Word of the Week – Nutcracker

Ballet dancers on the stage performing The Nutcracker

Photo courtesy Birmingham Hippodrome
It’s been a busy week. I’ve had good news – a call from my consultant about further treatment, bad news – about the Little Man at school and heartbreaking news – about my poor cat Salem. But I don’t really feel like talking about any of these now so my word of the week reflects the brilliant birthday present one of my friends gave me.
On Tuesday evening I fulfilled a life long wish of visiting a ballet. My friend took me to see The Birmingham Royal Ballet perform The Nutcracker. As a child I always dreamed of becoming a ballet dancer, but I was too tall, too clumsy and lacked any sort of grace, never mind dancing ability. My Dad loved to watch the ballet on television and would often draw me pictures of little ballet dancers which probably inspired my passion. I’ve always wanted to see a ballet performance but it’s something I’ve never got around to, or never really had anyone to go with before. When I told my friend she said she would take a look at what was on, and then she booked tickets as a birthday present. 
It was a truly magical performance, the stage sets were amazing and the dancers simply beautiful. I loved every moment. We also had front row seats which was brilliant. I’d definitely love to go again sometime, I’m sure my girls would love it too. 
So my word of the week this week is Nutcracker. And a big thank you to my lovely friend. 

The Reading Residence


  1. angiemwebster77
    December 8, 2017 / 10:52 am

    I'm sorry you have had bad news this week Anne, thinking of you x
    I'm glad you got to enjoy the ballet, I've seen The Nutcraker and Swan Lake and they were just amazing. I hope you get to go again soon x

  2. liquoriceuk
    December 8, 2017 / 11:17 am

    Sorry to hear that you've had bad news this week Anne, sending a virtual hug your way. I've never seen the Nutcracker but it's one I'd love to see one day. What a lovely birthday present from your friend and how wonderful to get to see it from the front row. It sounds like it was a wonderful ballet to see x #WotW

  3. December 8, 2017 / 11:31 am

    How wonderful! Sounds like the perfect present for you, so glad you enjoyed every second of it. I hope it's managed to eclipse some of the bad news x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  4. mummyhereandthere
    December 8, 2017 / 1:09 pm

    Sorry to her about the bad news, sending lots of love!
    Wow, it looks stunning and what an amazing by performance to see. Hope you have a good weekend X #wotw

  5. December 8, 2017 / 4:45 pm

    Sending love and hugs about the bad news…
    It sounds like you had an amazing time at the ballet! What a wonderful friend.
    Have a great weekend x

  6. December 9, 2017 / 8:15 pm

    oh no sending love and hope things are all ok or sortable, I would love to see a Ballet I bet it was so beautiful x

  7. karenblower
    December 11, 2017 / 11:07 am

    Sorry you've had bad news this week, hope you are okay x My friend went to see the Nutcracker and said it was brilliant 🙂 it's something I'd like to see too

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