I’ve added to my set of camping essentials with some luminous tent pegs. Well, probably not essentials but I like using some large plastic pegs for visibility when pegging out my guy ropes and these, replacing some well worn ones that are getting a bit bent now, will be visible all of the day and at least part of the night.
A lot of my weekend has been spent cooking up various preserves to make the most of our ongoing plum harvest. Plum jam, plum jam with rum and plum chutney have been the main three so far.
One thing I have noted is that it seems to take a lot longer to reach the setting point than the instructions seem to suggest. Perhaps I’m not using enough heat or my fruit has a higher moisture content than that used for testing.
There are more plums on the tree (and other fruit in the garden), so more chance to pin things down through experimentation!
Today we’ve been shopping for a new mattress. It is an odd experience, with lots of lying down involved. I think we did a circuit of possible choices two or three times, by which point it was beginning to get easier to make judgements between them.
Thanks to the excellent Abingdon Beds for their forbearance and being helpful without being overbearing.
I slept soundly through the episode but Jane told me that she’d woken at about 4:30am and heard a sound in the garden. When she looked out to investigate, it turned out we had a hedgehog visitor – the first one we’ve seen for a while.
As well as listening to some great music, I’ve been trying to play some of it as well. I had another Long Player gig last Saturday at a very mini-festival (a charity event in someone’s back garden – brilliantly done). It was acoustic, with mics to support the vocals and guitar but my double bass work had to sing under its own steam. All in all, it sounded pretty good but I did have some plucking hand blisters by the end.
Thank heavens for the bow which let them get some relief! It was also good that I was playing electric guitar – with plectrum – the next day at church and I should be ready for the electric bass duties lined up this Sunday (church and also the Red Lion jam in Brightwell cum Sotwell in the evening).
Despite my reservations, it turned out to be quite enjoyable. We decided not to get in as early as we could but stopped for a pub lunch on the way. On balance, probably not a saving compared to buying from the concession stands inside but, hot damn, we got to make our choice (and thumbs up for The Halfway House – much quieter than it should have been under that sheltered pergola enjoying their garden).
I think Chick Corea, with the Spanish Heart Band, was probably worth the price of admission all by themselves. The communication – and camaraderie – between the musicians was fantastic; I love gigs where you know you had to be there to experience that performance. It was also the first time where I’ve seen a dancer as a featured soloist.
Snarky Puppy were also pretty good, although they took longer than Chick’s group to get past the sound issues (as a musician, it is perversely heartening to see that even big acts like these don’t get the perfect sound from the off in these kind of settings) and the other acts we watched in the Big Top (Orphy Robinson, Judi Jackson and Tim Garland) were all great. Along with other acts we saw more in passing, I think it was worthwhile in the end.
Gosh! You know what… we’ve been to the cinema again. That’s twice in a month. I think it is all about the change in ticket price at the local Vue multiplex which, as mentioned at the start of the month, has dropped down to about a fiver (technically £4.99 but that excludes the booking fee). I don’t think we’ll be going every week but it feels like a more reasonable price – we can check out films we are interested in with an outing and, if we want to watch them again, we can wait for them to drop to about a fiver for the DVD.
BTW, this time the film was Yesterday (2019). It has a vaguely sci-fi premise (the hero, a struggling musician wakes up after an accident where certain parts of our culture – including The Beatles – have been erased; everyone now thinks he is a song-writing genius) but it’s really much more in the RomCom vein with a good dose of music while avoiding crossing the line into a musical.
Anyway, inspiring enough for me to get a complete Beatles songbook out of the library again today!