It was interesting to be told about the various musical instruments – I knew something about it already, but a good lecturer will find another angle. He focussed on professional and amateur musicians – in those days, of course, to be a professional meant that you relied on the higher ranks to pay you, so it was further up the social scale to be a proficient amateur. And the instruments you played, too – in short, the louder the instrument, the lower-ranked you were because you played out of doors and/or to a lot of people. If you played virginals, recorder and so on, you were posh. If it was the shawm, the sackbut, the fiddle, you were lower in rank. The viol seemed to be played by everyone. Oh, and there was the tabor and pipe, which was jolly. One piece was played which was the only known Morris dance from that period, but it seemed rather too stately for today’s Morrismen.
Actually, loves, I really am too tired to tell you, that was quite incoherent, I’ll try to tell you more tomorrow. I came back and worked in the garden for several more hours and I’m about ready to flop. Still, we’ve got a lot done and I’m ready to make a new list, not that the first one is quite completed yet.
Young Hadrian Swallow’s birthday is coming up. Dilly suggested a few things for presents, and I looked one Early Learning Centre item up on Amazon. And, as I was going in to Norwich, thought I’d trot along to the shop and buy it there. Darlings, it was double the price. It referred to the ELC on the website, so they sanctioned it all right, but it was £45 in the shop and I’m afraid I came back and bought it online. And if there’s a problem with Amazon not paying Corporation Tax, that’s easy – bring down the level of Corporation Tax and encourage businesses to take the easy way out and pay it here. Of course they’ll go to the cheapest country if it’s legal. Wouldn’t you? I just did. Saving £22 seems to have been worth my while.
A differently busy day tomorrow, I’ll be in school. For a rest. Don’t think I’m complaining though, it’s all going really well, as long as I don’t remember that it’ll all have grown back again within a fortnight.