And I was doing so well, posting almost every day – best intentions and all that…
I’ve had a rather busy time. First, there was a big concert with Bromley Symphony last weekend – Mahler 9: quite an occasion. It was interesting that two of my guests, neither of whom is particularly knowledgeable about music, independently told me afterwards that they liked the final adagio movement most of all. As for me, it just makes me cry.
I had to hire three bass bells for the performance (from Bell Percussion in Acton). That meant two return trips on Friday and Monday mornings to collect and return – in all about seven hours travelling, time I could have spend rather more usefully packing boxes and shifting things, as the other big event since I last posted was the sale of my shop (at long last). I thought I’d be more emotional about saying goodbye to the place I’ve spent a lot of the past 26 years, but apart from a teary moment in the deli when I picked up my last lunchtime panino, I’ve felt rather detached. There’s still a lot of unpacking to be done, and I have to get used to a new way of working (from home), so perhaps I’m just too busy to think about it.
And finally… bonus points to the first person to identify the operatic quotation that heads this entry!