Thursday, 31 December 2015

Day 284: rehearsing all the rests

Day 284 (16 Sept) Monday. 

Bonsai, at 6.12am
Off to work again, back for rehearsal. That's how Mondays work pretty much during the semester. Timetables. it's how we, as academics, roll. Timetabling things like: watering the bonsai at 6.12am. And checking through and ordering the music for tonight's rehearsal at 6.12pm. (If you notice the absence of instrument, there is a theory that 'looking' at one's music just before rehearsal is as good as playing it...apparently (not).  

All the rests

Preparation for a rehearsal,
at 6.12pm

Day 283: Another concert

Day 283 (15 Sept) Sunday. Concert day.

There is a concert today, out at Oxley, at a place we regularly play. I play with both the clarinet group and again with the Orchestra. Today is the clarinet choir. 

The foggy start
Still, it is a Sunday morning so essential to be reading at 6.12, a book about the recently replaced first female prime minister of Australia, Julia Gillard...but this is not the politics blog, so the less said...

It is an interesting little book, a kind of addendum to an earlier biography when we imagined Ms Gillard might have had an untrammelled go at being PM but for small(minded) men. 

Reading, of course, at 6.12am

 Me and my trees, though; the morning fog was ethereal and the size and strngth of the one at the venue just had to be captured. Magnificent. The outdoor structures have been built around it to accommodate its size. Thankfully. 

Tree outside the concert venue
And then, at the other end of the 612 day, we are beginning to see the changes in light as the day begins to lengthen. 

And if there is no other point to this exercise than that, to see the subtleties in the day-to-day, then I'd be happy with that. 
Night falls, at 6.12pm

Day 282: Saturdays

Day 282 (14 Sept) Saturday. 

The laundry dragonfly, at 6.12am
If I'm not rehearsing clarinets on a Saturday morning, then I must the laundry, washing, cleaning, or just looking at dragonflies.

And as the day drew on, it was over to a friend's place as we headed off for an evening of music. That's always a nice thing to do. 

Dusk, at 6.12pm
Even if there is still a final version of a soon-to-be conference paper. 

Day 281: More work beckons

Day 281 (13 Sept) Friday: Keep on keeping on

But first, breakfast and lunch-making. And watering the bonsai, one last leaf. And then it was back to work, preparing the paper for the conference ahead. 

Breakfast, or lunch?
at 6.12am
At the end of the day, it was off to order pizzas for the pizza night, waiting under the glaring light of the shopping centre car park. 
Last leaf, at 6.12am

Well, I wasn't promising glamour for every day of this project now was I. Was I? 

The wait, at 6.12pm