I didn’t have time in the last post to say how Glyndebourne went – we had such a good time! At the interval, it was a bit chilly for the afternoon tea we had brought to picnic on, but we braved it for a while before heading indoors for a coffee. We had fun people watching and the general census is we all need proper opera cloaks next year, with big hoods, like the ‘widow’ in the old Scottish Widow ads 😉
I get to go to the opera quite a bit, courtesy of my sister, but of all the things I’ve seen, visually, the Glyndebourne version of Leoš Janáček’s ‘The Cunning Little Vixon’ has been my favourite by far; the sets (by Tom Pye), costume (Dinah Collin) and lighting (Paule Constable) were fabulous. I quite liked the actual opera as well, although I preferred the second half to the first, but I can never see anything on stage without wondering how I might have approached designing it and I found this visually brilliant. The ‘rabbits’ were dressed in kilts with frothy net underskirts, wool cardigans and bobble hats with big rabbit tail style bobbles on top, need I say more?! You aren’t allowed to take photos but you can see some here on the Glyndebourne website, in fact, you can even watch the opera on-line, or this short film about the creating of it, which gives you some idea of how wonderful it was to watch.
The parcel above, with it’s little fox card, is one I’ve been eagerly awaiting from Donna Wilson. I have pretty much been stalking the website for weeks, after seeing some of the new ceramics appear but with an ‘available soon’ note, how soon?…please hurry because I have no patience and I want one now.
There’s a Squirrel beaker to hold my pencils (it’s taking over the job from my Wolfie beaker which is now holding my afternoon peppermint tea). I love that it sits next to one of my own squirrels in a green.
The other thing I was patiently waiting to be in stock, was the new Grace plate. I hope to look like this after my next haircut, I’ve been growing out my very short hair for some time now, it’s in a bit of a non style at the moment but I’ve decided to return to a childhood favourite for me, the short bob. I pretty much had this haircut (courtesy of my Mum, who cut my hair until I left home – she was a hairdresser, I should add) until I was 21, when a student at Vidal Sassoon cut it off very short and dyed it very blond, hence a long stretch of addiction to hair dye of all colours, mainly red, and many years of allowing trainees to do whatever they liked to the style.
Finally, the package also contained a cute little Grey Owl beaker, this one is now holding our toothbrushes, I hope it inspires me to finally decorate the top bathroom, I’ve invested in some material for a blind and finally (only 6 years on!) our shower rail has been ordered so we can actually have a shower. Most exciting. It’s no ordinary rail, by the way, as it has to fix into a sloping ceiling but I’ll show you when it’s done.