The concert.

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The area where I am living is named The Southern Highlands and for historical reason always attracted a fair proportion of artists and art lovers. Perhaps of its height above sea level and its resulting climate, people were attracted to it. The summers dry with little humidity while winters bracing and perhaps reminiscent of Great Britain which many Anglo Australians still refer to sometimes as the ‘Home country’. Although I will try and avoid the Scottish or Irish to include as Anglos. They are also well represented and there is Brigadoon, a yearly Scottish musical event where people go around visiting fellow Brigadoners and have sing along, all dressed in kilts, tassels, and lustily throwing cabers.

The Southern Highlands attracted also wealthy people buying a holiday house as it was still within reasonable distance from Sydney and easily reached by car or even trains. Now the area is a great mixture of all arts imaginable and even arts unimaginable. I went again at yesterday’s concert and was surprised by its high standard, world class. The soprano in the concerts which I have seen is the daughter of a family friend and was one reason I also wanted to hear her heavenly voice again. The background of all the musicians are of world class with having performed throughout Europe. I felt privileged to have heard this superb music of Violins, Viola, Cello and of course the soprano Voice.

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Afterwards I felt so elated and uplifted I stopped my car by Woolworth where I had previously been eyeing not only the hot cooked chickens ( and sometimes bought the odd chook) but also the roast pork WITH  crackling. I never had the courage to buy that pork dish as guilt crept in. Is it a childhood fear of sinning? I do have the occasional ham sandwich, so it is not the type of meat but perhaps more the expense. After all, the hot chicken is $10 while the pork with crackling was $ 20. Who knows?

Anyway, I was feeling euphoric after this wonderful music so I decided to ride the wave of happiness a bit longer and I bought the crackling with roast pork. After coming home to a very enthusiastic Mr. Bentley, the Tibetan Spaniel, I sat down with a glass of Shiraz  and partook of my Pork and crackling. It was so good and what a day it was!

By the way. Just had an email from WordPress congratulating me.

I have 1550 followers.

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11 Responses to “The concert.”

  1. catterel Says:

    Sounds wonderful – perfect in every way. Very happy for you!

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  2. Robert Parker Says:

    Sounds like a great day and tasty!

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      I rarely eat pork except when I see crackling. This hot pork is roasted at supermarkets now and while hot stored in a see through bag and placed on heated shelving where you can see and smell both the pork and cracking.
      Very tempting!

      The music was divine.

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  3. shoreacres Says:

    Great music, good food, and a boon companion — what could be better? The fact that you have a personal connection to the daughter of friends makes it even better. I was curious about your pork crackling, and found some images and recipes online. It’s a little different from the cracklings they sell here, but closely related, and it certainly is a dish I would buy.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, Linda. The music was beautiful and uplifting Handel’s Alleluia was an extra after the end of the concert. A great response from the audience. The hall was filled to capacity. So nice to have such high quality music and within the local community.
      The pork and crackling was a celebration of some sorts too as I rarely treat myself to that.

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  4. auntyuta Says:

    Congratulations, Gerard, on having 1550 followers! 🙂

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Thank you Uta. The blog has been going for so many years now as I have forgotten when I started.


      • auntyuta Says:

        Yes, Gerard, both Peter and I have known you and Helvi as bloggers for a good many years! I am always thrilled, to read a new blog of yours. 🙂

        Unfortunately Helvi and Peter cannot write new blogs anymore, but we can remember them by looking at their old blogs! 🙂


  5. doesitevenmatter3 Says:

    Sounds like the perfect day! YAY! 🙂 Good all the way ’round, for you and for Mr. Bentley! 😀
    (((HUGS))) 🙂
    PATS and RUBS! 🐶❤️

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  6. freefall852 Says:

    Hello, Gerard…fellow traveller…yes…food, good music and lovemaking were made to compliment eachother…

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