Me and Handel’s Messiah

I went to listen to a performance of Handel’s Messiah at Leeds Minster on Good Friday. And it was great. It is a piece of music I have some history with. During GCSE Music we ‘did’ The Messiah. I remember vividly being taught about some lines that appear early on; “Every valley shall be exalted,…

“I need to walk across this town”

I am not sure how long I have really loved walking. But these days I consider walking to be one of my key hobbies, and a central part of how I keep myself well, both mentally and physically. Today I went out with my local Ramblers group. We started in the fabulously named Barwick-in- Elmet, a…

First greeting of the morning

There is a Henry Moore bronze sculpture in the centre of Leeds. It depicts a reclining woman. Until last summer I was living in Brixton, in south London, and most mornings I walked past Lambeth Town Hall. One of my former relatives was part of the committee that oversaw the building of the Town hall and…

A hair brushing mystery

Following spending this weekend in London I had an hour or so to kill before getting a train back to Leeds. Finding myself in Trafalgar Square I decided to pass through the National Gallery before finding a bus (or two as it turned out), to the station, (my love of London bus journeys perhaps being…

Highway to Hull

In February I made my first trip to Hull, aka, City of Culture 2017. It was a fabulously beautiful, albeit windy day and I got a great impression. The friend I went with had read that on arrival visitors are greeted by volunteers kitted out in a City of Culture uniform and we were not…

What can a butter bean mean?

I bought a can of butter beans tonight. I am vegetarian and I need to eat pulses, but I like them too. Lentils in curry. Kidney beans in a vegetarian mince. Cannellini beans in soup. Chick peas in houmous. But butter beans are my favourite. They are a beautiful shape. They are glossy and substantial….

C.J. Cregg and sex on TV

So 2017 started well and then disappeared under a pile of activity and ill health. Today I am resting up and I want to blog so I am thinking over some general random topics I want to write about. I got thinking about a post about The West Wing after watching the first series of the…

“Flutes and low to the lake falls home”

I got started on my Yorkshire explorations on the first bank holiday of 2017 with a ramble starting in Ilkley. It is only about thirty minutes outside of Leeds and is just delightful! Lovely houses and other buildings and lots of nice and tasty looking shops and cafes. As I was there for a ramble…

Abstract Expressionism – a few thoughts

  Following a panic in mid December when I realised that ‘Abstract Expressionism’ at the Royal Academy in London was finishing on 2 January 2017 I managed to find a day to visit it over Christmas. It was a great show with some fantastic work in it. I learnt lots more about Jackson Pollock and…

Dipping my painted toes into 2017

  A series of new year’s resolutions or plans feel a real possibility for me this year…or rather next year. I have moved to a new city and I feel surrounded by opportunities to have a fresh start, which is exciting. So…on the list for 2017: Health and wealth To improve both! I like the expression ‘don’t…

Poetry…one poet a month for 2017

I want poetry to be a big part of this blog. I love poetry and my ever growing poetry collection is the pride and joy of my bookshelf. My plan for 2017 is to read lots and lots of poetry (every day is the aim) but I also want to focus on one poet a…