Achilles Blog 64 -…and breathe…. 6.12.14

Nothing but nothing will stick fabric to a bare concrete wall….at least not for more than a few hours. Leg and I have been shinning up 3m (10ft) ladders re-sticking backdrop with ineffective gaffer tape and praying. And leg has forgotten that it doesn’t have the confidence to do this…it’s been in emergency mode… this is the mode where the hero has been shot in the stomach but somehow staggers on, driven by fear and adrenaline… I will feel the damage (or lack of progress) when the show is over. We had a limited budget, which automatically means something less than perfection in the Christmas Journey ( interactive promenade play put on by local churches. And yet it was perfect. We’ve shown it to over 900 Yr 2 (6-7 year old) school children and had great feedback from children and teachers.. the kids are sooo enthusiastic – Mary bakes bread in her kitchen and they tell her its the best bread they’ve ever tasted; they shiver enthusiastically as they sit wrapped in blankets on the shepherd’s hillside; they laugh at the funny donkey in the stable and they dress up, sniff real Frankincense (donated by lovely and generous BM colleague Caroline) and then try to run off with Jesus’s gold in the Wise Men’s palace ….given the effort required to do this (using mostly inexperienced volunteers) … why did we? Maybe it’s like giving birth – you forget the pain once you see the result. (see pics).

There has been next to no physio/exercise for the last 3 weeks or so… just too busy…so now I’m feeling it; left heel and right hip/knee feeling like the opposite of a comedy double-act. Not exercising is a false economy…. if I don’t… if I don’t give myself/my body the time it needs in the morning… if I go too fast, the life I’m having is a sort of automated cheap imitation…and there will be payback. Only the ooos and gasps of the children as they sit in the story-teller’s tent watching a visual representation of the creation story, makes it worth it.

It’s freezing outside…but no snow. Just a stunning crystal clear full moon…and when we attend the carol service at the Guard’s Chapel tomorrow, I will slow down, take a breath, and start to feel like it’s Christmas…



Star backdrop


Godly play tent

Godly Play tent


Mary's Kitchen

Mary’s Kitchen

Shepherd's hillside

Shepherd’s Hillside

Wise person's palace

Wise Person’s palace



About aintwegotitmade

Who am I?.......well, I'm getting to that age where I have to think about that before I answer... My name is J, I'm married, and my husband and I live in the great city of London. I started this blog as an update to family and friends when I completely ruptured my Achilles tendon a few years ago (see The first post). I am so fortunate in every possible way...and in all honesty, I'm just using this blog to remind myself... Why is it called Ain't we got it made?: this is a line from one of my favourite songs (Sing Baby Sing - Have I got it made? Well - I've got a roof over my head, running water right into my house, a fully-stocked supermarket round the corner, free and readily available healthcare; and I live with my lovely husband in a great city, in a beautiful country, where I feel safe and secure.... I rest my case. Fact or opinion: I am not an expert on anything… but I can confirm that everything in this blog is either fact or opinion. I hope to post regularly, mostly about things I find uplifting, positive, amusing, optimistic, important..or perhaps just about regular daily life...but I won't bother you too much. Thanks for stopping by... jx
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