Picture a gorgeous property
in the Southern Highlands.
Lush green English-style plantings;
a private one-hole golf course,
- complete with summerhouse
A home which is a modest
dairy cottage from the outside
but oh so comfortable on the inside
and complete with many sitting areas,
a grand piano, string instruments,
books, lovely china,
plenty of space
and a sea breeze to cool us.
This must be one of the prettiest farms in Australia.
Even the outbuildings are pretty.
To all this bounty
add twenty or so congenial string players
and a few pianists,
with a few woodwind players for good measure;
two VERY generous hosts
loads of sheetmusic
and food to spare.
And you have a picture of our recent weekend away.
All because of a concert in a barn,
preceded by a day playing chamber music (just for fun)
and touring the property.
Steve led the orchestra,
and I was in the audience,
but so happy to be involved in the chamber music,
it was lovely to be with classical musicians again.
I didn't know that I'd missed it so much.
The girls had a good weekend with Mum and Dad,
so we were free to play music until midnight on Saturday,
after which we headed to our local accommodation
(which was of the Fawlty Towers variety.
Fortunately I can laugh about it
We left for home after the concert on Sunday
... refreshed and grateful for such a perfect weekend.