I managed to pick up a lousy cold and stayed in bed all day Tuesday, unfortunately missing the wonderful trip to Lichfield to meet the Director of Music and to hear the first evensong of Michaelmas at the Cathedral. Sigh. But the silver lining of all this is that I had hours of reading – Dora Penny’s autobiography, Percy Young’s biography of Alice Elgar, and Housman’s Shropshire Lad. Thanks to Renee for nursing me back to health with toast and tea, lots of rest and scrumpy (Hereford apple cider.) I felt much better today and spent several hours composing at Elgar’s piano (just about done my Magnificat setting) and then chased down my favourite bell ringing band to finish off some interviews. No photos tonight – sorry. Tomorrow is our big outing to Hereford and the Malverns!