Memories of Peter Tranchell

Singing in the Brecon Cathedral Choir is bringing back a kaleidoscope of memories of singing in the Caius College Choir under composer/precentor Peter Tranchell ("PAT"), a frighteningly long time ago. In parallel, I've found myself in touch with John Gwinnell, who is researching and writing PAT's biography as described here, and has also sung in... read more
 

For Father David

The Minor Canon of Swansea

has decided to leave Aberhonddu

he's going to the Rhondda

where the people are rather

more fond of a priest in a onesie

 

Crispin's easy mulled wine recipe

I've rediscovered the joy of mulled wine over the Christmas period, and thought I'd make a note of my recipe for future reference. I made this up a few days ago, inspired by distant memories, and it turned out lovely (and popular with the ladies of the house). Of course the actual quantities, times and methods can be interpreted with great... read more
 

Live Odacova and Stupid Death

Lois’s face painting was only marred by doing the writing while looking in the mirror – she was of course an evil avocado. Robin became Stupid Death from the Horrible Histories. And here’s the both of them… read more
 

Sunday Worship from Brecon Cathedral

We were all up at 6 this morning, leaving the house to clear dawn skies with a sickle moon and stars, for final rehearsals in the Cathedral; then at 08:10, after a few silent and tense minutes of waiting, the live Remembrance Day service. Robin in the choir of course, we in the congregation. Lo nearly got the giggles before the start, while... read more
 

Mountain Hare spotted in mountains

On a walk around Loch Brandy in Glen Clova we spotted an unusual patch of snow, which then started lolloping about. We think it was a Mountain Hare, also known as the Blue Hare. The pictures are terrible, as light was very poor and the critter was quite a long way away. Trying to get closer with full 720mm zoom in bad light… this photo looks... read more
 

I'm going to smell like the kitchen sink til the day I die

No, I've not caught a fairy a swipe and earned myself a curse - I've been unblocking our drain, which was over-filling alarmingly in the rain. I had to dig and delve a full arm's length to claw out greasy sludge, leaves, and the remains of many wrigglers and critters. The smell was pretty intense, and is lingering despite my best efforts with... read more
 

Progress at Number 1

It’s been a while since I posted any pictures from #1.  Well builder Sam and assistant Steve have been in (off and on) for a few weeks, and we have made some progress. The plumber and electrician have both made tentative appearances, and are about to start work in earnest (allegedly). Sam and Steve have removed the troublesome chimney… which... read more
 

Robin sings like lark

Robin attended auditions for the Brecon Cathedral choir this morning in the Diocesan Centre with Mark Duthie and Father Michael.  Robin was very nervous, but there were several current choirboys and girls who helped make the candidates feel at ease, and some of the “matrons” and parents there to chat to, plus drinks and cake. After a 10-15... read more