All the fun of the fair

Last weekend was the celebration of Altagracia, the patron saint of Dominica.  In her honour, the usual carnival festivities were observed, including marching bands, a carnival queen, blaring music, and a truly dangerous-looking funfair.

The big wheel looked like it was made out of meccano.  The few remaining stirrups on the merry-go-round horses looked scarily like butchers hooks.  Safety harnesses were only notable by their absence.

I took a few photos of the big wheel, the merry-go-round, pirate-ship and other such fairground favourites.  With hearts in mouths we let the kids go on the least dangerous looking ride, and came away with only one injury – when Katie got her leg stuck up to the knee between the rough wooden planks that formed the base of the merry-go-round (luckily as she was dismounting her steed after the ride had stopped). Kids will be kids though, and they certainly seemed to enjoy the ride.

I shall leave it to you to draw your own conclusions – and maybe I’m just being too Gringo, but how any of the local children get beyond their early years is increasingly a mystery to me.


  1. Ted & Liz says:

    Hi Richard,
    Well it looks to be fun, but very dangerous ( UK Health & Safety does seem to be more important now)
    Children are looking well.
    We have had all our Grandchildren plus James friends with their children here this weekend, quite a gathering !!!!

  2. Not quite Blackpool Pleasure Beach but safety aside the kids look like they are having a great time!
    Maybe that’s the key, we worry so much about H&S perhaps we sometimes loose the essence of fun – hard to look the other way though when we know how to reduce risk.

    We went over to your Mum & Dads for lunch today – she cooked a fine feast! Geoff, Carol & Holly were also there. Made me think of you, we do miss you all. Your parents are really looking forward to visiting you in a few weeks.

    Caroline x

  3. Nana says:

    So glad our princess wasnt harmed and the children certainlnly looked as though they were enjoying themselves bless them As parents you are certainly doing a grand job and we are proud grandparents!

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