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2012 Project365 (Day 119)

Guernsey HarbourTonight I went out for dinner with all the girls from choir as it is the 10 year anniversary of the formation of the choir, Bel Canto. We had a lovely meal in a private dining room at a restaurant overlooking the harbour and this photo is the scene as the light started to go.

This particular choir has been going for 10 years, but the Guernsey Girls Choir preceded it and that was where we all started. From the ages of about 12 – 18 I sang with Guernsey Girls, we did concerts, toured a bit and generally had fun. What a realised when I went back to Bel Canto at the end of last year was that Christine our conductor hasn’t changed much at all and she still tells me off for all the same things she was telling me off for when I was 14 years old… ie. talking, backchat etc etc.

It was good to spend time with everyone. Time out together matters. We like singing, but we also like chatting and gossiping. It’s just one of the things that makes Bel Canto super special!

Kirkstall Abbey

Yesterday The Mister and I went for a little wander around Kirkstall Abbey. Two years ago I came up to visit The Mister for the first time and it was one of the places we visited on that weekend. It is a beautiful Cistercian monastery and is so imposing. I still find it incredible that it was built so long ago. It is so close to the centre of Leeds that it always surprises me when I see it on the bus on my way to work. When I was on the bus the other day it was really foggy and the Abbey kind of loomed out of the fog. Very eerie.

It still amazes me that it is two years ago I first came up here. Time has flown by so fast and so much has happened in that time. As I was walking yesterday I realised how grateful I am for the place I am currently in, and how grateful I am for The Mister. I am so fortunate. I live in a beautiful part of the world with a wonderful man, I have a house to live in and food to eat and a job I love. Life is good – it’s very good indeed.

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This picture was taken in the same but I had to take the recent one with my phone because I forgot my camera. Doh!

Greenbelt 2010

Well it has taken me a good few days since getting back from Greenbelt to sort out all the camping stuff, do all the washing and go back to work. I have been knackered!!

Anyway, Greenbelt this was awesome as ever. It is strange how different each year is and how differently I feel about it. I went to a few things, and here are my highlights….

1) An interview with James Wood and Tom Hollander, the writer and actor from Rev. Rev has been one of my favourite TV shows this year, funny and moving, I found it both challenging and hilarious. The interview with them was also funny, their stories about researching the show were amusing and hopefully they will be doing a new series.

2) Zic Zazou – a rather brilliant percussion musical act. About 8 Frenchman all appear on stage in blue overalls and create the most amazing music out of their ‘laboratory’. I loved it – so different and so beautiful. Fabulous!!

3) Jars of Clay – they played on the mainstage on Monday night, but they had also played in the Performance Cafe the day before. They were fantastic! Their big set was amazing, but it was their acoustic set that really had me grinning. Their harmonies were perfect and I really loved it. I was such a big fan of their when I was about 15 so I was happy they didn’t disappoint me!

4) Peter Tatchell gave a talk on sexuality in Africa. It was a really well attended session and he spoke brilliantly. I was really impressed with just how good an orator he was. He gave loads of time for questions and responded really well. Apprently there was a bit of kickback from Anglican Mainstream about him being there. His first words were “I would like to begin by paying tribute to Anglican Mainstream, who by their attacks on me and on Greenbelt, have boosted ticket sales and ensured a successful Greenbelt”.

5) Beer and Hymns – always a highlight for me. There is nothing like singing at the top of my voice whilst drinking beer, and it genuinely feeling like worship and not a piss up. Fantastic!

All in all Greenbelt was fabulous. The worst bit of it was arriving at the site on Friday to be told that due to the rain no cars were allowed in site. We had to carry everything onsite… kind of! We walked the tent on and erected that and in the meantime Anne phoned us and said she was in the carpark and had commandeered a Cheltenham Racecourse van and a golf-buggy-taxi. We managed to unload our cars straight into these vehicles and they delivered everything to the site! Hilarious!

It was also really nice to spend some time with my little cousin Sam and his loverly girlfriend Sally. I guess that this is what Greenbelt means to me – spending time with friends and getting to chill out in a creative, spiritual and dynamic environment. I love it and I am already looking forward to next year.

(I know there are two pictures of birdie’s daughter Ginger, but that is because she is just so darn cute!! So also has a bit of a thing for The Mister. As soon as she is let out her her buggy she makes her way over to him and sits next to him, stroking his leg and resting her head on his shoulder… or fist bumping with him. Very, very cute indeed!

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