Month: December 2014

Jelly Ears, Tree Rings and Sun Spots

We’ve been for another walk. It was a very cold, very bright day, and the sun was setting by the time we got back to the car at about four in the afternoon. Now, I’ve divided up this afternoon’s photographs into three categories for you, as indicated in the title of this post. First up:…

Vibrato is an ORNAMENT!

Vibrato is something that I’ve been known to get tetchy about. Only the other day, I leapt out of my comfy chair to pull the plug on a Radio 3 broadcast of Richard Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs), because even though it’s one of my all-time favourites, the (nameless) soprano was warbling so wildly that I…

What’s in Aunty Muriel’s stocking?

Grown-up tuck, posh booze and Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances on the radio – what could make for a better Christmas? A pile of brilliant presents, that’s what. And even though a nasty winter virus forced me into a sulk and made me give up on Christmas this year, I’ve still had a lovely day thanks to the…