Standing Room

2009-feb---Eklekktika Standing room only for Eklekktika! It was a great concert. Hopefully you are enjoying the change of music here – the recording of Eklekktika playing Handel’s Water Music, arranged by yours truly for Wind Octet 🙂

Talking of Water Music, we have had yet another storm in Auckland. It rained heavily for about 24 hours with gale force winds. The evenings have been a little cooler as well –  a very autumnal feel in the air – no mists, nor mellow fruitfulness- so much for a great Indian Summer. Still with the advent of Lent in March 🙂 there is still hope for another prolonged stretch of settled warm weather! The weather pundits say it will stay warm until May.

It has been pretty busy lately. Turned down a couple of jobs – nice situation to feel happy about – and I have maintained work almost exactly as I might wish it for the year.  🙂

Frangipani 01 The plants have enjoyed the weather. My hedge has positively sprouted in the last month – it will need cutting again in the next week. The cuttings I put in rather hopefully about 6 weeks ago seem to have taken and I can plant them beside my new landing out the back and start to make that look a little more civilised. The pots on my deck are flourishing and providing not only a colourful display but fragrant smells and shelter from neighbourly eyes….




You might You may well ask, why do I talk about flowers…..? Well you see flowers need you to look after them, but they survive as well as looking (and sometimes smelling!) good, despite some neglect at times. They ask for what they need and then reward with a display of beautiful blooms. No games, not even subtle. Merely… "you feed and water me and I will flourish. I will survive even without you…"

So you see they are quite different from people and even from animals. People can learn from that. Still I am glad I do not maintain my life like my garden. There is room in my life still for independent people. My back yard is becoming quite full of plants that are crowding out the weeds – because out there it is standing room only…..

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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4 Responses to Standing Room

  1. Angelina says:

    Actually sometimes people live just like flowers, no matter there is CARE from others or not…And they do enjoy the situation, don\’t they?!

  2. David says:

    Well yes I guess we do! 🙂 However people are often less obvious in the way they ask for things….. :)……but then ask why you didn\’t know they needed them ……

  3. Alison says:

    beautiful fragipani…bet is smells good:)

  4. David says:

    Frangipani and Gardenia together.,,,,,,,my perfumed garden 🙂

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