I have a new mask for use when I’m at school and in the same room as others, teaching a class or teaching a lesson.
I shan’t be on campus all the time, but this mask will allow me to breathe more easily at least.
My HelloFresh adventure continues. This meal was a huge taste-bomb of happiness and spice and zestiness: panko- and Parmesan-crusted chicken cutlet (with sour cream to add a bit of bite, and hot paprika to add kick; plus roasted carrots tossed in lemon zest, and couscous with garlic and the whites of green onions.
Nelson spent two hours at the office on Saturday, since Queen Jean (my once and always best-ever assistant) and I were measuring rooms and putting down social-distance markers. He had a fun time running the very empty lobby of the Loretto-Hilton Center.
On Saturday, before heading to the office, I watched a live-stream of a concert by the choral group Ensemble Pro Victoria. The concert took place at St. Mary’s Bourne Street in London, the last church I attended in the UK two years ago on my most recent visit there.
The concert was wonderful, with music that I find deeply attractive.
The leader of the group is Toby Ward, who I met on a visit to Gloucester Cathedral in 2012 (I think that’s the right year). I was on a Howells research trip. Toby was singing tenor in the choir on a gap year before starting college. He complimented me on my glasses. And then the choir sang an all-Herbert Howells Evensong.
The squirrels know. They know that winter is coming. Damn squirrels! Rooting in my window boxes….
This belated birthday present came from the Gregg family. I’m sporting it proudly on Mariele the Volvo:
Thanks to a very handy handy-man, I am now wired at home for two ethernet ports, one by my desk in my home office, and one by the piano. I shall henceforth be hard-wired into meetings at home, rather than relying on wi-fi!