It’s the Queen’s Birthday holiday today & the sun finally broke through this afternoon after a grey, gloomy & wet weekend. I caught up with a friend this morning (when it was still foggy & cold). We went to a movie, Bel-Ami, based on the book by Guy de Maupassant. It was pretty much as we expected from reading the reviews. The women in the cast – Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas & Christina Ricci – were terrific, Philip Glenister is always worth watching but Robert Patttinson as Georges just wasn’t good enough. He was quite wooden & charmless. Georges is a shallow young man but he must have some charm for all these women to fall under his spell.
When I got home, I baked a cake for a special morning tea at work tomorrow. It’s a surprise 60th birthday tea & I made a chocolate, date & almond torte. It’s a new recipe for me based on egg whites so I’ll be interested to taste it. There was a lot of chopping involved so I turned on the radio. Classic FM played some of my favourite pieces. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto no 5, Mozart’s Piano Sonata in A (the one with the Rondo alla Turca) & Tchaikovsky’s gorgeous Serenade for Strings.
I moved Lucky & Phoebe’s beds into a sunny spot on the back porch & they settled down to listen to the beautiful music & have a snooze. Sunny winter afternoons don’t come around all that often & this one’s nearly over already. If you’ve had the day off, I hope you’ve had as lovely a day as I have.