I am currently in London staying with my mother. At 82 she is not as sprightly as she once was and it was with enormous pleasure that last night we managed to take her to the Coliseum to see Tchaikowsky's "Sleeping Beauty".
Although I have been to Covent Garden before I never went to the Coliseum so this was a double treat for me.
In addition, despite knowing Swan Lake and The Nutcracker very well, I had not seen Sleeping Beauty before. The music is lovely and full of familiar tunes (The Rose Adagio is even more beautiful when you are watching the ballet) and the costumes were stunning.
My mother was very quiet during the performance, totally mesmerised I think. Certainly I was. The wedding act was thoroughly enjoyable. Various characters (Puss in Boots, Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, the Bluebird) presented a series of very amusing and beautiful gems - I have never seen such catlike cats, if you see what I mean.
However, for me, my favourite scene was Princess Aurore trying to make up her mind with which of the four princes to fall in love. It was SO expressive, so moving and one couldn't help but feel sorry for the princes as each one thought she had made her choice only to be passed over.
I am making good use of my spare time. I have chosen the slightly military looking cabled cardigan by Yoko Hatta (or Kazekobo). I chose to use the same denim colour you see below but the Debbie Bliss luxury tweed was too expensive so I chose a regular Donegal Tweed from Connemara Yarns in Ireland. I found some of the Debbie Bliss in Peter Jones yesterday and it was no softer despite the angora content so I think I made the right decision. I will take the opportunity to choose the buttons while I'm in London.
I will give you photos as soon as I return home. Sadly, although I haven't changed the cardigan the face you will see is about 35 years older than the one above!