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2017 Duck Race

Sorry for such an unimaginative title, but I’ve been writing about this yearly event since 2013 long before little T even joined the village school.  Actually let me add that my husband and I even went to the duck race long before T was born.

For those who are new here, my daughter’s school runs this annual fundraising event so their students could go on school trips and do other fun stuff without having to rely on funding from the government.  It’s actually a lovely event which everyone gladly takes part in.

Every one was praying for good weather, since last year’s event had to be cancelled because of heavy rain.  Thankfully the gods bestowed us with lovely sunshiny warm weather.

It was past eleven o’clock the night before the event, when I suddenly realised that I volunteered to make some cupcakes for the cake stall.  As you can imagine, I did panic and started baking them well before the clock struck twelve and decorated them with icing and sprinkles in the morning.

By the time we got there, all the stalls were up and T’s friends were all happily playing and spending coins on every stall.

No photos I’m afraid of the talent show.  I was too busy administering caffeine into my veins (drinking coffee).  After the talent show, it was time for the dispersal of hundreds of colourful plastic ducks down the river.

As mentioned, we’ve been attending this event for years now, but our duck never, ever wins the race.  I’m beginning to doubt if anyone does (I’m joking obviously).

After the race, little T and some of her friends, headed downstream to have fun in the water.  As much as I love our current house, I admittedly miss living in this little village by the sea, even though it’s only about a ten-minute drive from where we live.  When the weather (like that day) is great and the tide is low, we used to come down here a lot just so T and Doc could have a little play in the water, or to eat ice-cream and just sit and watch the tourists go by.  It’s lovely isn’t it?

Hopefully the weather in next year’s duck race will be as good as this one.

Have you ever been to a duck race?

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A Village Duck Race

Every year little T’s village school holds a Duck Race and Talent Show as a fundraising event for their school. We’ve been going to this event long before T was born and finally this year, we came as a parent.

There were different tents, and little games children could partake in, as well as for adults, and of course food stalls and even a bouncy castle. The day started really grey and drizzly, thankfully though, by the time the talent show which children from their school participated in, was about to begin, it stopped raining.

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T’s reception class (and a few kids from the older kids) opened the show with a little dance routine they call “Wake up, Shake up” which they usually do to start the day.  Was really pleased with T, she danced without even looking nervous at all.  I think she enjoyed all the attention!

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And here’s little T and one of her close-friends’ M watching the older kids perform.  Some were brave and danced alone, some sang alone, most though had a friend or two to perform with.

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After the “cello babies” performed (a group of young kids from T’s school), we came up to the cello teacher and introduced little T to her.  She was really nice and gave T an impromptu lesson.  The teacher also wanted her to try out the smallest cello, we were worried that it might be too big for her, but as you can see from the photo above, it was just right!

And then it was 3pm, time for the main event – The Duck Race!

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People were already sitting by the side of the river, ready to watch colourful plastic ducks race down the river.

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Before long, hundreds of them were released.  As I’ve mentioned, we’ve been attending this event for years now but have never won, for a while, we wondered if this might just be our lucky one.  And as always, our duck didn’t win.

The Duck Race was a big success, as reported by the newsletter we received yesterday.  We managed to raise two thousand plus pounds!  Not bad for a small village school eh?

Have you ever attended a duck race?

The Boscastle 2013 Duck Race

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We are lucky that the village where we live has a lovely primary school that has a very good reputation and every year they hold a Duck Race – a fundraising event for the school.  I’ve actually been blogging about the event for years in my old blog, even before T was born and always participated by purchasing plastic ducks.  We never won of course.  Little did we know that in the years to come, we would have a little girl who would someday go to that lovely school.

So two sundays ago, down we plodded to the village with T and her best friend F (his parents volunteered to handle the playschool booth).  The weather was great and we all had such a lovely time.

The event started off with a funny magic show and a talent show that showcased the lovely students of the Boscastle Primary School.

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There were kids who sang individually and as a group. There were also kids who played the strings and of course, what’s a talent show without any dance numbers?

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My husband and I were really impressed with the event.  Everyone was present to give support, from the kids who participated, to the parents and classmates who were present in the crowd to give applause to their fellow students.  Of course, there were also locals (like us) and tourists too.

Our favourite human-fruit machine was also present, face-painting, a bouncy castle, a skittles alley and numerous booths that sold cakes and other food, drinks, as well as other stuff.

T and F thoroughly enjoyed the event and they both had their faces painted for the first time.  When asked what she wanted, T quickly chose a pig face (because it was pink) and F had a tiger face.

After all that, we chose a spot by the river to await the major event – the duck race!

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There was no sign of T’s ducks, nor of F’s ducks in the finish line, someday we hope to be able to purchase a duck that will win the race for us.

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I’m happy to report that no ducks were harmed during the race.

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And this little piggy ran happily all the way home.

What have you been doing in this Lovely Sunshine …

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especially for those  of you who like us live in a place where it could be a bit of a rarity like old Blighty?  Not anymore, folks! The beautiful sunshine seems here to stay for err… a bit.  See for yourself:

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Apparently it was so hot in the center court in Wimbledon (where Andy Murray made history and won the much coveted cup yesterday.  Well done!) – the thermometer there read 40 degrees!

Here in our little village, we were out and enjoying ourselves in the annual Boscastle Duck race.  Would love to write more about the event, but I’ll have to pass for now because we’ve been summoned to the beach!  We are bringing the BBQ and Pimms.  See you there!