So today I begin my holidays…well at least I do not teach at any schools until next year, so it feels like a holiday!  🙂

Not that I actually stop. I have several arrangements still to complete for the February concert with Eklekktika. We have decided to continue without the support of the Tauranga Performing Arts Trust. things might be a little tenuous for the first concert, but in our later series of three concerts, I am confident that we will be able to cover the player fees and expenses.  Mhhhhh…what to play…. Watch this space…  🙂

I have felt a little like post-exam syndrome today – maybe a little down. Things have been so busy lately and they have suddenly stopped. It almost feels like a time to take stock – think about where I am heading etc…..but that is dangerous territory, so I will hope to avoid to much introversion – or in old-fashioned words  – too much navel-gazing  :):)

The next year looks like being quite a challenge. Of course with the effects of global economy, the first thing that will suffer in New Zealand will be the Arts and Music scene. It would not do to let the Sports teams suffer – especially our under-achieving cricket team!! Still it will mean that the good will survive and the rest?….

I have seen through these times before – several times in fact. I can remember back to paying 21% on what seemed like a huge mortgage at one stage. Survival makes us stronger for the next time. I will concentrate on making my home even more comfortable and nice to be in. After all I spend a lot of time here, so if I want it to be a nicer environment, it is up to me to make sure that it is ….!

I am not sure how much I will achieve on this these holidays. The big step is still to be taken – that of putting in another door outside. However once I make that step, the way is open to ensure that the living area becomes a better and more attractive environment – endless cream is not good for the soul…for better or for worse (mmhhh…not a good phrase…)…..let us say love it or hate it I want some more colour – knowing me..a blue room – after all if it was good enough for Picasso ….  :):)

So I shall return to my books – yes lots of them!! –  and my practice and my arrangements…..I will emerge here, but I may not emerge into real life until I get back to New Zealand in February…  :):)

About David Adlam

I am a conductor, composer, clarinettist and examiner for Trinity Guildhall working in Auckland, New Zealand and overseas
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