Blog 3 Patience is a Beautiful Thing

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At least I’ve heard patience is a beautiful thing I’ve never had it to know. However the Universe is giving my patience ability a very good work out because the trapeze will not be coming for another three weeks or so. There is a problem getting some parts from overseas and the man who is organizing this for me is working overtime on the job and I really appreciate his efforts. Who knew it was so tricky to install a Flying Trapeze in your front paddock?

A lovely and amazingly patient friend of mine said that this will give me more time to look forward to the trapeze and I was thinking ok we can try that. I’m not totally convinced but honestly whatever works.

I saw a facebook post today about a lady Phyllis Sues who is 92 and took up trapeze at the age of 80 and I thought yes I can have a long long time playing on this trapeze.

In all fairness I still have a bit to do to get ready for it. I’ve found a good mat for the practise bar and I need to pick up another mat for when people roll off the trapeze.

I have a sixty page risk assessment booklet that I have to write to satisfy the insurance people. I’ll just pause for laughter when sixty pages is considered a booklet and not a book! If I could outsource that job I’d be doing it.

I want to paint the outside sheds so the place looks a little less ramshackle and all of this is going to keep me occupied while I wait. I’m sure in future years I’ll be saying do you remember that long long drought when we had no trapeze. Tomorrow will make eight weeks since I was last on a flying trapeze, eight long long long weeks. Patience is character building, it must be, it’s a really hard thing so it must be character building.

So let’s talk about what we’re going to be doing on this beautiful contraption when it gets here. I told you last week about how we would run Flying Trapeze experiences and weekly lessons. I also wanted to do intensives like they do in Victoria. Steen from Victoria very kindly offered for me to come over and do one of their intensives and I didn’t take him up on his offer. I probably wouldn’t be hanging out for a trapeze fix quite so much if I had. An intensive is when you come every day for five days and it lets you really work on your skills in a way that a once a week visit would do much slower. Now the problem with an intensive is that you have to take time off work. Fortunately I work with a rather clever chap by the name of Nick who suggested we could do mini intensives on long weekends. Then people don’t have to take time off work and you’d get three days or even four if you wanted to do Easter or maybe Christmas and let’s be honest here people I’m hanging out for this so much that Christmas is not out of the question even if I’m swinging up there by myself. I love the idea of the long weekends though. People could stay over if they wanted or go home each night. Depending on the season we could have a fire up here and just yack about the day each evening. To me this sounds like paradise.

I’m thinking of the logistics of getting school groups out here and I’m thinking of working with other circus groups to run activities on my property as well as the Flying Trapeze. This way one group would do an activity like rola bolla or juggling, another group would be doing Flying Trapeze and then maybe you’d have one more activity and then you’d rotate the groups so no-one was waiting forever for a go on anything. Then say if someone was scared to go on the Flying Trapeze (yes this does happen even though it’s hard to comprehend I know) that person could do the other activities while they watch other kids use the trapeze and then when it’s their turn they have the choice of going on or just doing the other activities. I really want this to be a no stress happy activity I don’t want peer pressure making kids go on it. I’m a school teacher have I mentioned that? The idea of running three activities at once and rotating the groups through was Alessandro’s idea and he is another rather clever chap I know.

Jessica from Firefly if you are reading this blog you are the one I am hoping to work with on this I just haven’t had a chance to sit down with you and work it all out. Jessica runs a fantastic circus and dance school near me called Firefly Performing Arts Circus School. You can get her on 0401 861 567 and she has a facebook page and a web page. She’s in the Barossa Valley and if you’re in the Northern part of Adelaide she may be more accessible than the other circus schools available.

Ok I shall go and walk my dogs which is what I do when I’m trying to practise patience. It will be worth it when this baby gets here.

All righty thank you for reading and I’ll catch you next week.

