Sunday, 31 August 2008
Friday, 29 August 2008
To reserve a space on the chorus you just needed to send an email – so I did this straight away and then happily turned up at 10am on the Sunday morning ready to sing! There were about 500 people of all ages, in the chorus. We sang a selection of nautical themed folk songs, finishing with the beautiful Skye Boat Song. You can have a listen here if you want!
I'm hoping that they will have another next year – hopefully I can convince some friends to come along with me for a great day singing in the Proms!
Tuesday, 26 August 2008
Monday, 25 August 2008
This was the first leg of The Cotswold Way – a national trail of about 100 miles stretching from Chipping Camden to Bristol.
I won't go into huge detail about the actual route of the walk – if you want to do the trail yourself, there are plenty of websites where you can download maps, routes etc. Here are some points of interest I spotted on the walk.
This was the site of many family picnics and adventures when I was younger. This is also the venue for the Olimpick Games!
Legend has it that the Devil stood on top of the hill and kicked a boulder towards Evesham Abbey. There are lots of local tales and legends about this hill.
We did the walk on the first hot and sunny day for what seems like months! This was good as it meant that the farmers could get out and finish the harvest.
Broadway itself was much prettier than I remembered – but of course as this was August Holiday - and sunny, it was full of tourists! Unfortunately (although, fortunate for my bank balance) my walking boots meant that I was not able to go inside any of the lovely shops there!
The walk took us about 3 hours, at a leisurely pace. The walk from Chipping Camden to Dovers Hill is quite steep, but the rest of the walk is quite even until the walk down hill into Broadway.
Gardening Tip Number 1 – What shall I do with my vegetables while away for a long weekend? How will I water them while Master Plum is away at a music
I haven't actually tried this tip yet, and read it in Mummy Plum's “Country Living” magazine yesterday. I am currently away for a long weekend and wondering what has become of my peppers in the greenhouse......
Sunday, 24 August 2008
“London 1792. The Kellaways move from rural Dorset to the tumult of a cramped, unforgiving city. They are leaving behind a terrible loss, a blow that only a completely new life may soften.”
Like Chevalier's other historical novels, this is a good quick summer read. I found the characters a bit one dimensional and didn't really warm to any of them until the end of the book and Maisie Kellaway's return to Dorset. The principle characters are Jem Kellaway and Maggie Butterfield and the story follows their journey from innocence to experience – a theme pursued by William Blake.
The story is set in Lambeth with the newly arrived Kellaway family, who had moved there from Dorset following a family tragedy Their neighbour is the radical William Blake, which gives Chevalier opportunity to quote from his work and hence the title of the book “Burning Bright”.
To emphasise the origins of the Kellaways, Chevalier uses colloquialisms in their dialogue – which I found annoying – “thank'ee for the beer” and “z'long” all the way through the book. This wasn't necessary and anyone reading the book could quite easily imagine the accents without it being written down!
Thursday, 21 August 2008
Wednesday, 20 August 2008
What a lovely surprise!
I am a big fan of tea and cakes ... whether it is a cup of tea and a chocolate brownie at Mrs Brown's Tea Shop, a piece of my own chocolate cake or something a bit flashier in London - I love it all!!
Tuesday, 19 August 2008
According to Mr Plum's uncle - this year has not been a good year for tomatoes ... could this be why my crop is still green?
Sunday, 17 August 2008
Saturday, 16 August 2008
Mr Plum and I recently spent 5 days in Yorkshire, house and Nanna sitting, while the in-laws were on holiday in Devon.
Tuesday, 12 August 2008
Monday, 11 August 2008
I am concerned about my pumpkins....
Sunday, 10 August 2008
Friday, 8 August 2008
Wednesday, 6 August 2008
Me and Mr Plum went to the Innocent Fete in Regents Park on Sunday. Having grown up in a small village where the yearly fete was one of the highlights of the social calendar, I thought that an afternoon of morris dancing, welly wanging and tea and cakes would be the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon in August.