Well hello, loyal blog readers. You might just have noticed my distinct lack of updates on this blog of late. This is something to do with me not adding anything to the blog. A feeble but, lets face it, water tight excuse. The reasons for this are many fold but the most obvious one being that I have not had internet access at the new flat since I moved in, then since early December I have been mostly away in Kent doing my Father Christmas thing down at Leeds Castle again. It's been great fun to be with everyone at the Castle again, especially the lovely Darlene and Helen, but it is also good to see the wonderful Jean, Judy, Carole and others who help out as my "Elves".
I've also been doing a few Henry VIIIth appearances at some schools, and also at Leeds Castle (again!) plus an appearance at Dillington House (as seen in the picture here) for their annual Christmas House Party which was tremendous fun.
Working as Father Christmas is mentally, if not physically exhausting. Being nice for all that time!! It's just not me! The children are just delightful, so many sweet kids, one or two who scream at the first site of Father Christmas and just look terrified of the whole experience, and of course the occasional embarrassed, mortified looking teenager dragged into the grotto by an over enthusiastic parent! The biggest down side of this work is to sit and constantly listen to the same CD of jolly Christmas music over and over again, seven days a week. The added point that drives you insane is that the CD player is attached to about 15 different speakers throughout the grotto which splits the stereo sound up into different "areas". Therefore in the central grotto where I sit, the music has been split right down to just a backing track of keyboards, drums, backing vocals and the effects that had been layered on the lead vocals. This would normally be OK with most music CD's, but we are playing Disney songs in the grotto this year, and few sounds can be more disturbing than to hear a music track of keyboards, drums, backing vocals and the lead effects vocals of Donald Duck, which makes him sound like a normal singer who's had to endure a trachaeotomy. Scary. No wonder the kids cry! All joking aside, it has been a delight as ever to work at Leeds Castle and I shall be there until Christmas Eve. Maybe see you there!
Merry Christmas, folks...