My 2.5-week summer holiday has commenced, as of the close of the work-day yesterday.
Unlike other summers where I’ve taken a full four weeks away from the office, I’m departing for a shorter term this year, since I am music-directing two different shows and only have 1.5 weeks off between the end of The Sweet Smell of Success and the start of rehearsals for Out on Broadway: The Third Coming.
But summer holiday is filled, as usual. I’m off to NYC next week, for a short visit and some research. Then I have a dash over to Lee’s Summit and on to Des Moines to see Billy Budd at Des Moines Opera.
The next few weeks, until August 10 or so, are still three-days-in-office, and some long weekends. I still have reading to do, and music to compose, and local tourism to do!
But I wish I were abroad this summer . . . .
Esterhazy, Austria. The tomb of Haydn.
At Exeter Cathedral, England.
2005. On Nanjing Lu, the main shopping street, Shanghai.
JC outside the Estates Theatre, where Mozart conducted the premiere of his opera Don Giovanni. Prague 2009.
From the Church of St. Konstandinos, Hyrda, Greece.
I saw the dentist again on Wednesday.
Cleaning. Fluoride treatment.
And an appointment to see him again in two weeks for an adjustment on the crown he installed in April.
Then I walked across the street to HotBox Cookies and bought two yummy, sugar-laden discs of doughy goodness to bring home with me.
Shots from this week, in the garden at 25 Lawn Place:
The day lilies are done for the most part, and the Asiatic lilies are now cut back to stalks. Coneflowers are about to bloom, though.
I went with a friend on Sunday evening to Sandy Creek Covered Bridge in Hillsboro, down in the county where my father was born.
Until about 1900, I would have paid 3¢ to walk across this bridge, and each head of cattle or sheep I drove across would have cost me 1½¢.
Indigo bunting bird
This is ME this summer…..