Yesterday brought me some welcome moments off from the horrors of moving from small to smaller.......I think that I really am getting there!! (I hope.....)
Anyway I took an hour off to walk in Battersea Park up to the river, the glorious Thames, and then across to Chelsea Bridge (above) and back home on the excellent 44 bus. Battersea Park is an unknown and neglected jewel. South of the River is not really considered quite "correct". But now that Battersea is becoming "South Chelsea" and the US Embassy is moving in, and Rafael Viñoly's masterplan for the old Battersea Power Station is under construction, we are in the middle of things!! It was a good move to buy my apartment in 1997!
Yesterday evening I made my way to the London Oratory School in Fulham to see the results of Co-Opera's 2014 summer development programme, a production of The Cunning Little Vixen. There was a large distinguished audience - the whole operation is animated by the tireless Kate Flowers. And they have the good fortune to have the use of the superb facilities of the Oratory School.
Kate was in the Glyndebourne company in the good old days, and appeared in the celebrated Jonathan Miller 1975 production of Vixen - in a later revival. So it is good to see that her love affair with this endearing piece continues and that she is bringing the joy of it to the new generation. The young woman, Libby Catlin, who took on the challenging title role did brilliantly - she held the stage - good for her!
I am now on to hanging pictures - a measure of progress........what a nightmare!!!