Dancing shenanigans!

I believe that when I wrote yesterdays post, I promised you dancing…

I don’t think i promised shenanigans, but generally speaking, when there is dancing there is also a degree of shenaniganinity.

(yes, it can be a word if I like!!)

Dancing-wise the may was somewhat quieter than normal, we had the customary Horsham day of dance, a favourite as it is on our own turf as it were (actually not turf…dancing on turf is hard…but we’ll come to that later). IT was an odd day, it was a good day, we had fun, we pretty much always do, but instead of moving around the town as normal, by some quirk of organisation we ended up staying in the same place for three out of four stands…

Here is a look:


After a relatively, and unusually quiet May, Β June was a veritable explosion of dancing adventures!

The first of which was Wimbourne Folk festival, the first Mythago away weekend of the year. Wimbourne is always a good weekend, and this year was no exception. We arrived first thing on Saturday morning, set up camp and after a brief foray into sitting and coffee drinking, we dived straight into the dancing!

So much dancing!

As a two day event, Wimbourne is a lot like two days of dance in quick succession, with the addition of a mile walk into and out of town each day, and each evening. Oh yeah and a procession, a long and oddly organised procession!

There was a little bit of a wobble when I did what can only be described as a dance too far!!

As I have been woefully neglecting you, my lovely readers and this blog, you will have no idea that I have had a series of annoying leg (either hamstring or quad) almost injuries. Not actual damage as such, but what I finally worked out was a combination of quad tendinitis and extremely overworked calves and hamstrings… so the dance too far was the one you do when ou know your legs hurt and you know that you can’t really do more…yet you do anyway. It was the second to last dance of the day anyway so not toooo bad!

I have since discovered the cure…it is a combination of rockΒ tape, sports massage and gin…yes gin…unusually for me I drank a moderate amount of gin in the evening at wimbourne, and woke up with my legs feeling a lot better, and a whole new lease of dancing life!!

Look…me with lots of dancing energy at wimbourne:

me wimbourne

Photo and video: Kotatsu Neko 808 (Flickr)

2016.06.12 Wimborne Video (2)

After Wimbourne, was an excursion that I wasn’t going to go on until 3 days before…It was a weekend at the Bloodstone Boarder Rally on the Isle of Wight. It was a whole weekend away that involved going on an actual ferry! A tiny little 30 min ferry ride, but still…it made the whole thing feel like I was on holiday!!

Strange as it may seem in a country as small as this one, but I had never been to the Isle of Wight and I loved it! The whole weekend was well run, loads of fun and of course involved a lot of dancing…and some gin.

I learned something this weekend…I learned that it is perfectly possible to lose an iPhone 6 plus in your bra…forget completely, get the whole camp looking for it then realise where you put it “for safe keeping…” this *may* have been gin related…

(incidentally…as a disclaimer…I don’t actually drink that often… )

but mainly, we had, as I have said before a lot of fun, doing a lot of dancing πŸ™‚

And then there was Tewkesbury…

But Tewkesbury is another story!!


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23 responses to “Dancing shenanigans!”

  1. NancyTex says :

    Wait a minute. You lost an iPhone 6 PLUS in your bra? An iPhone 6, maybe…MAYBE I could see losing in one’s bra, but a 6 PLUS??? How much room do you have in that bra, my dear???

    Methinks there was a LOT Of gin involved. Which is no problem, mind you, just sayin’. πŸ™‚

  2. Ice_Badger says :

    Reblogged this on Midsummer 365 Projects and commented:

    As the 2017 dance season is nearly upon us, and it is a lovely sunny day, I thought I would remind you all of the fun and frolics that were last year’s Mythago away adventures πŸ˜€

  3. Lucy Brazier says :

    Ooooh!! The hats! The outfits! The Masks! The dancing! And the healing powers of gin… This post has made me feel all summery, for some reason. Must be the gorgeous pictures and the little tents and… is that a little bunny in a top hat I see in a photo there? You have made me smile, my friend!

    • Ice_Badger says :

      excellent πŸ˜€ I am extremely pleased!! It made me smile when I randomly came across it and that is why I reposted it πŸ˜€
      Last summer was so much fun πŸ™‚
      Yes…you do indeed see a little bunny in a top hat πŸ˜€ she is mythago rabbit and she likes to be in on the shenanigans πŸ˜€

      • Lucy Brazier says :

        Yes, it’s a really great post – I will do a little dance of my own in honour of the happy feeling it made in my tummy. My dancing isn’t very good, but the sentiment is pure πŸ˜€ It won’t be long until summer days are upon us again… hurrah!
        Aha I like that little rabbit. She looks like she knows a good shenanigan when she sees one!

      • Ice_Badger says :

        all dancing is good dancing πŸ˜€ especially if it is happy dancing! πŸ˜€

        She is mythago rabbit…she is very well versed in shenaniganinity!

        I am also very happy that this post reminded me that I had invented the word shenaniganinity!

      • Lucy Brazier says :

        It is a fabulous word and I shall be using it at every opportunity! πŸ˜€
        All my dancing is happy – although I would quite like to develop a sad dance by means of expressing my (very rare) grumpiness. I imagine it to be quite slow with sweeping of arms and whatnot.
        I say hello mythago rabbit!

      • Ice_Badger says :

        Me too!!

        As soon as I read “sad dance” the instant picture in my head was slow with the sweeping of arms! Great minds think alike!!
        Which leads to more happy dancing πŸ˜€
        I will pass on your greetings to mythago rabbit πŸ˜€

      • Lucy Brazier says :

        Our minds are the greatest!!!

      • Ice_Badger says :

        they really are!!

        they deserve an award…and some sort of gin in celebration!

      • Lucy Brazier says :

        I award us the gin award for incredible minds and being awesome in general. The acceptance ceremony consists of… gin and happy dancing!!

      • Ice_Badger says :

        that sounds like my sort of acceptance ceremony!! I shall be around forthwith!!
        (if not forthwith…it should be soon!)

      • Lucy Brazier says :

        I agree – we should get together soon for official ceremonies and discussions of further Good Ideas πŸ™‚

      • Ice_Badger says :

        we defintiely should!!

        it could lead to all manner of Good Ideas!!

      • Lucy Brazier says :

        (seriously, we will definitely get together soon – be great to catch up πŸ™‚ )

      • Ice_Badger says :

        Yes! I agree!! it really will be! I feel I should descend on cambridge in the very near future! we just need to figure out when!

      • Lucy Brazier says :

        Hurrah! You should get your dancing people to come too – have you ever been to Strawberry Fair? You chaps would be brilliant performing there! Or any of the festival-y type things we have here. Keep me posted on FB and we will sort out something soon πŸ™‚

      • Ice_Badger says :

        wen haven’t done anythign over that way… we need to figure out how to weedle an invite!
        I will defintely keep you posted πŸ˜€

      • Lucy Brazier says :

        I know a couple of the organisers – I’ll drop you a line with contacts and whatnot later on πŸ™‚

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