Today’s guest picture comes from Mike Tinker. He and his wife Alison were able to take a little time off from talking with their granddaughters on their recent visit to NZ to enjoy the sights. The picture shows the Split Apple rock in the Abel Tasman National Park
…I plunged into a hot bath in a successful effort to ease some of the aches out of my legs.
By the time that I got out, the rain had stopped but things were still rather soggy.
After lunch, we were joined by fellow choir member Jeremy and we went off to Carlisle for our usual choir practice. We were starting half an hour early this week, as the rail network has closed the railway through Lockerbie for several weeks for repairs and our choir master and accompanist, who usually come on the train from Glasgow, are having to catch a relief bus instead. This makes their journey much longer and throws out the schedule as well.
Things were not helped this week by the first bus being full so that they had to wait for a relief, relief bus. The driver of this bus got lost twice and made an unscheduled stop so they were half an hour late getting to the practice. It is greatly to their credit that the conductor didn’t take any of his justified anger out on us and our accompanist played with all her usual skill and tactful support..
Fortunately while we were waiting, another choir member had the nous and the skill to give us a warm up and take us through a couple of the more straightforward pieces and when a conductor was needed as he had to concentrate on the piano part, I modestly offered my services and waved my arms about, more or less in time with the music.
By dint of doing without our usual tea break, we managed in the end to have a full and useful session and we should be well prepared for a short concert in which we are involved on Friday.
When we got home, the venison stew was very tasty and as it was accompanied by rhubarb crumble, it rounded off the day very well.
The light was also good enough for me to catch another of those feisty goldfinches as flying bird of the day.