So, BT give me the great news that my line rental is staying the same but my broadband is going up £2 a month and unlimited Weekend and Evening calls up by .30p so not really making any savings as the only thing that hasn't gone up at all is the hourly work rate! Well one of my jobs has gone up £1 an hour which is a help I guess! I have an answer to BT though. I appear to have been paying £3.50 a month for free calls after 1900 and in the weekend but never use it as I always use my mobile! So, guess what I will be getting rid of when I ring up to renew my line rental which hasn't gone up!
The Schools Music Festival had been on all week in March and I found out that Low C, my youngest, was singing in it but no one had bothered to tell me! They thought I was working so didn't bother telling me. I said I was doing Brass Band practice but could miss a session to see Low C. Anyway, apparently, she was singing as part of the school choir group tomorrow at our performance of our triple trophy award winning play at Carnegie Hall in Sandwick (No she didn’t!) and then in Bigton on Thursday (not this either!) but she will be performing at The Gala concert of the festival most likely (she wasn’t picked) but I am going to see her sing on Thursday morning at the sessions. Taken the day off especially for that as I suspect I won't see her on stage any longer as she is growing up and has a lot of school work coming up. I recorded it and a number of you will have seen it on my FB page.
Yes, the Shetland County Drama Festival is now past. We, Brenna Players Drama Group - scooped three trophies including the most important one, for the most points overall so a pretty good effort! We must perform it twice more to fund raise for the next year. Sadly, this is possibly going to be my last year with Brenna, I found having to drive an extra 80 miles a week a bit tiring and an expense not easily justified...I might join a more local group if possible but we shall see...I still have my play wot I wrote that I may re write and offer to another group to perform.
I am thinking of a slight career change too as I'm not getting any younger and need seriously to save some pennies! Though that isn't really going to happen with the rise in prices, rent, council tax, insurance, phone! And food prices... I had been contemplating a house swap with another housing scheme tenant but after having seen the property twice and there are stairs plus the bedrooms are upstairs and the bathroom downstairs , I then bumped into a friend of mine outside Co-op who lives very near me and she said that she had heard about people in these properties experiencing very high monthly electric bills! My house in its current scheme has one of the most efficient heat schemes in all the Housing Association properties in Shetland. I only pay £59 pcm for electric! Which is darn good! Plus, what I must spend on the move might swallow up any savings! The problem with the stairs is that my hip is starting to give me a bit of gip and it’s not going away...I am going to be 57 in September so I guess it is time that problems will start manifesting themselves!! I am going for a PSV test soon as a friend here has had a bad scare recently and it could be worse....won't dwell on that though....you have to keep an eye on your body as it gets older though as it makes sense to!
Skyped my eldest in NZ last night, they are on equal hourly difference at the moment due to daylight saving, so it was funny seeing her in Summery clothing. She is enjoying her job and they, she and her fiancée, move into their flat next week! They can afford all the bills and will manage on two wages so that is a big worry her mother and I won't have to contemplate!!
Honestly! I could have put that needle in my own vein better! Dr couldn't get the needle in my arm properly and was jiggling it around!! He gave up and did the other arm which was fine! Never had that happen before!! Painful...and I told him so. He did apologise though. I had a massive bruise on my inner arm later though. The nurses take blood from you and you can’t feel the needle go in at all. I suppose they do more than Drs do.
I was driving around town yesterday and to my horror saw a gritting lorry coming towards me lights flashing which means basically the grit is going out, yep all over my car!! It was bright sunshine and not a cloud in the sky. However, in Yell it was thick snow! Which is usual for this time of year but is a bit of a pain as the lambing season is about to start....to be fair there was some ice on the ground in the morning so I guess the gritting was warranted. Better safe than sorry. We have had snow in June a few years back which was a bit unusual!!
So the BBC 10 pieces is finished and was incredibly successful. My pupils excelled themselves and did incredibly well dancing on a difficult shaped stage and for the littlies hearing the orchestra play their piece for the first time and dance it literally through once in rehearsal before performing was a pretty good impressive experience for them! I was very proud of them all. "Tribe" was completely different to The Garrison performance and looked quite different spread out on a much larger stage area and the lighting was massive. The audience enjoyed it anyway which was the whole point! It was all filmed and the DVD shall be ready soon.
The problem after working on a project for so long is that when it is over you are suddenly left with a big void in your diary!! What to do now? Since the excitement of the weekend finished there has been a bit of a vacuum in my life as to what to do next! I am doing a bit of teaching on Saturday mornings and a couple of Wednesdays and the next term starts on 22nd April so that will keep me occupied over the holidays. Our drama group has been asked to perform our award-winning play again in May for “Shetland fir Wirds”, which is a group in Shetland dedicated to promoting the Shetland dialect and keeping it alive! Considering the writer is English and this is her second play in dialect and we won the three most important trophies in the Festival is pretty impressive!! So that should be a memorable performance for all of us at The Garrison again!! We had to replace one cast member again as it is the lambing season so a lot of folk are very busy! We have got a replacement, the lass who played Sybil in Fawlty Towers, to come in to play the role and she wants to come back to join Brenna as well which is brilliant! One of our cast members said she could not be involved and posted this comment on our FB page, she gave me permission to reproduce it, as she and her family have lambing to do! I thought it summed up what crofters must do at this time of year, as it is a very busy time for them.
Then of course the next big event on Shetlands calendar is the Folk Festival. I bought my membership early and queued to buy early tickets and got what I wanted! Some of my Adult Ballet pupils are Shetland musicians so I am going to see them play at South Nesting Hall. Never seen them play before so that will be interesting. There is also going to be a circus up here for three weeks going around the halls in Shetland and at the end of May there will be a Tent in Lerwick. All run by a business and an Australian called Steve Cousins who used to come up to the Folk Festival to run workshops and work as a Children’s Entertainer so this is going to be a big event and quite exciting for the youngsters.
The weather thankfully is finally picking up and we are seeing a bit of sunshine so hoping the ground might begin to dry out slowly!!! Of course there is always the possibility of more snow!! Till next month!