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Blog 2 Running a Flying Trapeze – It’s Handy if You Have Good people Around You

I’m lucky enough to attend a circus so I know lots of people who have been helping me get this Flying Trapeze organized. My gift is that I don’t think that I know everything and I’m willing to use the expertise of others. The person who has helped heaps is Nick, he teaches me static trapeze and he used to run a Flying Trapeze set up. Alli and Grant have also come out and helped with working bees to get the place ready and Kurt has provided us with some much needed tools.  Alessandro’s advice has been invaluable and I couldn’t have done any of this without Steen from Victoria.  There’s also been oodles of people who have offered business acumen, sourcing mats and many other things I need to consider in running a Flying Trapeze business.

I’ve been having many discussions about how this is all going to work once it starts and probably things will change as we progress, we will see what works and what doesn’t.

We have to be able to make enough money to pay the instructors, pay the insurance and probably a little extra for replacing equipment when needed. Any extra we make will go towards advertising, a dedicated business phone and paying back the loan to buy this thing. While we get ourselves trained up to be instructors we will probably just have family and friends on the rig and we will ask for $50 for a two hour session. When we become professional and polished at what we’re doing then it will be probably $90 for a two hour session, that’s comparable with what is offered interstate. I also want to run one hour classes and I haven’t figured out a price on them yet. If we become crazy successful my dream and let’s face it you gotta have a dream is that we would buy another rig to keep in the city and then maybe another rig that’s used to be mobile and reach people who wouldn’t necessarily get access to this sort of thing. That leads me to my philosophy about this enterprise.

A couple of years ago I saw Point A’s mission statement that they kept on their wall. They are a group in the city that provide a space for people to persue movement activities like yoga and martial arts and tumbling and stuff. The mission statement  talked about the fact that humans don’t have to compete with each other they can collaborate. This was a revelation to me because I had always been crazy competitive and probably still am if I’m truthful. Their mission statement changed the way I taught physical exercise at school. I’m a primary school teacher by the way.  I still left room for competition for those who wanted it but my emphasis became what can your body do and isn’t that cool. Students started to view their bodies as a very cool fun thing to move with and as Point A quoted from Socrates,

No citizen has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training…what a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable. – Socrates

I saw that quote on the Point A wall and it was life changing.  Flying Trapeze is a way to show anybody what their bodies can do. To fly is the most amazing experience and I think everybody should get a chance to experience this. So our business will be safe but it won’t matter if we don’t make a buzillion bucks we all have day jobs the Flying Trapeze’s job is to show people an amazing experience.

All righty thank you for reading and I’ll catch you next week.220px-Trapeze_artists_1890

Blog 1 We’re Bringing a Flying Trapeze to South Australia

Whenever you say blog 1 it’s always kind of exciting, it’s also a little tricky to figure out where to start. So I’ll begin by repeating the title, we’re bringing a flying trapeze to South Australia.

Can you believe that South Australia doesn’t have a permanently set up rig? Well I and a trusty band of trapeze enthusiasts are working very hard to fix that situation.

So where did it all start? I’m a dyed in the wool hippy and I know the Universe wants me to do this. So everything that has happened to me and everyone I’ve met has been part of a big cosmic jig saw puzzle to bring me right here. I remember being blown away by the film Trapeze when I was a kid. I didn’t care so much about the love triangle it was the flying and the catching and to me it was like those people were a different species.

Many years later I did a ‘go’ on trapeze at the Adelaide Fringe. I remember my mood was terrible before I did it. I remember being scared stiff and then I remember being on such a high afterwards. It never occurred to me as an adult that I could pursue it and even though I went back into the city to watch them train I never thought this was something I could do but it never totally left me either.

Quit the smokes, joined gym, did crossfit, needed balance and handstands and joined circus. Whole new world opens up. I have a go on the trapeze bar but I can’t do anything and I think oh well there’s lots of other things to try.

I do recall this trapeze trio coming to training and they were buff and I thought I wanna be buff.

