Tuesday, July 26, 2011

I Miss the Lupins!

As you know, I'm back home again in B.C. It sure was a great two weeks in Newfoundland and I miss those beautiful, purple flowers on the side of the road everywhere we went. I finally got my pictures on my computer so I could post some of them here. Have a look - what a beautiful province!

It's just nice to have free time to read, and walk, and play piano, and sew, and do some ironing! Summer holidays - oh, how lovely!



Friday, July 15, 2011

Newfoundland continued...

Festival 500 is over. It was a fantastic week and our grand finale concert on Wednesday night was absolutely fabulous. It was held in Mile One Stadium and there was a crowd of about 5000 people. It was an incredible experience and I'm still humming the songs! Now my niece and I are being tourists once again and exploring the area. We walked around in the city of St.John's yesterday and picked up a few souvenirs. We went to The Rooms, a museum and art gallery, and a very big old church, the Basilica of St.John the Baptist. We had to dodge the rain a bit because yesterday was very cold (only 7 degrees!) and rainy. Certainly didn't feel like a summer day. Today is warmer but still wet and somewhat foggy. All part of the Newfoundland experience. Now we're off again to do some more exploring...and maybe even see whales again!
Way out east,

Friday, July 8, 2011

Still singing...

We had a great practice today! The songs we are singing at Festival 500 are just wonderful and challenging, too. It's so exciting to be part of a large choir. Last night we went to an awesome concert and an Indonesian Children's Choir was singing. They were phenomenal!! It was so inspiring to hear and see them. They do a lot of dancing along with their singing. It was incredible! Tonight we go to another concert with some different choirs. I love it! Right now it's the middle of the afternoon and I'm taking a break so I have the energy to keep on going. We start every day at 8:30 a.m. with choir practice, and that carries on into workshop sessions, and then we end with choir concerts at 10:00 p.m. Definitely a full day! The weather continues to be sunny and warm - today there's a nice, cool ocean breeze.
I hope you are having a good summer, too.
Love, Sandra

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Festival 500

Hello and welcome back to my blogspot. Just thought I'd let you know about my exciting and thrilling adventure!! I am in Newfoundland!! I flew here with my niece on Saturday and we are staying near St.John's at a friend's place. We've already had three exciting days of sightseeing and visiting and finding out what it's like to be a Newfoundlander! We've seen whales and gannets galore and my niece saw dolphins, too. The weather has been beautiful for the most part and today is actually quite warm.
This afternoon Festival 500 begins. This is an international choral festival held here every other year for one week. There are about 23 choirs from all over the world, clinicians and conductors, and vocal ensembles. We have concerts every evening and tonight is the Opening Gala concert. My niece and I are participating in a choir as well so we will be rehearsing our songs every morning for the next 6 days. Joy, joy!!!
If I knew how to get some pictures of Newfoundland on my blog (I'm not on my own computer) I would do that but for now just believe me when I say it is spectacular here!
Singing His praises for sure!!