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Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Ugh. And verily I say unto thee, Ugh. I've not succumbed to a bout of hay-fever for yonks, but there was something blooming in Rennes that didn't like me. Or liked me too much. I'm not quite sure. Excuse me a moment :: honks into a hankie ::

The project in Rennes was lots of fun, in a good-heavens-you-want-us-to-rehearse-HOW-many-hours kind of way... We were performing in the Parlement de Bretagne which although unassuming in a 17th century way from the outside, was breath-taking inside...

La salle des Pas Perdus
(The room of the Lost Steps)


Le Grand Chambre

Me, being me, came back with sixty-odd photos. The place was fabulous! It's only recently been opened to the public again after an horrendous fire in 1994 but the restoration work was beyond perfect.

Part of the immense and incredibly baroque ceiling in the Grand Chambre

One of the hallways surrounding the courtyard

But yes, there was a lot of hard work involved in the concerts. And I use the plural. I was roped into doing another concert of medieval polyphony aswell, although with some of the same musicians. Sublime music, but not completely do-able on only a couple of read-throughs before the concert itself. Yikes. Ach well, I could've said no, but they were a person down due to illness... Anyhoo, needless to say we were all knackered after the last concert of Bach. But then again, one voice/instrument per part is exhausting at the best of times. Mmm - cantata BWV48 and the g minor Lutheran mass. Well worth being attacked by rogue pollen for!

I was a good girl, however, and in the 8 and a half minutes I had free I did some KNITTING! Oh yeah! Well, actually I did a lot of tinking and frogging because my second Zombie Sock managed to fall off one of the needles in my bag and after a lot of cursing and fiddling I think I managed to get it back to where it was before the free-fall accident. *sigh*
So there's nothing to show for that, sadly, but I did get some log-cabin squares done for the BAG!


Knitting these is so relaxing! I guess you can already tell that by the 'interesting' not-quite-straight edges... Ach well, I know this bag will involve felting, so I'm rather excited about it and not worried too much about 93- and 87-degree angles!

And thank you for all the encouraging words concerning the L. A. C. E. dilemma - I am girding my loins in preparation of starting something soon! WHEE!!

2 Comments:

  1. Tammany said...
    Gorgeous! I bet the acoustics were great for that type of music too! It's too bad the evil pollen bothered you.
    Those squares are awesome! I can't wait to see how the whole thing comes together.
    I've started my first lace with lace weight project. Twice. We shall see.
    AlisonK said...
    I do sympathise. I have had my first hayfever for ages this week too, right here in Blighty - I'd sort of forgotten how, um, irritating it is. Also, although I'm not a pro like you, I do love to sing and if I get a cold or other bunged-up-ness, the top notes just disappear! It's no more than an annoyance for me (although it did happen once when I was auditioning for a school play; that ruined my confidence for singing in public!), but it must be so much more difficult for you if something like that affects your voice.

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