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Another baby sweater January 29, 2009

Filed under: Irish language,Knitting,Music — Janet @ 8:32 pm
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baby-sweater-moss-green-with-blue-sleeves  Another baby sweater completed.  For this one I used moss green Mission Falls wool for the front and back and blue Norwegian Heilo wool for the sleeves.  The broad neck is designed to make it easy to put the sweater over the baby’s head.  I used a pattern from Liz Lovick, who hosted the knitting and spinning and dyeing week in Orkney 2 years ago.

Today my Irish class resumed for the 12 week Spring Term.  There were 20 of us, some new faces, and most of the original group dating back a couple of years.  It was nice to be back.  I do appreciate our teacher’s enthusiasm.  We meet in a rather drab room across the road from the new Town Centre.  The instant coffee on offer during our break is equally drab and so today I brought my own take-away coffee from Starbuck’s – very enjoyable.  I still become rather tongue tied when it comes to saying anything in Irish, but I do enjoy listening to the language and seeing it written down.

Today was also rehearsal day for a small choir with which I try to sing.  We are rehearsing to sing at the Ladies Dinner at the Kenilworth Bowling Club.  The dinner is scheduled for February 21st – the day after Ian and I are due to get back from our trip to Hong Kong.  I hope I don’t feel too jet lagged and can stay awake to participate.  Here is our repertoire:  When Irish Eyes Are Smiling

                                                                          Dublin Can Be Heaven


                                                                          Night of Stars and Night of Love, Barcarole – Offenbach

                                                                          Sleepy River

                                                                          Any Dream Will Do – Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice

                                                                          Thank You For The Music – Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus


Music for the Recorder Concert January 25, 2009

Filed under: Music,Reading,Recorders — Janet @ 1:19 pm
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In an earlier post before Christmas I wrote about the music the recorder consort group was working on in preparation for a concert with a group of viol players.  Well, the date for the concert has been fixed for February 4 and following are the pieces selected for the performance.

              Ballet – Michael Praetorius (1571-1621)

             Riu riu chiu – Anonymous (c. 1550)

            Privilegi della corte – Orazio Vecchi (1550-1605)

            La Nuvolina (1600) – Floriano Canali

           Heth sold ein meskin gain om wim – Anonymous (c. 1520)

          Ah Robin, gentle Robin – William Cornish (1465-1523)

Now I must settle down for more practice before the event.

recorder-day-at-the-dit-051A recorder ensemble, January 2008 – my teacher is the tall player, 3rd from the right

Reading Suggestions:  haruki-murakamiI was attracted to this book by the cover, and the title – What I talk About When I Talk About Running.  This book is a mixture, part travelogue, part training log, and part reminiscence.  It would interest long distance runners and cyclists.  Given that the author was born in 1949, it is also an interesting analysis of the aging process and strenuous sports.  When I bought the book I didn’t know that Murakami was a well-known author.  Now I look forward to reading one of his novels.  I have chosen Norwegian Wood.