Good to see you back. I'm low today so I'll try and write a half decent reply... yes the concert was just a joy, such a lovely talented group of young musicians from Germany, Russia and one from Finland - and just wonderful music. Such a delightful group to talk to afterwards.
The movie yesterday was Love and Friendship which got excellent reviews but I found it dreadfully dull, and I couldn't hear properly and thought it was just me but turns out nobody could hear the dialogue clearly - gosh it was a long hour and a half. Everyone came with a friend so I was on the outer so I didn't stay for refreshments or anything, just went and took Sam for a long walk as it was coolish.
Today is hot and I'm in a bad space sorry. Too much time alone, the heat has returned with a vengeance today and I am so over it, and heaps of financial problems etc etc etc - you don't need it all at the moment, you have your own stuff!
Stow is rather sad. I enjoyed Invented Lives - a couple of unlikely happenings but it was such a pleasant book I couldn't mind that too much. I've just finished The Last Days of Ava Langdon by Mark O'Flynn, based on the life of writer Eva Langley whom I've never read and can't get hold of any of her novels, but she was something of an eccentric - a friend of Ruth Park's - and lived and died a recluse in the Blue Mountains in NSW. It's a fictionalised account of her last day, and the entire book is just about one day - but it's a sheer delight to read. It helps to be familiar with Katoomba, where she lived and where the writer lives, but it's not necessary to know the town to enjoy the book.
Do you ever read ANZ Litlovers or Whispering Gums? ANZ Litlovers is in Melbourne (Lisa Hill) and the other is around Canberra - they both review only Australian and New Zealand writers but I've often picked up a tip from one or the other. Another site in the UK is dovegreyreader scribbles. I had an issue with her asking for donations as she is comfortably off, and she mostly reviews British books, but it's a pleasant website in general.
There is also a website I wanted to refer you to as you may find it helpful. If you Google Brain Pickings - An inventory of the meaning of life (it's by Maria Popova - I don't pay but do get regular emailed articles from her and many of them are delightful. I thought you might enjoy it. I receive her emails weekly for no charge.
I hope you get on OK today, you have been missed. Take care dear one, hugs xx