I haven’t seen Dawn this year. Well, until tonight, anyway. Ages ago, I bought tickets to go to the Maltings to see Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman. We went to see them the last time they played in Farnham and didn’t want to miss this visit.
Dawn turned up and we drove through the one-way system to the car park. Dawn always has problems with the Farnham one-way system. To be fair, she only drives around it when she visits me and, given that seems to be only once a year, she can’t be blamed for needing reminding. Also, we do tend to talk too much when she’s driving which doesn’t help in her self navigation.
Still, we managed to get there and headed for the bar for a pint of Alton Pride and grabbed a couple of ridiculously uncomfortable seats in the Cellar Bar. I really love the Maltings and the great variety of entertainnment options they offer but, seriously, their chairs are awful. They were clearly chosen by someone without a bottom. I think they need to look at the chairs at Petersfield Festival Hall.
Ignoring the chairs (which is difficult) Kathryn and Sean were fantastic. They sang the wonderful 52 Hertz, (about a whale that sings in the wrong key) a song they had just written the last time we saw them. It’s a lovely though sad song and really shows off Kathryn’s sublime writing skills.
This time they also had a support act. A young woman from Chichester called Hattie Briggs. She is a singer songwriter (a lot like the Girls & Guitars performers we see) with, not just a lovely voice but also a great personality. It was her birthday and, after her short set, Kathryn came on stage with a big plate of cakes made by someone in the audience and we all sang Happy Birthday to her. It was a lovely touch.
All in all, a fabulous night of folk and chat was had by both of us. Dawn came in for a coffee (and the last of the simnel cake) before the long drive home, commenting on all the changes to the house since her last visit. She wanted to check out what we’d been doing in the garden but, fortunately, it was too dark.
Speaking of the garden, I took full advantage of yet another beautiful day to get on with some more planting (climbers up the fence – Solanum crispum ‘Glasnevin’ and Passiflora caerulea ‘Constance Elliot’), brick removal (mowing strips around the old Nursery Bed) and lots of water on the new lawn. The temperature was set to reach 23 but I reckon it was a lot hotter in our garden.
I had a lovely long Skype with Mum in the morning and I took the puppies up to the park after lunch for a gorgeous walk.
Almost a perfect day.