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Sunday, December 09, 2018


It has been a frustrating weekend but I did manage a few hours at Flatford this morning!

Lets hope next weekend is better!

Saturday, December 01, 2018

The Churches of Stansted Mountfitchet

It is wet, it is dull so I stayed relatively close to home

Stansted Mountfitchet is a large village in North West Essex and has two churches.

The Church of St Mary the Virgin lies a mile from the village (there was a Hall here) and was built in the first half of the 12th century. It has been extensively altered over the years especially by the Victorians. Today it is redundant and in the care of the Excellent Churches Conservation Trust. Redundant it may be but unloved it is not as there was a chap putting up Christmas lights.

Brick towers are not unusual in Essex. This was added in 1692.

putting up the lights

A big clue to the Norman origins!

In 1889 a chapel of ease was built much nearer to the village and today it is the church of St John the Evangelist.

I do like the two "perspex" soldiers guarding the monument.

Another view!

Friday, November 30, 2018

Czech National Symphony Orchestra

Last Friday evening I looked at my tickets for the concert I was going to Sunday and got a shock that it was at 3pm and not 7:30pm as I was expecting.

The concert was the Czech National Symphony Orchestra with Violinist Jennifer Pike  (a former BBC young musician of the year)

The programme was:

  • Smetana - Comedy Overture
  • Bruch -Violin Concerto
  • Piazzolla - Libertango
  • Dvorak - Symphony No 8 

I haven't written my thoughts before as I wanted to cogitate and consider my thoughts.

Now it's NOT that I didn't enjoy it, I did, but the pervading thought was pleasant and I expected more. The Bruch is a very popular piece and won I liked but it didn't WOW me. It seem a bit restrained.... I wonder if they didn't want to overpower the violin but I it almost felt like it was at 80%....

The Piazzolla, for me, didn't really work. It's a piece that I think would work with a smaller ensemble...

For me the best piece was the Dvorak it didn't sound as restrained as the Bruch and it was more engrossing.

It was pleasant (that word again) but not more.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Clare again

Trish has just flown into Stansted from warmer climes and as is here for a concert Sunday. Today I took her for a wander around Clare.

The old station

The priory.

Into the church

Finally I visited the Old Station cafe for a coffee and bacon roll!

On the way back we stopped to look at St Mary's, Great Dunmow. I've never been in before!

There are two perspex (?) "humans" bearing witness. Nice idea.