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28th January 2019 (Retreating)

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A tiny barn near Cambridge hosted the first “her&her” creative retreat this weekend. Moving on from its former use as a storage space for beer barrels, the outbuilding has been lovingly transformed into the perfect place to withdraw from the hubbub of everyday life. Cydnei B and myself set off from our respective homes in […]

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23rd January 2019 (Acceptance)

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The session with “Dance for Parkinson’s” today was yet another reason to be thankful for my career choice. My recent appointment with “English National Ballet” as a musician for this weekly class is a real privilege….and  reminds me how important it is to focus on “the moment”. The dancers are a complete joy to work […]

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21st January 2019 (dream team)

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I’m admiring the sophisticated art deco interior of “RIBA” in Regents Street (my “London Office” as I like to call it!) – lounging on a sofa and drinking a café latte from my new recyclable ecoffee cup It’s been a long morning of fast track digital training, patiently dripped in to my luddite brain by […]

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19th & 20th January 2019 (Goodbyes)

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What a privilege it’s been spending time teaching such bright and generous young people over the past 10 years – sharing our appreciation of music and learning the craft of playing the saxophone and clarinet Big decision….I have now officially announced it’s my last term of regular teaching trips to London….as these youngsters prepare to […]

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18th January 2019

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“There was a long weathered carpenter’s bench under the tall tree in front of the little old house that Lawrence had lived in. I often lay on that bench looking up into the tree… past the trunk and up into the branches. It was particularly fine at night with the stars above the tree. (Georgia […]

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17th January 2019

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Today’s lesson: Richard and I need to learn to stick to a brief without deviating! We didn’t get as far as expected with our “Long Shadows” library music assignment today. A melancholic sentiment had been requested…..however we frequently found ourselves bending the rules!  We were enthusiastically enjoying our creative journey together, and before we knew […]

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16th January 2019

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I’m sitting in the laid back café at “Dance East” in Ipswich, preparing to devour a delicious “vegan orzo, vegetable and falafel salad” – accompanied by a comforting cup of “organic lemon and ginger tea”. Proper dancer’s fare indeed! I’ve been working hard mingling my music with an uplifting dance programme here today –but now […]

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12th & 13th January 2019

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12th January Today was AWESOME – I spent the day discussing dreams and desires for 2019 with a very inspiring group of motivated women. The room was sparkling with fabulous energy….and a soundtrack of energetic paper ripping, as we tore images from magazines to build our “vision board” collages. I came home proudly carrying my […]

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11th January 2019

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Today has involved intensive juggling…..of projects going in so many directions. There seemed too much for me to do, and I replaced yesterday’s Qigong inspired mood of relaxation with intense stress – the butterfly had closed her wings of transition and I hadn’t even stopped to breathe and notice. It took my ever-honest colleague Cydnei […]