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Swinging from trees, dolphins and VideoStar

We are watching a DVD of the Youngest of the Darling Daughters and her family out in South Africa, engaged in something called a Canopy Tour. This involves lots of swinging from tree to tree via ropes, the wearing of safety helmets and a Head for Heights. You  certainly wouldn't catch me up there.  Best left to the monkeys, that's what I say. Or the Baldwin Family.


It is well worth watching the different way in which each member of the family engages with the challenges of the Canopy Tour. Jack takes up a workmanlike stance, legs straight out in front, the perfect take-off, flight and landing. Dunk 'Em Dave looks mightily relieved to reach the other end of each and every challenge. Hazel Bagel manages to look as if she is perched elegantly on a bar stool, singing some popular hit song, rather than swinging between the trees. 


Best of all is the Y of the DDs. For a start, her safety helmet appears to be perched right on the back of her head where it will do little or no good if she comes a cropper. Fortunately she doesn't. As she launches herself along the wire, she points one toe upwards, like a ballerina.  She does it every time. I am in hysterics. The Youngest of the Darling Daughters doesn't think it's all that funny. She threatens me with the DVD of the Day We Swam With Dolphins.


They say swimming with dolphins is one of the most magical experiences you can have, dont they? That's why, when we went on our Florida Holiday a few years ago we booked a day out at Discovery Cove, where swimming with the dolphins was part of the experience. There we were, all six of us ready, one at a time, to swim shorewards with our very own friendly dolphin. Every one else lived the dream. Me, I fell off the dolphin. I ended up being hauled out of the water in a spluttering mess, with a mouth full of sand and hair full of sea weed. There was, I suppose, something magical about it. As in: now you see her, now you don't! It wasn't my finest moment.


Tomorrow, apparently, we are going to make another film using something called VideoStar. We had a short practice in the kitchen today, to the tune of Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. Hazel says it will be better if we put The Real Thing together tomorrow because we can do it on the beach and there will be more of us. When we have finished fooling around, our film will be posted on YouTube where we may become an Internet Sensation. Or, more probably, not.


It's fun all the way in the Baldwin Household. We live life in the fast lane here. Who knows what will happen tomorrow?


All I need to do is try to keep up....

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23.04 | 20:15

lovely and heartwarming - an inspiration to us all x

09.03 | 12:07

Love this story told as ever beautifully.x

10.11 | 21:31

What a super account of a special event. I loved meeting you last night and seeing your creation come together. I’m so pleased you got so much from the activity

07.09 | 13:17

I have broad shoulders x

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