May's turing out to be pretty busy.
Having the boy's birthday's in one weekend was convenient - we went through to Dunedin. We had a good weekend, went out for a meal on Saturday night and had a generally relaxing time.
Douglas has had quite a lot of orienteering too.
He went up to Christchurh at the begining of the month to enter the South Island Schools Champs. He did really well and got 6th in senior boys. Natasha - his mate from here - got 3rd in the girls.
Last weekend was busy for both of us.
I thought I would make some attempt to bring everyone up to date with what Vivien and I have been up to. The trouble is I am not sure where to start.
As the weather was so good for my birthday (21ºC and wall to wall sunshine) I awarded myself the day off work. Fiddled around for the morning (just a few work calls to deal with ) and prepped my bike. Tyres blown up, brakes work etc. - necessary as not been out on it for a while.
In the corner of our garden - the bit that used to belong to Joe - was a derelict outbuilding.
I have had in the attic for the past 10 or so years a painting by Dad and a couple of framed papyrus which belonged to Mum & Dad from his time in Cairo. We are having a big clearout to make way for som home improvements and wanted to know if anyone wanted these before I take them to the charity
pealing.com is now using SSL - just like your internet banking does.
This means that your information can't be sniffed between the server and your computer.
This is recommended in modern times for all websites, but as we all have passwords we enter for pealing.com, then quite important.
Yes it is latin, a language as dead as dead can be, it killed the ancient Romans and now it's killing me.
However I cannot change the title of this peice which I had not heard and did not know anything about until it became part of my homework. It occured to me that Nicky might be familiar with it. It is a eucharistic hymn used in RC churches. I recorded it in Greenfield Baptist Church using my Nexus 5 and an app called Recforge 2
John Coltrane, a revolutionary jazz saxophonist wrote a ballad for his wife. His version last 5 mins and has a long improvisation in it. I have not learnt how to improvise around the chord changes so here is my version of the start and the end.
Here is a link to my current party piece. Moonglow from Jazzing About by Pam Wedgewood..
Here is a link to my latest recording, It is a madrigal written for lute in 1604 by Thomas Greaves who was a musician in the employ of Sir Henry Pierrepoint who was the MP for Nottingham.
I am not very happy with the tone I accheived in this but the main object was to learn to play in time with he backing track.