New guy comes to training and starts getting the trapeze out and I watch for a couple of weeks but I’ve been crook (like heaps crook) and it’s changed me now I’m willing to pipe up and ask. So I finally say to him when you’re not using the bar may I have a go? He says you can have a go now and I realise he’s going to stay there. So I climb up on the bar and I feel like Leonardo and Kate on the ship, I’m the King of the world. The new guy is Nick and from that moment on he starts to teach me static trapeze.

First I can only do five minutes but each week I get stronger and stronger and the sessions go longer.

As a treat for finishing treatment I take myself on a trip to Melbourne to do the flying trapeze because I’ve never quite forgotten about it. I have to get up at two in the morning to get there and I’m only going for the day because I have animals that I don’t want to leave overnight and I don’t want to miss out on training at home.

I get to the airport, they pinch all my scissors that I thought I had taken out of my bag, I get taxis to get to the trapeze place and then I’m there. My tush is sitting on the bench and I’m thinking it’s awfully high are you sure you want to do this? The first time I’m terrified but even while terrified I’m thinking this is fantastic. Still scared the second time. Starting to get cross at people who are delaying things by the third time, by the fourth time I have never felt more at home in the air. I’ve booked another session for the afternoon and I get to progress what I did in the morning and it’s not enough. I have to leave to get my taxi and I’m thinking it doesn’t feel right to leave.

So I go home to my property and my animals and I’m thinking bloody hell the other states always get the good stuff and then I start thinking. The rig I went on would fit in my front paddock. So the next morning I put a post on Circus Garage sale will anybody sell me a second hand trapeze rig? Two people say yes and Thunderbirds are Go!

I thought it would take me longer to amass the money but this is where the hippy convergence stuff comes in. Everything just seemed to come together. I had some shares, I took out a loan I borrowed off the house and wallah!. It helped being crook. I remember sitting in this chair waiting for my op, not knowing if I was going to wake up or not and I thought quite sadly have you been happy with all of your choices Trishy? And I thought nup I’m really not, may I have another chance Universe? I got my other chance and I hit the ground running.

So with regards to waiting for the trapeze we’re in the preparation stage at the moment. We’re going to install it in my front paddock and this has entailed moving a stable, demolishing another, calling a plumber and a stump grinder and a man who is going to level the ground comes Thursday.

Just those jobs have set me on a merry go round of tradies who are colourful fascinating people. One man who found a new home for the stables I called the scrap metal fairy because of all that he did for us. The scrap metal fairy has a dog called Dexter who has absolutely no facial expression except when he saw my horse and then he actually looked happy. Dexter is a Shar Pei who had had a broken nose and he has the expressive range of Sylvester Stallone. Dexter, Charity the horse and me watched the scrap metal fairy demolish the stable with a lot of interest. Charity took off when things got loud but then came back when she realised that no-one was chasing her. The scrap metal fairy has tattoos across his throat and he offered to bury any neighbours who complained about the trapeze. I was pretty sure he was kidding but that was the last time I invited the scrap metal fairy here when I was on my own.

I loved the stump grinder man. He was my hero. He called when he was running late, my goodness a tradie with a real sense of time, unheard of! When he rocked up, riding in the back of his ute looking like a swash buckling pirate (even though she had a safety harness on) was this teeny tiny silky terrier. He stops the ute and gets out and I said well you don’t see that sort of dog in the back of a ute very often. Turns out he found her as a pup in a box with two siblings. Found homes for the other two but he kept her and I thought here is a man who doesn’t have his masculinity defined by his dog. He called her Boxy (groan) and she goes to work with him and fishing and they are inseparable. It made me realise I needed to keep some nice treats for when these dogs come round.

Here’s a pic of my front paddock this is where all the magic is going to happen.

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Ok that better do me for this first blog. Thank you for reading I’ll catch you next week. South Aussie readers you need to start thinking about whether you’re going to come out and play with us, we’re at Lewiston yup circus is spreading out to the North.