|Can't get enough of that winter sun. Sitting in it, drawing in it, digging in it, singing in it, standing in it....today I painted and made stew and tried not to get too wild about having time off so that I relax and actually get a few things done and have a rest. My Dad and Stepmum are coming to stay. We haven't seen each other for three and a half years. I'm so lookin forward to it. I passed all my subjects, had a great recital and now inspired for the last semester. I want to eat pudding. Lots of it. And chicken soup. Our potatoes are delicious; sweet and tender. What are you doing to stay cosy in the cold?|
|It occured to me last night at our end of semester concert that I don't talk much about Uni, nor do I post photos of that part of my life, of which it takes up a good portion. I'm one semester and two subjects shy of my degree and I have learned so much. So many songs, in so many languages, new rhythms, ragas, techniques, forms, traditions. And I've done that with wonderful people; some half my age. All delightful. We've learned so much from each other. Parenting and studying, especially something as potentially time consuming as music has been a huge challenge. I now and then imagine what I would have achieved had I done my Music degree 10 years ago - pre- mama days, and then sensibly I take stock of what I have achieved with limited time. I feel so fortunate that I get to make music every day and that I'm supported by my family. I've found my musical community and that make me very happy.|
|This weekend, Big Honey and I back to back at our computers. Stocked with all we need to survive end of semester reports, essays, chart writing, exam preparation. I'm 979 words into a 3000 word essay. I'd better get cracking. It's due tomorrow!May your gardens be shimmering with the drenching they have received. May you be warm and cosy and enjoying this Sunday.|
Listening to Nitin Sawhney, Queen, Teresa Christina, Anouar Brahem.