We drove to Hereford on Thursday arriving for a morning coffee for the Historic Churches Trust held in Hereford town hall. Preserves, jelly, fudge, plants and baked goods were on sale to support the preservation of old churches in Herefordshire. The Mayor was there, yes, and the Bishop and the Dean of the cathedral along with many other folk from hither and yon. Each table was carefully set with pink sweet peas.
Our next stop was a visit to Plas Gwyn, the house where Elgar lived from 1904-11. Renee happens to be good friends with the current owner, Timothy Day, who made us a sumptuous lunch and very kindly let me wander around his home taking photos of everything, plus he treated us to a concert in Malvern afterward. (Is anyone out there a tiny bit envious? ) As well as being a great cook and really nice guy, Tim is a brilliant musicologist currently working on a book about cathedral music.
Alas, we leave scenic Elgar country tomorrow for the big city.