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Strictly is back!

Posted: Today at 01:18

Well, I spent my teen years (60s) dancing round a handbag because I loved the music (lots of Tamla and Soul) and cos the chaps all leaned on the bar and I wouldn't have been caught dead dancing ballroom or anything else in hold with any of them!   

OH and I have been taking dance classes for 17 years with professional teachers tho in a club run by committee rather than a school run by teachers so no competitions.  The teachers we had over the Belgian years insisted on "maintien" or posture and correct hold as these lead to balance and better technique.   We also took separate salsa classes and line dancing which includes all the ballroom rhythms and not just C&W so have a wide spread of dance experience and knowledge.   I also ran the Hip Hop and belly dancing sections tho didn't do them myself.   This weekends pros and guests dance was brilliant - one of the best of  the series.

All this to explain that I know what to look for and I know about the rhythms for each dance and I know about how the dances began and how they've evolved.   Ballroom tango and English or slow waltz and Slowfox are all danced at about 28 to 33 beats per measure but can seem faster as the steps become more intricate as experience and ability improve and the need to impress is paramount.   Quickstep is 48 to 55 and Viennese waltz 56 to 62.   It helps if you can count to 8 and hear the 1 which is what is meant by musicality or natural rhythm.

Argentine Tango, Charleston and Salsa on SCD bear no relation to what you'll see on any Saturday night at a normal dance.   Like the American Smooth they are for show and showing off lifts.

You don't need to be a competitive dancer to appreciate - or not - what's going on on the SCD dance floor and nor do you have to be a dancer yourself.  If that were the case nobody would go to football or rugby or spend hours watching endless golf and snooker or any other armchair sport.

I get fed up with all the hoohah but OH won't let me FF thru it.   I get fed up with the poor camera work and the gaudy lighting that hides what the feet are doing but still find it worth watching because every now and again they come up with something glorious that I can watch over and over again and even stuff I can do!

I believe the right 4 are in the final and I hope they all dance well on Saturday with no mishaps so the choreography and the dance shine thru.

Hello Forkers in December

Posted: Today at 00:32

Lots of wet and windy weather here again yesterday and our weather station ended up on the ground as the wind ripped its platform off its tree stump.  We now have some water in the pond tho.

Lots of trees and branches down in local roads, tiles off the neighbours' horse barn roof but no other damage that I know of except for having no power till midday.  It came on just in time for me to shower and dry my hair, make lunch and some cinnamon biscuits and high tale it off to Olonne for patchwork.

No goshawks but I did see my first pheasant in the garden this morning and a red legged partridge in the lanes and a coypu, alive and well in the roadside verge.

Many local shops close here on Mondays too, including the bank, but not supermarkets or the PO.   We've become used to it, along with lunch time closing.   Except for the beach resorts at the height of the season, most places offer free parking or minimal rates.  Overheard someone complaining about having to pay 5€ for an afternoon the other day.   Didn't tell them about London, where I found a "cheap" one behind Oxford Street - £5 for 3 hours last time I used it in 1991!

Round here they are very good at gritting the main and faster roads but then put up signs saying "Attention - no salting on slip roads".   Seems odd.   Hope your OH got to the cottage OK Busy.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 10/12/2017 at 22:50

Aston was entertaining to start with but didn't improve.  Gemma started slower but has improved every week.

Alexandra's been consistently good but not always great.   Her rumba the other week was poor with bad techinique and little understanding of the rhythm and no feeling.   Gemma's rumba technique tonight was good and so was her tango.

SOS Allotments appeal

Posted: 10/12/2017 at 22:36

All weather pitch PF - plastic grass!

Strictly is back!

Posted: 10/12/2017 at 22:35

The right people were in the dance off and the right one won.   Both danced better than in the show but, in the dance off, Gemma's tango was far better than Mollie's waltz.

I suspect Joe will win in the end unless he has more balance issues or Katya does a really bad choreography for their show dance.    He's he only one that hasn't been in a dance off so is clearly popular with the public.    Gemma doesn't have the self belief or the technique and I don't thing Debbie and Alexandra will get enough votes unless they do a spectacular show dance.

Can't understand why people still go on about Aston.  He wasn't good enough and did a really bad dance the week he went out.   

Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 10/12/2017 at 22:25

Soggy, windy day here but only an inch of rain recorded for all that.

Watched Blue Planet - outstanding - and the Jumbo elephant programme which was very sad - poor creature.

Relieved by Strictly results and now watching the Bletchley Park prog before heading for bed and a well earned sleep - I hope.

Busy - you've only just got home!   Hope your OH, and anyone else travelling, has a safe journey.

Get well soon all those with bugs and other ailments.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 10/12/2017 at 18:48

Rain nearly all day - not complaining as it's very welcome - so I've been on furniture moving and content sorting and cleaning.  The only gardening I've done is to check house plants for watering and move a few around to make space for the Xmas tree which will come in this week.    


Posted: 10/12/2017 at 18:37

B3 - they were too precious in the end and I gave up when invited to go to Ozzie toddler group with a friend I made at BCT ante-natal classes.   Her baby and mine were best buddies till she went back to Oz when he was about 4 and we're still in touch.    Some precious mums there too but at least I didn't have to sit on the floor with her and sing Row, row, row the boat.  We mums sat around the table drinking coffee and eating home made cakes while the kids played on the floor or in the garden depending on the season..   Much more fun.

Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 10/12/2017 at 18:32

OH has a bout 50 of them, including a set of 6 for the local Gembloux beer which he is never going to see on sale here.   Belgium has the greatest diversity of original beer styles on the planet and last time I looked there were over 1000 with new ones being added all the time as artisans and micro breweries try something new.  He can get the obvious ones like Leffe and Chimay and so on but has decided to explore local artisanal beers now - on the understanding that he does not start a new glass collection!

Those scones look very good but I'd have had jam and cream on each half.   As it is, I got a snack attack during all the cleaning and sorting and ended up making do with toasted brioche and hot chocolate.

Guinea fowl roasting now and a welcome glass of wine while it cooks.


Posted: 10/12/2017 at 17:30

National Childbirth Trust - some of them can be very precious about their toddlers and crawlers picking up other kids' dummies or drinking cups.   I never was and encouraged Possum to crawl about the floor and was never too hygienic - clean but not hyper.   I joined the Belgian version so Possum would have English speaking playmates as well as the locals.  Many of those "precious" babies have gone on to have asthma, eczema, hay fever........ 

My parents were both trained nurses and had sterilisation drummed into them.  To this day, my tum/digestion will eject "foreign" bodies whereas OH has a cast iron stomach because his mum grew up as a country girl and wasn't houseproud.   Didn't want Possum having that sort of bovver or allergies and, so far, it's worked.

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