After dragging my birthday out for a record 3 months I finally got my last surprise, courtesy of Helen!
After training it up to Bristol on the Friday night we woke early and headed off in what we all hoped was the right direction. I had no idea what I was in for and started speculating wildly about where we were going and what I would be doing.
After driving down a single track road for quite some time, way out in the rolling Gloucestershire countryside, we pulled into a scrap yard. My mind was racing and I now had no clue at all as to what my surprise was going to be. As it happened I was not the only one to be surprised as this was the wrong places. We made a quick exit and turned off at the next junction, which was not much better. It consisted of a bunch of old broken cars outside what appeared to be a concreted cave entrance. We were early for the first time ever and as we waited for whoever it was we were waiting for to turn up my imagination started running wild again. After sending Helen out to investigate we concluded it was not a gang of international drug dealers, but instead just a car garage, few!
Helen confirmed this was ‘the place’ so still very confused we made our way deeper into the cave.
As it transpired this was a real cave and the story we later heard was it was used as a munitions factory during the war and even had a secret exit through the back of a local bakery!
As I was lead deeper into the cliff a door appeared with the words ‘Cave of Mystery’ above its…after taking off our shoes as instructed I gingerly opened the door and was suddenly in what can only be described as a circus tent, but in place of canvas we had ancient rock walls!
My surprise was a trapeze lesson with the lovely Samantha 🙂
The lesson lasted 2hrs and included a yoga warm up and cool down (my favorite). It was both Helen and I’s first time on a trapeze, but Samantha was a great teacher and soon had us up in the air pulling moves like the ‘scissors’, ‘pike’, ‘front balance’, ‘tear drop’, ‘coffin’ and many more.
Towards the end of the session our lack of strength was clear to see as we began to struggle to get up on the bar. The amount of admiration and respect I have for circus performers has definitely increased dramatically following our introductory session.
Despite the sore muscles and soon to be bruises we both had a fantastic time and I do hope to focus some real time and energy into this artwork in the future.