Sunday, 15 July 2012

Learning about Light and Energy

Hi Hedgehog friends!

While I was staying with Maggie and Les, Les offered to take me to work with him to learn about making light.   I'm all for treating things humorously so was happy to go along to Pace UK to learn more.

Once Les had explained what he actually meant I had to make light of my hedgehog brain and was even more excited to know I was going to learn to be an electronic design engineer! 

Les is very clever and has worked for some big companies, including working in Europe, the USA and the Far East so we had plenty to talk about as I have been to Europe and the USA as well.  I haven't been to the Far East though which sounds a very interesting place to go also.

Les told me how he set up Pace UK 10 years ago to provide LED technology as an alternative to conventional light sources and showed me some of his work.  Here I am concentrating hard as Les shows me how to solder.     

As it turned out hedgehog paws aren't very good at soldering so I took a seat safely out of the way and watched instead.

I really enjoyed my stay in Axbridge including learning about light and energy from another perspective!  I've now just arrived in Cardiff to stay with my new friends. Very exciting as I've never been to Cardiff before.  Will tell you all about them soon.

On a sadder note I was sorry to hear that while I was travelling my dear friend and adopted brother Keller Cat passed on. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends. He was one of my best friends and being older and wiser, when I was first adopted taught me all about how to manage humans which he had down to a fine art. His light shines on.

Many blessings 

Friday, 6 July 2012


Recently I’ve been learning all about acting at Axbridge Community Theatre where Maggie had a part as a parlour maid in the play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw.  

I didn’t realise so much hard work went into putting on a play.  Here I am trying out the stage at the Town Hall where the play was to take place, helpfully testing the safety of the crates by sitting on them.

Director, Wendy Mace, was very nice. She gave me a program to look at and told me all about the play.  Pygmalion is a story about a professor of phonetics, Henry Higgins, who makes a bet that he can teach a cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, to speak well enough to pass for a duchess at an embassy ball.  He succeeds but it has unforeseen consequences for both of them.

The part of Eliza was played by Sarah Kendall who is pictured here being ‘poshed up’ by Sara Boundy.  'I washed me face and hands before I come, I did' so I didn't muck her up again while I was getting in the picture.

Ede Bailey did my make up just in case but I was rather disappointed to discover that George Bernard Shaw forgot to put parts for hedgehogs in Pygmalion.   

So I helped by checking over the props.  Unfortunately I couldn’t find any cake that wanted tidying away safely.

Parlour Maid, Maggie Stanley with Mrs Higgins, Sarah Duncan.
Many thanks to everyone at Axbridge Community Theatre for letting me join in and I really enjoyed the play.

I've taken the opportunity since to learn more about George Bernard Shaw who said “Animals are my friends and I don't eat my friends.”   Very sensible I think in respect of hedgehogs ... although personally I don’t think it counts for slugs and snails.
Back soon
Many blessings
Shaman Sham