I got two people ask me how I got on with my organ adventure (make that three if you count Sultan).
Maybe I'll get another chance to have a play on one sooner rather than later...
He'll be as pleased as punch I've mentioned him on here!
'Farageing' as they say.... Not more signs?Gill the Piano wrote:Trudging round a huge antiques centre just having a browse.
She was 12 in June, Gill. She has lived with us since she was 3 and a half - previously she was used for breeding and wasn't in a great state when we got her. She developed a cough in May which didn't respond to treatment so a couple of x-rays and an ultra sound later and she has dilated cardiomyopathy, two lots of tablets to take twice daily and a new lease on lifeGill the Piano wrote:Bless her - how old is she, Feg?
She is not brand new, and not everyone's cup of tea, but I am now the proud owner of a Volvo XC60, 2.4l D5 on a 59 plate with 32,800 on the clock. Oh, and it is a rare 2 wheel drive version so not a Chelsea tractor
I spent a rather wonderful couple of hours playing violin with a local pianist tackling the accompaniments. We are rehearsing for two informal music sessions as part of the Balerno Music Festival. Apart from the usual Kreisler and Elgar standards, I would appear to have found my inner Stephane Grappelli. Never thought I would cope with jazz violin.
Learning the piano is a lonely old hobby (maybe that's why it suits me down to the ground) unlike, say a string or woodwind instrument that one can always join an orchestra or chamber set with. That's what I find anyway.Feg wrote:See, you are not alone Loads of support out there.
The best bit for me was hearing the sound of my violin resonate and sing as never before. She lives in a converted farm steading and the acoustics in her kitchen were marvellous. Good acoustics make even my playing sound glorious.
I'm hoping that when the Festival is over, we can continue playing together.
Just that I'm up for review and my last one was in mid 2013. But this is a different one as I'm not eligible for the contributions based one after November, so I have to get the income based one, which means a means test. I do not have to provide any medical details but I have a long list of proofs that I have to show to the Benefits Agency as a mandatory requirement. However I've done means tested benefits before so I kinda know what to expect and what they ask for. The main thing to remember is that they don't trust you or believe anything you tell them so you have to provide proof even if they don't ask for it.Gill the Piano wrote:Lordy, that's almost as bad as the care allowance form we had to fill in for Mum! Do a bit at a time then leave it for a while or you'll get boggled by it...
It may mean another cut. I had one last November.
I think I'll have to learn to do it before I boast about it on avatars. How does one think positively when one is in such a deep pile of pigswill?Gill the Piano wrote:See your avatar...
She also said one volunteer, who does the rock music was very distraught that I had gone. I just wish I had the confidence. I told Shazia I was in a permanently scared state.
The garage is motorbike territory. There were four, then one went away (it will be sold early next month) and another one arrived so we are still at four. If you are still following this, one more will be sold so eventually there will be three!
Meantime, motorbike Tetris will be the norm for a few weeks yet.