Hi! This blog is not new, we just moved it from Blogger to WordPress so that we could backdate some entries and catch up a bit on the Hamilton happenings.
The trip started in the usual way, a frenzied packing and cleaning day and then three hours sleep before catching a fllight to LA. We had decided to break the trip up by stopping in LA overnight and getting some Christmas shopping done on our way to Aus. Anita was brave enough to volunteer to drive in LA, the GPS was an absolute god-send!
After a summer of rehearsals and fun, the final week of performances is on. Last night we were privileged to attend the third night (of five).
The play is set in Victoria on Vancouver Island , Canada. St Aggies is a girls school and has just accepted boys. It is almost 1984 and the Head prefect is certain that in 1984 the world will end. The story is mainly about the tension between tradition and individuality, being a child and being an adolescent, and of course… teen love 🙂
The play and the score were written by Chris Wynter an English born, Canadian-raised playwright and musician. The story resonates with the kids as it is their life, now, and it resonates for the parents as many were teens or young adults in the 1980s.
Will departs for the UK with the troupe on August 15 and return on August 27. First stop London, second stop Edinburgh and the Fringe.
Santiago Chile May 2-12 2010
After a while settling in to my not-so-luxurious apartment I took myself to bed for a nap before my “roomy” Merrolee Penman arrived. I went to bed and was woken by an earthquake! It was 5.9, which is small by Chilean standards, and it was interesting to see that my experience of living with earthquakes in Japan in 1983 and 1987 meant I did not panic.
|The switchback road to Portillo and Argentina|
|Anita and Merrolee at Laguna del Inca|
|View at lunch at Vina Errazuriz|
|Karen, Merrolee, Anita, Angela, Sarah|
The key resolutions from this event was that we would run World OT day (similar to International Day of the midwife) and this would happen on October 27, 2010. The wikiflash previously run by The UK crew would become international and be blended into the OT month activities. These two events would be enough to get us going. One other item we discussed and need to act on is the idea that we should document our “story so far”. The Facebook group that we started before the congress commenced started to attract members during the WFOT congress and we got very excited when over 50 people had joined. Now as I write this entry the membership of this group is 597 members!
|Anita Hamilton, Lynne Adamson, Evelyne de Leeuw, Merrolee Penman|
|Workshop participants line up for the “warm-up”|
|Karen Jacobs, Merrolee Penman, Anita Hamilton|
We have officially become Dogs with Wings puppy trainers. Our puppy, Jazz, arrived last week and she is a beautiful black Lab with an amazing personality! We are just coming to the end of the first week with Jazz and a routine is already emerging.
Dogs with Wings is a service dog training organization who provide service dogs for people with impairments, limitations and special needs. It’s not yet known where Jazz will go when she grows up, they will watch her closely for special skills and abilities, temperament and so on. The wonderful thing is she is part of training her as a service dog includes taking her to work, on buses, to restaurants, the theatre, movies and so on. She needs to be exposed to as many circumstances as possible.
Alec will take her to work more often than Anita, but while she is little we will take care of her mostly from home. Puppy training will be with other puppies and we will be in the community learning how to climb escalators, enter elevators and catch public transport etc. It is going to be busy and fun!