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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Out and About

My friend Jan was up from deepest darkest Cornwall and for once she had an evening free! and I was able to sneak a day off so I picked her up from her daughters and we headed to the Food Company for brunch..... Smoked Salmon & Scrambled Eggs and a Latte.

The food company has lots of good food and some essential supplies were purchased :) I raided their cheese for the weekend.

We then went for a ride out in the country stopping off at Baythorne Hall for some wine shopping (Jan likes a glass or two of wine, cough cough) and ended up at Finchingfield for some late lunch.

Some pics!

ooh a Kingfisher! Pity I only had a compact! It was a fair way off and not out in the open!

A bit closer but I couldn't get a clear view.

We headed home. Jan cooking a lovely meal. Seafood Terrine followed by Garlic Cod, New Pots, Leaks and Samphire! I provided a bottle or two of wine. Oh I washed up!

We then had a long natter (we talked all day!) and watched some telly. Great day and the weather was lovely!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Rules are Rules .... or are they?

I was told off Sunday afternoon for taking a photo at Saffron Hall. Now to be fair I am sure there is something in the T’s C’s about no photography or recording equipment in the auditorium and ok slapped wrist. The photo was particularly silly

and given that the auditorium was virtually empty and no performance was taking place I didn’t think it mattered. But rules are rules and I would ordinarily have treated it as "come on Pete you should know better".

However as the orchestra came on stage someone was standing to the side and took a photo and nipped back to their seat (they may been the local press) but on twitter later someone posted a non-professional snap of the orchestra earning a well earned applause and the Hall twitter feed liked it.

Now this happens a lot. At Wigmore Hall (an excellent venue I might add) I was reviewing pictures I had taken in Hyde park when an official came up to me and said no photography (and I wasn’t taking photos) and yet their twitter feed regularly retweets photos taken by audience members and this frankly p!sses me off! If you have rules enforce them or don’t bother.

Now don’t get me wrong I would be particularly miffed if someone was taking photos during a performance (as has happened at Wigmore Hall, I was sat next to the irritating person) but if I’m honest I don’t see the problem of a picture of the auditorium or of the orchestra or band milking the applause (as an aside many venues ban photography but are happy for you to take photos on a tour) but I can understand that a blanket no photography ban is way easier to enforce than being specific about the performance. And as I say given I don’t approve of people taking pictures during a performance a blanket ban makes some sense.

The point of this post is that it is a little irritating to get your wrist slapped to find the venue retweeting or liking someone else doing the same thing.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

A musical afternoon

I went to Saffron Hall this afternoon to see the Bergen Philharmonic orchestra and the  conductor Edward Gardener . They were joined by the cellist Leonard Elschenbroich.

The attention was to spend an hour at Audley first but the weather was awful so we headed straight to the concert.

The programme was:

First Half
Edvard Grieg - Peer Gynt
Edward Elgar - Cello Concerto

Second Half
Bela Bartok - Concerto for Orchestra

Predictably I loved the first half..... both are wonderful pieces of music. Hard to chose a favourite of the two. The Peer Gynt end with a rousing Mountain King whilst cellist Elschenbroich played the Elgar with passion. I was less keen on his choice of encore hey ho.

I'm not a Bartok fan so was a bit unsure if I would enjoy it but I really did, There was fire and humour throughout.

Those who rushed off at the end missed the encore ... Elgar's Nimrod from the Enigma Variations. A really cracking afternoon

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Frustrating day but ultimately successful

Trish is up for a concert tomorrow and neither of us could make up our mind what to do. As it was meant to be sunny we went to London to go to Hyde Park.

I had left my tablets at home, it was cloudy and then it started to rain and we thought blow this and returned I took just a few pictures.

As we approached Epping Tube station I was surfing on the phone (shut up Trish!) and saw a tweet about Waxwings in Cheshunt! So off we went..... alas I hadn't got the dSLR so.....

Sunday, January 08, 2017


I wandered into Thaxted today.....

It is a pretty little village with a lovely Parish church. As I've said before that when I was a child I often saw that fabulous spire from a distance.....

I've sort of repeated the photos twice today..... there is a reason..... honest

A selfie SHUDDER!