OK, something a bit different for you now...
You may not know this, but one of my main passions, outside my drawing, is dancing. I have always loved a bit of a bop about, and flirted for a while with belly dancing (which is the most enormous fun girls, and suitable for ladies of all shapes and sizes, as there are no blokes around to look at your belly!). But nearly 5 years ago, I was introduced to jiving by a friend and there is nothing quite like it. If you get the chance to have a go, I would seriously recommend that you try it. The wonderful thing is that, as a woman, you only need the most rudimentary ability, as long as the man you're dancing with is experienced. You just have to relax and he can make you feel like you are flying!
These first two were taken at a recent hen night. The hen was a girlfriend I go to jiving with, so we dressed up in 50's dresses, with the proper petticoats that make your skirt enormous, and twirled the night away at a blues club in London. This man in blue was a bit of a show-off, and is dancing here with two of us at once! By strange coincidence, he originally came from Sheffield. He said that, back then, he'd have got a punch on the nose for monopolised two girls at one time.
This last is from the Jazz in the Gardens event, held every year in Sheffield's Botanical Gardens. There are a series of live bands and everybody takes a picnic, or wine. Both times I've been, the evening has proved a great success, with a fabulous turnout, covering the entire top section of the park with blankets, picnic chairs and happy faces. Despite the promise of rain both years, we have remained dry throughout.
Most people are just there to lsten to the music, but there's no stopping jivers: given half a chance we're up and twirling! The final photo is me dancing with a friend, Steve. Unfortunately my husband won't jive - he doesn't know what he's missing!