Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Finally I got a booking. He arrived. Fumbled around in his van. Replaced the head of the pump and was gone. He talked about his girlfriend a lot (was it me setting up the video camera that urged his display of heterosexuality?) but now I've got hot water, hot radiators and a £198.32 hole in my pocket. He also recommended I have a Power Flush as I'm suffering from sludge. Missus!
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
Over the five days we stayed with them they drove us around, cooked for us, gave us gifts, took us on a walk through a winter wonderland in the snow covered forest of Dean, took us to a rural pub, out for dinner and introduced us to some of their lovely friends both on Christmas Eve in town and again at their house party on Boxing Day. When people have such lovely friends it says much as much about them as it does about the friends.
The Drawing Game went down almost as well as the Christmas cheer.
A perfect Christmas.
Friday, December 24, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Based on the two German legends of Tannhäuser and the song contest at Wartburg, the story centres on the struggle between sacred and profane love, and redemption through love.
It's a long opera - three acts - so we had to be in there for a 6:30 start and didn't get out until 11pm. A full 4 1/2 hours of Teutonic fun. It was high church opera with a lots of swelling orchestral flourishes and men stripped to the waist romping around on a bed. Marvellous.