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My wife plays the recorder - mostly Early Music but some modern things. She plays in several groups and also organizes concerts with visiting professionals. It is a wonderful way to spend her retirement. Unfortunately, I have a completely tin ear so I can't share this with her. But I do love the sound of her practicing, which she often does for several hours a day.
I like the story of finding you had a sea view on the last day - I think it rained every day we were in Scotland - not hard, but a constant drizzle. This is a picture from the hike where my wife broke her finger - we had our lunch watching the clouds pour over this mountain.
Made it in again after days of having trouble with cookies, passwords, date/time. I called in a technician to help and he told me that the reason we talk about bugs in the computer is that in Silicon Valley there was a bug running around live inside a motherboard. A kind of wood louse.
Early spring here, very green but cold.
E, I once helped write to new sober people on a LifeRing buddy email system and not one replied. Very demoralising.
Let me look at threads I've missed and then post again tomorrow.
Love to you, death to bureaucratic form-fillers.
I'm always amazed how fantastic the recorder can sound when played at advanced level. Our local primary school employed a really good recorder teacher and although it was sheer agony listening to the 6 year olds starting out, by 11 some of them were good, and she would have her seniors play as well and some of them were incredible.
Perfect for early music of course. That medieval vibe is so comforting I find.
Scotland is supposed to be at its best in May. My experience of Scottish holidays has mostly been in July when it has treated me to the dual pleasures of rain and midges! I have been to the festival a couple of times and even Edinburgh in August has had torrential rain!
Makes me think of Archy and Mehitabel. I always loved the idea of Archy writing free poetry without capitals simply because a cockroach can't operate the shift mechanism. I heard Ian Mcewan speakon the radio. He has written a novella called The Cockroach in which a cockroach gets to be British PM. About right!
As for computers, what with bugs and mice and viruses it's all a bit vermin ridden.
Lovely to see you here, love to you too.
A cockroach or two in the Cabinet sounds about right. The last Ian McEwan I read was Saturday -- I should do some catching up.
Windy cold spring here, the Finance Monster breathing down my neck, just the usual stresses of freelancing. It is my birthday this weekend and I shall eat asparagus and artichokes with roast chicken in the back garden because we can't afford restaurants or fine dining. The neighbour has given me a a carefully chosen gift of a large ugly beer mug she spotted on sale at a discount. She bought a dozen to hand out to family and friends.
The Depression Monster seems to have gone dormant which is good news.
Love, bliss, ordinary everyday happiness etc to you
Roast chicken with asparagus and artichokes sounds pretty good. Happy birthday Mary. I always put some sprigs of thyme in my roast chicken - but I just read a recipe from Provence that puts in a cup and a half of fresh thyme - I'm going to have to try that.
Enjoy your spring, we're just moving in to fall and having some wonderful weather.
Happy Birthday to You! That meal sounds perfect, as long as I don't think about my egg-laying feathered friends in the garden too hard!
Bojo ploughs on as PM here, even though he has been found guilty of acting unlawfully by 11 high court judges. I don't suppose I'd be allowed to keep my job had I been judged in such a way. Off with his head. Send him to the Tower. Or at least wrestle him to the ground before he completely wrecks things.
My new mission is to drink more water. It might be my imagination but my brain feels much juicier.
Have a lovely time celebrating. x
Thanks, Brian -- I also like thyme with chicken and have a variety of thymes growing out in the garden: lemon thyme, orange thyme, variegated thymes. One of the staples, along with parsley, mint, oreganum.
Stopping drinking is hard, there is just no getting around that. But many of us here had done it, and if we can do it, so can you. First tries don't always work. One thing you could do is go to a doctor, there are things they can give you that make stopping easier. And if you can find a recovery group, that can help too - being around other people who are trying to stop is a big help. What you have to do is just keep trying. I'm hoping for the best for you.