Today was spent at Basildon Park, a National Trust property near Reading. This gave us chance to enjoy a picnic in the chillingly cold (but rather beautiful) outdoors. We also got to explore the house and go on an Easter Egg Hunt. Although you get used to not being allowed to touch anything in these grand places, this was a far more hands on day. I even got to play some piano in the main house. The picture is from the never knowingly underdecorated Garden Room.
As I was driving from place to place the other day I spotted this building by the roadside. It suggested itself as a 'picture of the day' but I only managed this one, badly composed shot before the camera's battery died. Does anyone know what this structure was for?
Musical adventures are underway. More on that very soon.
Today we were faced with a messy house that needed a proper clear up. So, without much hesitation, we jumped in the car and drove to Oxford. There was an activity day at the Oxford Science Museum and a chance meeting with an old friend in the cafe at Blackwells bookshop. As well as all this we got to walk around the giant trees outside the Natural History Museum. Huge fun.
I spent the weekend catching up with friends and enjoying my birthday. I am now the proud owner of a new book on baking, a CD of Bach cantatas sung by Andreas Scholl and the latest book of photographs by Annie Liebowitz. Oh, and a large, inflatable dinosaur.
I've been reading the poetry of John Burnside (Black Cat Bone is a haunting volume), getting increasingly fed up with pop music and more ready than ever to grasp a chance to play exciting and original music.
March has a knack of flying by quickly though, so I need to make each day count.