Sunday, May 22, 2005

The Greatest Show on Earth

Some edited highlights of the weekend:

Leo made this lovely trapeze, all by himself.

We went to the Moscow State Circus, for a big festival treat. The trapeze artists and acrobats were spectacular and the strong man (who had a truck drive over him) was a bit worrying. Pearlie and I liked some people who twirled enormous cubes around. Leo liked the man who rode a unicycle along a high wire. Allie liked a woman who twisted about on a high rope. The kids were really great about not buying the ridiculously overpriced toys and sweets – P. even brought torches in her bag so they would have something to wave about instead of the flashing light things on sale!

Pearl and I took in a couple of artists' open houses on the way to the circus from trampolining. P. was particularly taken by these replica eggs, and the real rabbit in the garden of one of the houses.

We had a lie in this morning. Leo slept until 10am, which is pretty late, even by our standards. P. got me up to help her get the telly working, but then kindly let me go back to bed.

P. and L. further developed their England Woman and Botswana Boy costumes, adding frankly scary headgear. (The costumes are inspired by the colours of the relevant flags.)

Superheroes at the ready

With some difficulty, they were persuaded to wear more conventional clothes on our trip to Brighton Museum with cousins S. and G. Pearlie did bring her costume with her, in case she should be called upon to defend the city in an emergency. Everyone enjoyed the museum, despite a nasty graze to Leo's knee just before we went in.

He was particularly taken with the small display of Egyptian mummies, but also enjoyed a film about the Vespa club, with accompanying Mod music, and all four children danced gleefully to the punk tracks available in the costume gallery. We looked at everybody's favourite bits and discovered some new good ones – P. and D. had a nice time together with the mystery objects in the Brighton gallery, and I liked the display of town maps spanning the last 200 years. It is a really fantastic museum – must go there more often.

This evening, P. played a couple of maths games on the free trial of Education City, while L. measured the depth of his mummy tomb in centimetres and inches. I made a few more origami baskets, for collecting interesting things in the woods at our HE group tomorrow, and cut out some flexagon templates for Woodcraft Folk tomorrow evening.


Alison said...

PMSL at their costumes, they're great :)

Circus sounded really good, every year I manage to miss whoever comes here.

Let us know how the flexagons go down, might try them at our group one day. (I remember playing with them years ago, but don't think I've ever made any.)

Dani said...

Flexagons were good, but not quite as simple as I thought they would be - I forget that not everyone is as mathsy as Pearlie.

Some of the kids were a bit cross, rather than enchanted, when their pictures got rearranged and then disappeared when they flexed their flexagons.

But I was only planning them for a 5 minute diversion while we waited for everyone to arrive, and I think they would have potential for much more exploration if you had time. We only did the triflexagons today, but P. and I are planning to do the hexaflexagons (also at soon.