Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sunday and Melbourne Chamber Orchestra

This morning, I got the Sunday Age and we completed the crossword with only a little difficulty or two. After beetroot and cabbage soup for lunch P. and I went to the Recital Centre for the MCO 'Night' concert. Works by Wagner, Schoenberg, Schubert, Bartok, Mendelssohn, Strauss and local composer Lachlan Skipworth made for a varied program, directed by Rebecca Chan with tenor Andrew Godwin belting out the songs. Peter has made osso bucco for dinner with risotto to go with it.


Yesterday (Saturday), I had a quiet morning, with a little bit of work after perusing the Saturday papers. I had leftovers for lunch while P. did some shopping in town. In the early evening, we joined Frank at St Crispin for an excellent Scion dinner. Rolley, the winemaker and co-owner, was there to talk us through the matched wines from Scion, Rutherglen, while the restaurant produced an excellent five-course meal with very fresh, tasty produce. We rolled home replete and look forward to the next one in, probably, November.

Friday, June 16, 2017

A bit of work

This morning, I did a bit of work on the Sydney autobiography and contacted the subject/co-author for the first time. I can't say our discussion was very fruitful, but I've left a message with his co-author. I had leftovers for lunch while P. went to his U3A film course. Then Frank, P. and I went off to Noel T.'s place for a very good dinner with Darren the theatre maker. We had lots of good disagreements and Noel T. is working on book three! More to follow.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Medical matters and Creation

This morning, I went off to the Health Centre to get my prescriptions renewed and make enquiries about inoculations for South America. That down, I came home for pastrami sandwiches for lunch (we got yummy pastrami from the Smokehouse in Lilydale on our way back from Healesville yesterday). In the evening, we joined Frank at Yoyogi for a quick meal, then went to Homo Hall for Haydn's Creation with the MSO. It was an excellent performance with fine soloists and a fairly disciplined orchestra. The choir was a bit big and fuzzy therefore but the whole was very impressive.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017


First up this morning (well, at 9.30), P. and I picked up Franz the Corolla and Frank the birthday boy and headed to Tarrawarra Gallery with a stop at Chateau Yering, to stock up on caramel fudge and marmalade. The main game was an exhibition of William Dobell artworks plus some works from the Gallery collection by people who were his colleagues and friends. It was a very absorbing exhibition with some fine works I hadn't seen before (the Sali Herman streetscapes were splendid). We then lunched at Giant Steps remodeled eatery and had an excellent lunch. I had spicy scallops and spicy prawns (not together). After having three different desserts, we departed replete.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Bachwards and forward

This morning, I spent quite a deal on one of my autobiographies (the NSW one) and the Thai cleaners came and whizzed around. P. went off to U3A and in the arvo retired sick. So I went with just Frank to the Song Company doing a very unusual program based around Bach, Luther and modern works inspired by them. It was beautifully performed with cello and organ and some extra singers, including the splendid counter-tenor Tobias Cole. But it is unfair to single out anyone in the wonderful ensemble. Beforehand, we had a very good tapas meal at Movida Nextdoor which we got into by arriving early before it filled up.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Brunswick Street

A quiet morning catching up with WA, where it isn't Betty Battenburg's phoney Birthday. P. and I then went up to Brunswick Street to Hares and Hyenas where we made their day by doing a few purchases, then went to the Fitz in B'wick Street for an excellent brunch. My meal had REAL pesto and hollandaise that tasted of lemon not bottle. Home again for a nap, then for dinner we had frozen dumplings followed by onion and rosemary fritatta. Then the grand guignol of Four Corners recapping the Twilight State. Scary.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Cold Sunday

It was freezing this morning as I went to get the Sunday Age. The rabbits are still hopping around the corner of Paterson Street and Valiant Street, apparently quite unperturbed by humans passing by. We had fish cakes for lunch and P. is making borscht for dinner. A very impressive array of cop shows on the teev tonight including some on Ivoo. 'Forgotten' is probably the pick of the bunch, though it remains to be seen how it unravels but I really liked the final episode of my favourite 'Line of Duty' where a suitably ambiguous but somehow just finish occurred.