Ballet and (lots of) Tea

I’ve been thinking quite a bit about whether or not I should try to set myself a blogging schedule.  I know a lot of people like to publish certain posts on certain days of the week and this clearly works well for them.  I’m not entirely sure that I’m at the point where this is particularly feasible for me.  Some weeks I’m incredibly busy studying, which means I would find sticking to a rigid schedule quite difficult and possibly prohibitive in terms of creativity.

I’d be very interested to hear how others manage this dilemma!

I do however, like the idea of posting regular ’round-ups’ of the things I have been doing over the week.  I suppose they’ll be the blogging version of catching up with a friend and telling them what I’ve been doing in the week! So with that in mind, here’s a short round-up of what I’ve been up to this weekend…

Yesterday, I went to see the Bolshoi Ballet performance of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.  Cineworld is showing a number of the Bolshoi 2014/15 performances in their cinemas and they are well worth going to see.  I love the ballet and I find myself utterly mesmerised by the dancing and the music.  Stunning!

swan lake ballet

I finished off my long weekend with a trip out for afternoon tea with some of the people who work in the same building as me.  We went to a lovely village tea room and had their afternoon tea.  I’m afraid I didn’t get any pictures of the food as we were all chatting and I thought that pulling a camera out would be a little rude! We had some lovely sandwiches, scones, cake and an enormous pot of tea!

afternoon tea flowers

Table decoration in vintage pink glass vase

afternoon tea

Lovely mis-matched vintage tea service


My outfit for afternoon tea
Horse shoe belt: £1.95 from a local charity shop
Houndstooth leggings: Primark
Long sleeve black top: Store 21

Book Review: The Hamster Ballet Company by Janis Mitchell

Yes, you did read that title correctly!  Today’s post is part book review, part sheer indulgence…

I was in the library on Monday returning my books, when I spotted this amazing little book on the ‘for sale’ shelf.  I am trying very hard to downsize my possessions at the moment but there was absolutely no way I could resist this little treasure, especially as it cost a mere 50p!

hamster ballet company

Upon opening the book, I discovered that it had been in circulation during the late 1980s to early 1990s, so there is every chance that I may have borrowed it once when I was a child.

The book is full of delightful pictures of adorable anthropomorphised little hamsters enacting scenes from famous ballets, such as La Sylphide, Giselle, The Nutcracker and Swan Lake.  Each illustration is accompanied by a short description of the scene and the principal ‘dancers’.  The Hamster Ballet Company itself was founded by Igor Gregorevich Hamster – a rather dapper little chap in a top hat and monocle.

If you know someone who likes hamsters and the ballet – and let’s face it, that’s a winning combination in my mind – this would make a fantastic little stocking filler.  It really is a charming little book, which made me smile on a rainy afternoon.  Mitchell has also written/illustrated The Hamster Opera Company and The Hamster History of Britain – I’ll certainly be adding these to my Christmas list…