Charlie's Bird

living the dream with Charlie and Thandi and chirping all the way back to the nest.

Archive for September, 2016


…more sleep.

I’m tired, desperate and hanging on with broken finger nails…


…3 more sleeps until I am on leave…


Coming down

…I loved being back on the stage – the make up, the costumes, the dancing. I loved the fantasy world we created and lived in for those few days…

Our Dancing teacher, CH, is inspired. her vision of this crazy world of Phineas and Ferb was incredible, it came to life so beautifully! Everyone who saw it has been blown away by what was achieved by kids and amateurs. From the soundtrack, the costumes, the lighting and special effects – all totally awesome!

And now some pictures!

img_6261 The cast of 170!

img_6277 img_6280the cutest turtle

img_6286 img_6289my glow in the dark squirrel

img_6301 img_6302 img_6303action shots!

img_6298At the after party…

Opening night!

…so after our successful dress rehearsal last night, tonight is our opening night. We have practiced, preened and primped; let’s do this!

The dress rehearsal was good fun – I thoroughly enjoyed it, and ended up feeling a bit sad that my role was so quickly over; ah well… Thandi loved every minute of it, she beamed from ear to ear during her littlies dances – the luminous squirrels stole the show!

img_6237(in the dressing room, ready for our first scene together – love this girl!)

Sleeps until

no more until we hit the stage in Thandi’s first dance show – Charlie and I are both starring too! Tonight is the full dress rehearsal, tomorrow opening night! Whoop! Phineas and Ferb, here we go!

9 more sleeps until we head to JHB

11 more sleeps until we fly to Madagascar!


IRL vs online

…so yesterday I got to witness some of Charlie’s ‘friends’ at their best (insert sarcasm font) and it reminded me how lucky I am to have the friends I do! So, as he is prone to do, Charlie posted a little meme on Facebook (I know, I know) about conspiracy theorists; and oh boy, did the trolls come out to play.

14095972_1791675204405789_448593728839643111_n read the meme.

Well, the names he got called – ignorant, dickhead, sarcastic, smart ass. And these from so called friends? Seriously? And it got me thinking about how we respond to people on line; and say outrageous things that they possibly would never say to someone’s face. Whether we agree with them or not. Our home town got mocked; my profession, as it tends to, came in for a knock, but mostly people got quite personal and insulting with Charlie. I was amazed at my husbuddy’s control though – he never rose to the bait, he persistently just pointed out facts and issues with their arguments. I know, I really shouldn’t have paid much attention to the trolls, but I was caught up, watching his timeline, like a car crash that you cannot not watch. Oy vey!

But it brought to light, for me, a much deeper problem with our information overloaded society. Google is now our Encyclopaedia Brittanica, with no-one fact checking the publication. We all know that print journalism gets things wrong occasionally; and we all know that news agencies can be biased; but somehow, ‘because I read it on the internet’ is more than enough research. We surround ourselves with self proclaimed experts, liars and charlatans who have nothing but their own creepy agenda to fulfil. And yet so many people believe the hype.

I’m not suggesting one shouldn’t question, discuss and debate things, but I am suggesting one needs to be careful with beliefs, respectful of others and be wary of the trolls. ( I suggested last night that Charlie apologise nicely for trip trapping over their bridges, and waking them from their slumbers, but he wasn’t going for that.)

Spring day!

…as those of you who know me IRL, you know what a big day this is for me! Happy Spring day. Winter is gone, the witch is dead, ding dong, whoop!

We started in fine style this morning – a swim at the beach at 06h00! Flip, it was amazing! Cold, but amazing! So chuffed I got out there and did it! Yay! Thanks BC who got me out of bed early today!

IMG_6145 as we arrived, hints of pink in the sky, ship on the horizon, quiet and still… IMG_6146 after our dip in the sea – my girl refused to put her head under the water, so yes, she looks dry.

IMG_6150 sunrise – can you hear the applause?