Today’s picture shows a camel which impressed Mary Jo from Manitoba when she went to have a look at Queen Victoria’s modest tribute to her husband, the Albert Memorial.
It is a rather brief post today as everything in the garden was very soggy after some heavy overnight rain…
…and we had to have an early lunch before things were able to dry up because we had a concert in Carlisle Cathedral to prepare for.
We saw a splendid display of ink cap fungus in the car park when we got to the city.
After driving through another tremendous shower on the way to there, we were pleased to find the cathedral bathed in sunshine when we arrived.
The concert was chiefly given by the Glasgow Phoenix Choir but our Carlisle choir had three songs to do as a starter for each half. This meant an afternoon spent practising as the concert had arrived at very short notice and we were a bit underprepared and getting organised as far as things like seating and singing a couple of songs with the other choir went.
After the practice, we had a couple of hours to kill before the performance so we went to Rickerby Park in the centre of the town to have a picnic tea to restore our strength.
The car park was full of the cars of dog walkers….
…but we were the only picnickers.
To tell you the truth, it was perhaps a little chilly for eating outside but the light was gorgeous and if you could find a spot sheltered from the wind, it was not too bad.
The park and the river Eden were looking at their best.
There was even a herd of cows to make the scene look truly pastoral.
Back at the cathedral, which has a spectacular ceiling….
…I enjoyed listening to the Phoenix choir a lot and they had three splendid soloists to add a bit of variety to their menu. I can’t speak for the whole of our choir but I felt that the tenors in particular were a lot better in the first half when we sang really well than in the second by which time, a little fatigue may have set in.
As we drove home, we noticed that the temperature had dropped to 4°C so there may be some damage to see when we get up. We are going back to Carlisle again tomorrow for our regular choir practice so we will have done a lot of singing over the weekend.