Tuesday, September 19, 2006

what do Canadians and yogurt have in common? Culture!

Ha ha. I wish. But just so you don't think we spent our whole Vancouver vacation watching reality TV or hanging out at the mall, here's how we whiled away a couple of hours.

Towards the end of our stay my mum took the boys and me to a wonderful rendition of A Midsummer Night's Dream presented by Bard on the Beach, Vancouver's annual Shakespeare Festival which takes place in large tents at a beautiful waterfront venue. Mum worked there as a volunteer a couple of years back and said it was a must-see. And it was. As you can read in the "about" section of the Bard website, having the ocean, mountains and sky as a natural backdrop in the open-end Mainstage Tent was absolutely lovely.

You can see where we were if you take a look at the Vancouver Kat Kam. Just to the upper right of the Burrard Bridge you'll notice the Bard on the Beach tents which will be up until September 24th. Pacific Standard Time is 9 hours behind Central European Time, so if it's dark when you take a peek, try again later when the sun is up on the West Coast!

Although the boys didn't understand every word (neither did I!), after I explained the plot and characters to them, they thoroughly enjoyed the play which was put on in a modern, slapstick way. The costumes were gorgeous and the actors were very well cast and Boy13 came away wanting to see more live theatre in the future. As for me, I hadn't seen a Shakespeare play since 1985 when I attended the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon so this was a real treat.

Meanwhile back at the farm, Mr. M joined the upper class by helping my dad to further restore Dad's pride and joy - a 1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith Limousine. My dad bought this car in 1988 and has been working on it ever since with no end in sight. He's always been a fan of vintage cars and has had one old car or another, sometimes two at a time, since I was quite young. Lots of fun to ride around in. And no, you don't have to have buckets of money to own an antique car, you just have to be in the right place at the right time.

Mr. M, who has a background in automotive repair and has therefore been voted Best Son-in-Law of All Time, was able to help Dad with a number of fiddly little problems and accomplished an awful lot in a short time, managing to get the grill and fenders shined up and back on and finishing a lot of the electrical work, meaning that the headlights, horn and side blinkers are now in full working order! A huge load off Dad's mind for sure. As you can see, the bumpers still need work, and the whole car could use a good wash, but here's an up to date photo. If you squint, you can see my little ol' dad behind the steering wheel on the right hand side. See how happy he looks?

This is the Rolls Royce mascot, a radiator decoration called the Spirit of Ecstasy, commonly known as the "Flying Lady". The kneeling variation is typical for cars built in 1939. I like the story attached to the ornament.

Hmm...Shakespeare and Rolls-Royce - I guess they don't call it British Columbia for nothing! Must go make a cup of tea...


At September 19, 2006 2:21 PM, Blogger Elemmaciltur said...

I wanna see a Shakespeare play, too! But in English and not in German.... :-(

At September 20, 2006 9:29 AM, Blogger Ginnie said...

Oh YES, Christina! Now I know why I missed you while you were gone :) I love the stories you tell. And then to cap it all off with a grinner: "they don't call it British Columbia for nothing! Must go make a cup of tea..." Welcome back!!!

At October 08, 2006 1:13 AM, Blogger Mike B said...

Actually, more than a few Germans have told me that if it weren't for yogurt, Americans wouldn't have any culture. Don't think they share that opinion vis a vis Canada, but your headline reminded me of that line.


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