she will end up with an acting career.
    Mother will be 84? That's an achievement, and good for her making the effort to attend Little Jo's performances. In spite of all the complaining she's a good old stick.(something I used to hear years ago)
    I hope your friend is comfortable, whatever his condition may be.

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    1. River, surprisingly Sister said Little Jo took it all in her stride. She may be an actor but she is extremely clever. Not having anything tech before the age of about eight, apart from a portable dvd player for long car trips, she is already telling me stuff about computers that I don't know. Me: Little Jo, the last image you put up as wallpaper just flashed up as the computer started. Little Jo: Andrew, that was the lock screen and you have disable the lock screen but it still flashes up from when you had your computer locked.

      Indeed we did for a brief time.

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  8. You have said that Little Jo is busy often - but you are too. River is right that she is a trouper and I hope that her sleep restored her.
    Congratulations to your mama.
    I am sorry to hear about your friend. For them and for you.

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    1. EC, oh yes. While she slept late, she was full of vim and vigour the next day and slept her normal shorter sleep the following night. News on the friend front is better. I will write about it soon.

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  9. Accept all these family 'gatherings' as part of life Andrew - you never know how long they will continue.
    You must also take as much time with your friend as is physically possible. Let him/her know how much you love them

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    1. Cathy, I know Mother time is short and precious, but that doesn't stop us stopping her and scheming. I probably make her sound worse than she is, although R may not agree with that. Almost unbelievably, we spoke to our friend on the phone this evening and things are looking very hopeful. Thank you.

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  10. Wow she is a little trooper that is a lot of acting.
    Merle............

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    1. Yep Merle, pretty amazing for us to grasp.

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  11. Firstly, I'm sorry to hear about your friend, Andrew. There is so much sadness around. Cherish every moment you have with your friend...cherish your memories of happy times shared.

    Little Jo is having such a wonderful childhood by the sounds of it. It's great she's having fun with her stage shows.

    "Peter Pan" and "Alice in Wonderland"...ageless, marvellous stories...enjoyed by children of all ages....(I'm one of them)! :)

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    1. Lee, maybe his demise has been forestalled. Things are looking better for him, and us.

      Little Jo's parents have ensured she has a wonderful life, but in our opinion, it is too busy. I expect in her teen years she will sort out where her interests lie.

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