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Sunday, 15 January 2017

Saffron Hall - a wonderful afternoon

It's been a very dreary day weather wise today but this afternoon it was as if the sun was shining.  Having intended to visit Audley End before the concert the weather dictated we went straight to the concert... and wow!!

We were at Saffron Hall for some musical delights provided by the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra with the conductor Edward Gardener.

The first piece, was
Greig's Peer Gynt Suite

 -  a piece that I grew up on but today was the first time I heard/saw a live performance - one of excellence

Second on the agenda was Elgar's Cello Concerto in E minor Op85 - the cellist being Leonard Elschenbroich - the orchestra and cellist kept me enrapt throughout.. one of my favourite choices.

The final programmed piece was Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra (1943) - not a piece I am familiar with and generally not a great fan of Bartok's.  However, today I had my mind changed.. and loved the fourth and fifth movements in particular.

And the encore???  Well anyone who had to rush away really missed a great treat - Elgar's Nimrod from the Enigma variations.. always manages to bring a tear (of pure joy and emotion) to my eyes

Thank you to all concerned for a wonderful afternoon....

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Hit & miss day but ended well

Up with Pete this weekend.  The forecast was for cold, but wall-to-wall sunshine.  We couldn't make up our minds on several options as to what to do, but given the good forecast we went to Hyde Park to look for birds and hopefully Little Owls.

We got there... it was very dull, . the sun was nowhere to be seen, then it started to rain .. hey ho... decided to call it a day and headed back after a visit to a couple of camera shots.

Pete was surfing on his phone (in this event I was tooooo critical) - and discovered there were Waxwings not far from where we had parked the car when we left on the train.

So the day got better as I managed to get some record shots of said Waxwings (hadn't got the dSLR so used the bridge camera - hence records shots only) ..

so all's well that ends well...

Sunday, 8 January 2017

A short potter at Petworth

Weather was grey again this morning and it was wet.. so stayed fairly local and went to Petworth before doing some unsuccessful shopping...

All the usual culprits out on the lake..

and a good scone was had ...

It was extremely wet so not many photo opportunities..

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Bushy Park and Claremont Gardens..

Didn't know what to do today... almost at the point of getting in the car I was undecided.. so headed off to Bushy Park....

The light was awful.  On the pond, the surface -  was water but underneath still frozen.

A posy Grey Heron..

After a wander around the pond .. I set of intending to call in at Polesden Lacy on the way home.. but on sudden impulse went to Claremont.. got a parking space so had an excellent scone there.. and a wander around the lake..

Jackdaws on the tea-room roof!

Admiring the lake..

Wishing Mr Ponders was here to enjoy the water..

Pleasant wander before heading off home ..
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