Monday, 11 May 2015


Poor MrM. Unable to speak and coughing like a steam train, he didn't get to come with us to Sheepdrove Organic Farm who were hosting one of the Newbury Spring Festival events.

With two grand pianos played by husband-and-wife team Mikhail Kazakevich and Elena Zozina with narration from Richard Morris, this performance of some of Prokofiev's arrangements for the ballet of Cinderella was a huge success.

The audience was made up of very young babies, toddlers and children, as well as mums and dads and grandparents, some lucky enough to be sitting with the children on the massive bean bags on the floor. With little mice around the auditorium, a clock and a glass slipper, the scene was set for a beautiful and animated rendition of the children's much-loved classic fairy tale.

As well as nearly an hour of fabulous music and brilliant narration (including a memorable scene where the ugly sisters fought over a scarf, this was a wonderful experience for McBaby and me. Polished off with a sandwich lunch with organic, natural and wholesome ingredients, it was a day to remember, and like Richard Morris said at the beginning, paved the way for us to enjoy the Spring Festival as we get older!

Just by chance, we had another Cinderella experience this week which was at the cinema. The McBaby enjoyed Frozen Fever which was shown to Cinderella viewers, but found the main programme saccharine and pointless - after all there are far better film versions; not sure why they bothered with this one.

Sunday, 10 May 2015