November books 2011

Mined Where You Walk – The German Occupation of Sark: 1940-45 by Richard Le Tissier – this was a particularly interesting book as my Gran Nora lived in Sark during the occupation and she was interviewed for the writing of this book. She appears several times and it is fascinating to read part of her life.
Red Lily by Nora Roberts
A Good Girl Comes Undone by Polly Williams
Blindman’s Buff by Faye Kellerman
Flawless by Tilly Bagshawe
A Death in Tuscany by Michele Giuttari

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Bel Canto

One of the best things about being home is being back in a choir. From the ages of 12 – 18 I sang with The Guernsey Girls Choir. We rehearsed hard every Thursday with a brilliant music teacher who I have blogged about before… here.

So, some of The Guernsey Girls Choir members have formed a “grown-up” choir called Bel Canto. I guess there are about 25 of us and the same singing teacher still conducts. Every now and then I get flashbacks to when I was younger, usually when she is telling me off for talking! It is so strange to be back in the choir, singing with some of the same people I sang with when I was 14, but it is fabulous! I had forgotten how de-stressing a good sing is and how much fun it is to feel part of something. The choir has given me back some friends and for that I will always be grateful!

On Saturday night we performed Holst’s Neptune. The choir is supposed to represent the Sirens wooing the sailors and rather strangely we didn’t stand on the stage to sing this. We didn’t even stand in the auditorium. The Polish conductor had us standing i the corridor and singing from there. When the music faded away we shut the door and turned around and walked into the green room, before breaking into a fit of giggles. Then we had to race to put our shoes on (the floor was too clip-cloppy!) before we had to go back and take our applause. It was one of the hardest pieces of music I have ever done (not least because out conductor was following the main conductor via an appropriately placed mirror!) and yet it was like being on a rollercoaster. There was no getting off once we had started and we just had to keep going until the end. That fluttery moment of excitement was just magical and apparently it sounded absolutely amazing.

So, no matter how tired or sad I am feeling or no matter what is going on at work or at home singing makes things so much better. I can’t ask for more than that.

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Still here

I have realised I am being entirely neglectful of this blog. It is partly a time thing and but also because there isn’t much going on! Life is ticking along. Work is fine (although it is like going back about 10 years in drug treatment!) although I am still waiting to be paid. It would seem that payroll and HR departments are rather inept in whichever organisation you work in!

So, just to say I am here and I will attempt to blog more. I need to be more interesting that’s the problem!

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