Z is for…

Z I G G Y   T H E   V U L T U R E 

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Ziggy is one of four vultures who appear in the animated tale of The Jungle Book. The other three vultures are called Buzzie, Flaps and Dizzy. Together they appear to parody The Beatles. I read somewhere that The Beatles were meant to voice the vultures but due to other commitments they were unable to attend the recording. I have no idea how true that is? But it would be nice if it was.

I love the vultures in the cartoon. When I was younger we used to have a show every school holidays called Disney Time. Back then we had very little in the way of Disney Home video and at the time where I lived lacked a decent cinema. Due to this classics such as The Jungle Book were not seen by children of my generation. That was why Disney Time was so popular, we got to see small sections of all these classic Disney movies we never got to watch.

One of the clips I remember loving was that of the vultures. I remember watching them tease Mowgli and loving the way moved. They move as though they are shrugging their shoulders all the time and sort of bounce. They also sing a song called “that’s what friends are for”.

I hope you have enjoyed my pictures over the A to Z Challenge. Some have been more successful than others. Thank you all for visiting, liking and all the lovely comments.

Back to normal blogging now…

lu

Try The Grey Stuff

B E   O U R   G U E S T

 

One of the first places we went to during our visit to Walt Disney World was the Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom. The only reason I wanted to go here was to meet Beast from Beauty and the Beast, however the whole experience was really enjoyable.

Even though we had made a reservation we still had a little wait before our table became available. When your table is ready they come out and greet you and you get to hold a candle stick as you make your way to the table. We were both thrilled when we discovered our table was in the Ballroom, not that we would have minded the West Wing, but the Ballroom was where we wanted to be.

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The napkins on the table were shaped like a rose which was a nice touch. If there was one thing I noticed about our whole stay at Walt Disney World is that they are great at the finishing touches and tiny details.

Our server was very friendly and very helpful. The food took hardly any time to arrive and the portions were a good size. We were so full but we both wanted the desert because on the desert trolley they had the “Grey Stuff”… and it was delicious.

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The Grey Stuff

At the end of our meal we were encouraged to explore the castle. We visited the West Wing, where the slashed portrait of Prince Adam is hung. We watched the enchanted rose drop a petal. Then we made our way to where the Master of the House (as he is referred too) greets his guests. During our meal we watched the Master enter and leave the Ballroom several times. On a couple of occasions their were little girls dressed up as Belle and Beast would dance with them.

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Our wait to meet Beast was not very long. Beast was our first character meeting so we were a little unsure of what to do, however the cast members were very helpful.

It was a really wonderful experience and I would recommend for every one who is visiting Walt Disney World to have a meal here.

The Day After the Year Before

The birth of each new year provides us with anticipation, new possibilities, challenges along with joy and hope for the year ahead. Apart from looking forward it also gives us a chance to reflect on the previous year, learn from our mistakes, maybe shed a tear and smile at fond memories.

I think it would be safe to say that 2016 is was memorable and not always for good reasons. Maybe when we look back from some point in the future all will become clear, 2016 could in fact be a pivotal year in human history however only time will tell.

At this point I could go on about Brexit, Donald Trump, Terror Attacks, Natural Disasters and of course the amount of surprising celebrity deaths that we have witnessed during 2016. I have seen so many social media posts highlighting these points that I refuse to add to the multitude. Instead I am going to be completely selfish and talk about me.

Below are a few of my highlights from 2016 and why it will always be memorable for me.

G E O R G I A – R O S E

2016 was a big year for my daughter, Georgia-Rose a year of endings and new beginnings. In March she made the decision to get baptised after a trying few months. It was a wonderful day and we finished it off with a meal with some lovely people from our Kingdom Hall.

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Then she sat her GCSE’s which was a stressful few months for her from April to June. However her GCSE results were wonderful the result of all her hard work. This of course meant that she would be finishing school. I cannot believe I have a daughter who has left school.

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In September she began College and is currently studying History and Classical Civilisations at A-Level. I can’t believe my baby is nearly all grown up.

 F L O R I D A 

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I fulfilled one of my biggest dreams and actually stayed at Walt Disney World. My daughter and myself spent three weeks in Orlando with two weeks at Walt Disney World resort and one week at Universal Studios. It was a truly magical experience. We both loved Walt Disney World so much we hope to go back one day, but at least we can say we have been there.

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There were so many highlights from that holiday which I still do intend on sharing with you all at some point in the future.  One which I will mention though was the night we spent at the Hard Rock Cafe. The staff were so lovely and entertaining, the food was also amazing, not to mention the cocktails. It was so much.

T H E   T O W E R   O F   L O N D O N 

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Another place I got to visit this year was the Tower of London. My mother had always wanted to go and this year we actually got there. I love visiting places of historical interest. What was great about the Tower of London though was that they have preserved some of the graffiti the prisoners had carved into the wall. It also holds the crown jewels and it was great to see them close up.

F A V O U R I T E   M O V I E   O F  T H E  Y E A R

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I have thought about this a lot and I have decided that The Jungle Book is my favourite movie of 2016. I have based this purely on my own emotional response to the movie and the fact I have watched it several times. At Animal Kingdom there was a Jungle Book show which was fantastic, I think that may have helped this decision.

So, that was just a few of my highlights of 2016. I could have added so many more but I am afraid it would of got boring after a while. I hope you liked them? Till Tomorrow.

lu