One Week to Go!

2 fit lads

Here in Tennessee, the school summer vacation starts in one week. That’s six weeks earlier than in UK, and I still can’t get my head quite around the difference. Our kids start back at the beginning of August after eight weeks off. It makes coordinating the summer vacation with our friends in UK rather a challenge.

Anyway, as previously told here, our ‘troupe’ is back on duty with the touring circus as of June 1st, and initially that means Dave and I, Karen and Clare, Zach and Gary, and our two kids Leo and Jaymee plus Leo’s friend Chris – yes, three 13yo kids making their professional circus debut! They’ll be in the show for four weeks, then they will withdraw, along with me, possibly whizzing our kids over to Wales for a couple of weeks just to see if our place there is still standing and, of course, Leo and Jaymee to spend time with their British weights and gymnastics freaky mates Ollie and Alex. Chris would love to go as well, but I think his parents want to see something of him during the summer themselves. When we withdraw, Dave will probably stay on for a while along with the others and also be joined by Ethan and Jack, whose present show in Canada comes to an end in a week or so. They’ll therefore get a short rest they surely deserve, having been performing continuously since Christmas.


We’re really proud of what Leo and Jaymee can do – they have their own balance and strength routines including bed of nails stuff, and have done TV already. Chris has come on really well – good enough to play supporting roles, anyway. But we’re certain that four weeks will wear them down and be more than enough.

So, we’re cleaning up our converted bus, our regular roadie and driver Chet is back getting everything organised, and we’re all fretting about the things we still need to do before we set off. At least the gymnastics center is less of an issue in the summer vacation, with lots of kids missing: Pete and Ivo will hold the fort along with the other coaches who don’t do mad things like us.


Of course, our training must go on regardless…


Never pass up an opportunity…


…even in the kitchen…


kitchen acro 1

Including your flexibility…


…and strength…


And of course, we shall have access to weights, both our own in the bus and a collection the circus keeps and which can be used by anyone.


Just praying now that no-one gets sick or injured… I for one am still seeing off the last remnants of a horrible chest infection given to me by one of the gym students a few weeks back. Heigh Ho…

Some more general fitness picture now:





A nice outdoorsy one to finish with today, and two lads together enjoying being shirtless in each other’s company.


Damn – did I forget the book advert? So much to remember in this last hectic week…

Loving the Boy: ISBN 978-1-907732-30-0

The Power of Love: ISBN 978-1-907732-41-6

Against All Odds: ISBN 978-1-908645-35-7


About tonycavanagh

Born Northampton UK; school Oxford UK and Oak Ridge Tennessee, where I met my wonderful partner Dave, also from UK. Oak Ridge is our main training base for acrobatics and circus stuff, but we also established a base in Wales (UK) to serve us when we are working in Europe. Our 'story', of finding gay love, learning the acrobatics trade and then of how we got shot at during our show (and worse was to follow - just to prove that the risks of being an acrobat are not always the most obvious ones!) are now available in my three books 'Loving the Boy', 'The Power of Love' and 'Against All Odds'. Links available on most blog posts. Actually, waiting for the imminent arrival of the first printed copies was far scarier than anything we do in performance. A fourth book - not about us but exploring the sadness of a gay Native American boy denied his true identity - is currently with an agent for evaluation. watch for 'Let The Future Find Me' in due time. And now to book five... another boy, another quest... seems its always boys...
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