We've just finished celebrating the festival of Shavuot:
So what better way to get us in the right frame of mind than an impromptu decision to pop down to the Bridgewater Hall on Sunday morning and listen to Canadian pianist, Angela Hewitt:
play the entire first book of Bach's 24 Preludes and Fugues:
Sheer magic. And midrash.
For Angela played Bach like Chopin, with rubato and Mozart, with the lightest of touches. Possibly the three most pianistic composers of all time. And appeared to meditate herself into her playing and give it all sorts of meanings that are only possible on a modern piano played by a consummate artist.
Straight after that, our synagogue held a children's play session themed around Shavuot and I offered to help. So it was cutting out flowers, as well as the cake (it was somebody's birthday) and making sure everyone was involved and no-one was jealous.
On the way home, I popped over to Broughton House for Retired Service Personnel, which were holding a jumble sale for Veterans' Day. The beautiful warmth of the day helped, and my friend, Marian, was attending to one of the stalls.
Yes, a glorious and busy day for the eve of Shavuot, the festival which commemorates the handing down of the Jewish religion to all the children of Israel - men, women and children.
And then there's the cheese cake of course ....