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Merry Christmas! 2011

December 24, 2011

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Douce France

August 17, 2010

Just back from amazing 3-week holiday in France — mellow, tanned and broke!  Wonderful weather almost all of the time, fabulous scenery, sights and cities, great food (including our own picnics) and wine — even the cheapest at 2 euros for 1.5 litres…

Special thanks to Janie and Mark for the invitation to make music in Le Croisic (in Brittany);  to the prorietors of our magical Chambre d’hote in the tiny village of Aumagne which just about saved our lives and gave us a magical and unexpected weekend;  to John and Ann for generously allowing us to be the first guinea-pigs in their gite in Moux in the Corbieres, and for the wonderful lunch (and new loo seat!);  and to Diggory and Russell for once again allowing us to share their idyllic retreat (with pool) in the Provencal vineyards above Entrechaux.

And to Diana for being there and sharing it all, and for doing most of the 2800 miles of driving!  Love you xxx

And to France for being so big and varied, and true to itself, and unspoiled, and… French.

Nul points to Michelin Green Guides for changing their format so you can’t find anything any more, and for being so badly proofread — which they never used to be.

But hurrah for the Michelin Road Atlas for telling you everything you need to know, especially where the scenic routes are.

We have another 500 photos or so, one of these days…

I’m still here

January 16, 2009

p1110845Very quick update from the office…

Apologies for news blackout – lost email and internet connection for most of the past month, not fixed yet.

Great Park Lane Group concert at Purcell Room on 9 January – my niece (bassoonist) Rosie’s major London debut, playing John Casken, Anthony Payne, and new pieces by Graham Sheen and Graham Waterhouse. Also a great string quartet (the Solstice Quartet – one to watch:  playing Ligeti, Swayne, Kurtag and Joe Cutler).

Then a lovely weekend away in France – cold and frosty but bright.  Rouen, Dieppe, Varengeville – great sights, super food.

Then (Diana and me both) suddenly smitten by return of gastric flu bug which knocked us out for a few days (and mysteriously gave me a black eye).

Normal service will resume as soon as Virgin.net can get me back up and running at home.  Meanwhile we start rehearsing Die Tote Stadt at the Opera House net week – wow!

photos of Italy

August 10, 2008

Following my wonderful jaunt to play Rossini’s La Cenerentola in Umbria, here is a photo album for your edification and enjoyment.  Click on the link below:

http://www.photobox.co.uk/album/59739568

album by PhotoBox