So I made this apple cake the other day, and I really liked the way it looked, all crispy and tasty.  I liked the way it looked so much I wanted to take a photo of it and share it on my blog.  However, I do not run a food blog here, I just read other people's.  The only way around this would be to wedge an illustration in there somewheres.  Thus, a fluorescent yellow rabbit with other-coloured fluorescent balls floating on spaghetti pieces was produced, and stuck into the cake.  Problem solved.
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As some of you may know, during the first week of October I had the good fortune to be given the opportunity to teach both puppeteering and puppetmaking workshops for the Future Centre Trust in Barbados.  This was my first time on a tropical island, first time teaching five workshops in a row, first time leaving the continent in over 10 years.  A lot of firsts.  It was truly a pleasure to be travelling again; I had forgotten how much I enjoy visiting new places.  Nicole and Vicki were excellent hosts, with Nicole making sure I had time to see the island and enjoy some of the very tasty dishes of Barbados.
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  This is a photo of the main group of puppeteers that will be touring a climate change themed puppet show around the island to school children.  they are, from left to right: Nicki (with Bri the hummingbird), Donna(with Keisha the girl and Manny mongoose), Nicole(front, with Tida the flying fish), Davina (with Cary the hawksbill turtle and Capt. Geezer), Vicki (Cida the mosquito and Saba the green monkey), and Anthony(with Richard the boy). Charise is absent.  I am down in front with Luk the polar bear.
  These puppeteers were a pleasure to work with, and I am excited to see their success with bringing the message of climate change in Barbados to the children there.

(the hummingbird, mongoose, flying fish, hawksbill turtle, green monkey and polar bear puppets for this project were made by the talented Joanne Bigham at Open Door Designs)

But what trip would be complete without a few puppet travel companions?  I had three stowaway puppets come along to enjoy some sun and sand whilst I was away working, namely Boy, What What and Barnard. They appear to be enjoying themselves, maybe even getting a tan.  Except Barnard, he wasn't so good with the sun...
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What What tanning/fading
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Boy frolicking in the surf
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Boy fulfilling his lifelong wish of having a tail
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What What checking out people on the beach
Barnard chose to create a travelogue of sorts for all to enjoy.  Here is his first installment, there are three all together...