1. My Cara Sposa brought me home a lovely bouquet of flowers. This made me smile a lot.
2. On Saturday we walked down the Backs and got to see the beautiful spring floral display. We were heading into town for a free recital of Prime Brass at Kings College Chapel. There was an element of me just keeping Siôn company but as it turned out it was well worth the effort and their rendition of the finale from Symphony No. 3.
by Saint-Saëns (youtube
) was wonderful. They played a great piece of Widor that I'd never heard of before too. I think the acoustics in the chapel helped keep the sound bright, and avoided any possible association of colliery band in the sound.
(One of the audience was a chap in a wheelchair who perhaps had cerebral palsy. He was making very loud vocal noises at the end of each piece just after the rest of the audience had stopped clapping. I countered my sadness at other people's inappropriate stares by 'tuning' in to his responses (rather than pretending he wasn't there) and it was only then that I realised that this was his very deliberate way of making his appreciation heard. What was really cool was that the ensemble had clearly worked this out too and factored it in to their timings. I thought that was ace.)
Afterwards we had a rather tasty supper at the St John's Chop house. Lovely lovely evening.
3. The downstairs bathroom has had a mini-makeover and been painted in a pale 'ocean' blue. The finishing touches came in the form of a stunning shell machine-embroidered picture by my sister, and a wonderful shot of three blue and white striped beach huts at Wells-next-the-sea taken by Siôn, which he had enlarged, printed and mounted on to canvas. Amazing how the right picture can bring a scheme together. I'm very chuffed with it.