Monday, 19 May 2014

Julie Andrews Was There First

It is forty years since Julie went to Salzburg, to film the Sound of Music. And now – it’s my turn to go there!! I am not going to make a film, strum a guitar, join a nunnery or dance in the fountains [or marry a Captain]. I have been selected to go as a representative of the UKWWDP to the European Conference next month. There will be around 130 women there from 40 countries.  I am yoyo-ing wildly between crazy excitement and nervous anxiety.

My heart should be wildly rejoicing – oh, what's the matter with me? I've always longed for adventure, to do the things I've never dared. And here I'm facing adventure, then why am I so scared?

Oh, I must stop these doubts, all these worries, if I don't I just know I'll turn back. I must dream of the things I am seeking, I am seeking the courage I lack

I have confidence in sunshine, I have confidence in rain, I have confidence that spring will come again -  Besides which you see, I have confidence in me  [click here]


I am still not sure if I believe it – people like me don’t get to do this sort of thing. But the flights are booked, the other UK committee member who is going with me will be staying here the night before and we will drive to the airport in her car, and I have a list of stuff to prepare and take with me. Am I obliged to put my luggage in a guitar case and carpet bag like JA does?

It is just over three weeks away now. I have been bursting to blog about it, but decided people would get bored so have said nothing. But tomorrow is my last WWDP committee before we go, so I thought it was time I ‘fessed up. Confidence is lacking in these areas

  • I hate flying – particularly take-off and landing [I was in my mid 40s before I got on a plane] and I won’t have a family member nearby to hold my hand!
  • I know hardly any German, other than Good Morning, Good Night, Please, Thank you.
  • I am convinced I shall commit some awful social faux pas, and embarrass my friend.

But I am sure it will be all OK in the end. I shall work on developing Quiet Confidence. Isaiah chapter 30 says “in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength


  1. What an awesome opportunity. Much courage and luck to you.

  2. Saltzburg is so beautiful you will soon forget all your fears and enjoy being there. It's more than 40 years since I was there but I am sure it will still have the same ambiance!

  3. Just think of raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm wooden mittens and you'll be fine!!

    Will pray for you x

    1. I love the sound of warm wooden mittens. Like clogs for the hands!

    2. What sort of sound do they make then, Bob?

  4. The hills' are alive!
    You'll be fine!
    enjoy! x

  5. What do you mean 'people like you'? You're intelligent,funny,interesting,extremely versatile and anyone should be glad to have you on whatever committee. Go for it Angela. Salzburg is beautiful and will take all your unnecessary worries away.

  6. Oh, you'll be fine. You will have a fabulous experience,so stop worrying,and practice your scales!
    Jane x

  7. Thank you to the seven people who commented on Monday afternoon- whoever you were - when I tried to open the comments box, they all disappeared! Sorry

    1. I think I was one of the "disappeared" ! Have a lovely time. I loved Salzburg and sang Sound of Music songs all week there. The boys were young and so we even did the jumpy thing on the steps singing doh a deer etc - lol!
      PS The towns folk resent the SOM stuff preferring to be known as the birthplace of Mozart.

  8. You'll have a wonderful time - just remember raindrops on roses.... And don't climb every mountain.... Cheers from carole's Chatter

  9. You will have a great time and you're not travelling a lone so that is a great bonus. Enjoy every single minute and take lots of photos to remember and look back.

  10. Ah! Wondered where my comment went - thought I had done something wrong last night....hope you have a wonderful time, and meet lots of inspirational new friends. Will be thinking of you xx

  11. I hate take off and landing too. I always find myself sucking a sweet very hard (to help the ears) and praying. I hold my own hand and imagine it's God's!! I am sure you will have an amazing time, & that you will be richly blessed. You have so much to offer. Just don't spend all day making clothes out of curtains!


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