It’s all getting very exciting here in Wiv. Today Esther came home from town with a few nice festive goodies, namely a Christmas tree and some trimmings! Amazingly she got the lot for under £20, which is far less than I’d seen anything at either Tesco or B&Q (no Tesco Value Christmas trees – I was amazed!). We’ve set it all up now, with one of my sets of fairy lights on the tree in the lounge, and my other set in the hallway and in the porch window. Unfortunately we’ve only got two CDs of Christmas music, and we’ve listened to them both quite a lot today and we’re getting a little tired of the same old songs. Still, the Christmas cards are beginning to come in now, and we’ve even got our first house present under the tree!

Apparently my keyboard has been breeding. It has to be said, there are more keyboards in the house than there were a couple of days ago, but I’m not sure that’s entirely the fault of my little Yamaha keyboard! As some of you may know, Anne-Marie’s church is staging one of her Christmas plays this weekend, for which I have been asked to provide music. I’ve already composed the theme music for the opening credits, and done a few bits and bobs for between scenes, and now I just need to compose something for the end. But I’m not altogether satisfied with the sound my keyboard produces, so I’ve borrowed Philippa’s. Hers makes a much nicer piano sound, though now that I’ve been using it for a couple of days I’m not sure the rest of the sounds are a vast improvement. I still very much miss the Yamaha SoftSynth I used on Windows ME a few years ago – that was a fantastic program, even supported XG MIDI (which is far more realistic than normal MIDI synthesis). Unfortunately, that software doesn’t work on Windows XP or Mac, and I haven’t got time to install ME anywhere just so that I can use the SoftSynth. Ah well, I shall just have to settle for something slightly less than perfect on this occasion, and hope no one notices too much…

Categories: Miscellaneous


Megan · 14 December 2005 at 12:46 am

Is it common to put up cut trees in England these days? Or have most people switched to artificial trees? Apparently our cut tree prices are going up this year, but I’m still hoping to buy one for the flat (the first I’ll have my very own Christmas tree!) – just something small, a Charlie Brown tree, if you will.

Merry Christmas to you! And enjoy your decorations 🙂

Matthew · 14 December 2005 at 11:00 am

A proper tree would have been nice, and is what I would have gone for had there been anywhere convenient nearby to buy one, but because of cost and convenience we’ve got for a plastic one, which isn’t quite so nice. We’re getting a real tree at my parents’ house though, because there happens to be a nice friendly Christmas tree farm just up the road! Nothing beats the smell of freshly cut Christmas tree…

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