Saturday, 6 June 2015
A couple of weeks ago Mummy, Daddy, Grandma and Aurora got up bright and early, had breakfast, hopped in the car and headed off towards London. Aurora was as excited as she normally is when we head somewhere new, but little did she know what awaited.
It's a good job we left early because we got caught up in the usually awful London traffic, but before too long we arrived at our destination—The O2.
Since we'd arrived early—for a change—we stepped into Garfunkels for a spot of lunch. Then it was time to head for the main event. We stopped outside for a moment to marvel at the Haahoos towering above us, and then we were inside and lining up for the show.
We did still have a little time to wait, though, so eventually I relented and let he go and see the stage up close. Climbing up was strictly curtailed, however.
First we met Makka Pakka, the leading man in this compelling tale—he wheeled his Og-Pog on to squeals of delight from the children. After that we met Iggle Piggle.
Makka Pakka, it transpires, loves washing faces—and boy did he have a lot of faces to wash.
There was one point where I heard Aurora say in a sad voice "but I wanted Makka Pakka to wash my face"—if only she was quite as keen for Daddy to wash her face when it's bath time!
Next up were the Tombliboos and Upsy Daisy, who were all also lucky enough to get their faces washed.
Still, all good things must come to an end and after all that face washing it was time for a little dance and then bed.
Aurora thoroughly enjoyed the show and was rather disappointed when it finished. Straight afterwards, however, it was time to meet Upsy Daisy and Iggle Piggle in person!
We waited around in the crowded area just outside, but fortunately we were quite high on the list and it wasn't long at all before our names were called to see Upsy Daisy.
As soon as the curtain was pulled aside, Aurora rushed in and immediately gave Upsy Daisy a big cuddle. In fact she was attached so tightly I was a little concerned that we might not be able to get her to leave. She turned around and posed nicely for her photo, though. Then there was time for one more long cuddle and then it was time for someone else to meet Upsy Daisy.
As we walked out she was saying "but I wanted to see Upsy Daisy!" in a somewhat disconsolate tone. She soon cheered up when she realised it was now time to see Iggle Piggle.
As we stepped into Iggle Piggle's little grotto, Aurora immediately spotted his stepping stone path on the floor, and it wouldn't do but to hop along it. It wouldn't be proper to go and greet Iggle Piggle without first walking along his path, after all.
After she'd got that bit of essential etiquette out of the way she lept straight into another big hug, then a photo, then a hug, maybe some photos, hugs... But all too soon it was time to say goodbye again. Another hug and a wave, and she hopped back along the stepping stones with Iggle Piggle hopping alongside.
After the meetings Mummy and Grandma queued up to get some momentos, so Daddy and Aurora trundled off to amuse themselves for a little while—there was drawing, sitting in a little ride, buying a balloon, Daddy tying a small weight to the balloon, Daddy trying to extricate his finger from a knot trying a small weight to the balloon, playing with the balloon, visiting the Haahoos, extended philosphical discussion on the nature of balloons and some more visiting the Haahoos. That occupied about three minutes all told.
Created with images by Aitor Escauriaza - "O2"