Assiduous readers of this blog will recall that last year we demolished the rotten barn floor and put in a new one.
In the backs of our minds we had the idea of creating an indoor space in case of bad weather for our annual concert, but of course very soon the barn was once again filled with paint pots, matresses, circular saws, old doors and stuff in boxes from Paris, all coated in the usual dust and cobwebs. Added to which the birds had no intention of changing their habits and continued to build nests, for which they seem to need a lorry load of moss, most of which they drop inconsiderately over everything beneath their flight path. So in a way it was a relief that the weather was gorgeous for the concert with Toss the Feathers on August 7th. But somehow we were frustrated not to be able to inaugurate the place, so we decided to hold last Friday’s music workshop in the barn – and as it culminated in an open concert we took advantage of the occasion to set up an exhibition of photos by Markus’s godfather.
After a week of clearing up and cleaning up, we were finally ready to hang a selection of photos and prepare a catalogue.
The musicians arrived for lunch . . .
Then they got down to thrashing out the repertoire . . .
Jazz to Folk is pretty challenging . . . .
and there’s a lot to keep in your head . . .
After dinner in the kitchen, the saxophonist finally arrives . . .
And we’re ready to go!