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greenwich morning and a surly rabbit

I was going to draw in the park this morning, but I was running late and ended up just having coffee in Greenwich. I doodled this rabbit while I was sitting on the bench. He looks a bit tired, but he's about to get on his scooter and set off. Which is just what I need to do today.

I popped into Waterstone's just before heading back and – happy happy! – they had my studio mate Lauren O'Farrell's books in the front shelf! Look, both of them! I think that's one of the best feelings ever, seeing my friends' books prominently on display, because I know how much hard work they've put into them. (These two fab books are Stitch London and Knit the City.)

And another happy Lauren-related thing, when she arrived in the studio this morning, she'd just bought herself this excellent Totoro bag.

I love Greenwich mornings. Here's the view toward Rhodes Bakery, which does a most excellent coffee and Chelsea bun.

If you take your coffee and bun and sit in the courtyard of Trinity College London, a music school, you can take in the abstract concert of students practicing. Usually the different strands of music clash against each other - jazz saxophone, classical piano, opera singing, violin scales - but occasionally the sounds merge and, for a few seconds, make a wonderful sound together. This video isn't the most exciting footage ever shot, but it gives you a feel for what it's like to sit there and listen.


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Oct. 10th, 2011 05:11 pm (UTC)
Ha, I work at Trinity! (now technically Trinity Laban as we merged with the beautiful dance college in Deptford).

You're right, the sounds of practice are sometimes beautiful - I sit next to a courtyard window. Once in a while someone can get a bit too piercing though ;)

(btw in case you're wondering who on earth I am, I saw you speak at the Lewisham Literary Festival and snuck on stage to sort out the unruly projector)
Oct. 10th, 2011 08:43 pm (UTC)
Ah yes, I remember you from there festival, hello! *waves*

That's cool you work at Trinity Laban. I love walking by that building, it's a bit like an audio advent calendar, with interesting sounds coming out from every window. But I can guess it might get a bit much sometimes. I shot 7 minutes of that footage, and after I'd played about 4 minutes of it in the studio to Gary ('listen, cool ambient music!') he just about died. I think it sounds better in real life than recorded, but yeah, the violins and piccolos could get a bit much.
Oct. 11th, 2011 03:02 am (UTC)
Aw, that's a gorgeous soundscape, just magical. I want to check this out next time I'm in London, but it'll be in the middle of winter-- I assume they close the windows a little more tightly then. :/
Oct. 11th, 2011 07:47 am (UTC)
Thanks, glad you like it! :) I think you'd still be able to hear everything in winter, the old windows don't do much to block the sounds of the instruments. Get a coffee from the bakery to keep you warm!
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