It's such a long time since I last posted that I'm sure you've given up looking. So what have I been doing? Not a lot really - staying inside when it's been hot because the house stays cool - and watching the tennis, of course.
I've sewn and knitted a few things for Evelynne, whom we will see for a few days next week before she and her mother return to Belgium, where I'm sure Russell has missed them both very much for the past five weeks.
In mid-January we spent 3 days at Beechworth in north east Victoria. The main purpose for the visit was for 'Opera in the Alps' in the grounds of La Trobe University Campus.
Talk about 'gadding about' .... at the end of January I flew to Sydney for a free 'Opera in the Domain (part of the Sydney Botanic Gardens)'. The opera was Leonard Bernstein's 'Candide' ......Based on Voltaire's satirical novel of 1759, 'Candide' is a hilarious, harsh and hedonistic adventure....... Blindly following the advice of his tutor Pangloss (Paul McDermott), the relentlessly optimistic Candide (David Hobson) careers through a series of wild experiences and astonishing coincidences to return home to his beloved Cunegonde (Emma Matthews) enlightened by a new, more realistic philosophy of life.
Some of the crowd of 30,000 who enjoyed a very amusing performance, on another lovely evening for sitting outdoors listening to beautiful music.
David Hobson (Candide) and Emma Matthews (Cunegonde)
Paul McDermott, well-known TV presenter, writer, painter, dancer, singer, in centre of photo. This was Paul's first foray into opera and I was very impressed, although his role didn't actually require an operatic voice.