I am off to Sussex today - and the glorious weather we are having this month will only make the pleasure greater. And my rail destination is Glynde - one of the more bucolic halts on the Southern railway system.
The Trevor Arms (left) was one of the favourite winter lunch places for Glyndebourne staff in the '60s and '70s - so all this will be familiar!
And this evening on my return to London I will be at the Garrick for supper with a dear friend and supporter from Chicago who is here in London for the week. She will be bringing her cousins along as well so we should have a noisy old time.
I am preparing for a week in Denmark next week - on the jury of the Carl Nielsen competition.
All other members of the jury are flautists! So my role will not be to evaluate the technical aspects......so I will be there to fulfil another requirement - "the Jury must take into account artistic as well as instrumental aspects of the performances." It will be fascinating - and a privilege to spend a week with a good many exceptional artists from another, though related, field.
Work on my apartment continues but may be finally completed today - more shelves and the final reconnection and testing of the central heating. I will not be here to watch.......