Last week was a whirlwind trip to England. Steve left on Monday, went to Brighton for a day, saw Mathias, our elder son, in his debut performance as THE PRINCE in Birmingham Royal Ballet's Cinderella in the Wednesday matinee, and met me at the train station on Thursday midday.
(Above: New Street in Birmingham, UK with the German Christmas Market in full swing.)
Yes, it is December ... Christmas time ... a month when we both really can't leave Mouse House for an entire week. So, I left on Wednesday. Mere words can't quite describe the pride we felt watching Mathias in his royal role. Suffice it to say, I didn't breath during a one-arm lift and tears leaked down my cheeks. It was simply beautiful, a dream come true ... his dream! We're just the shell-shocked parents who clap really, really hard during curtain calls!
When not watching ballet, we really enjoyed the German Christmas Market at Victoria Square ... which spills down New Street and also onto Board Street. It was so much fun to see business people and holiday shoppers all enjoying half-meter bratwurst with pints of beer at lunchtime ... and again for dinner. We even did a little shopping ... something I rarely do ... but even I can't resist English soaps and hand blown ornaments.
(Above: Textile piece by Jacqueline Lawrence.)
We also ventured to the Barber Institute of Fine Art, a wonderful art gallery on the Birmingham University campus. The place is first rate. Both the permanent displays and the temporary exhibitions were great. The "learning room" on the second floor advertised Inspired by Lace, a small solo show by Jacqueline Lawrence. The signs read that it opened on December 14th ... which is actually tomorrow ... but it was obviously available for viewing and I liked the work and concept very much.
(Above: Windsor Castle.)
Before flying home, we also went to Windsor Castle. IT WAS WONDERFUL. I am almost glad that photography wasn't permitted inside as I might still be there. Still, we took plenty of photos this trip. They are now on Flickr! HERE or as a SLIDESHOW. Now ... back to work!