What a week that was - we rehearsed Mendelssohn's Elijah intensively then gave performances at Chester Cathedral on Thursday and Manchester Cathedral on Friday. It's a big work and it took considerable stamina and concentration to pull it off, but it was an incredible experience. The conductor (Paul McCreesh) was very inspiring, and the soloists were fab. I'm totally spent. I needed a good lie-in this morning, and would like to take it easy this weekend - but it's Tom's birthday tomorrow.
Today we celebrated Valentine's Day, two days late because I was singing on Thursday. My lovely Eddy got me an Efergy electricity use monitor. You clamp the sensor around the cable that feeds your electricity meter (no wiring or anything technical involved), and it sends data to a portable display unit. In no time at all I was wandering round the house turning stuff on and off and seeing how low I could get the unit to go, and what effect the kettle, electric cooker etc. had on our consumption. You can get it to display in terms of kWH, cost, or carbon emissions (you have to get the figures from your electricity bill and input them into the gadget). I love it, and I thought it was a really thoughtful Valentines' gift for me, although I can see how many women would fail to go weak at the knees on receiving something like this.
I'm not telling you what I got for Eddy. It's none of your business. But he liked it.