I’m having some much-needed time off most of my normal life right now; I’m exhausted after a very busy year (or few years, as my parents keep telling me). So life is likely to be quiet for a while and blog entries short. In the meantime, here are some things that I am looking forward to when things start to get back to normal.
The Royal Manuscripts exhibition at the British Library: the range and quality of items on display looks fantastic and the exhibition has been getting great reviews. Fortunately for me, it doesn’t finish until 13 March, so I should be able to manage to pay it at least one visit.
The Mediaeval Baebes concert at St Sepulchre-without-Newgate:since moving to London, the Mediaeval Baebes’ Christmas gig has come to mark the beginning of the Christmas festivities for me, as it’s the last social event I usually attend before heading back to Scotland for a family Christmas. I hope that I will be able to attend this year.
The first Whole Foods Market in Scotland had its grand opening today:
there’s been lots of press coverage over the past few months at least, and I’ve been following on Facebook the hard work of the staff in getting it ready. I wish I could have been there today for the bread-breaking ceremony and to hear the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, but I’m looking forward to making it over at some point and hope it has all started well. It’s all part of my drive to eat more healthily and from more local sources in the future.
Attending – possibly presenting, depending on what time, health, and the conference committee permit – Human/Animal, the Ninth Annual Symposium of the International Medieval Society in Paris: because even when you’re trying to rest, you are still on too many mailing lists (I need to stop looking at emails). I wrote a paper on the character of King Mark in Tristan et Iseult when studying at the Glasgow Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studiesand I’ve always wanted to dust it off and present it properly at a conference or in a journal.
In the meantime, it’s quiet early nights and homemade soup for me. In spite of the above list, I’m doing my best not to make too many plans. I’m trying to get out in the fresh air when I can, although today saw the first real frost and cold morning. I’m also spending too much time worrying about Christmas shopping and wondering where the owl who used to live outside my window has gone now that his tree has been cut down.