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Exploring Dorset churches

Posted by Susan Tomes on 7 October 2012 under Daily Life, Travel  •  3 Comments

I’ve been exploring some of Dorset’s villages and churches. Milton Abbey was a lovely surprise -set in grounds wonderfully landscaped by Capability Brown. Close by is the picturesque village of Milton Abbas, one of the first examples of English town planning in the sense that it was designed by a rich man who didn’t want […]

Carrying on a tradition

Posted by Susan Tomes on 17 September 2012 under Inspirations, Musings, Travel  •  1 Comment

On my last evening in Prussia Cove, I was asked to say a few words after supper about the guiding ethos of the place as envisaged by violinist Sandor Vegh, who started the International Musicians’ Seminars forty years ago. I stood up in the dining room by candlelight and reminisced about some of the things […]

At Prussia Cove

Posted by Susan Tomes on 14 September 2012 under Concerts, Inspirations, Travel  •  1 Comment

I’m down by the sea in Prussia Cove in Cornwall, at the autumn chamber music seminar of the International Musicians’ Seminar, from which I have had an unaccountably long break. I remember thinking I’d have a little rest from it for a year or two. All of a sudden it was about fifteen years later, […]

National Anthems

Posted by Susan Tomes on 11 August 2012 under Daily Life, Musings, Travel  •  1 Comment

The Olympic medal ceremonies have proved a parade ground for the national anthems of lots of different countries. And what a lamentable bunch these anthems are, from a musical point of view. I’ve been struck by how most of them fail to give the slightest flavour of the country concerned. Almost every national anthem appears […]

Pink garlic from our garden

Posted by Susan Tomes on 14 July 2012 under Daily Life, Inspirations, Travel  •  Leave a comment

Last summer we brought back some pink garlic from the French village of Lautrec, where we visited a memorable exhibition of tableaux created using pink garlic cloves as the raw material. When we got home, we divided our garlic bulbs into single cloves and planted them in the back garden. Lo and behold, a year later, we […]