It’s here! The piano! After much faffing about with the van and then a series of comedy manouevres to get it into the house, it’s there and it’s fab. Okay, so you can tell it’s been standing in a pub for the last God-knows-how-many years, my eldest found a crisp wedged between two of the keys (ewwwww!) and the top is all shabby where I suspect a few pints have been spilled on it (sacrilege) but it plays pretty well. Hopefully, with a bit of cleaning up and tuning and crisp-crumb-Dustbustering, it will be absolutely fine.
It’s funny how your brain holds on to things; I haven’t played properly for – what? About twenty-five years I guess – but my fingers could still remember Fur Elise and Moonlight Sonata – well, not all the notes sadly, but enough for my kids to look a bit shocked and impressed (ha!). Sadly ‘My Girl’ has vanished from memory. Must try and seek out some music for it.
We were in town yesterday to see a Penguin Books Design Exhibition at the Holburne (lovely, seeing all those iconic covers in huge displays as well as letters and sketches by Edward Young, the guy who designed the original Penguin logo) and afterwards we popped into a music shop nearby. Ooooh, instruments! Oooh, sheet music! It was dead exciting. I bought a book called ‘Sounds of the 70s’ which has the music for such greats as Dancing Queen, My Sharona, You’re So Vain, oh, all sorts of corkers. Not that I can play any of them yet. I will keep you posted.
I am failing miserably on my diet. The problem is, I keep forgetting. That was how I ended up having chips in a greasy spoon for lunch, buying treacle tart in M&S and dishing out the wine and choccie last night. Oops. The wedding seems so long away though that there doesn’t seem any urgency. You wait, in July I will existing solely on Ryvitas and grapefruit.
Mind you, I am feeling a bit more inspired, having just finished reading The Amazing Adventures of Diet Girl by Shauna Reid, based on her Dietgirl blog. Such a great book – really funny, moving and incredibly honest. Dietgirl, you are an inspiration. I will be back on my diet track very soon, honest.
Right now, though, I’m off to have a go at My Sharona to annoy the neighbours….
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